47 days in East Asia Itinerary

47 days in East Asia Itinerary

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47 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
1
Shari-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
6
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Onna-son, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h
10
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h
11
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
12
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
13
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
14
Jiashan County, China
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
15
Zhoushan, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Shari-cho, Japan

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho day trip site .

Vancouver, Canada to Shari-cho is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ninja Food Tours as well as Kasai Beach Park. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Ginza Itoya Hontrenfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Mitake. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa) and Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Yanaka, take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mt. Mitake, Oyama Rice Terraces
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Ninja Food Tours ©
Ninja Food Tours

3
nights
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
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.
On the 11th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Suntory Kyoto Brewery and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nara route builder site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Nature

Side Trips

Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Suntory Kyoto Brewery
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Suntory Kyoto Brewery ©
Suntory Kyoto Brewery
Harushika Brewery ©
Harushika Brewery

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minami (Namba) and Hozenji Yokocho. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store.

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

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods
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Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 16th (Mon), look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiraito River, and finally browse the different shops at Asse. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai and then identify plant and animal life at Takatoridai.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Takatoridai
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Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street
Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai ©
Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai

3
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yakusugi Land and Isso Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tachudake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho vacation website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

4
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, make a splash at Manza Ocean Park, stroll through Fuchaku Beach, and kick back and relax at Diamond Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikizu Beach. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Yabiji. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, savor the flavors at Wide Market, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonehara Beach and Nakamoto Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Shiraho Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the ferry ride to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Nakamoto Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirahama Port, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then make a trip to Funauki Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima day trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Beaches
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
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.
Visiting Yangmingshan National Park and Xinyue Beach will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Taipei 101 or Big City. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Elephant Trunk Rock (in Ruifang) and WuLaoKeng (in Su'ao). There's more to do: shop like a local with Eslite Bookstore - Xinyi.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Taipei with the Route module. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

WuLaoKeng, Elephant Trunk Rock, Big City, Xinyue Beach
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Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Big City ©
Big City

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hike along Dragon's Back, enjoy the sand and surf at Shek O, and then wander the streets of Soho. On your second day here, shop like a local with Tsim Sha Tsui.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner.

Getting from Taipei to Hong Kong by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Shek O Beach ©
Shek O Beach

4
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Do your shopping at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market and Former French Concession. Get outdoors at Jinshan City Beach and Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach. There's much more to do: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), stroll around Jinshan Beach, and take advantage of the amenities at Bihaijinsha Wonder World.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in October, things will get slightly colder in Shanghai: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zhoushan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

2
nights
Jiashan County, China

Jiashan County ©
On a tour of Jiashan County, administered by the city of Jiaxing, you can enjoy its quiet, scenic countryside, picturesque scenery, and a variety of rivers and lakes that offer pleasant getaways from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): browse the different shops at Suzhou Village, then shop like a local with Silk Street, and then admire the landmark architecture of Yanyu Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Xitang Ancient Town and then explore the engaging exhibits at Six Arts Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Jiashan County trip planner .

Drive from Shanghai to Jiashan County in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Zhoushan.

Things to do in Jiashan County

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzhou
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Silk Street ©
Silk Street
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

3
nights
Zhoushan, China

Zhoushan
Made up of over a thousand small interconnected islands, Zhoushan lies at the southern mouth of the Yangtze River, a biodiverse city popular with holidaymakers seeking sea and sun.
On the 16th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Dongji Scienc Spot and then kick back and relax at Cobble Bay. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Longtoutiao Beach, take in the waterfront at Shenjiamen, and then browse the different shops at Kaihong Plaza.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zhoushan travel tool .

Traveling by car from Jiashan County to Zhoushan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zhoushan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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