19 days in Asia Itinerary

19 days in Asia Itinerary

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19 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Montreal, Canada

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ginza, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, and other attractions you added. On the 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, get your game on at Purikura no Mecca, and then get to know the fascinating history of Omoide Yokocho. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, walk around Ueno Park, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route builder .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District, Chion-in Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Seoul is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum and then see Mutianyu Great Wall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Seoul in October since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Shanghai.

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

2
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: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and admire the landmark architecture of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai travel planner .

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Shanghai is somewhat warmer than Beijing - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), then hunt for treasures at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), then admire the landmark architecture of Taipei 101, and finally don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei trip planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Taipei in 5 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in October, expect Taipei to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

New Taipei
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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