24 days in East Asia Itinerary

24 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Train to Chiayi, Taxi to Alishan
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Alishan, Taiwan
— 1 night
Drive
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Hualien, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Train to Songshan, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan

— 3 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yangmingshan National Park and YehLiu Geopark. Shop till you drop at Taipei 101 and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from MyTaiwanTour Travel Services, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taipei online travel route planner.

Billund, Denmark to Taipei is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Taipei Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in April, with highs in Taipei at 30°C and lows at 22°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Alishan, Taiwan

— 1 night
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Alishan trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Taipei to Alishan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

Hualien, Taiwan

— 2 nights

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
On the 6th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Baiyang Trail and then get outside with Taroko Gorge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hualien day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alishan to Hualien takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Ginza, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hualien to Tokyo takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Hualien to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, and finally shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nara road trip website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Osaka, Japan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Four-M and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 18th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan itinerary tool.

You can fly from Osaka to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 1 night

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
On the 19th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju travel planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in April: highs in Gyeongju hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

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.
Head to Namdaemun Market and Creative Life Store KEYfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seoul sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. Traveling from Gyeongju in April, you will find days in Seoul are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23: