52 days in East Asia Itinerary

52 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kamakura, Japan
— 4 nights
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Ito, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fuji, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kofu, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly to Kaohsiung International Airport, Drive to Hengchun
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Hengchun, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pingtung City, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly
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Xiulin, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan — 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Rental Kimono Sakura. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Rock Garden (in Ome). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Akihabara, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo route planning site.

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kamakura.
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Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours
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Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Kamakura, Japan — 4 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Tenen Hiking trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Kōtoku-in and Kencho-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kamakura: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yokosuka). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and browse the fresh offerings at Kamakura City Farmers' Market.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kamakura, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Ito.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Ito, Japan — 2 nights

Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, then head outdoors with Jogasaki Coast, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro, and finally take in the waterfront at Michi-no-Eki Ito Marine Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Shuzen-ji Temple, admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, and then identify plant and animal life at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ito trip planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Ito by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Ito can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Hakone-machi, Japan — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Escape the urban bustle at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and Pola Museum of Art. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip site.

You can drive from Ito to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ito in May, with highs in Hakone-machi at 65°F and lows at 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Fuji.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

Fuji, Japan — 4 nights

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. For shopping fun, head to Tago no Tsuki Honten or S-Pulse Dream Plaza. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Shizuoka (Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum, Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, &more) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fuji online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. May in Fuji sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan — 5 nights

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Sankodai. Mitsumine Shrine and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura), Kuon-ji Temple (in Minobu-cho) and Oshino Hakkai (in Oshino-mura). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Aokigahara Forest, make a trip to Motosuko Lake, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and get outside with Momiji Tunnel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fuji to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 1.5 hours. In May in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kofu.
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Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:

Kofu, Japan — 3 nights

Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
Get some cultural insight at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art and Erin-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Shosenkyo, let the kids burn off some steam at Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, and look for gifts at Kosshu Yumekoji.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kofu online visit planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kofu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kofu are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Kyoto, Japan — 6 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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura. Head to Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kofu to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kofu in June, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:

Nagoya, Japan — 6 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ise Grand Shrine and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Visiting Nakasendo Magome-juku and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Monet’s Pond (in Seki). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and take a stroll through Sakae.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hengchun.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

Hengchun, Taiwan — 2 nights

Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hengchun South Gate, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hengchun sightseeing planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nagoya to Hengchun. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Taipei Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In June, Hengchun is a bit warmer than Nagoya - with highs of 90°F and lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pingtung City.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Pingtung City, Taiwan — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cifong Temple and then take in the pleasant sights at Zhutianyiyuan.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pingtung City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Pingtung City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Pingtung City sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Xiulin.
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Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:

Xiulin, Taiwan — 2 nights

Xiulin Township or Sioulin Township is a mountain indigenous township of Hualien County, Taiwan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Taroko Gorge, trek along Baiyang Trail, and then trek along Zhuilu Old Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shakadang Trail and then appreciate the views at Mukumugi Valley.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Xiulin trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Pingtung City to Xiulin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Taipei.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Taipei, Taiwan — 5 nights

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Lungshan Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to MyTaiwanTour Travel Services and Manyueyuan National Forest Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Lala Mountain Nature Reserve (in Fuxing District). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Taipei 101, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsing Tian Kong, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and wander the streets of Ximending.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei travel planner.

Take a train from Xiulin to Taipei in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Taipei, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:

Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Yamanashi Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Yamanashi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the main island of Honshu.The prefecture is landlocked, featuring a fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan including the highest, Mount Fuji located on the southern border with Shizuoka.The capital of the prefecture is the city of Kōfu.HistoryPre-history to the 14th centuryAs in most other Japanese regions, prehistoric society in Yamanashi progressed though the hunting, fishing and gathering stage of the Jōmon period, then the rice-producing stage of the Yayoi period and subsequent village and regional formation. The Maruyama and Choshizuka Kofun (earthen burial mounds) located on Sone Hill of Nakamichi Town (Southern Kōfu) are believed to have been built from the end of the 4th century. From these remains it can be assumed that the people of Sone Hill had great influence.During the Heian period, Kai Province was created in this area.15th to 19th centuriesAmong the many Kaigenji generations, those of the Takeda, Ogasawara, and Nanbu families were particularly prosperous. During the Sengoku period of the 16th century, Takeda Shingen attained the status of daimyō and built Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu. From this base, he attempted to unify and control Japan.

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Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Architectural Buildings
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.
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