27 days in East Asia Itinerary

27 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
3
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
4
Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
9
Jeju, South Korea
— 1 night
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights

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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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing travel tool.

Tangier, Morocco to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Tangier in December, expect Beijing to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally admire the landmark architecture of 1933 Old Millfun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and then stop by Spin Ceramics.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in December, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are warmer (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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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 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), appreciate the history behind Lantau island, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shanghai in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Hong Kong, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, then identify plant and animal life at YOLO Taiwan, and then browse the different shops at Taipei 101. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taipei sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Taipei in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Taipei are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Taipei

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

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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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and get all the equipment you need at Street Kart Shibuya.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planning tool.

Fly from Taipei to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Taipei in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 26th (Sat), stroll around Yongdusan Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Busan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in December, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Busan. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, then walk around Sarabong Park, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and finally examine the collection at Jeju National Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Sarabong Park ©
Sarabong Park
Jeju National Museum ©
Jeju National Museum

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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.
Pack the 29th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planning site.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December in Seoul, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Lotte World ©
Lotte World
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park