36 days in East Asia & Singapore Itinerary

36 days in East Asia & Singapore Itinerary

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36 days in East Asia & Singapore Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  13​h
1
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Onna-son, Japan
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Singapore, Singapore
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and Walking tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Mutianyu Great Wall. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Heaven, get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beijing travel route planning site .

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from London in May: highs in Beijing hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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

4
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 Xitang Ancient Town and The Bund (Wai Tan). Step off the beaten path and head to Humble Administrator's Garden and Pudong New Area. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Former French Concession, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner .

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in May, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Xitang Ancient Town, Humble Administrator's Garden
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

4
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 Hyeopjae Beach and Hamdeok Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Halla Mountain and Hallim Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeongbang Waterfall, & more). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Udo, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju online holiday planner .

Fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Jeju is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:
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Udo ©
Udo
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The War Memorial of Korea and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Get outdoors at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seoul journey maker .

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
The War Memorial of Korea ©
The War Memorial of Korea
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nezu Museum and Samurai Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, wander the streets of Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Takayama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sanjusangendo Temple and Heian Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and make a trip to Gion.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally stroll through Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

2
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.
On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Kouri Bridge, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and then step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Onna-son day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Onna-son are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Zakimi Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

5
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Battlebox and Singapore City Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at MacRitchie Nature Trail and Kranji War Memorial. Take a break from Singapore with a short trip to Sentosa Boardwalk in Sentosa Island, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Helix Bridge, examine the collection at National Museum of Singapore, steep yourself in history at Chijmes, and get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Singapore day trip site .

You can fly from Onna-son to Singapore in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Singapore Time (SGT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Onna-son in June: highs in Singapore hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sentosa Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Battlebox ©
Battlebox
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail
Kranji War Memorial ©
Kranji War Memorial

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