32 days in Asia Itinerary

32 days in Asia Itinerary

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1
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
2
Ise, Japan
— 1 night
3
Miyazaki, Japan
— 1 night
4
Naha, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 2 nights
9
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 1 night
10
Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan
— 1 night
11
Kutchan-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
12
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
13
Kaesong, North Korea
— 3 nights
14
Kharkhorin, Mongolia
— 2 nights
15
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Kyoto to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toji ©
Toji

1
night
Ise, Japan

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Ise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

1
night
Miyazaki, Japan

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyazaki Shinto Shrine, head off the coast to Aoshima Island, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, thenexplore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita, and finally take some stellar pictures from Horikiri Pass.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki itinerary maker app.

Fly from Ise to Miyazaki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in January: highs in Miyazaki hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine
Miyazaki Shinto Shrine ©
Miyazaki Shinto Shrine

2
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, thensteep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally stroll through Cape Manzamo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Naha trip maker app.

You can fly from Miyazaki to Naha in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In January, Naha is a bit warmer than Miyazaki - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nanjo, Itoman, Onna-son, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, thentake in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenmake a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima planning site.

You can fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. January in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, thenhead outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kabira Kannon-do, walk around Kabira Park, walk around Banna Park, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, thenkick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker app.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 13th (Wed), kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In January in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

2
nights
Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, visit Hakuba, get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, thenhead outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, thentake in the awesome beauty at Happoone, and finally stop by Hakuba Jump Arena. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, hit the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, thenfly down the slopes at Hakuba Norikura Onsen Ski Resort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight, subway, train, and shuttle from Iriomote-jima to Hakuba-mura in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in January, with highs in Hakuba-mura at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otari-mura, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, thenhead outdoors with Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, thenfly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi vacation planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area ©
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen

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Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple, thenhit the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort, thenhit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, and finally fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary site.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tosen-ji Temple, Togari Onsen Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Togari Onsen Ski Resort ©
Togari Onsen Ski Resort

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Kutchan-cho, Japan

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): play a few rounds at Hanazono Golf, fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, thenfly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally learn more about the world around you at Kutchan Natural History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Rhythm Base, Hirafu, hit the slopes at Asahigaoka Ski Areas, do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Kagaminuma, and finally head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

Planning Kutchan-cho trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. Traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in January, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Niseko-cho
Highlights from your plan
Rhythm Base, Hirafu ©
Rhythm Base, Hirafu
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grevin Museum and Gwanghwamun Gate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Seodaemun Prison History Hall, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul travel route tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kutchan-cho to Seoul. While traveling from Kutchan-cho, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kaesong.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

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nights
Kaesong, North Korea

Kaesong ©
Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
On the 24th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Concrete Wall, contemplate the long history of Demilitarized Zone, contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, thendon't miss a visit to Sungkyunkwan University, thensnap pictures at Sonjuk Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Kaesong Namdaemun. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Manwoldae Palace and then make a trip to Seohae Gapmun.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kaesong day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seoul to Kaesong. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. You will leave for Kharkhorin on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Demilitarized Zone
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin
Demilitarized Zone ©
Demilitarized Zone
Kaesong Namdaemun ©
Kaesong Namdaemun

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nights
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Kharkhorin
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Monument for Mongol States, thentake an in-depth tour of Kharakhorum Museum, thenappreciate the views at Orkhon Valley, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erdene Zuu Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kharkhorin day trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kaesong to Kharkhorin in 29 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kaesong to Kharkhorin due to the time zone difference. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Kharkhorin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Orkhon Valley
Highlights from your plan
Orkhon Valley
Orkhon Valley
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Kharakhorum Museum ©
Kharakhorum Museum

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenresig Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aryabal Meditation Temple, get curious at Wildlife Musem, thensee the interesting displays at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, thensee the interesting displays at International Intellectual Museum, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Geser Sum Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Four Holy Peaks, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Manzshir Monastery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ART Mongolia.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kharkhorin to Ulaanbaatar takes 5.5 hours. In January in Ulaanbaatar, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dashchoilin Monastery ©
Dashchoilin Monastery
Choijin Lama Temple Museum ©
Choijin Lama Temple Museum
Geser Sum Monastery ©
Geser Sum Monastery

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