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 Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and teamLab☆Planets. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu), Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo.

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 Kinkaku-ji. Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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.
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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: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains) and Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, 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.
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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. 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.
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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

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 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Dainichido). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and examine the collection at Mazda Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

Fukuoka, Japan — 4 nights

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 Munakata Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima), Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more) and Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, browse the exhibits of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 50°F. 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 Gyeongju Historic Area. 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 (Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju Gwaereung Tomb, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and stroll through UN Memorial Cemetery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Busan, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 2 nights

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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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 Hwaseong Fortress. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, 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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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.
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