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
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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 Samurai Museum. Appreciate the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and teamLab☆Planets. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai), Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo planner.

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 in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly 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 Kinkaku-ji. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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), Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nyonindo, and don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. 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 · Parks

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 Kitano Ijinkan-gai. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Naruto to see Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), and take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

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 Senjokaku are in your itinerary. Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Dainichido). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a 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 Nanzoin. 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 Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu) and Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yutoku Inari Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, 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 UN Memorial Cemetery. 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). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple and don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Busan online vacation maker.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Busan when traveling from Fukuoka in November, with lows around 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 join in the after-dark buzz 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 · Tours · Wildlife · 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 Seodaemun Prison History Hall. 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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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.