58 days in East Asia Itinerary

58 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 7 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
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Dali, China
— 8 nights
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Hangzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Beijing, China

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). You'll explore and learn at The Palace Museum and National Museum Of China. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), admire the masterpieces at Memorial Hall of Qi Baishi, see the sky in a new way at Beijing Planetarium, and stroll around Ditan Park.

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Washington, USA to Beijing is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Washington to Beijing. Traveling from Washington in February, things will get slightly colder in Beijing: highs are around 42°F and lows about 20°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chengdu.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 14:

Chengdu, China

— 3 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chengdu Culture Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sichuan Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at New Century Global Center.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chengdu tour planning website.

Getting from Beijing to Chengdu by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in February: highs in Chengdu hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 42°F. You will leave for Dali on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Chengdu

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Dali, China

— 8 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Weishan Ancient City and Four Scenic Resorts of Dali. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Erhai Lake and Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cangshan Mountain, look for all kinds of wild species at Cang Hill Scenic Resort, Kunming, take a stroll through Dali Ancient, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dali day trip site.

You can fly from Chengdu to Dali in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Dali

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 25:

Hangzhou, China

— 3 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Impression Westlake has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Xiang Lake Tourist Resort Area of Hangzhou and then attend a concert at Impression Westlake.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hangzhou route tool.

Getting from Dali to Hangzhou by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. February in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. You will leave for Shanghai on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Nightlife
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pingjiang Road, Humble Administrator's Garden and Lion Forest Garden. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Three on the Bund. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession, take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, wander the streets of Taikang Road, and make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hangzhou to Shanghai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in February, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

Seoul, South Korea

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and LINE Friends Flagship Store Myeongdong Stationfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Singu Daehak Arboretum in Seongnam--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, and get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seoul day trip planning app.

Fly from Shanghai to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in March; daily highs in Seoul reach 53°F and lows reach 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 10:

Jeju, South Korea

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Manjanggul Cave as well as Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum and The Islander. Step out of the city life by going to Hallasan and Handam Coastal Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jeju vacation planner.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sakuya Konohanakan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Universal Studios Japan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan, and then stop by Tower Knives Osaka.

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Traveling by flight from Jeju to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 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.
You've added Kodai-ji Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Chion-in Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, and stop by Shinbashi Dori.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker site.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 22:

Takayama, Japan

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Ogimachi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sanmachi Suji and Takayama Jinya. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house & Kanda house).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takayama tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 38°F at night. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Toshogu Shrine and Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nezu Museum and Arona Spa. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ueno District, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, visit Kagurazaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Getting from Takayama to Tokyo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in March, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (58°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

Nikko, Japan

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then savor the flavors at Katayama Shuzo, then look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Junshi (Self-Immolation) Graves, take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Nikko journey maker website.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 48°F at night. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hie Jinjya and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Hozomon. Explore Tokyo further: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and explore the activities along Meguro River.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 43°F. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

China travel guide

4.4
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

South Korea travel guide

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Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Kansai travel guide

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The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.