22 days in Asia Itinerary

22 days in Asia Itinerary

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22 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  19​h
End: New York City, United States

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven. Get some historical perspective at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum.

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New York City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from New York City to Beijing. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Beijing when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and then steep yourself in history at Deoksugung. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, and then stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul day trip site .

Getting from Beijing to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Seoul is 1 hour. While traveling from Beijing, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hiroshima Castle and Daishoin Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Yamato Museum in Kure (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

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Fly from Seoul to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Todai-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Ryoanji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, & more). It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Osako Castle Sogamae Monument.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto, Todai-ji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa and Tokyo Central Railway Station. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck, don't miss a visit to Phố đi bộ Nguyễn Huệ, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Flame Tree by Zakka, then make a trip to Nguyen Hue Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder website .

Fly from Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in September, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 90°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) ©
Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda)

3
nights
Hue, Vietnam

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tomb of Minh Mang and Royal Tombs. Get some cultural insight at Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) and Tomb of Tu Duc. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, explore the ancient world of Nine Dynastic Urns, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and view the masterpieces at Green Bamboo Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Hue trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Hue sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Imperial City ©
Imperial City

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, then get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and then take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hue to Hong Kong takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hue to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Museums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

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