Experts in tailor-made vacations to North Asia, China & Japan
Some of the world’s oldest and largest empires originated in this part of the world, and our specialists can arrange for you to take part in one-off experiences that get to the heart of these countries’ cultures, their storied pasts and complex present. You could find yourself staying the night in a Mongolian ger camp, or riding the Trans-Siberian Railway. Learn ninja swordplay in Kyoto, hike a remote section of the Great Wall, or explore the wooden Orthodox churches of Russia’s Golden Ring with an expert guide.
North Asia and its nearby countries are also sometimes seen as austere and bureaucratic — a by-product, perhaps, of Communism (which still holds sway in some of these places). But, our specialists are eager to show you that these countries aren’t nearly so different and daunting if you take the time to travel there, and go with an open mind.
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Trip ideas in North Asia, China & Japan
These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.
Our expert guides to exploring North Asia, China & Japan
Capturing our specialists’ extensive travel experience in North Asia, China and Japan, these guides share inspiration, recommendations and our honest advice for how to enjoy the best of what the region can offer in the most authentic ways. From the wealth of options we describe, you can narrow down the choices and start to shape your own trip.
The Silk Route is a mammoth journey, taking you from Beijing all the way to Uzbekistan. In order to help break it down, here we focus on China’s section of the route, and the historic and cultural sights in store.
A futuristic and vibrant country, Japan is a destination that appeals to family members of all ages. Safe, clean and with a good infrastructure, there are plenty of ways to explore. Japan specialist, Jake, talks us through how to get the most of your family vacation in Japan.
Each Japanese season brings a raft of distinct experiences, from spring’s cherry blossom to winter’s snow crab delicacies. Japan specialist Henry shares the highlights of each time of year to help you decide when to visit Japan.
Having lived and traveled across the country, our Japan Specialist Caitlin has compiled her highlights, from observing centuries-old rituals to the learning about the most modern technology.
Honeymoon couples looking for a cultural adventure will be spoiled for choice in Japan. Country specialist, Layla, discusses some of the highlights for those wishing to honeymoon here.
Unmistakeable in its appearance and scale, the Great Wall of China wends across the hills, mountains and valleys of northern China. For most visitors, blanking out time to visit this man-made wonder is a must — China specialist Susan outlines the best ways to do this.
Revered as one of the greatest journeys on the planet, the Trans-Siberian Railway (or, more specifically, the Trans-Mongolian Railway) links the churches and palaces of Russian cities with the vibrant cultures of Asia, passing through Siberia and the Mongolian steppe. Specialist Matt shares his advice for how to make the journey.
The Silk Route spans a vast area of the globe from China to Uzbekistan. Here, Silk Route specialist John explains why you should focus your energies on Central Asia, and why this region is so fulfilling to explore.
The Qin Dynasty was a short period in Chinese history but one of the most important. Our knowledgeable specialists can create a tailor-made trip that visits the very best historical sites to help you get the most out of your trip.