39 days in East Asia Itinerary

39 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yeouido Park and Gwanghwamun Gate. There's lots more to do: walk around Yeouido Hangang Park, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myeong-dong Cathedral, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Ewha Womans University.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seoul online driving holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Korean Standard Time is 6 hours. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Tokyo, Japan — 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chidorigafuchi and Ashikaga Flower Park. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park (in Saitama), Hana Fantasia (in Noda) and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Meguro River, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 15:

Hakone-machi, Japan — 3 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arakurayama Sengen Park and Chureito Pagoda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Lake Kawaguchi). There's much more to do: make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, walk around Onshi Hakone Park, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi travel route planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Matsumoto, Japan — 1 night

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, then stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally stop by Nakamachi Street.

Plan a Matsumoto trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Hakuba-mura, Japan — 6 nights

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kurobe Dam and Takada Park. Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine, Mt. Tateyama, &more), Joetsu (Rinsen-ji Temple, Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret, &more) and Nagano (Matsushiro, Sanada House, &more). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, trek along Happo-one Nature Study Course, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirouma, and walk around Azumino Chihiro Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura road trip site.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Shirakawa.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 26:

Shirakawa, Japan — 1 night

Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 27th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, walk around Nanko Park, take an in-depth tour of Fukushima Prefecture Cultural Center Shirakawa-kan (Mahoron), then stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa travel route website.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Shirakawa in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Shirakawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Takayama.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Takayama, Japan — 1 night

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama attractions planner.

Getting from Shirakawa to Takayama by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:

Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ninna-ji Temple and Daigo-ji Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), indulge your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

Osaka, Japan — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Yoshino and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara), Kobe (Mt. Maya & Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck)) and Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Noten Daijin Ryuoin Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sandbox VR and Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and walk around Kowloon Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hong Kong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Osaka to Hong Kong is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in May: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 7 — 10: