40 days in East Asia Itinerary

40 days in East Asia Itinerary

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40 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Train:  16​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Kutchan-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Train:  8​h 15​min
4
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Zhangjiajie, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
nights
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.
Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nami Island and Changdeokgung Palace. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and walk around Namsan Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in December: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 3°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off 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

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Escape the urban bustle at Seongsan Ilchulbong and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Halla Mountain and Spirited Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff & Jeongbang Waterfall). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, explore by horseback at Jeju Tourist Horse Riding, and head outdoors with Hyeopjae Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jeju day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up 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

3
nights
Kutchan-cho, Japan

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Cape Kamui. Explore hidden gems such as Niseko Hanazono Resort and Jigokudani. Venture out of the city with trips to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeju to Kutchan-cho. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Get in touch with nature at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Hakuba. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) and Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirouma, and fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hakuba-mura takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Kutchan-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hakuba-mura, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -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 Nature

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura, Yubatake, Mt. Shirouma, Zenko-ji Temple, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nakasendo Tsumagojuku and Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort. Get in touch with nature at Senjojiki Cirque and Mt. Hokendake. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Kanazawa (Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Station, & more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Tenshukakau Observatory). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Takayama in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Takayama, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Amanohashidate. Step out of Kyoto to go to Konohana and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Amanohashidate, Universal Studios Japan
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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nights
Miyakojima, Japan

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

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in January; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up 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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nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In January in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time 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

4
nights
Zhangjiajie, China

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

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie vacation planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Zhangjiajie in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
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4
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Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mutianyu Great Wall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, stroll around Temple of Heaven, and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Zhangjiajie to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Beijing are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)