31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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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.
Kencho-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Kamakura Hiking Trails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more), Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone & Hakone Museum of Art) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

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.
Koyasan Okunoin and Horyu-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nigatsu-do Temple and Kongobu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Sakurai (Kasayamako Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumedera, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Kobe, Japan

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 16th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izanagi Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minume Shrine, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then learn about all things military at Kobe Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kobe itinerary tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): cruise along Gin no Basha Michi, contemplate the long history of Kasuga Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to take a train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

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 Senjokaku are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mazda Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Araebisu Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

Plan my day in Hiroshima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nanzoin and Miyajidake Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kunenan and Yoshinogari Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Genboku Ito Old House (in Kanzaki), Nanzoin Shakaden Nokotsudo (in Sasaguri-machi) and Munakata Shrine (in Munakata). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Residence of Baba.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll around APEC Naru Park and then walk around UN Memorial Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and finally examine the collection at ASEAN Culture House.

Before you visit Busan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Busan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, then step off the mainland to explore Udo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Jeju journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bongeunsa Temple and Jogyesa Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Grevin Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daytime highs in Seoul are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Jeju Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Mountains · 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.