33 days in East Asia Itinerary

33 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Suzhou, China
— 2 nights
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Hangzhou, China
— 2 nights
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Guangzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 2 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine as well as Senso-ji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo. Hase-dera Temple and Kōtoku-in are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to Tokyo is 6 hours. Traveling from Baghdad in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be little chillier, around 27°C, while days are cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, visit Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, get a taste of the local shopping with Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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.
You've now added Ueno Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stroll around Ueno Park, and then take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Nara, Japan

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaidan-do, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Osaka, Japan

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan, Kyocera Dome Osaka and Yanmar Studium Nagai. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino, take a stroll through Dotombori District, then enjoy some diversion at Kyocera Dome Osaka, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Minami (Namba), enjoy some diversion at Yanmar Studium Nagai, stop by Four-M, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka route tool.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Himeji, Japan

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Okura Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, then get advice or help at Awaji Highway Oasis, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. On your second day here, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in July, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and admire the landmark architecture of 1933 Old Millfun.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Himeji to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himeji to Shanghai. Traveling from Himeji in July, you will find days in Shanghai are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Suzhou, China

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
On the 17th (Sun), stroll around Humble Administrator's Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, and then explore the activities along Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Tongli Town, then take a stroll through Zhouzhuang Water Town, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jinji Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Suzhou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shanghai in July, you will find days in Suzhou are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Hangzhou, China

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Fei Lai Feng, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lingyin Temple, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Xixi Wetland Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hangzhou online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Suzhou to Hangzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suzhou in July, expect nights in Hangzhou to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Guangzhou, China

— 3 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shamian Island and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Pacha Mama Adventures and Baiyun Mountain. The adventure continues: get outside with Chimelong Tourist Resort, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Guangzhou Zoo, stop by Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, and examine the collection at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Guangzhou sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Hangzhou to Guangzhou in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Guangzhou sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Chengdu, China

— 2 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Tianfu Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Qingcheng, and then take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery, then stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), and finally don't miss a visit to Jinli Pedestrian Street.

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Traveling by flight from Guangzhou to Chengdu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Chengdu can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 26th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 Xi'an, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Xi'an trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Beijing, China

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mutianyu Great Wall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum, steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and try out the rides at Olympic Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Beijing tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31: