15 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi Itinerary

15 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi Itinerary

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15 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
2
Osaka, Japan
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Okayama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Yamaguchi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
9
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Maizuru, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
12
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Singapore, Singapore

1
night
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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary builder tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

few
hours
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.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Osaka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Osaka. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip maker .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

1
night
Okayama, Japan

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Keshigo, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then pause for some photo ops at Momotaro Statue, and finally stroll around Nishigawa Canal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, step off the mainland to explore Inujima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bicchukokubunji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saijo Inari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Okayama, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bicchukokubunji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Momotaro Statue ©
Momotaro Statue

1
night
Yamaguchi, Japan

Yamaguchi ©
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
You've now added Itsukushima Shrine to your itinerary. On the 27th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yamaguchi trip planner .

Getting from Okayama to Yamaguchi by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Okayama in November since evenings lows in Yamaguchi dip to 12°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Yamaguchi to Hiroshima in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe road trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji as well as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. On the 30th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, contemplate the long history of Genkoan, and then don't miss a visit to Gion.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip tool .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo 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.
You've now added Nara Park to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Maizuru.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple, Joruri Temple
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Maizuru, Japan

Maizuru ©
Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Maizuru Brick Park, take an in-depth tour of Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum, expand your understanding of the military at Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, then don't miss a visit to Kitasui Tunnel, and finally steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya. On your second day here, stroll around Gorogadake Park, then wander the wide-open spaces of Ayabe Fureai Farm, then don't miss a visit to Fukuchiyama Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onitakeinari Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Maizuru trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Maizuru takes 2 hours. While traveling from Nara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Maizuru, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Maizuru

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fukuchiyama, Ayabe Fureai Farm, Ine no Funaya
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Fukuchiyama Castle ©
Fukuchiyama Castle
Gorogadake Park ©
Gorogadake Park

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Maizuru to Osaka takes 2 hours. Traveling from Maizuru in December, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

1
night
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University and then take a stroll through Old Quarter.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hanoi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Osaka to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Presidential Palace Historical Site ©

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