34 days in East Asia Itinerary

34 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia holiday planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and teamLab☆Planets. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey app.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Daikaku-ji. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains) and Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka online journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

Kobe, Japan

— 3 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.
Visit Izanagi Shrine and Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Otsuka Museum of Art and Kawasaki Good Times World. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Naruto to see Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip maker website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Onatsu Seijuro Hiyokuzuka, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Atemage.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Peace Flame are in your itinerary. JMSDF Kure Museum and Mazda Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima visit planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kushida Shrine and Yutoku Inari Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more), Munakata Shrine (in Munakata) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and make a trip to Imari Okawachiyama.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Beomeosa Temple. Let the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Beomeosa Sungbo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area, Cheomseongdae Observatory, &more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at UN Memorial Cemetery and make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

Start your trip to Busan by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Busan, with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jeju Museum of War History & Peace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online visit planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

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

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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Grevin Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Changgyeonggung Palace. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Suwon to see Hwaseong Fortress about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple, and explore the world behind art at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

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.