48 days in East Asia Itinerary

48 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Train
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Train to Chongqing North, Taxi to Chongqing
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Chongqing, China
— 1 day
Subway to Shapingba, Train to Tianjin West Station
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Tianjin, China
— 1 night
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Ferry to Fukuoka, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
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Hamamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
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Nara, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong, China

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
For shopping fun, head to IFC mall or MILK Shirts. Get a sense of the local culture at Lantau island and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Pack the 7th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), catch some excitement at Sandbox VR, take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Hong Kong is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect Hong Kong to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Shanghai, China

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Xintiandi. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

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You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, expect Shanghai to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:

Chongqing, China

— 1 day
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) as well as Jiefangbei Square. On the 14th (Thu), shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square and then explore the ancient world of Ciqikou (Porcelain Port).

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chongqing trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Chongqing in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tianjin.

Things to do in Chongqing

Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Tianjin, China

— 1 night
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
On the 15th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Tianjin Radio and TV Tower, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph Catheral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Printing Museum Building in Tianjin and then don't miss a visit to Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng).

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tianjin trip planning website.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Chongqing to Tianjin in 16 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of subway and train; or drive. In April, Tianjin is slightly colder than Chongqing - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Beijing.

Things to do in Tianjin

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jiefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), browse for treasures at Pop-UP Beijing, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Beijing online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Tianjin to Beijing takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

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.
Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Paju to see DMZ Haemaru Village about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, stop by Gyeongdong Market, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Beijing to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Seoul, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 26:

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Haedong Yonggung Temple and Busan Museum. Shop till you drop at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Busan Station Plaza, stroll through Yongdusan Park, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Busan day trip tool.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Odaiba District. Shop till you drop at Asakusa and Takeshita Street. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning tool.

Getting from Busan to Tokyo by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

Nagoya, Japan

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 5th (Thu), look for gifts at Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Seinan Sumiyagura, and finally walk around Chubu Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, pick up some local products at Tsubaki Fish Market, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, then shop like a local with Gyaruri Momogusa, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ayabe Utsuwatei.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Osaka, Japan

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more), Farm Market Yottette Michi no Eki Kudoyama (in Kudoyama-cho) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and browse the exhibits of Daimaru Museum Umeda.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Centerfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, shop like a local with Kyoto Station Building, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Kobe, Japan

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): shop like a local with ART NOMURA, walk around Shukugawa Park, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Hamamatsu, Japan

— 1 night

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
On the 17th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hamamatsu City Regional Heritage Center, look for gifts at Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten, then explore the world behind art at Ryoun-ji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Hamamatsu day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hamamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hamamatsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Nara, Japan

— 4 nights

Ancient City

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.
Head to Studio Yamato Zakura and Experience YAMATOfor plenty of shopping. Todai-ji Temple and Nara Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda) and Niukawakami Shrine (in Higashiyoshino-mura). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and make a trip to Daibutsuden.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nara route planner.

Traveling by train from Hamamatsu to Nara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Hamamatsu, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 21: