30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
10
Lhasa, China
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h
11
Lijiang, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Perth, Australia

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Hase-dera Temple, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in June, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

2
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 5th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then head outdoors with Mt.Takatsuma, then experience rural life at Kobayashi Farm, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagano trip builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Kobayashi Farm, Mt.Takatsuma
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): visit Sanmachi Suji, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Wada House, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Nagano to Takayama by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Sanjusangendo Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Senjokaku will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey maker site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

1
night
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
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.
On the 16th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Explore hidden gems such as Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Jade Buddha Temple. When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County, approximately Jiashan County away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), make a trip to Jin Mao Tower, and admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planning website.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Nagasaki to Shanghai, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and National Folk Museum of Korea. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace and stroll around Namsan Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Seoul journey planning app.

You can fly from Shanghai to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and subway. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Seoul are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

3
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing
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.
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and The Palace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing tour planning tool.

Fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Barkhor Street and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Lhasa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Beijing in June: high temperatures in Lhasa hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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nights
Lijiang, China

Lijiang
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Moon Valley, then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang and then steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang journey maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley