31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia tour itinerary planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Gimhae
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Daegu, South Korea
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
Visit Kōtoku-in and Asakusa Shrine for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate teamLab☆Planets and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planning tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Yamato Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Seishin Tsurui, Senjokaku, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday site.

Fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cheonmachong Tomb and UN Memorial Cemetery. Gyeongju National Museum and Surowangbi-reung are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and stroll around Dongbaekseom Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, Busan is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Daegu, South Korea

— 1 night
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 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Daegu Art Factory, then take an in-depth tour of Kyungpook National University Museum, and then examine the collection at DTC Textile Museum.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Daegu trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Busan to Daegu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Daegu sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple. You'll explore and learn at Trickeye Museum Seoul and National Folk Museum of Korea. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Seodaemun Prison History Hall, see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and don't miss a visit to Changgyeonggung Palace.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Take a train from Daegu to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Daegu in October: highs in Seoul hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

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.
The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Gong Wang Fu. Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Seoul in October since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

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.
Appreciate the collections at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tian Zi Fang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: visit Pudong New Area, examine the collection at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Shanghai journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:

Taipei, Taiwan

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Dalongdong Bao An Temple and Lungshan Temple. Visit Taipei Confucius Temple and Hsing Tian Kong for their historical value. Step out of Taipei with an excursion to YehLiu Geopark in Wanli--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Miniatures Museum of Taiwan.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taipei tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Taipei takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in October, with highs in Taipei at 32°C and lows at 26°C. On the 29th (Thu), you're off to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Hong Kong, China

— 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong road trip app.

You can fly from Taipei to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30: