30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Daegu, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lotte World Tower & Mall, Seoul Arts Center and Bukhansan National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Seoul Museum of History and Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae). Visit Hwahongmun Gate and Seoul City Wall for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong) and Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion (Dongbukgakru) (in Suwon). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Love Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Inwangsan Mountain, and get outside with Gwanaksan Mountain.

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Detroit, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seoul, with lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Jeju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): walk around Halla Arboretum, get curious at Nexon Computer Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Samseonghyeol. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, then trek along Saryeoni Forest Path, then stroll around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jeju road trip planning site.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Daegu, South Korea

— 2 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, examine the collection at Sanghwa Yi's Old House, walk around February 28 Democratic Movement Memorial Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheongna Hill, then admire the masterpieces at Daegu Art Factory, and finally get engrossed in the history at Daegu Modern History Museum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Yeungnam University Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eunhaesa Temple, and then examine the collection at Daegu Safety Theme Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Daegu trip planner.

Fly from Jeju to Daegu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In August in Daegu, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Gimhae National Museum, kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Ulsan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seoknamsa Temple, and then walk around Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan road trip planning site.

Getting from Daegu to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Busan sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

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 26th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, then make a trip to Daibutsuden, then admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, and finally explore the world behind art at Abeno Harukas Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokoku Shrine, then examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daimonji, contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto, get to know the fascinating history of Nenenokomichi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kiyamachi Street. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chionji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), then examine the collection at Lake Biwa Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Enryakuji Temple Amida Do.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Takayama, Japan

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Kokubun-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Myozenji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally admire the sheer force of Osakacho Waterfalls.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road, delve into the distant past at Yamanaka Castle Ruins, look for all kinds of wild species at Yugawara Bairin, then get a new perspective on nature at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Hakone Mountain Ripper, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakone Shisseikaen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, then admire the sheer force of Sunset Falls, and finally contemplate the long history of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson).

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online route builder.

You can drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Takayama in August: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Tokyo, Japan

— 10 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.
Popular historic sites such as Kyu Iwasakitei Teien and Samukawa Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Ibaraki Nature Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hossawa Falls (in Hinohara-mura), Kamakura (Kaizoji Temple, Kamakura Hiking Trails, &more) and Tomioka (Ichinomiya Nukisaki Shrine & Gunma Natural Museum). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 12:

Jeju Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.