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 Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart. 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 much more to do: admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · 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 Tofuku-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Kodai-ji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route site.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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 Toshodai-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Sakurai (Kasayamako Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Muroji Temple (in Uda) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, visit Dotombori District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

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 steep yourself in history 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), steep yourself in history 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 · Zoos & Aquariums · 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, take in the spiritual surroundings 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 steep yourself in history 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 Yamato Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Araebisu Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. 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 Komyozen-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Nanzoin Shakaden Nokotsudo (in Sasaguri-machi) and Yoshinogari Historical Park (in Yoshinogari-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genboku Ito Old House, and make a trip to Residence of Baba.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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 get outside with 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 Namsangol Hanok Village. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, admire the masterpieces at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

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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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.