34 days in Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

34 days in Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

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Cat Ba, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Duong Dong, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
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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
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ti Top Island. Get outdoors at Bai Tu Long Bay and Dau Go Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay (about 30 minutes away).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cat Ba trip planner.

London, UK to Cat Ba is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from London to Cat Ba due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Nha Trang.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hot mineral springs I-Resort Nha Trang and Nha Tho Nui. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nha Trang Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Po Nagar Cham Towers and take in the dramatic scenery at Ba Ho Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nha Trang trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Cat Ba to Nha Trang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Duong Dong.
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Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, kick back and relax at Bai Tắm Sao, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Phu Quoc Day Spa & Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vinpearl Safari and then kick back and relax at Mui Ganh Dau Beach.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Duong Dong route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nha Trang to Duong Dong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hue.
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh and Royal Tombs are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dong Ba Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, and don't miss a visit to Tiger Arena.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

Fly from Duong Dong to Hue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hoi An.
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien) and Phuoc Lam Pagoda. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thermal Spas. Explore Hoi An's surroundings by going to Da Nang (My Khe Beach & Lady Buddha). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hainan Assembly Hall, kick back and relax at Non Nuoc Beach, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hoi An road trip website.

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Shinzatomura Historic Ruins. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Haemida Beach, &more) and Hamashima In Leaf (in Taketomi-jima). Next up on the itinerary: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kontuon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip maker app.

You can fly from Hoi An to Ishigaki in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Hoi An to Ishigaki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Miyakojima.
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Miyakojima, Japan — 5 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Miyako Shrine and Uibya Mountain Site. Step out of the city life by going to Aragusuku Beach and Maja Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.
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Hatsukaichi, Japan — 2 nights

The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi online travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hatsukaichi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Miyakojima in October: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Ise.
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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 31st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishine no Mikura no Kami, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kazenomiya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Former Toyomiyazaki Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uji Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishiodono Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoiwaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa Rocks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ise day trip website.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Ise takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Ise, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, visit Motomachi, steep yourself in history at Iai Kindergarten, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamiyama Inari Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Funadama Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Gokoku Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Motomachi Water Supply Pond.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate day trip planning website.

Fly from Ise to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Ise in November, expect nights in Hakodate to be colder, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Vietnam travel guide

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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.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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