34 days in Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

34 days in Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Noi Bai International, Bus to Cai Vieng Ferry
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Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hai Phong - Ben Binh Pier, Fly to Cam Ranh
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hatsukaichi
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Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 2 nights
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Ise, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hakodate, Japan
— 2 nights
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Cat Ba, Vietnam

— 2 nights
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 outdoors at Bai Tu Long Bay and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sung Sot Cave and Dau Go Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Ti Top Island in Halong Bay (about 30 minutes away).

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cat Ba trip planner.

London, UK to Cat Ba is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Cat Ba. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Nha Trang.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nha Trang, Vietnam

— 3 nights
On a vacation in Nha Trang, a famous Vietnam resort town, you can lounge on a beach all day and party into the night.
Get some cultural insight at Po Nagar Cham Towers and Nha Tho Nui. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nha Trang Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nha Trang trip planner.

Getting from Cat Ba to Nha Trang by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Nha Trang

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Duong Dong, Vietnam

— 2 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bai Tắm Sao, and then relax and rejuvenate at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Vinpearl Safari and then kick back and relax at Mui Ganh Dau Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Duong Dong road trip planner.

You can fly from Nha Trang to Duong Dong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hue, Vietnam

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tomb of Minh Mang and Tomb of Tu Duc. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh, make a trip to Tiger Arena, hunt for treasures at Dong Ba Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Redemptorist Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hue tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hue takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Hainan Assembly Hall. Relax by the water at My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Take a break from Hoi An with a short trip to Lady Buddha in Da Nang, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Ishigaki, Japan

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Visit Kondoi Beach and Kaiji Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Shinzatomura Historic Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Haemida Beach, &more) and Hamashima In Leaf (in Taketomi-jima). And it doesn't end there: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Banna Park, and see the interesting displays at Taketomi Folk Art Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online holiday planner.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ishigaki in 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Hoi An in February, expect Ishigaki to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Get some historical perspective at Harimizu Utaki and Yamatoga. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Sawada no hama Beach, contemplate the long history of Nudokubiabu, and take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Hatsukaichi, Japan

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hatsukaichi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in February, expect nights in Hatsukaichi to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Ise.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Ise, Japan

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mishine no Mikura no Kami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then don't miss a visit to Kazenomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Former Toyomiyazaki Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uji Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishiodono Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoiwaya, and finally don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ise online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Ise takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hatsukaichi in February since evenings lows in Ise dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Hakodate, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 18th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, contemplate the long history of Iai Kindergarten, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then don't miss a visit to Goryokaku Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Kamiyama Inari Shrine. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Funadama Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then steep yourself in history at Hakodate Gokoku Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Motomachi Water Supply Pond.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Ise to Hakodate takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ise in February: highs in Hakodate hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.

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.