23 days in Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

23 days in Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

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23 days in Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  4​h
4
Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Perth, Australia


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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip builder .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Tokyo is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in February, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Temple of Literature & National University, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Hanoi takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto to Hanoi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

1
night
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Museums Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

3
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is known for nature, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, take in nature's colorful creations at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Halong Bay to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Son Doong Cave ©
Son Doong Cave

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hue trip planner.

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

3
nights
Hoi An, Vietnam

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Step out of Hoi An with an excursion to Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An day trip app .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hoi An are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Da Nang
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

4
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.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for nightlife, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral.

Start your trip to Ho Chi Minh City by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoi An in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

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