54 days in East Asia Itinerary

54 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
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Shanghai, China
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Busan, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Hong Kong, China

— 9 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Popular historic sites such as Guia Fortress and Ruins of St. Paul's are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Po Lin Monastery and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). When in Hong Kong, make a side trip to see Coloane in Macau, approximately Macau away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Shek O Beach, head off the coast to Cheung Chau Island, stroll around Kowloon Park, and don't miss a visit to Central.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong tour planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Hong Kong is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, things will get warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Shanghai, China

— 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and The Lingering Garden. Visiting Huangpu River and Shanghai Wild Animal Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai Tower, make a trip to Bund International Architecture Exhibition, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shanghai attractions site.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in October, expect Shanghai to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Find places to stay Oct 22 — 30:

Busan, South Korea

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of the city life by going to Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beomeosa Temple and Sinseondae. Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje, about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Songdo Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Choryang Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Busan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Shanghai in October, plan for little chillier nights in Busan, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 7:

Seoul, South Korea

— 10 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hwaseong Fortress and Nami Island. Take a break from the city and head to Bukhansan National Park and Ilsan Lake Park. Venture out of the city with trips to One Mount Water Park (in Goyang) and Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village). Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple.

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You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in November, things will get little chillier in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 17:

Tokyo, Japan

— 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kōtoku-in and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 26:

Kyoto, Japan

— 8 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Tanoura Beach (in Tsuruga), Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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