52 days in East Asia Itinerary

52 days in East Asia Itinerary

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52 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly + Bus:  31 h
1
Lhasa, China
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
2
Lijiang, China
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  7 h 30 min
7
Izumo, Japan
— 2 nights
+6
Train + Taxi + Fly + Tram + Subway + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
8
Nagano, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
12
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Boston, United States

4
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Potala Palace and Tibet Museum. Get some cultural insight at Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganden Monastery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and steep yourself in history at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lhasa tour itinerary maker .

Boston, USA to Lhasa is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. May in Lhasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

2
nights
Lijiang, China

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square, stop by Ancient City Zhongyi Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puji Temple, Lijiang. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, delve into the distant past at Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, and then take a memorable drive along Blue Moon Valley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Puji Temple, Lijiang
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley
Puji Temple, Lijiang ©
Puji Temple, Lijiang

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Jinshan City Beach and Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach. Head to Former French Concession and West Bund Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shanghai: Suzhou (Panmen Gate & Master-of-Nets Garden). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), walk around Fuxing Park, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Lijiang to Shanghai by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Shanghai are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Suzhou, Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Jinshan City Beach ©
Jinshan City Beach
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

6
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong and Sehwa Beach will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and The Islander. Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Gwangchigi Beach about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, hike along Hallasan, kick back and relax at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and get outside with Woljeongri Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jeju trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai to Jeju, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay May 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum
Woljeongri Beach ©
Woljeongri Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonehara Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Nakamoto Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, & more) and Iriomote-jima (Nakama-river Protected Region & Nara no Taki Falls). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, take in the spiritual surroundings of Misakion, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Ishigaki takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Kohama-jima, Nakamoto Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 5th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and finally stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, then see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel route builder website .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

2
nights
Izumo, Japan

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Tanabeke Dozogun, then take in breathtaking views at Oni no Shitaburui, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally explore the ancient world of Kojindani Ruin. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Koryo Kunibiki Coast, steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, head outdoors with Hinomisaki Coast, then visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Karakama Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Izumo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Miyakojima to Izumo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Miyakojima in June, things will get little chillier in Izumo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oni no Shitaburui, Adachi Museum of Art, Tanabeke Dozogun
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

3
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Appreciate the collections at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and Mizuno Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Zenko-ji Temple and Sanada House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagano: Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro), Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi) and Myoko Kogen (in Myoko). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha and delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Izumo to Nagano in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Myoko Kogen, Nunobiki Kannon, Ike no Taira Shitsugen
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pola Museum of Art and Kencho-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya), Hakone Stone‐paved Road (in Hakone-machi) and Shirako Beach (in Shirako-machi). There's lots more to do: visit Odaiba, wander the streets of Yanaka, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip site .

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Oya History Museum, Shirako Beach
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

6
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanjusangendo Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and stop by Pontocho.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Dotombori, Himeji Castle, Ise Shrine Geku, Koyasan Okunoin
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bukhansan National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seoul Museum of History. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, and wander the streets of Insadong.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Seoul are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Hwaseong Fortress
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

6
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to 798 Art Zone or PAPP'S TEA. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gong Wang Fu. There's much more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, explore the activities along Back Lakes (Hou Hai), make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Beijing day trip website .

Fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing. When traveling from Seoul in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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