60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel route planner

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
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Changsha, China
— 2 nights
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Fuzhou, China
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wenzhou, China
— 3 nights
Fly to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Drive to Taizhou
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Taizhou, China
— 3 nights
Drive
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Suzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hamamatsu, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Beijing, China

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Head to Nanluoguxiang and Pop-UP Beijingfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Palace Museum, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wang Fu Jing Da Jie.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip builder tool.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to China Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect nights in Beijing to be somewhat warmer, around 9°C, while days are warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Beijing

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Kuanzhai Alley. Head to Galleria and Suit Republicfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng, don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chengdu road trip planning app.

Getting from Beijing to Chengdu by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in April since evenings lows in Chengdu dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Changsha, China

— 2 nights

Star City

A good starting point for explorations of the province, Changsha stands as a modern city with 3,000 years of history behind it.
Mount Yuelu and Yuelu Academy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Changsha Nanjiao Park and Hyatt party ID Mall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Tianxin Tower, stroll around Martyr's Park, don't miss a visit to Changsha Ferris wheel, and see the interesting displays at Hunan Provincial Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Changsha route builder.

You can fly from Chengdu to Changsha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Fuzhou.

Things to do in Changsha

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Fuzhou, China

— 2 nights

City of Banyans

The capital of Fujian province, the old port city of Fuzhou offers a seamless fusion of nature and industry, historic architecture and sprawling high rises.
Popular historic sites such as Xichan Temple and Architectural buildings of Sanfang Qixiang and Zhuzi Workshop are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Linzexu Memorial of Fuzhou and Drum Mountain (Gu Shan). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fuzhou Museum, stroll around Xihu Park of Fuzhou, make a trip to Nanhou Street, and delve into the lush surroundings at Fuzhou National Forest Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fuzhou trip tool.

You can fly from Changsha to Fuzhou in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. April in Fuzhou sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Wenzhou.

Things to do in Fuzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Wenzhou, China

— 3 nights
Wenzhou is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Zhejiang province in the People's Republic of China. Take a break from Wenzhou with a short trip to Linkeng Ancient Village in Yongjia County, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at INtime Mall (INtime Mall), explore the activities along Nanxi River, explore the ancient world of Wenzhou Wuma Street Yunbo Shopping Site, and head off the coast to Jiangxin Island.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wenzhou journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Fuzhou to Wenzhou takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Taizhou.

Things to do in Wenzhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Taizhou, China

— 3 nights
Taizhou is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu Province in eastern China. Get some cultural insight at Slender West Lake and Daming Temple. For shopping fun, head to Core Pacific City-wide life Plaza or Yangzhou Dongguan Street. Get out of town with these interesting Taizhou side-trips: The Lotus Bridge (in Yangzhou) and Yangtze River (in Taixing). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mei Lanfang Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taizhou tour itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Wenzhou to Taizhou with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Taizhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Suzhou, China

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Get some historical perspective at Tongli Town and Xitang Ancient Town. Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute and The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Suzhou to go to Kunshan and see Zhouzhuang Water Town, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, see the interesting displays at Suzhou Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Lingering Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Suzhou trip itinerary app.

Getting from Taizhou to Suzhou by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. Former French Concession and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shanghai attractions website.

Getting from Suzhou to Shanghai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Get some historical perspective at Nishi no Maru and Okayama Castle. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama (Hayashibara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji, stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Himeji takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Shanghai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Kobe, Japan

— 3 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Visit Site of Miyama Batttery and Ishoan for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Akamon Oneribei. Explore Kobe's surroundings by going to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka) and Wakayama (Tomogashima Island & Awashima Shrine). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kobe trip planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Kobe sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Minami (Namba)for plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Osaka Castle and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Hanasaka Fudoson, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kobe in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

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 some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Nara, Japan

— 3 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.
Visit Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Studio Yamato Zakura and Nara Family. Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, and contemplate the long history of Kaidan-do.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nara online tour planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Hamamatsu, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
For shopping fun, head to Yaizu Sakana Center or Aeon Mall Hamamatsu Shitoro. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ryotan-ji Temple and Okuni Jinja Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamamatsu: Kakegawa (Kakegawa Castle Tower & Kakegawajuku), Yaizu Shrine (in Yaizu) and Kasuisai Temple (in Fukuroi). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, see the interesting displays at Suzuki Plaza, brush up on your military savvy at Hamamatsu Air Park, and contemplate the long history of Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate.

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

Traveling by train from Nara to Hamamatsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nara in May, expect nights in Hamamatsu to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Odawara Castle. Get some historical perspective at Odawara Castle Tenshukaku and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Fujiyoshida (Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

Before you visit Hakone-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Hamamatsu to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in), Sojiji (in Nishitokyo) and Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and stop by Odaiba District.

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You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1: