37 days in Asia Itinerary

37 days in Asia Itinerary

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37 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
Drive:  1​h
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  9​h 30​min
9
Agra, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Jaipur, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
12
Kamakura, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Nikko, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
14
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
15
Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Jerusalem, Israel


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1
night
Tel Aviv, Israel

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a stroll through Neve Tzedek, then take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, and then explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), take an in-depth tour of Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, then take a stroll through White City, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tel Aviv trip itinerary builder website .

Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take a stroll through Odaiba and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Tokyo takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in March, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Gion, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, then sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nara itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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 (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sun), wander the streets of Maoming Road, take a stroll through Former French Concession, then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan).

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shanghai tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. In April in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

2
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Bayon Temple, then explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, and finally look for gifts at Louise Loubatieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Terrace of the Leper King, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, then explore the ancient world of Angkor Thom, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Siem Reap trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Shanghai to Siem Reap by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in April; daily highs in Siem Reap reach 42°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

2
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
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 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, then delve into the distant past at Wat Pho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and then join in the local party scene at Khao San Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip planner.

You can fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Bangkok are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

2
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get some historical perspective at Taj Mahal and Bageshwarnath Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Agra Fort and Gurudwara Guru ka Tal. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soami Bagh, and tour in style with a train tour.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Agra tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bangkok to Agra in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Agra is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bangkok in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Agra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Spas

Side Trip

Tomb of Akbar the Great
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal ©
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal

2
nights
Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then admire the striking features of Amber Palace, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Gopinath Temple, take some stellar pictures from Nahargarh Fort, then contemplate the long history of Jaigarh Fort, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple (Galta Ji).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jaipur trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at Jumeirah Public Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Jumeirah, and finally take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Dubai Miracle Garden and then take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubai trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Jaipur to Dubai in 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jaipur to Dubai due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Jaipur in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Dubai, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
Bastakia Quarter ©
Bastakia Quarter

2
nights
Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get a sense of the local culture at Kōtoku-in and Catholic Yukinosita Church. Explore Kamakura's surroundings by going to Odawara (Odawara Castle & Hotokuninomiya Shrine), Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi) and Atami (Atami Sun Beach & Kinomiya Shrine). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kencho-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nagakubo Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dubai to Kamakura in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Kamakura due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect Kamakura to be colder, temps between 17°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Atami, Odawara, Inoue Sake Brewery, Nagakubo Park
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

3
nights
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple, stroll around Nikko National Park, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate). Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip tool .

You can take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

3
nights
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Kashima Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nagoyama Reien Busharito and Okayama Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). The adventure continues: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoda Temman Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Himeji by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 14°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Okayama, Takeda Castle Ruins, Kashima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

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