36 days in East Asia Itinerary

36 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Huangshan, China
— 1 night
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

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Kyoto, Japan

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Seoul, South Korea

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park in Bucheon (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, walk around Namsan Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Jeju, South Korea

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, approximately Seogwipo away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, trek along Jeju Olle Trail Routes, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and stroll around Handam Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jeju online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Shanghai, China

— 4 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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip builder website.

You can fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeju to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Huangshan.

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Huangshan, China

— 1 night
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Huangshan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Huangshan tour planner.

Take a train from Shanghai to Huangshan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Huangshan

Nature · Parks
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Hong Kong, China

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and head off the coast to Lantau island.

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Getting from Huangshan to Hong Kong by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Here are some ideas for day two: get a tailor-made plan with Travel China Guide.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Hong Kong in June, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Beijing, China

— 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), try out the rides at Olympic Park, and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Beijing trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

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