32 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Taipei Itinerary

32 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Taipei Itinerary

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32 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Taipei Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  15​h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  56​h
2
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Sendai, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sapporo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

3
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.
War Remnants Museum and Vietnam ART Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and UniGolf. Spend the 8th (Wed) on your motorcycle at Countryside Adventures. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Saigon Boat Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ba Thien Hau Temple, and hike along Ho Chi Minh trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in May; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Parks
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Countryside Adventures ©
Countryside Adventures

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yangmingshan National Park and Hsing Tian Kong. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Neipi Beach and 17 Kilometers Hsinchu Coast Scenic Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Wufengchi Waterfall (in Jiaoxi), Yilan Lover's Bay (in Wujie) and Waiao Beach (in Toucheng). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Taipei itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei in 56 hours. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in May, things will get little chillier in Taipei: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hsinchu, Yilan Lover's Bay, Wufengchi Waterfall, Waiao Beach, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Highlights from your plan
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

5
nights
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.
Visiting Omimaiko Beach and Nara Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Obai-in. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Kinkaku-ji (in Kyoto) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mt. Koya). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Taipei to Osaka takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Taipei in May, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Nara, Omimaiko Beach, Mt. Yoshino
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirasato Central Beach and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Mt. Kumotori (in Okutama-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and stop by Kimono Me.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of subway and train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Enoshima Island, Mt. Kumotori, Shirasato Central Beach, Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

4
nights
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kumano Taisha Shrine and Funaoka Castle Ruins. Get outdoors at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani and Rairaikyo Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Matsushima-machi (Entsuin, Godaido, & more), Uesugi Hakushakutei (in Yonezawa) and Tsukihama Beach (in Higashimatsushima). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, meet the residents at Selcohome Zoo Paradise Yagiyama, steep yourself in history at Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sendai trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Sendai hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, Takekoma Shrine, Uesugi Hakushakutei, Tsukihama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)
Godaido ©
Godaido

5
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Escape the urban bustle at Hanazono Niseko Resort and Mt. Moiwa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Former Entomology Lab. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Bibai (Old Sakurai Family House & Arte Piazza Bibai). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, wander the streets of Susukino, and contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip site .

You can fly from Sendai to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sendai in May; daily highs in Sapporo reach 17°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Bibai, Niseko Hanazono Resort, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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