54 days in East Asia Itinerary

54 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
— 9 nights
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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

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 Po Lin Monastery are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruins of St. Paul's 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 much more to do: take advantage of the amenities at Repulse Bay Beach, trek along Dragon's Back, take in panoramic vistas at Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamma Island.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong vacation site.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Hong Kong is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Hong Kong is 8 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, expect Hong Kong to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. 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). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai Tower, make a splash at Changfeng Park, don't miss a visit to Bund International Architecture Exhibition, and admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip website.

Fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in October; daily highs in Shanghai reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Busan.
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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 Songdo Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Geoje (Sinseondae & Oedo Botania). There's lots more to do: stroll through Haeundae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Dadaepo Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Choryang Catholic Church, and take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

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.
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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 Bukhansan National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Nami Island and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Venture out of the city with trips to Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village) and Goyang (Ilsan Lake Park & One Mount Water Park). 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.
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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 Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Seoul - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
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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 Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Amanohashidate (in Miyazu), Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park) and Tanoura Beach (in Tsuruga). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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