18 days in Japan, South Korea & Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Japan, South Korea & Vietnam Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Tokyo, Japan — 3 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Odaiba District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Kyoto, Japan — 2 nights

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.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Jeju, South Korea — 2 nights

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
On the 17th (Sun), walk around Hallim Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, and finally go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Jeju takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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Seoul, South Korea — 3 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seoul visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Hanoi.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 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.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and enjoy some diversion at Authentic Bat Trang.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi travel planner.

Fly from Seoul to Hanoi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. Traveling from Seoul to Hanoi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hoi An.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 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.
On the 25th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Marble Mountains, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the galleries of Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Shoes Shop Quynh Nhu, then take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoi An trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Wildlife
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, then admire the landmark architecture of Central Post Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ho Chi Minh City trip site.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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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.
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