28 days in Japan & Hanoi Itinerary

28 days in Japan & Hanoi Itinerary

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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 6 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 day
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Kurashiki, Japan
— 1 night
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Okayama, Japan
— 1 night
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Kobe, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nara, Japan
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 5 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: take a stroll through Old Quarter, see the interesting displays at Vietnamese Women's Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ho Chi Minh Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major aiports are Noi Bai International Airport and Van Don International Airport. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.
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Osaka, Japan — 6 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.
Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Mt. Koya in Koya-cho--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Osaka takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
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Himeji, Japan — 1 day

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuya Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji journey maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in August, you will find days in Himeji are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kurashiki.
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Kurashiki, Japan — 1 night

A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Yokomizo Seisi Sokaitaku, then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kurashiki journey website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kurashiki in an hour. Another option is to drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Himeji in August since evenings lows in Kurashiki dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Okayama.
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Okayama, Japan — 1 night

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Mall Okayama, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Momotaro Statue.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama vacation planning app.

You can drive from Kurashiki to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Okayama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kobe.
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Kobe, Japan — 5 nights

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Awaji (Awaji Yumebutai, Awaji Highway Oasis, &more). The adventure continues: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe road trip app.

Take a train from Okayama to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kobe, with lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Byodoin about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kobe, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.
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Nara, Japan — 4 nights

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Fujinoki Tombs (in Ikaruga-cho), Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari) and Mount Miwa (in Sakurai). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, walk around Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August in Nara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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Okayama Prefecture travel guide

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Gardens · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Okayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Okayama.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868–1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.GeographyOkayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Hiroshima Prefecture. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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