24 days in Tokyo & Taiwan Itinerary

24 days in Tokyo & Taiwan Itinerary

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24 days in Tokyo & Taiwan Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Taichung, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Alishan, Taiwan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tainan, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Pingtung, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  4​h 30​min
7
Hualien, Taiwan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

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.
You've added Shibuya Crossing, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Tokyo at 76°F and lows at 61°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Escape the urban bustle at Yangmingshan National Park and Beitou Spring. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Palace Museum and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, take in the natural beauty of Beitou Hot Spring, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

Before you visit Taipei, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Taipei takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Taipei to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Get some cultural insight at Taichung Baptist Church and 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan. Appreciate the collections at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and National Museum of Natural Science. Change things up with these side-trips from Taichung: Lukang (Lukang & Lugang Old Street), Yuchi (Xuan Guang Si & Wenwu Temple) and Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) (in Ren'ai Township). There's still lots to do: stop by Tsutaya Bookstore - Taichung City and buy something for everyone on your list at Showtime Plaza.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taichung attractions planning tool .

You can take a train from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Taichung sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alishan.

Things to do in Taichung

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nantou, Changhua
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Lukang ©
Lukang
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan ©
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

1
night
Alishan, Taiwan

Alishan ©
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shouzhen Temple, then hike along Jyumu Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shun Bao Fu De Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alishan online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Taichung to Alishan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tainan.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Shun Bao Fu De Temple ©
Shun Bao Fu De Temple
Shouzhen Temple ©
Shouzhen Temple

3
nights
Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chimei Museum and Hayashi Department Store. Get some historical perspective at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Anping Fort (Anping gubao). Take a break from Tainan with a short trip to Cijin Island in Qijin, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Confucius Temple, stop by Hecheng Fanbuhang, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shennong Street.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tainan route app .

You can drive from Alishan to Tainan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pingtung.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

2
nights
Pingtung, Taiwan

Pingtung ©
Mostly serving as a base for exploring Kenting National Park, Pingtung enjoys a pleasant, subtropical climate, sandy beaches, and a friendly atmosphere.
On the 12th (Wed), look for gifts at Jiu Zhen Nan Han Pastry House, see the interesting displays at Fengyi Academy, then view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and finally make a trip to The Dome of Light. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Wan Jin Church, then contemplate the long history of Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park, and then make a trip to Fo Guang Shan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pingtung trip maker website .

Drive from Tainan to Pingtung in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Pingtung

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan ©
Fo Guang Shan
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Wan Jin Church ©
Wan Jin Church

3
nights
Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lin Tian Shan Cultural Museum and Xuanguang Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Taroko Gorge and Ch'ing-shui Cliff. Go for a jaunt from Hualien to Yuchi to see Sun Moon Lake about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: trek along Yanzihkou Trail and appreciate the history behind Eternal Spring Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hualien trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Pingtung to Hualien takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nantou
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lintienshan Forestry Culture Park ©
Lintienshan Forestry Culture Park
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake

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