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
— 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 Asakusa Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine.

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 fly to Kyoto.
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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 Tenryuji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Daikaku-ji. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.
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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). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of 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.
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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. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

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.
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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.
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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 Memorial Park - Hiroshima 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, Senjokaku, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can 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.
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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 Suwa 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 Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yutoku Inari Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, admire the striking features of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and don't miss a visit to Imari Okawachiyama.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Busan.
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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.
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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.
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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 National Folk Museum of Korea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Hwaseong Fortress. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, get engrossed in the history at Seodaemun Prison History Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Plan trip to Seoul with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

Jeju Island travel guide

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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.
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