40 days in East Asia Itinerary

40 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
3
Kutchan-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
4
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
7
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
9
Zhangjiajie, China
— 4 nights
10
Beijing, China
— 4 nights

3
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nami Island and Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and stroll around Namsan Park.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seoul itinerary planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Seoul. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, things will get much colder in Seoul: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nami Island
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Nami Island ©
Nami Island

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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.
Visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong and Halla Mountain will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jeongbang Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff in Seogwipo (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Udo, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum, and take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

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Kutchan-cho, Japan

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Lake Toya. Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Hanazono Resort and Jigokudani. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeju to Kutchan-cho. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Lake Toya, Jigokudani, Cape Kamui
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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui

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Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yubatake and Nozawa Onsen. Take a break from the city and head to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Hakuba. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirouma, and head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hakuba-mura takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, you will find days in Hakuba-mura are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Yubatake, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Mt. Shirouma
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

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Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort and Senjojiki Cirque. Explore hidden gems such as The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Sanmachi Suji. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Tenshukakau Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hokendake.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Takayama when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Senjojiki Cirque, Mt. Hokendake
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amanohashidate and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel route website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Takayama in January: highs in Kyoto hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Amanohashidate
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, and finally head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. In January, Miyakojima is much warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Yonehara Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Iriomote-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Zhangjiajie, China

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Take a break from the city and head to Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Zhangjiajie takes 10.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ishigaki to Zhangjiajie due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

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Beijing, China

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mutianyu Great Wall. Step off the beaten path and head to Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January in Beijing, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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