22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Macau, China
— 1 night
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Hong Kong, 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. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stop by Odaiba District, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online day 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. When traveling from Baghdad in July, plan for cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

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 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, stroll around Ueno Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Arashiyama, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

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

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaidan-do, stroll through Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then explore the galleries of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nara itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Nara, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

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 8th (Thu): take a stroll through Minami (Namba), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then enjoy some diversion at Kyocera Dome Osaka, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Dotombori District, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Kuromon Market, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then enjoy some diversion at Yanmar Studium Nagai, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and take a stroll through Former French Concession.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online trip maker.

Getting from Osaka to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Macau.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Macau, China

— 1 night
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Centre of Macau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kun Iam Temple, and then take in panoramic vistas at Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Macau tour builder app.

Fly from Shanghai to Macau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to do a combination of to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Hong Kong, China

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), then make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and then head off the coast to Lantau island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then stroll around Nan Lian Garden, and then get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner.

You can do a combination of from Macau to Hong Kong in an hour. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

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 16th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip planner.

Getting from Hong Kong to Xi'an by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Xi'an, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), try out the rides at Olympic Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip planning app.

You can fly from Xi'an to Beijing in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Beijing are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21: