45 days in East Asia Itinerary

45 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Nanjo, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Naha, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nago, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chatan-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Bus to Asahibashi, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jeonju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Train to Yeocheon Station, Fly to Jeju
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Train
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Daegu, South Korea
— 2 nights
Train
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara, Japan
— 5 nights
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Train to Kobe, Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko, Japan
— 7 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Nanjo, Japan — 1 night

With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, then appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then contemplate the long history of Nakandakarihija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Cape Chinen Park, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, then step off the mainland to explore Kudakajima Island, then head off the coast to Ojima Island, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nanjo trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Nanjo is an approximately 80-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Naha.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Naha, Japan — 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, then steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Naha Shopping Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Naha trip planner.

Naha is just a stone's throw from Nanjo. September in Naha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Nago.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Nago, Japan — 2 nights

Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then kick back and relax at Kouri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Busena Beach, get outside with Minna Beach, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Bisezaki, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nago itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Naha to Nago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chatan-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Chatan-cho, Japan — 2 nights

Known for its American military bases, Chatan-cho has lacked the tourism appeal of other towns on the island, yet offers a pleasant beach getaway.
On the 8th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins. On the next day, kick back and relax at Nirai Beach, then don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, then Head underground at Blue Cave, and finally look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chatan-cho trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nago to Chatan-cho in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Chatan-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Ishigaki, Japan — 3 nights

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.
On the 10th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally kick back and relax at Sunset Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally stop by Yurateiku Market.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki attractions website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chatan-cho to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeonju.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Jeonju, South Korea — 2 nights

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Wanpanbon, then steep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae, then contemplate the long history of Gyeonggijeon Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Korea Traditional Culture Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church and then contemplate the long history of Pungnammun Gate.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jeonju travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ishigaki to Jeonju. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in September: high temperatures in Jeonju hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Jeju, South Korea — 3 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Escape the urban bustle at Hamdeok Beach and Hallasan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hyeopjae Beach and Bijarim Forest. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sehwa Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum, walk around Spirited Garden, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

Plan my day in Jeju using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Jeonju to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Jeonju in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Jeju, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Seoul.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Seoul, South Korea — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, then see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and finally don't miss a visit to Deoksugung. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, then shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and then see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip maker.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Jeju in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Daegu.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Daegu, South Korea — 2 nights

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): walk around Apsan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Donghwasa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eunhaesa Temple. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Kyungpook National University Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bullodong Ancient Tomb Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sanghwa Yi's Old House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Daegu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Seoul to Daegu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Daegu, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Gyeongju.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Gyeongju, South Korea — 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju tour planner.

You can take a train from Daegu to Gyeongju in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Daegu in September, plan for slightly colder days in Gyeongju, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Busan.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 24th (Thu), get outside with Gwangalli Beach, then stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, and finally walk around Yongdusan Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): head outdoors with Haeundae Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planning site.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Tokyo, Japan — 3 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 teamLab☆Planets and Naritasan Omote Sando. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Katori Jingu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more), Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori (in Katori). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top, make a trip to Hozomon, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Kyoto, Japan — 3 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 Tofuku-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Shimogamo Jinja. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Osaka, Japan — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), stop by Dotombori District, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Nara.
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Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Nara, Japan — 5 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.
Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kongobu-ji Temple and Oharai-machi. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Takanomiya (in Ise), Koya-cho (Koyasan Choishi Michi, Koyasan Daimon, &more) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nara driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Nikko, Japan — 7 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get in touch with nature at Yudaki Falls and Nikko National Park. Let the collections at Oya History Museum and Fujishiro Seiji Museum capture your imagination. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Otome Waterfall (in Nasushiobara), Oya temple (in Utsunomiya) and Nasu-machi (Mount Nasudake & Nasu Trick Art Museum). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip builder app.

Getting from Nara to Nikko by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nara in October, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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