15 days in Japan, Vietnam & Beijing Itinerary

15 days in Japan, Vietnam & Beijing Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, Kurand Sake Market (Shibuya izakaya), Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, and other attractions you added. Explore hidden gems such as Kanda Myojin and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nezu Shrine and Jojuin Temple. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kamakura to see Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing) about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Tucson, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Tucson to Tokyo. Traveling from Tucson in June, you will find days in Tokyo are colder (79°F), and nights are little chillier (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Osaka Free Walking Tour. Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Mint Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Tofuku-ji Temple & Pontocho District). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

Beijing, China

— 2 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), explore the activities along Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and then steep yourself in history at Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at PAPP'S TEA and then get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beijing travel site.

You can fly from Osaka to Beijing in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Osaka to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Osaka in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hoa Lo Prison as well as Motorbike Tours Hanoi. On the 16th (Wed), join in the after-dark buzz at Motorbike Tours Hanoi, examine the collection at B52 Victory Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Quan Lan Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Literature & National University, and then stop by Tired City Bao Khanh.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hanoi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Hanoi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Hanoi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market and then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 77°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

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.

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.