Both Vietnam and Japan are characterised by their beautiful and ancient traditions, attracting guests from far and wide to experience their uniqueness. Perhaps it is this that makes Japan the third best-represented nation in Vietnam’s tourism industry, or perhaps it is the fact that a land of otherworldly lush beauty lies just 5.5 hours from Tokyo. With this in mind, Vietnam Escape Tours is proud to present our list of Vietnam tour packages from Japan, aimed at welcoming our Japanese guests and presenting them with a landscape far different from their own.
On these tours, you will be taken to some of the most beautiful destinations in Vietnam. You will see an unfamiliar culture and will be able to learn about it from local people. You will see evidence of your own country’s history in Vietnam, especially in the town of Hoi An and the city of Saigon, which were influenced by Japanese merchants and the Japanese army respectively. Most importantly, guests on our Vietnam package tours from Japan will be able to experience the combined beauty of a destination lying right on their doorstep.
Please note that the following tours do not feature airfare from Japan to Vietnam or vice versa.
Vietnam Escape Tours is dedicated to showing you the best of our country through a fine recipe of ancient culture and natural beauty. The destinations we go to on the following tours comprise some of Vietnam’s most famous assets as well as those off the beaten track, where you will be able to enjoy the silence that is still so available throughout Vietnam.
At first glance, Hanoi is a capital that could not look more different from Tokyo. Guests from Japan might be surprised to find how Hanoi operates, with streets full of motorbikes and activity that differs so strongly from the pristine and well-trimmed approach to life in Japan. That being said, these Vietnam package vacations from Japan will ease you into the Hanoian pace of life, offering you a look into the culture and the friendly personalities of our locals. Along with the current activity of Hanoi, we show you the long-held traditions and customs that lend so much beauty to our diverse capital city.
These twin destinations, just 12km away from each other, display the beauty of the green and delightful Ninh Binh province, located just 2 hours south of Hanoi. Both places feature on a daytrip from Hanoi on our Vietnam package tours from Japan, starting with the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and finishing amongst the sea of lush rice paddies and border of mountains at Tam Coc. This is a great excursion for seeing the blend of culture, history and natural beauty that features throughout Vietnam – always an attractive site for our Japanese guests.
Japan may be able to boast some beautiful rice terraces, but the Vietnamese method of rice farming is quite different. For evidence of this, our Vietnam package tours from Japan like to show guests to the region of Mai Chau, located about 4 hours southwest of Hanoi. This is an incredible land of wild tropical scenery, where rice paddies hug the sides of mountains and colourful local hill tribes live within the valleys. Trekking and cycling are popular activities to do here, as is visiting the local tribes and staying overnight in their attractive wooden huts. A visit during the harvesting season would be a fantastic time to see all of the golden rice swaying in the breeze.
Vietnam’s number 1 tourist destination has a lot of appeal with Japanese tourists. The sea and its mountains are like nothing seen before in Japan, and many of our guests come to Vietnam with Halong Bay at the forefront of their minds. Because of this, Halong Bay features on many, if not most, of our Vietnam tour packages for Japanese tourists, as we look to show you the beauty of the bay in a unique and hidden way. Often, we do this at Lan Ha Bay, the southern part of Halong Bay with far fewer tourist ships and therefore much more time and space to enjoy the beauty.
For a beautiful home away from home, Hoi An has a huge Japanese history to offer our guests. The ancient port town had a very large Japanese population since the very beginning, operating throughout the 15th century and for many years following this. Japanese traders became rich off the sales of silk and sandalwood, and used their wealth to establish a Japanese presence in Hoi An. This can be seen today at the Japanese Covered Bridge, which separated the Japanese part of the town from the Vietnamese part, and also around its rural areas in the form of the Japanese tombs of merchants.
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly called Saigon) is about as close to Japanese cities as Vietnam gets. The many skyscrapers and wide roads of the city resemble Japan in a few ways, but Ho Chi Minh is still very Vietnamese in the way that it runs. This is a great place for guests on one of our Vietnam tour packages from Japan to try the food and to learn of the modern history of our country, best displayed at the War Remnants Museum and the Independence Palace. French colonial architecture can be found at the Old Saigon Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, while beautiful and ancient temples are dotted around the Cholon district.
On one of our tours, you will be able to reveal the nature of a country quite different to your own, but there are plenty of other reasons as to why Vietnam is such a great destination for visitors from Japan.
Beautiful and Interesting Food – The Japanese obsession with rice is found in equal measure in Vietnam. This is the true food of the people, and in that respect, our countries have a lot in common. You will discover an entirely new way to prepare, cook and eat rice meals on a Vietnam tour package from Japan, all while soaking in the relaxed and communal eating culture that differs quite a lot from your home country.
VietJet Air are the main provider of cheap and direct flights between Japan and Vietnam, though other companies such as ANA, Scoot, AirAsia and Jetstar provide longer services. For those involving a stop-off in another country, Thai Airways, HK Express or Philippine Airlines are also available.
|From||To||Length||One-Way Price Average (USD)|
|Tokyo (Narita, Haneda)|
Ho Chi Minh City
10hr 45m (No Direct)
|Osaka (Kansai, Itami)|
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh
10hr 30m (No Direct)
10hr 30m (No Direct)
If staying for 14 days or less, Japanese visitors do not require anything but their passport to enter Vietnam through any of its international airports. If staying for over 14 days, you will need to apply for a visa, available through one of two methods:
• Go to the Embassy – At the Vietnam embassy in Tokyo, officials will provide Vietnamese visas upon appointments for Japanese citizens wanting to visit Vietnam. At your appointment, take your passport and some money for the application fee. After finishing your application on the premises and handing over your passport, you will receive your passport with attached visa in the post.
• Use a travel agency – If you want to visit Vietnam for over 2 weeks and are using the services of Vietnam Escape Tours during any of that time, feel free to contact our company for our visa services. Visas on our Vietnam tour packages from Japan aren’t free, but we make it very easy for our guests to flow through the process without a problem.
We recommend bringing USD and changing some of that to the local currency, Vietnamese dong, upon arrival. This is because it is hard to get dong outside of Vietnam, but also because it will be impossible to pay your way through your Vietnam package deal from Japan with U.S dollars. The vast majority of businesses won’t accept them, but travel agencies and hotels might.
The Vietnamese public transport system doesn’t quite work the same way as Japan’s. Vietnam is still a developing nation and has a long way to go until the system can support its citizens as well as tourists. For ease of getting around, motorbike and car taxis are most certainly the best option, as they present a cheap way to reach your destination within the city. For transport between cities, coaches run a fairly cheap and efficient service, though all of your transport during your time with Vietnam Escape Tours will already be arranged for you.
You can get through a surprising amount of transactions in Vietnam with hand actions alone. Vendors in the popular areas of Vietnam are used to tourists now and may even have picked up some English through serving them, however, the overall level of English (and certainly Japanese) is not great. It is worth your time to memorise a few simple words that will help you to get through basic exchanges, though our tour guide is always on hand to help out if you need it.
Food poisoning is no more prevalent in Vietnamese food than it is in anywhere else in Asia. The street food scene here is remarkably clean and the vast majority of visitors leave Vietnam without a problem. Exercise caution, of course, but don’t be overly wary about the dangers of food poisoning here, lest it get in the way of your discovery of delicious Vietnamese cuisine.
For those who don’t feel the want to stop their holiday, Hanoi, Da Nang and Saigon airports all offer onwards flights to destinations around Asia and beyond. Whether its to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines Indonesia, China, South Korea or Taiwan, you will be able to reach there fairly simply from Vietnam.
Feel free to explore the various Vietnam tour packages from Japan listed below. Contact Vietnam Escape Tours by email, phone or by the chat box below if you have any questions.