43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 9 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
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea — 6 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 Changgyeonggung Palace and Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, see the interesting displays at National Folk Museum of Korea, let the kids burn off some steam at Seoul Forest, and stroll around Yeouido Hangang Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seoul route planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Seoul is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get much colder in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:

Tokyo, Japan — 9 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Musashino (Inokashira Park & Kichijoji), Mito (Kodokan Park, Semba Boadwalk, &more) and Minatomirai (Nipponmaru Memorial Park & Sky Garden). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse).

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Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 3:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Owaku-dani Valley and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujiyoshida (Arakurayama Sengen Park & Chureito Pagoda) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Lake Kawaguchi). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and stroll around Onshi Hakone Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip maker website.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip itinerary builder site.

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 somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam, Oyama Shrine, &more), Joetsu (Rinsen-ji Temple, Takada Park, &more) and Nagano (Matsushiro, Sanada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, hike along Hakuba Daisekkei Trail, and get outside with Little Fram Hasshi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura route site.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shirakawa.
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Find places to stay Apr 7 — 14:

Shirakawa, Japan — 1 night

Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 15th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, stroll around Nanko Park, then 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 find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Shirakawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Shirakawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

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 16th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Takayama day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Takayama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Kyoto Botanical Garden. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nigatsu-do Temple and Mint Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Yoshino-cho (Mt. Yoshino, Nyoirinji, &more), Kobe (Mt. Maya & Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck)) and Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:

Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sandbox VR and Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kowloon Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), and don't miss a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong day trip planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Hong Kong by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: 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. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Osaka in April, with highs in Hong Kong at 32°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28: