45 days in Asia Itinerary

45 days in Asia Itinerary

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45 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 12 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Busan, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

12
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'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Showa Kinen Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Onjuku Beach (in Onjuku-machi), Yokohama (Nogeyama Zoo, Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', & more) and Hiariura Beach (in Isumi). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ginza, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and see the vivid underwater world at Ubara Risokyo.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Katsuura, Hakone-machi, Kamogawa
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Amanohashidate and Shirahama Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Kanabiki Waterfall (in Miyazu) and Hikone Castle Museum (in Hikone). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, and stroll through Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takahama-cho, Miyazu, Matsumoto Mountai Pass, Todai-ji Temple, Lake Biwa
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

4
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Nara Park and Shinsaibashi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara), Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Mount Koyasan, & more) and Kobe Harborland (in Kobe). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Mitarai Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, and browse the different shops at Namba Parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning site .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Kobe, Mitarai Valley, Hase-dera Temple
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

6
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Jagalchi Market and Gukje Marketfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Beomeosa Temple and Yeojwacheon Stream. Venture out of the city with trips to Geoje (Oedo Botania, Sinseondae, & more) and Ulsan (Jangsaengpo Whale Museum & Ulsan Grand Park). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Songjeong Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and stop by Haeundae Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of subway, train, and flight from Osaka to Busan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for little chillier days in Busan, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Geoje, Ulsan, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

12
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Exclusive Tour Korea - Private Day Tours as well as Korea House. Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Korean Folk Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ (in Paju), Suwon (Gwanggyosan Mountain & Hwaseong Fortress) and Everland (in Yongin). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get great views at N Seoul Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip app .

You can take a train from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yongin, Suwon, DMZ Haemaru Village, Eurwangni Beach, Ilsan Lake Park
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongduam Rock. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Woljeongri Beach, see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Jeju 1100 Altitude Wetland, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Songaksan Mountain, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanbanggulsa Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Sex and Health.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jeju trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hallasan
Hallasan
Seongeup Folk Village ©
Seongeup Folk Village

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