17 days in Asia Itinerary

17 days in Asia Itinerary

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17 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo City View And Sky Deck and Ueno. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama (Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal & Sky Garden). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo custom trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hangang Park and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In October, Seoul is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Banpo Hangang Park ©
Banpo Hangang Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) ©
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bund International Architecture Exhibition and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), tour the pleasant surroundings at Century Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of subway, flight, and train from Seoul to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in October: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours Museums Parks
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dragon's Back and Stanley, Hong Kong. Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak) and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then meet the residents at Singapore Zoo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Supertree Grove, enjoy breathtaking views from Singapore Flyer, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Singapore holiday planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Singapore in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Flyer ©
Singapore Flyer

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