60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Dalian, China
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Chengdu, China
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Changsha, China
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Macau, China
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Xiamen, China
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Shanghai, China
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Drive to Yantai, Ferry to Incheon Int'l Port, Drive to Busan, Ferry to Fukuoka
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Fukuoka, Japan
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Okayama, Japan
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Himeji, Japan
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Nara, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Nanluoguxiang or Wang Fu Jing Da Jie. Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, examine the collection at The Palace Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect nights in Beijing to be somewhat warmer, around 9°C, while days are much hotter, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dalian.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Dalian, China

— 3 nights
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
Visiting Baiyu Hill (Baiyushan) and Binhai Road will get you outdoors. Visit Japan-Russia Prison Site of Port Arthur and Bangchuidao Island for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Olympia 66, make a trip to Xinghai Square, stroll around Xinghai Park, and head outdoors with Fujiazhuang Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Dalian day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Dalian takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Beijing in April: highs in Dalian hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Chengdu.

Things to do in Dalian

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Chengdu, China

— 4 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Take a break from the city and head to Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Mount Qingcheng. Popular historic sites such as Wenshu Yuan Monastery and Kuanzhai Alley are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: stop by Suit Republic, make a trip to Jinli Pedestrian Street, snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), and get engrossed in the history at Wuhou Memorial Temple.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chengdu vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dalian to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dalian in April: high temperatures in Chengdu hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Changsha.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Changsha, China

— 3 nights

Star City

A good starting point for explorations of the province, Changsha stands as a modern city with 3,000 years of history behind it.
Popular historic sites such as Yuelu Academy and Mount Yuelu are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Huangxing Cemetery and Tianxin Tower. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Hyatt party ID Mall, take in panoramic vistas at Changsha Ferris wheel, take in the architecture and design of Hunan University, and take a peaceful walk through Changsha Nanjiao Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Changsha holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Changsha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Macau.

Things to do in Changsha

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Macau, China

— 3 nights
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Ruins of St. Paul's and Historic Centre of Macau will appeal to history buffs. Head to Taipa Village Art Space and City of Dreamsfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Taipa Village Macau, take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), try to win big at Casino at Venetian Macao, and examine the collection at Macao Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Macau travel route planner.

Getting from Changsha to Macau by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos

Xiamen, China

— 3 nights

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gulangyu and Zhongshan Road Walking Street. Do some cultural sightseeing at Xiamen University and Nanputuo Temple. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Yuyuan Garden, browse the different shops at SM new life Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guanyin Temple, and walk around Xiamen Botanical Garden.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Xiamen trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Macau to Xiamen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Xiamen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession. For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Spend the 27th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Three on the Bund, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and take a stroll through Xintiandi.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Shanghai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Xiamen in April: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours

Fukuoka, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Head to Osakana Tengoku and Fukuoka Washita Shopfor some retail therapy. Visiting Boat Tours & Water Sports and Nijino Matsubara will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kumamoto (Kato Shrine & Kumamoto Castle), Karatsu Castle (in Karatsu) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Vioro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka tour planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Fukuoka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Okayama, Japan

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
For shopping fun, head to Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki or AEON MALL Mall Okayama. Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Kibitsu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Okayama: Mt. Kuma (in Bizen), Kurashiki (Mt. Washu, Kaze no Michi, &more) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Shiramine Shrine). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, and step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Okayama day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Okayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. May in Okayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Get outdoors at Tendaki Falls and Mt Shosha hiking. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi), Ritsuun Gorge (in Asago) and Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, make a trip to Otemae Street, and take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary builder website.

Getting from Okayama to Himeji by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Okayama in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Japan

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Head to Experience YAMATO and Nara Familyfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Todai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Himeji to Nara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Nara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Four-Mfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose) and Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano). There's much more to do: stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka route tool.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fuuka-Kimono and Hero Tour Japan. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and wander the streets of Gion.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping

Nagoya, Japan

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get some cultural insight at Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Popular historic sites such as Seinan Sumiyagura and Nakasendo Magome-juku are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Hikone (Hikone Castle Tenshu, Hikone Castle, &more), Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima (in Kuwana) and Nakatsugawa (Magome Observatory & Naegi Castle Ruins). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, wander the streets of Sakae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagoya online vacation planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kōtoku-in and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Lake Ashinoko (in Hakone-machi), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Sankodai) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). The adventure continues: visit Ginza, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips