39 days in East Asia Itinerary

39 days in East Asia Itinerary

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

— 5 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.
Do your shopping at Taipei 101 and Anta. Take a break from the city and head to Yangmingshan National Park and Long Dong Wan Cape Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Ruifang (Keelung Mountain & Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)), Wanli (Camel Mountain & YehLiu Geopark) and Guan Yin Shan Trail (in Wugu). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with MyTaiwanTour Travel Services, get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip itinerary planning site.

Billund, Denmark to Taipei is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Billund to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billund in March, expect Taipei to be much warmer, temps between 25°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 29:

Alishan, Taiwan

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shun Bao Fu De Temple, go for a walk through Alishan Shenmu Area, delve into the lush surroundings at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, then head outdoors with Jyumu Trail, and finally hike along Tashan Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Alishan trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Taipei to Alishan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Taipei in March, expect nights in Alishan to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

Hualien, Taiwan

— 4 nights

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Get in touch with nature at Taroko Gorge and Baiyang Trail. The adventure continues: make a trip to Ch'ing-shui Cliff, explore the activities along Liyu Lake, trek along Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto), and get a dose of the wild on Island Life Taiwan Adventures & Experiences.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hualien trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Alishan to Hualien in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and stroll around Ueno Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hualien to Tokyo takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Mt. Tenjo) and Keigashima Canyon (in Susono). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and admire the sheer force of Chisuji Falls.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip maker site.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a memorable excursion with Hero Tour Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

Nara, Japan

— 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then explore the activities along Saho River, and finally stop by Studio Yamato Zakura.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nara holiday maker app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Osaka, Japan

— 4 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Four-Mfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Koya and Gyoja no Taki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Mt. Kongo (in Chihayaakasaka-mura) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions website.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get great views at Taejongdae, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then stroll around Yongdusan Park, and finally kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan itinerary builder website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

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.
Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Creative Life Store KEY. Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Nami Island. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and steep yourself in history at Baek In-je's House.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seoul attractions planner.

Getting from Busan to Seoul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trips

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