60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Tokyo, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
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Naha, Japan
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
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Busan, South Korea
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Tainan, Taiwan
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Taichung, Taiwan
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Hong Kong, China
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Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
The War Memorial of Korea and National Museum of Korea will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Jogyesa Temple. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Changgyeonggung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In September, Seoul is slightly colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 26°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Beijing, China

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and The Palace Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). There's much more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), appreciate the history behind Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and explore the activities along Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Beijing trip website.

Fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 31°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Shanghai, China

— 4 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.
Visit The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tian Zi Fang for their historical value. Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Former French Concession are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden & The Lingering Garden). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, Shanghai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Samurai Museum. Popular historic sites such as Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Nezu Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Jizodo, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, &more) and Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Tokyo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Toshodai-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kongobu-ji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Ikaruga-cho (Chuguji Temple & Nishisatono Machinami), Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senfuku-ji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Popular historic sites such as Ginkakuji Temple and Ise Shrine Geku are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Omihachiman (Vories Memorial Hall & Borderless Art Museum No-ma) and Ise (Kazenomiya, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kifune Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Taipei.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Taipei, Taiwan

— 4 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanyang Museum and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hsing Tian Kong and Beiguan Crab Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and Pingxi (Shifen Waterfall Walk Area & Shifen Old Street). And it doesn't end there: stop by Dihua Street, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), take in the exciting artwork at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and pause for some photo ops at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taipei journey website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Taipei takes 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Naha, Japan

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Let the collections at Himeyuri Peace Museum and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son), Zamami-son (Furuzamami Beach & Zamamijima Island) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Naha takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kusukumuri. Let the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Taketomi Folk Art Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip tool.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Let the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Daeseong-dong Tomb Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonmachong Tomb and UN Memorial Cemetery. Step out of Busan to go to Gyeongju and see Gyeongju Hyanggyo, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and visit Busan Gamcheon Culture Village.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Busan takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, expect nights in Busan to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

— 4 nights

Harbor City

A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fo Guang Shan and Taiwan Sugar Museum. Take a break from Kaohsiung with a short trip to Kenting National Park in Hengchun, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, examine the collection at Takao Railway Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kaohsiung Main Public Library.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kaohsiung journey planner.

You can fly from Busan to Kaohsiung in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Busan to Kaohsiung due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Busan in October, with highs in Kaohsiung at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tainan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Tainan, Taiwan

— 2 nights

Phoenix City

The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the striking features of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), examine the collection at Chimei Museum, then steep yourself in history at Former Tainan Weather Observatory, and finally contemplate the long history of Anping Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of ShiLuoDian, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jia Fu Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Tainan Meteorology Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Beimen Crystal Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tainan trip app.

You can take a train from Kaohsiung to Tainan in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Taichung.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Taichung, Taiwan

— 4 nights

Cultural City

Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Lugang Old Street and Wenwu Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of Natural Science and Chengmei Hall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taichung: Mu Sheng Insect Museum (in Puli), Yu Hsiu Museum of Art (in Caotun) and Lukang Wenwu Temple (in Lukang). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland, see the interesting displays at Gen.Sun Li-Jen Residence, take an in-depth tour of Taichung Literature Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tunghai University.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taichung day trip tool.

Getting from Tainan to Taichung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taichung when traveling from Tainan in October, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taichung

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Po Lin Monastery. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Chi Lin Nunnery, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), walk around Nan Lian Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Taichung to Hong Kong takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Taichung in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 28°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping