51 days in East Asia Itinerary

51 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
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Macau, China
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Shanghai, China
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
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Nara, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kamakura, Japan
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Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong online travel planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Hong Kong is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Macau.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Macau, China — 3 nights

Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Macau is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), enjoy breathtaking views from Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, and make a trip to Largo do Senado (Senado Square).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Macau attractions planning site.

Traveling by combination of from Hong Kong to Macau takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Shanghai.
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Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Shanghai, China — 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Shanghai to Suzhou to see Humble Administrator's Garden about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), wander the streets of Former French Concession, get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai travel planner.

Fly from Macau to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.
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Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, make a trip to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Beijing online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, plan for little chillier nights in Beijing, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Ulaanbaatar.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — 5 nights

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, see Off-Road Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aryabal Meditation Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar trip planner.

Fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Beijing in April; daily highs in Ulaanbaatar reach 11°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 5 nights

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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Spend the 26th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: walk around Hallim Park, step off the mainland to explore Udo, try to win big at Let's Run Farm Jeju, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju journey planning site.

Getting from Ulaanbaatar to Jeju by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Paju to see DMZ Haemaru Village about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, contemplate the long history of Jongmyo Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planning app.

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

Osaka, Japan — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Osaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Nara.
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Nara, Japan — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, take in nature's colorful creations at Manyo Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaidan-do.

Discover how to plan a Nara trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and visit Gion.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Tokyo, Japan — 7 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 17th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 19:

Kamakura, Japan — 1 night

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), take in the spiritual surroundings of Enoshima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then enjoy breathtaking views from Enoshima Sea Candle, and finally meet the residents at Enoshima Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamakura road trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Kamakura hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
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.
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Mongolia travel guide

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Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
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.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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