38 days in East Asia Itinerary

38 days in East Asia Itinerary

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38 days in East Asia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lhasa, China
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
6
Matsue, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
7
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Onna-son, Japan
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
11
Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Barkhor Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

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Sydney, Australia to Lhasa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lhasa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Lhasa

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

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Palace Museum and National Museum Of China. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). And it doesn't end there: see Mutianyu Great Wall, walk around Temple of Heaven, admire the striking features of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), and laugh and play at Olympic Park.

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

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Beijing takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lhasa in June, with highs in Beijing at 36°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

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
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Take a break from the city and head to Seongsan Ilchulbong and Halla Mountain. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hyeopjae Beach and Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach. When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Jeongbang Waterfall in Seogwipo, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Udo, identify plant and animal life at Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang, stroll through Hamdeok Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Hallim Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Beijing to Jeju in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Udo ©
Udo
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

3
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ginkaku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
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.
On the 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Izumo Taisha Shrine and Yaegaki Shrine. Let the collections at Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Izumo (Sashimu Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takayama to Matsue takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Matsue, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
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Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Yahazu Cape. Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. It doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

3
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Akabaka Beach and Tokei Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Diamond Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Nakijin-son (Kouri Bridge, Nakijin Castle Ruins, & more), Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center (in Kunigami-son) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and explore the striking landscape at Tobera Rock.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Funauki Village. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, explore and take pictures at Utara Tanko, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and don't miss a visit to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©

4
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Boraga Beach, and don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima vacation tool .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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