39 days in East Asia Itinerary

39 days in East Asia Itinerary

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39 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanyang Museum and Taipei Confucius Temple. Get some historical perspective at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Wenmenglou. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area (in Datong), WuLaoKeng (in Su'ao) and Xinyue Beach (in Zhubei). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, soothe aching muscles at Beauty Works Tokyo, and take a stroll through Ximending.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Taipei trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Taipei is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Taipei is minus 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Auckland in September; daily highs in Taipei reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Xinyue Beach, WuLaoKeng, Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), Lanyang Museum
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Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Lanyang Museum ©
Lanyang Museum
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Grevin Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Suwon Jeil Church). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, take an in-depth tour of Baek In-Je House Museum, make a trip to Insadong, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner .

Getting from Taipei to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Taipei in October, expect Seoul to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Suwon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Take a break from the city and head to Halla Mountain and Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hallasan Seongpanak and Hallasan Mountain. Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Woljeongri Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, kick back and relax at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jeju travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Jeju are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hallasan
Hallasan
Woljeongri Beach ©
Woljeongri Beach

5
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Gimhae National Museum and Trickeye Museum Busan will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Gwangalli Beach and Dadaepo Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area & Gyeongju Bird Park), Tongdosa Temple (in Yangsan) and Boksoondoga (in Ulsan). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, identify plant and animal life at Junam Reservoir, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

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Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Busan, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Gyeongju, Changwon, Tongdosa Temple, Gimhae National Museum, Boksoondoga
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach

5
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Taikodani Inari Shrine (in Tsuwano-cho), Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum, JMSDF Kure Museum, Tomo no Ura, Taikodani Inari Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

5
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Koyasan Danjo Garan, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Pontocho.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

8
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 Asakusa Shrine and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu). Popular historic sites such as Kencho-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road), Kashima Jingū Shrine (in Kashima) and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a stroll through Kagurazaka, examine the collection at Oya History Museum, and enjoy some diversion at teamLab Planets TOKYO.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Kashima Jingu, Oya History Museum, Mitsumine Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 7:
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple