60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono), Yamanakako-mura (Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck & Mt. Ishiwari) and Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, see the interesting displays at Izu Glass and Craft Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yamanakako-mura, Ito, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Kazurayama Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Nagase house, & more) and Matsumoto (Japan Ukiyo-e Museum & Matsumoto Castle). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama driving holiday planner .

Drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Takayama, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto, Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in February, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 20:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Change things up with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, stroll around Busan Citizens Park, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Busan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Busan are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nami Island (in Chuncheon), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get in on the family fun at Lotte World, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner .

Fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Busan in February: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nami Island, DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

5
nights
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beijing route app .

You can fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Seoul to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Beijing are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

6
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Go for a jaunt from Hong Kong to Macau to see Ruins of St. Paul's about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Hong Kong online day trip planner .

You can fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in March, you will find days in Hong Kong are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are much warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ruins of St. Paul's
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 13:
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

5
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Leofoo Village Theme Park (in Guanxi), YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, contemplate the long history of Heritage And Culture Education Center Of Taipei, explore the striking landscape of Yangmingshan National Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei travel site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Taipei in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Taipei when traveling from Hong Kong in March, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

New Taipei, Leofoo Village Theme Park
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

6
nights
Shanghai, China

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 out of town with these interesting Shanghai side-trips: Shaxi Ancient Town (in Taicang) and Suzhou Garden Museum (in Suzhou). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Taipei to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Taipei in March, things will get a bit cooler in Shanghai: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Suzhou Garden Museum, Shaxi Ancient Town
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 24:
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

6
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, head outdoors with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jeju trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Jeju takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai to Jeju, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Sarabong Park ©
Sarabong Park
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

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