34 days in East Asia Itinerary

34 days in East Asia Itinerary

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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 Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

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

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-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 travel 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 Daikaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car 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: Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains), Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). 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 drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 · Childrens Museums · 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 Kobe Harborland. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Naruto to see Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, take in the pleasant sights at Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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 · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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. JMSDF Kure Museum and Yamato 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, see the interesting displays at 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 1.5 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 · Parks · Nature

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 Miyajidake Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Dejima. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Suwa Shrine, &more), Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari) and Munakata Shrine (in Munakata). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yutoku Inari Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and admire the striking features of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka day trip planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel 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 Gyeongju National Museum. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongju Historic Area and UN Memorial Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Gyeongju (Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju Gwaereung Tomb, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Beomeosa Sungbo Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Busan day trip planning app.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, Busan is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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.
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 3 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 travel 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 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 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. 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 travel 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.