56 days in East Asia Itinerary

56 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Tianjin, China
— 2 nights
Subway to Tianjin South, Train to Hongqiao station
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Fuji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Beijing, China

— 6 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jie. Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Pop-UP Beijing, examine the collection at The Palace Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Heaven.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Beijing day trip app.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Beijing is 7 hours. When traveling from Billund in April, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tianjin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 10:

Tianjin, China

— 2 nights
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Visit Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng) and The Original Site of the CPC Central Committee Secret Printing Plant in Tianjin for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Printing Museum Building in Tianjin and Yuyang Drum Tower. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), contemplate the long history of Wude Dian in Tianjin, head outdoors with Italian Style Street, and don't miss a visit to Ferris wheel, Eye of Tianjin.

To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Tianjin tour planner.

Traveling by train from Beijing to Tianjin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Tianjin, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tianjin

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Shanghai, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. Shop till you drop at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Former French Concession. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Three on the Bund, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner.

Getting from Tianjin to Shanghai by combination of subway and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Shanghai are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:

Seoul, South Korea

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changdeokgung Palace and Deoksugung. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Hwaseong Fortress). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Seoul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Seoul. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in April: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Busan, South Korea

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do your shopping at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Do some cultural sightseeing at Haedong Yonggung Temple and Gyeongju National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gyeongju (Gyeongju Hyanggyo & Cheomseongdae Observatory). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Busan trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Busan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nanzoin. Head to Fukuoka Washita Shop and Art Space Bakufor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Tenkai Inari Shrine) and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo). And it doesn't end there: have fun and explore at teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and wander the streets of Nakasu District.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip site.

Getting from Busan to Fukuoka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Himeji, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, browse the different shops at Piole Himeji, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ako City Folk Shiryokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ako Oishi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Remains of Ako Castle, then look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Mitsu, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Sanyo Department Store.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Himeji travel planning tool.

Getting from Fukuoka to Himeji by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fukuoka in May: highs in Himeji hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) or Kobe Harborland. Get some historical perspective at Site of Miyama Batttery and Nakayama-dera Temple Gohyakurakando. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Takarazuka (Kiyoshikojin Seichoji & Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House), Nishinomiya (Akamon Oneribei & Shukugawa Catholic Church) and Wakayama (Tomogashima Island & Third Battery Ruins). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ishoan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, and make a trip to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan).

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Osaka, Japan

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple & Mt. Koya). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip planner.

Getting from Kobe to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kobe in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 11:

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online travel route planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 17:

Fuji, Japan

— 3 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Fuji and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Shop till you drop at Tago no Tsuki Honten and S-Pulse Dream Plaza. Explore Fuji's surroundings by going to Shizuoka (Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) & Haguruma Shrine), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Mishima Taisha (in Mishima). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, get great views at Obuchi Sasaba, relax in the rural setting at Imamiya Tea Plantation, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fuji holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fuji: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pola Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chisuji Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Odawara Castle, and finally walk around Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip planning app.

You can drive from Fuji to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Ginza and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai), Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Asakusa, visit Odaiba District, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 28: