32 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Taipei Itinerary

32 days in Japan, Ho Chi Minh City & Taipei Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  15 h
1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  56 h
2
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Sendai, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Sapporo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Countryside Adventures. Get a sense of the local culture at War Remnants Museum and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ba Thien Hau Temple, choose your vessel at Saigon Boat Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ho Chi Minh trail, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nha tho Da Minh.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. In May, Ho Chi Minh City is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Ba Thien Hau Temple ©
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Visiting Yangmingshan National Park and Waiao Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Hsing Tian Kong and Yilan Lover's Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: North District (Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple & 17 Kilometers Hsinchu Coast Scenic Area), Wufengchi Waterfall (in Jiaoxi) and Neipi Beach (in Su'ao). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Taipei trip planning website.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in May: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hsinchu, Waiao Beach, Wufengchi Waterfall, Yilan Lover's Bay, Neipi Beach
Find places to stay May 11 — 16:
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Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

5
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Omimaiko Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Obai-in, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Osaka takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Osaka is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Taipei in May: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Nara, Omimaiko Beach, Mt. Yoshino
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Takao and Enoshima Island. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama), Shirasato Central Beach (in Oamishirasato) and Mt. Kumotori (in Okutama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Kimono Me, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning site.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, Mt. Takao, Shirasato Central Beach, Mt. Kumotori, Enoshima Island
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

4
nights
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get some cultural insight at Sendaijo Ato and Osaki Hachiman Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Tsukihama Beach and Rairaikyo Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Uesugi Hakushakutei (in Yonezawa), Kumano Taisha Shrine (in Nanyo) and Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani (in Fukushima). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokoku Shrine, contemplate the long history of Funaoka Castle Ruins, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Selcohome Zoo Paradise Yagiyama, and take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Sendai are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Tsukihama Beach, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Uesugi Hakushakutei, Kumano Taisha Shrine
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji

5
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hokkaido Jingu and Susukino. Get outdoors at Mt. Moiwa and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho) and Bibai (Old Sakurai Family House & Arte Piazza Bibai). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sendai in May; daily highs in Sapporo reach 17°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Bibai, Niseko Hanazono Resort, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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