25 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

25 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hakodate, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
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Danao, Philippines
— 2 nights
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Cebu City, Philippines
— 2 nights
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Coron, Philippines
— 2 nights
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El Nido, Philippines
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Baghdad to Osaka. When traveling from Baghdad in June, plan for colder days in Osaka, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, see the interesting displays at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokondo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akishinodera Temple, stop by Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, contemplate the long history of Kaidan-do, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara online day trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Nara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saihoji Temple, then explore and take pictures at Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Hakodate, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head outdoors with Tachimachi Cape, try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Memorial Statue of the Visit of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, see the interesting displays at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church, then wander the streets of Motomachi, and finally steep yourself in history at Iai Kindergarten.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 21°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in June, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manila.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Manila, Philippines

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Asia Arena.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manila sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Manila by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Philippine Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, Manila is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Danao.

Things to do in Manila

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Danao, Philippines

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Baclayon Church, Head underground at Hinagdanan Cave, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tarsier Botanika, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dumaluan Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with Bohol Divers Club Dive Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Arko Beach, hike along Sea of Clouds, admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of Assumption Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Doljo Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Virgin Island, and finally head off the coast to Isola di Francesco.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Danao trip planning tool.

Getting from Manila to Danao by car takes about 25.5 hours. Other options: drive. June in Danao sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Danao

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cebu City, Philippines

— 2 nights

Queen City of the South

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Ocean Gems Academy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro, then contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross, and finally see the interesting displays at Basilica del Santo Nino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Sugbo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taoist Temple, shop like a local with Ayala Mall, contemplate the long history of Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, then examine the collection at Casa Gorordo Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Marina Mall.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cebu City tour planner.

Drive from Danao to Cebu City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Coron.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Coron, Philippines

— 2 nights
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
On the 20th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Kalitang Beach, identify plant and animal life at Sunken Japanese Wrecks, step off the mainland to explore Cheron Island, then head off the coast to Malcapuya Island, then head off the coast to Banana Island, and finally step off the mainland to explore Bulog Island. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Darala, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Tapyas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at CYC Beach, then kick back and relax at Green Lagoon, and finally explore the activities along Twin Lagoon.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coron road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cebu City to Coron takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to El Nido.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

El Nido, Philippines

— 2 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
El Nido is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Simizu Island, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, and kick back and relax at Nacpan Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read El Nido day trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Coron to El Nido takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

Bohol Province travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Covering a tropical island with gentle coves and white sand beaches, Bohol Province has a great reputation among snorkelers and divers. Things to do in Bohol Province include dolphin- and whale-watching, island-hopping, visiting some of the spectacular caves and waterfalls, and of course snorkeling and diving. Stand-up paddleboarding, river kayaking, and boat tours serve as less strenuous ways to admire the marine nature surrounding the islands. Further inland, ziplines, rope cycling, and jungle adventure tours make popular additions to any Bohol Province holiday, while old Roman Catholic churches hide behind palm trees and local markets offer traditional handicrafts.