40 days in East Asia Itinerary

40 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel route planner

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Seoul, South Korea
— 12 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 17 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 12 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (in Gwacheon). Pack the 23rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit Insadong, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in June, expect Seoul to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get great views at Taejongdae, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then stroll around Yongdusan Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach and then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip maker tool.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Busan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Osaka, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Busan to Osaka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 10th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Tokyo, Japan

— 17 nights
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 out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, Hase-dera Temple, &more) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips