60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Zhangjiajie, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Lijiang, China
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
4
Lhasa, China
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 45 min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
8
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h 15 min
10
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
11
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Takayama, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
13
Nagano, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
14
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Atlanta, United States

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at 798 Art Zone and Nanluoguxiang. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and National Museum Of China. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing route planning website .

Atlanta, USA to Beijing is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Beijing is 13 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

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

3
nights
Zhangjiajie, China

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Visiting Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie and Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Tianzi Mountain. There's more to do: explore the activities along Golden Whip Brook.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zhangjiajie trip planner .

You can fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
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2
nights
Lijiang, China

Lijiang ©
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Mufu Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, then view the masterpieces at Rhizome - Lijiang art center, and finally cruise along Blue Moon Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Three Parallel Rivers National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lijiang trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Three Parallel Rivers National Park ©
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China

2
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), then get engrossed in the history at Potala Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiamiyuan Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lhasa journey maker app .

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lhasa, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

4
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.
Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. You'll explore and learn at The War Memorial of Korea and Deoksugung. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, and wander the streets of Insadong.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lhasa to Seoul takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Lhasa, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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The War Memorial of Korea ©
The War Memorial of Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Spirited Garden and The Islander will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Bijarim Forest and Halla Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Udo, laugh and play at Hallim Park, take in the exciting artwork at Arario Museum Dongmun Motel, and hunt for treasures at Jeju City Traditional Five Day Market.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jeju travel route planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

5
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Humble Administrator's Garden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Former French Concession and Pingjiang Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shanghai: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Suzhou (Suzhou Museum & Tongli Town). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary builder app .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeju to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

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)

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Miyakojima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Shanghai to Miyakojima by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. For shopping fun, head to Nei Museum of Art or Yurateiku Market. Spend the 5th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, walk around Kabira Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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.
Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 81°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Matsuyama Castle, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure 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.
Do your shopping at Kyoto Station Building and Dotonbori. Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Hikone Castle
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
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.
Visit The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Takayama are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Senjojiki Cirque, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Haruna Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Kurumayama Highland and Yubatake. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Stone Church (in Karuizawa-machi), Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Museum of Art & Matsumoto Castle) and Onsen Resorts (in Kusatsu-machi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Arts Festival of the Village of the Earth, browse the exhibits of Hokusai-kan, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano road trip planner.

Getting from Takayama to Nagano by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Matsumoto, Haruna Shrine, Stone Church, Kurumayama Highland
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Pola Museum of Art and Asakusa Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Hase-dera Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: make a trip to Minato Mirai 21, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in September, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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