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 Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online visit planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. 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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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 Tenryuji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. There's much more to do: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
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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). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kobe.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping
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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 Kobe Harborland. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Naruto to see Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, visit Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Himeji.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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 Peace Flame 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, Senjokaku, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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 Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari), Munakata Shrine (in Munakata) and Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more). 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 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. 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 catch the flight 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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

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.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation · Tours
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 National Folk Museum of Korea. 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. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, and make a trip to Hongik University Street.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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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.