30 days in Asia Itinerary

30 days in Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia vacation planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Beijing, China
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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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.
Odaiba District and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Ginkakuji Temple and Heian Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Grand Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Kyoto to Busan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Busan are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Seoul, South Korea

— 2 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, then wander the streets of Insadong, and then get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online vacation planner.

Getting from Busan to Seoul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 3 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
National History Museum and Gandantegchenling Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hustai National Park, walk around Bogd Khan Uul National Park, take in the exciting artwork at 976 Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aryabal Meditation Temple.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar online trip builder.

You can fly from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seoul in July: high temperatures in Ulaanbaatar hover around 78°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in July, things will get a bit warmer in Beijing: highs are around 90°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 1 night
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Bliss Spa, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kathmandu online trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Kathmandu by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Kathmandu is minus 2.2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Beijing in July: high temperatures in Kathmandu hover around 84°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Delhi, India

— 11 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Get some cultural insight at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and ISKCON Temple Delhi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chhatarpur Temple and Humayun's Tomb. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Delhi: Heritage Transport Museum (in Taoru), ISKCON Noida (in Noida) and Sheetla Mata Mandir (in Gurugram (Gurgaon)). Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Hauz Khas Village, steep yourself in history at Rajpath, see the interesting displays at National Gandhi Museum, and don't miss a visit to India Gate.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Kathmandu to New Delhi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 0.2 hours traveling from Kathmandu to New Delhi due to the time zone difference. In July, New Delhi is a bit warmer than Kathmandu - with highs of 95°F and lows of 80°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.