31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

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31 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Male, Maldives
ferry + Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  9​h 15​min
End: Male, Maldives

4
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

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Male, Maldives to Beijing is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Male to Beijing. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Male in October; daily highs in Beijing reach 22°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

4
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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and walk around Banpo Hangang Park.

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You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul. Traveling from Beijing in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seoul, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-In Hall, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 19th (Sat), kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally walk around Yongdusan Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Busan day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Busan by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or fly. October in Busan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Seongsan Ilchulbong about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Busan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jeju, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower.

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You can fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Korea Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jeju in October: highs in Shanghai hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 27th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong journey planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in October, with highs in Hong Kong at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park