22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock East Asia route planner

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Keisei-Ueno, Foot to Ueno, Train to Takayama
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Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Train to Nagoya, Fly to Matsue
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Matsue, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Yufu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naha, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lijiang, China
— 1 day
Fly
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Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
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Takayama, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi. Let the collections at Hida Takayama Retro Museum and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory). The adventure continues: learn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, stop by Curnontue, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

Before you visit Takayama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Milan, Italy to Takayama is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Milan to Takayama, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Milan in February: highs in Takayama hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Matsue, Japan

— 1 night
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Grand Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matsue day trip site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Matsue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Yufu, Japan

— 1 night
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with JR Oita City, then get outside with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then take in the exciting artwork at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Yufuin Winery, view the masterpieces at Homme Blue Cafe, then explore the world behind art at Comico Art Museum Yufuin, and finally get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yufu trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Yufu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. February in Yufu sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yufu

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 14th (Fri), stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mirai Nagasaki Coco Walk, then look for gifts at Tatematsuru, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Ishigaki, Japan

— 1 night
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 16th (Sun), look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Nagasaki, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and then head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Naha, Japan

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Tower of Himeyuri and Yomochi Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son), Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center (in Yomitan-son) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Umanchu Market, learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Sakaemachi Arcade.

Make your Naha itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Naha are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lijiang, China

— 1 day

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, then take in the exciting artwork at Rhizome - Lijiang art center, and finally steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lijiang online road trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Lijiang by flight takes about 11 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Naha to Lijiang due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Drak Yerpa and Ganden Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Barkhor Street and Canggu Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pabongka Hermitage, steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, and explore the fascinating underground world of Chimpu Caves.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lhasa holiday maker app.

You can fly from Lijiang to Lhasa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In February in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and -2°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature