60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong, China
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Shanghai, China
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Xi'an, China
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandantegchenling Monastery, walk around Bogd Khan Uul National Park, pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, and get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar planning site.

London, UK to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Ulaanbaatar is 8 hours. Traveling from London in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Ulaanbaatar, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Beijing, China

— 5 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Spend the 31st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Beijing visit app.

Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in August; daily highs in Beijing reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Seoul, South Korea

— 6 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Seoul sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Jeju, South Korea

— 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Cheonjiyeon Falls in Seogwipo (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, and go deep with a submarine tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jeju: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, Busan is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Osaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Kanazawa, Japan

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, make a trip to Omicho Market, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Ishigaki, Japan

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in September, with highs in Ishigaki at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Hong Kong, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 7th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and stroll around Nan Lian Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Hong Kong in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Shanghai, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shanghai itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Shanghai is a bit cooler than Hong Kong - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an day trip planning site.

Getting from Shanghai to Xi'an by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Shanghai in October, with highs in Xi'an at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lhasa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Lhasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Xi'an in October since evenings lows in Lhasa dip to 5°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors