Ginza shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo. Image courtesy of the Japan National Tourist Organization.
From the idyllic countryside of rural China to the sensory overload of Japanese cities, Northeast Asia offers a fantastic blend of contrasting places for you to visit.
In this vast region, there is so much to be explored. Despite belonging to the same continent, the cultures, laws, customs and costs of the countries comprising Northeast Asia can differ hugely.
Remember to compare exchange rates and fully research where you’re going before you set off on your discovery of the region.
Here are 4 of the Best Places to Visit in Northeast Asia:
While not as attraction dense as other major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai offers an exhilarating experience without the need for tourist traps. But the sights are truly magnificent. Not to be missed is Yu Yuan Garden, a 400-year- old classical garden located in Shanghai’s Old Town. Look past the throngs of tourists and allow yourself to be transported to 16th century China, taking in the beautiful architecture and wealth of history that surrounds you.
A fascinating mix of old and new, Tokyo is a fast-paced, thriving metropolis that still stands true to its rich heritage. Expect century-old tradition to be interspersed with startling modernity, and don’t be surprised if you get left behind on the rapidly moving trends. If you’re visiting in January, May or September, squeeze some sumo into your schedule with a visit to Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall.
Jeju-do, South Korea
Beautiful Jeju Island is a world away from the hectic, concrete jungle that is mainland Korea. This lush, mountainous landscape is the destination of choice for Korean newlyweds and holidaymakers, and it’s not difficult to see why. Take a tour of the many waterfalls found here, making sure not to miss Jongbang Waterfall, believed to be the only one in Asia that falls directly into the sea.
A rich abundance of historic treasures and natural beauty can be found in picturesque Guilin, an ancient city located on the west bank of the Li River. While many have complained that economic growth and overpricing have detracted from Guilin’s charms, it still retains much of what made it the most well-known tourist destination in China, including meandering blue rivers, dramatic mountain formations and rolling green rice fields.