31 days in Asia Itinerary

31 days in Asia Itinerary

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31 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Narita, Japan
— Few hours
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
7
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
8
Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + train:  6​h
9
Narita, Japan
— Few hours
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
10
Singapore, Singapore
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
11
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h
12
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
13
Singapore, Singapore
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Valletta, Malta

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hours
Narita, Japan

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To find out how to plan a trip to Narita, use our trip itinerary maker.

Valletta, Malta to Narita is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Valletta to Narita due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in November, expect Narita to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 7°C. You will leave for Hakone-machi on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pokemon Center Osaka, Grand Front Osaka, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions you added. Osaka Castle and Dotonbori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Narita to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Koyasan Okunoin
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Isuien Garden, Nigatsu-do Temple, Todai-ji Temple, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shigi, then explore the activities along Tokkuri Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shigisan Gyokuzoin.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Nara planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sango-cho, Shigisan Gyokuzoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itsukushima Shrine, Mt. Misen, Miyajima, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Enryuji Temple. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday maker website .

You can take a train from Nara to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kinkaku-ji, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Gion, and other attractions.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Street of Kinosaki Onsen
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea, Shinjuku Golden Gai, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions you added.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gora Park, Owaku-dani Valley and Fun2Drive. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get all the equipment you need at Fun2Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley and then stroll around Gora Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi driving holiday tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Gora Park ©
Gora Park
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 19th (Thu), Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Fukuchi Kabe no Aodaru, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip planning website .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Narita.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Outdoors Spas
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Soyuji Temple ©
Soyuji Temple

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Narita, Japan

Narita ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari), then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makata Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Narita tour planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Narita takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Takayama in December: highs in Narita hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine

1
night
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
On the 22nd (Sun), take a stroll through Chinatown, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Helix Bridge, then learn about all things military at Battlebox, and finally gear up at City Scoot. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Singapore Botanic Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kranji War Memorial, and then look for all kinds of wild species at MacRitchie Nature Trail.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Singapore trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Narita to Singapore takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Singapore Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Narita in December, with highs in Singapore at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
City Scoot ©
City Scoot
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail
Battlebox ©
Battlebox

1
night
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Haad Chao Phao Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chaloklum, then kick back and relax at Haad Yuan Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phu Khao Noi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Pha Ngan trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Singapore to Ko Pha Ngan in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Denpasar.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wat Chaloklum ©
Wat Chaloklum
Wat Phu Khao Noi ©
Wat Phu Khao Noi

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Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar ©
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turtle Conservation and Education Centre and Melasti Beach. Get outdoors at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jimbaran Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Blue Point Beach in Ungasan (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Pantai Sanur.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denpasar attractions planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Denpasar in 8 hours. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan to Denpasar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Denpasar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Denpasar

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ungasan, Jimbaran Beach, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll around East Coast Park, examine the collection at The Intan, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Siloso.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Singapore trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Denpasar to Singapore takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fort Siloso
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
East Coast Park ©
East Coast Park
Fort Siloso ©
Fort Siloso
The Intan ©
The Intan

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