31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
4
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
7
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
8
Beijing, China
— 4 nights

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba District and Senso-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kōtoku-in and Fukagawa Edo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ginza, stop by Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning website.

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Keidaicho, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), don't miss a visit to Tobita Shinchi, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple. There's still lots to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, examine the collection at Busan Museum, stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, and stop by Gamcheon Culture Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Busan road trip planner.

Fly from Osaka to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Busan can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Insadong and Changdeokgung Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul tour itinerary planning app.

Fly from Busan to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Busan in October, plan for slightly colder days in Seoul, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Suwon
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Gwaneumsa Temple and Seonunjeongsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bulsari Tapsa Temple and Neobeunsungi April 3rd Incident Memorial Hall. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. October in Jeju sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple
Gwakji Gwamul Beach ©
Gwakji Gwamul Beach

4
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple are in your itinerary. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Former French Concession are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip planning tool.

Fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeju to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeju in October, expect nights in Shanghai to be a bit cooler, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

4
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Popular historic sites such as Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing route planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Shanghai in October, with highs in Beijing at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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