12 days in East Asia Itinerary

12 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia holiday planner

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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China

— 2 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip planner.

Portland, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to China Standard Time is 16 hours. In June, Beijing is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 88°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Shanghai, China

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally admire the striking features of 1933 Old Millfun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai journey tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in June, expect nights in Shanghai to be a bit warmer, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 1 night
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
On the 24th (Thu), shop like a local with 976 Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, and then walk around Bogd Khan Uul National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar trip planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Ulaanbaatar by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shanghai in June: highs in Ulaanbaatar hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take a stroll through Akihabara, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ninomaru Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner.

Getting from Ulaanbaatar to Tokyo by flight takes about 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Tokyo is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ulaanbaatar in June, with highs in Tokyo at 79°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Neighborhoods

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums