25 days in China, Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in China, Japan & Vietnam Itinerary

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Start: Belfast, United Kingdom
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
Zhangjiajie, China
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Belfast, United Kingdom

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site.

Belfast, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Belfast to Tokyo. Traveling from Belfast in August, expect Tokyo to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, thenadmire the striking features of Central Post Office, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Ho Chi Minh City by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kyoto to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In August in Ho Chi Minh City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office

3
nights
Hanoi, Vietnam

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and take in the exciting artwork at 54 Traditions Gallery.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hanoi route planner.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Food Tours
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) ©

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Man Mo Temple.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

1
night
Zhangjiajie, China

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Huangshizhai, thentake a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then walk around Sandstone and Peaks Geological Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Huangshizhai ©
Huangshizhai

2
nights
Shanghai, China

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner.

Fly from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Beijing attractions site.

Fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shanghai in September since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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