60 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

60 days in Japan, Philippines & Thailand Itinerary

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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly
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Manila, Philippines
— 4 nights
Fly to Panglao Island, Bus to Tagbilaran City
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Tagbilaran City, Philippines
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Cebu, Bus to Maya, Ferry to Malapascua Island
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Malapascua Island, Philippines
— 2 nights
Ferry to Maya, Bus to Lapu Lapu
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Lapu Lapu, Philippines
— 4 nights
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Taxi to Mactan–Cebu, Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 6 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Ayutthaya
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly
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Patong, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Peace Osaka. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Matsue Swimming Beach and Suma Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Nishi no Maru), Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Kobe Fashion Museum, &more) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, visit Tobita Shinchi, and stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online sightseeing planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Baghdad to Osaka. Traveling from Baghdad in May, expect nights in Osaka to be slightly colder, around 18°C, while days are colder, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Japan

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture. Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Kusuri no Yakata. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Sai Shrine) and Studio Yamato Zakura (in Yamatotakada). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, indulge your senses at Nara Wellness Tourism, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 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 a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Byodoin in Uji, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation builder app.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fukagawa Edo Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu are in your itinerary. Odaiba District and The Hakone Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Hakone-machi (Narukawa Art Museum & Hakone Shrine). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Manila.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manila, Philippines

— 4 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.
Visit Fort Santiago and Marian Orchard for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apolinario Mabini Shrine and Money Museum. Explore Manila's surroundings by going to Ayala Museum (in Makati), Fully Booked (in Taguig City) and Villamor Golf Course (in Pasay). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bangkong Kahoy Valley, explore the galleries of National Museum, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Natural History, and take an in-depth tour of Presidential Museum and Library.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manila day trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Manila in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Manila. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in May; daily highs in Manila reach 40°C and lows reach 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Tagbilaran City.

Things to do in Manila

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Tagbilaran City, Philippines

— 2 nights
Tagbilaran, officially the City of Tagbilaran and sometimes referred to as Tagbilaran City, is a city in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines. On the 28th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bohol Aquarium Zoo, then discover the deep blue sea with Philippine Fun Divers, Inc., and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sta. Monica Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Camugao Falls and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maribojoc Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tagbilaran City attractions planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Manila to Tagbilaran City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Tagbilaran City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Malapascua Island.

Things to do in Tagbilaran City

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Malapascua Island, Philippines

— 2 nights
Holidays on Malapascua Island rarely pass without a trip out to explore the bright blue waters that surround.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Langub Beach, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then relax and rejuvenate at Vida Spa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Guimbitayan Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bounty Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Logon Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Malapascua Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Tagbilaran City to Malapascua Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Lapu Lapu.

Things to do in Malapascua Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Lapu Lapu, Philippines

— 4 nights
Learn about the first encounters and a historical clash of civilizations by exploring the shrines and monuments dedicated to the Spanish explorer Fernando Magellan and Lapu Lapu, the city's eponymous hero who defeated him.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica del Santo Nino and Fort San Pedro. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lapu Lapu: The Cebruery - Craft Beer Taproom (in Mandaue) and Magellan's Cross (in Cebu City). There's still lots to do: stop by New Susing's Guitar, stroll through Vano Public Beach, get outside with NTJ Watersports Cebu, and explore the world behind art at Cebu Happy World Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lapu Lapu trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Malapascua Island to Lapu Lapu takes 6.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lapu Lapu are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Lapu Lapu

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Boracay, Philippines

— 6 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Shop till you drop at Bamboo Market and E Mall. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and White Beach. The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at 1Boracay, kick back and relax at Boracay Waters, stroll through Tambisaan Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Boracay day trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Lapu Lapu to Boracay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ayutthaya.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Ayutthaya, Thailand

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Maha That and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Chantharakasem National Museum and Ayutthaya National Art Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in Saraburi (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Pridi Banomyong Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan, explore the ancient world of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, and get to know the fascinating history of Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ayutthaya holiday builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Ayutthaya in 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Ayutthaya. Traveling from Boracay in June, you will find days in Ayutthaya are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Bangkok, Thailand

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. Visit Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Samut Prakan (Ancient City & Erawan Museum). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, browse the different shops at Asiatique The Riverfront, stop by Raja's Fashions, and admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok travel route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Ayutthaya to Bangkok takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Patong.

Things to do in Bangkok

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Patong, Thailand

— 6 nights
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Shop till you drop at Jungceylon and Rajah Fashion. Get outdoors at Patong Beach and Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Offices. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Patong: Big Buddha Phuket (in Chalong) and Phuket Elephant Park (in Pa Khlok). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Karon Beach, stroll through Green Elephant Sanctuary Park, and revel in the low prices at Royal Armani Suit.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Patong trip planning site.

Fly from Bangkok to Patong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Patong sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 5 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.
Visit Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for their historical value. Head to Mengrai Kilns and Glang-Viang Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Lamphun (Wat Kukut, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, &more) and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary (in Mae Rim). Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Highland People Discovery Museum, learn something new at Noina Art Studio, and view the masterpieces at Three Owls Gallery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chiang Mai vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

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 Island travel guide

3.3
Geologic Formations · Nature & Parks · Forests
Bohol Island attracts visitors with its landscape, natural heritage, and culture. The interior's jungle areas provide a habitat for wide-eyed tarsiers, with the small primate something of a mascot for the island. Interesting and iconic limestone formations serve as the focal point for a range of hikes during holidays on Bohol Island, while the offshore dive spots remain biologically rich and diverse, and the waters strikingly clear. Much of the old Spanish colonial architecture was razed to the ground during the 2013 earthquake, though some notable examples still stand.

Cebu Island travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Waterfalls
A long, thin island with a mountainous backbone running through its core, Cebu Island offers scenic nature and pristine beaches. Hikes in the hills offer fabulous views of waterfalls and the distant ocean amid lush greenery, while those who prefer urban entertainment can enjoy the bustle of the provincial capital. For more adventurous visitors, things to do in Cebu Island center mainly around water sports, such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or taking a boat trip to look for whale sharks. History buffs will enjoy visiting a Portuguese-built Catholic church and then a shrine dedicated to the chieftain who killed Magellan.

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.