33 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

33 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 3 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Tawala
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Tawala, Philippines
— 3 nights
Taxi to Tagbilaran City Airport, Fly to Cebu City
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Cebu City, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 2 nights
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Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a stroll through Minami (Namba), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Umeda Sky Building, then make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning tool.

Nairobi, Kenya to Osaka is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Nairobi to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in June, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · 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.
On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Experience YAMATO, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll through Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip site.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sagano, stop by Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online journey planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to fly to Manila.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Mt. Carmel Shrine, browse the exhibits of National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Robinsons Place Mall, make a trip to Urban Greens Hydroponic Farm Systems, then pause for some serene contemplation at National Shrine of Our Lady of Gudalupe, and finally don't miss a visit to BGC. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): stop by SM Mall of Asia, get a taste of the local shopping with Mall of Asia Arena, observe the fascinating underwater world at Manila Ocean Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manila Cathedral, then wander the streets of Intramuros, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Manila, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Tokyo to Manila in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Manila due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in June, with highs in Manila at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Boracay, Philippines

— 3 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and don't miss a visit to Ariel's Point.

Plan a Boracay trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Manila to Boracay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manila in June: highs in Boracay hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tawala.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Tawala, Philippines

— 3 nights
Ringed with shallow coral reefs and white sandy beaches, Tawala occupies the southeastern portion of Panglao Island, renowned for its premium snorkeling and dive spots.
Explore Tawala's surroundings by going to Bohol Python and Wildlife Park (in Alburquerque), Loay (The Clarin Ancestral House & Xzootic Animal Park) and Baclayon Ecclesiastical Museum (in Baclayon). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Assumption Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Cambagat Cave, relax and rejuvenate at Sanando Spa, and kick back and relax at Doljo Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tawala trip planner.

Getting from Boracay to Tawala by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Tawala

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, sample the tasty concoctions at The Cebruery - Craft Beer Taproom, take a stroll through Colon Street, then steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross, then browse the exhibits of Basilica del Santo Nino, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taoist Temple, admire the sheer force of Inambakan Falls, enjoy breathtaking views from Tops Lookout, then admire the sheer force of Bugho Waterfalls, then snap pictures at Marcelo Fernan Bridge, and finally appreciate the history behind Magellan Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cebu City journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tawala to Cebu City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Cebu City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bangkok, Thailand

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Khaosan Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bangkok City Pillar Shrine, contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, then get great views at Wat Saket, and finally browse the different shops at MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), take a stroll through Chinatown - Bangkok, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and finally admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok journey website.

You can fly from Cebu City to Bangkok in 7 hours. Traveling from Cebu City to Bangkok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Bangkok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Ayutthaya, Thailand

— 2 nights
Located just east of the famous ruins after which it is named, Ayutthaya provides the setting for a holiday of historical, natural, and cultural exploration.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, steep yourself in history at Historic City of Ayutthaya, delve into the distant past at Wat Maha That, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration), and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ayutthaya route maker website.

Getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June in Ayutthaya, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Patong.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Patong, Thailand

— 3 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Phuket Elephant Park (in Pa Khlok) and Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices, buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Patong Inn Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Patong trip maker app.

You can fly from Ayutthaya to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Step out of Chiang Mai to go to Mae Rim and see Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkchat Meditation Retreat, stroll through Elephant Rescue Park, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai route planner.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Classes

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

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 · Nature & Parks
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.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.