16 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

16 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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16 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Perth, Australia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojoji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games Tours
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then admire all the interesting features of Hanshin Koshien Stadium.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Hanshin Koshien Stadium ©
Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Food Tours

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, then walk around Dongbaekseom Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, stroll around Igidae Park, and then walk around APEC Naru Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Busan trip planning tool .

You can fly from Osaka to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Dongbaekseom Island ©
Dongbaekseom Island
Gwangandaegyo Bridge ©
Gwangandaegyo Bridge
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, walk around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and then head off the coast to Udo. On your second day here, hike along Hallasan Seongpanak and then take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju itinerary planner .

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Udo ©
Udo
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort ©
Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grevin Museum and Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, walk around Banpo Hangang Park, and see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul.

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You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Museums
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Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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