60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Lagos, Nigeria
Fly:  21​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Matsue, Japan
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
6
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
8
Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
9
Nakijin-son, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
10
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Lagos, Nigeria

4
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 the less-touristy side of things at Minato Mirai 21 and Tokyo National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone-machi, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and shop like a local with Ginza.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tokyo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Lagos, Nigeria to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Lagos to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lagos in March, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

4
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore hidden gems such as Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Zenko-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Hanakomichi (in Matsumoto). There's more to do: hike along Kita Yatsuga-take and make a trip to Old Mejima Residence.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Hanakomichi, Kita Yatsuga-take, Yubatake
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

4
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Higashiyama Walking Course. Get a sense of the local culture at Sanmachi Suji and Kanda house. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), savor the flavors at Harada Sake Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, and pick up some local products at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takayama tour planning website .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kyoto Station Building and Heian Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder app .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

4
nights
Matsue, Japan

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Take a break from the city and head to Oki Chibu Red Cliff and Kuniga Shores. Do some cultural sightseeing at Izumo Taisha Shrine and Adachi Museum of Art. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Ama-cho (Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center & Oki Shrine), Tanabeke Dozogun (in Unnan) and Takuhi Shrine - Takubi Shrine (in Nishinoshima-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, contemplate the long history of Karakama Shrine, and enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matsue online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Izumo, Nishinoshima-cho, Ama-cho, Oki Chibu Red Cliff, Tanabeke Dozogun
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:
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Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

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nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Visiting Cape Hirakubozaki and Yarabudake will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Yonehara Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki vacation planner .

Getting from Matsue to Ishigaki by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Matsue in March: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

4
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kura Falls. Get outdoors at Todomari Beach and Nara no Taki Falls. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nakano Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To plan Iriomote-jima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

5
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Yonaha Maehama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast for some beach relaxation. Visiting Toguchi no Hama and Boraga Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Turiba Sunset Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

5
nights
Nakijin-son, Japan

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
You'll get in some beach time at Yurigahama and Tokei Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Akabaka Beach and Kise Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Nakijin-son side-trips: Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center (in Kunigami-son) and HIRO COFFEE FARM (in Higashi-son). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nakijin-son travel route builder site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, Nakijin-son is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

HIRO COFFEE FARM, Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center, Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Kise Beach, Yurigahama
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:
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Yurigahama ©
Yurigahama
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
HIRO COFFEE FARM ©
HIRO COFFEE FARM

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nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seongsan Ilchulbong and Halla Mountain. Visiting Udo and Sehwa Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Bonte Museum). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Hyeopjae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, and shop like a local with Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jeju tour itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nakijin-son to Jeju. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Changdeokgung Palace and Bukhansan National Park. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress for their historical value. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Insadong, don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April in Seoul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai
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 Xitang Ancient Town and Humble Administrator's Garden. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Pingjiang Road in Suzhou, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Tian Zi Fang, admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and get a taste of the local shopping with Xintiandi.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Seoul to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Shanghai. Traveling from Seoul in April, things will get a bit warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and 798 Art Zone. Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, browse for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market, and look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Beijing road trip site .

Fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, Beijing is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum