27 days in Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

27 days in Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Hogonin Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Shinnyodo Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Gion, look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, and admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

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Brisbane, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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Religious Site
Jojakkoji Temple
4.6
Neighborhood
Gion
4.1

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0
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Neighborhood
Midosuji Street
3.6

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then visit Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Harada Sake Brewery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Kokubun-ji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for little chillier days in Takayama, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
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Specialty Museum
Hikaru Museum
4.2
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Neighborhood
Sanmachi Suji
4.3

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, stroll around Kokyo Gaien National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hozomon, then get to know the fascinating history of University of Tokyo, and finally wander the streets of Ueno District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden, and finally wander the streets of Kagurazaka.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Tokyo

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University / School
University of Tokyo
4.2
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Neighborhood
Ueno District
4.3
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Religious Site
Asakusa Shrine
4.3

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Cat Ba, Vietnam

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Cat Ba National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sung Sot Cave and Tien Ong Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cat Ba: Halong Bay (Hon Ga Choi Island, Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh, &more). It doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Cat Ba Island.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Cat Ba trip site.

Fly from Tokyo to Cat Ba in 12.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tokyo to Cat Ba due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

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Water Body
Hạ Long Bay
4.4

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Ba Dinh Square. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chua Tran Quoc, admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat), contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, and look for gifts at Tired City Bao Khanh.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Neighborhood
Old Quarter
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours
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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.
On the 18th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then Head underground at Phong Nha Caves. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors
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Must see
Phong Nha Caves
4.6

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Hue, Vietnam

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Tomb of Tu Duc. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nine Dynastic Urns. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Le Ba Dang Art Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Hue, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

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World heritage site
Imperial City
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien). Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hainan Assembly Hall, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to The Marble Mountains.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hoi An trip planning website.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hoi An

Side Trip

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.6

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pearl of the Far East

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.
On the 26th (Sun), wander the streets of Ho Chi Minh City's Book Street, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Drink Vietnam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in December, you will find days in Ho Chi Minh City are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.5
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History Museum
War Remnants Museum
4.4

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