36 days in East Asia Itinerary

36 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Hakodate, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
9
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly
10
Macau, China
— 2 nights
Helicopter
11
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

Beijing, China — 4 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: see Mutianyu Great Wall, look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing online tour itinerary planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Beijing is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Beijing, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September, expect nights in Beijing to be cooler, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Shanghai, China — 2 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.
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), walk around Fuxing Park, then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in October, with highs in Shanghai at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
more
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Jeju, South Korea — 4 nights

Island of the Gods

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.
When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, approximately Seogwipo away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and stroll around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Shanghai in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Jeju, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
more
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, get outside with Haeundae Beach, then stroll through Yongdusan Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Gwangalli Beach, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Busan day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Busan, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.
more
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Seoul, South Korea — 4 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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Seoul using our trip planner.

Getting from Busan to Seoul by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Busan in October, plan for little chillier days in Seoul, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
more
Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are little chillier (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.
more
Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Hakodate, Japan — 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, wander the streets of Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate holiday builder.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Hakodate is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Kyoto.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

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.
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, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto route planning site.

Getting from Hakodate to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Hakodate in October, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Taipei.
more
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Taipei, Taiwan — 4 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Ruifang (Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) & Gold Museum, New Taipei Government). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, and shop like a local with Taipei 101.

Start your trip to Taipei by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Taipei takes 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Taipei. In October, Taipei is a bit warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Macau.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

Macau, China — 2 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.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Na Tcha Temple, then delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kun Iam Temple, see the interesting displays at Macao Museum, then make a trip to Largo do Senado (Senado Square), and finally try to win big at Casino at Venetian Macao.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Macau tour planning tool.

Fly from Taipei to Macau in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to do a combination of to Hong Kong.
more
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 4th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip builder website.

You can do a combination of from Macau to Hong Kong in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Macau in November, you will find days in Hong Kong are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
more
Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

China travel guide

4.4
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.
more

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · 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.
more

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.
more

Hokkaido travel guide

4
Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
more

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.
more