60 days in Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

60 days in Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Bus to Noi Bai Airport, Fly to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Drive to Ha Long Bai Chay, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
— 7 nights
Ferry to Ha Long Bai Chay, Fly to Da Nang
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Da Nang, Vietnam
— 8 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 8 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 7 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 11 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanoi: Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties & Tam Coc). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chua Tran Quoc, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Hanoi holiday planner.

London, UK to Hanoi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Lan Ha Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halong Bay: Cat Ba (Cat Ba National Park, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay, head off the coast to Ti Top Island, and Head underground at Tien Ong Cave.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay trip builder tool.

Getting from Hanoi to Halong Bay by combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Da Nang, Vietnam

City of Bridges

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and My Khe Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Da Nang: Hue (Tu Dam Pagoda, Imperial City, &more). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Chùa Linh Ứng, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Da Nang journey builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Da Nang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In September in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tra Que Vegetable Village and Food Tours. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hoi An day trip site.

You can drive from Da Nang to Hoi An in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hoi An are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hoi An

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peace Bell and Mt. Misen. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Imabari (Omishima Bridge, Hakata Beach, &more), Miyajima (Sankido, Kuguri Rock, &more) and Omishima Museum of Art (in Omi-shima). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima route builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hoi An to Hiroshima in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hoi An to Hiroshima. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hoi An in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Okage Yokocho. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Kuchu Teien Observatory, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Akone Shrine). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, wander the streets of Pontocho District, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Tokyo, Japan

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 Food Tours and Zojo-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, &more), Kamogawa (Maebara Beach, Kamogawa Sea World, &more) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Vietnam travel guide

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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.

Japan travel guide

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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.