50 days in East Asia Itinerary

50 days in East Asia Itinerary

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50 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
Fly:  18​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Chengdu, China
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
10
Jiuzhaigou County, China
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Geneva, Switzerland

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Icheon Termeden (in Icheon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and get in on the family fun at Lotte World.

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

Geneva, Switzerland to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Geneva to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Geneva in May, things will get a bit warmer in Seoul: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Icheon Termeden, DMZ Haemaru Village
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rakusai Chikurin Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online tour itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art, Senseki Garden
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Anapji Pond (in Gyeongju). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and stroll through Yongdusan Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Busan sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oedo Botania, Anapji Pond
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Take a break from Jeju with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and find something for the whole family at Hallim Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jeju trip maker tool .

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

5
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Suzhou Garden Museum (in Suzhou). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip website .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeju to Shanghai. In June, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Suzhou Garden Museum, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, nightlife, theme parks, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), head off the coast to Lantau island, appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong journey builder tool .

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in June, with highs in Hong Kong at 38°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

1
night
Chengdu, China

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Jinsha Site Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hong Kong to Chengdu in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in June; daily highs in Chengdu reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum

2
nights
Jiuzhaigou County, China

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve and then make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Jiuzailing Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jiuzhaigou County trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou County in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center
Jiuzailing Temple ©
Jiuzailing Temple

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then make a trip to Muslim Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Xi'an online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Xi'an takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si), and admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Beijing travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum