55 days in Japan, Australia & Vietnam Itinerary

55 days in Japan, Australia & Vietnam Itinerary

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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nara Park and Himeji Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Koko-en (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, wander the streets of Dotombori District, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Osaka is 9 hours. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gion and Ginkakuji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou and Sankeien Gardens. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cairns, Australia

— 6 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, &more), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 17th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Cairns in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Australia

— 3 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and The Brisbane River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay), Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout (in Brisbane) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in June: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Mountains and Art Gallery of New South Wales. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & The Road Builders Memorial). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take some stellar pictures from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, browse the different shops at Queen Victoria Building, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Sovereign Hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Bendigo Art Gallery (in Bendigo), Spas (in Daylesford) and Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Block Arcade, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 2 nights

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 8th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, then make a trip to The Independence Palace, and finally make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City takes 12 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Ho Chi Minh City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hue attractions planning site.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Hue, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Precious Heritage by Rehahn. Venture out of the city with trips to Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Lady Buddha). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Yaly Couture, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An attractions website.

Drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. July in Hoi An sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 6 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Tired City Bao Khanh. On the 17th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanoi trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Hoi An to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Halong Bay, Vietnam

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bãi Cháy Bridge and Cat Ba Island. Step out of Halong Bay with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Cat Ba--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, head off the coast to Hon Ga Choi Island, stop by Ha Long Pearl, and get engrossed in the history at Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh.

Discover how to plan a Halong Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.