16 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

16 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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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
Train + 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
Train + 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.
Kick 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). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Tokyo. Traveling from Perth in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Toji. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Walking tours
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.
On the 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then catch a live event at Hanshin Koshien Stadium.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can 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
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Hanshin Koshien Stadium ©
Hanshin Koshien Stadium

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): get outside with Gwangalli Beach, then make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, then stroll around Dongbaekseom Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple. Keep things going the next day: walk around UN Memorial Cemetery, then take in the pleasant sights at Igidae Park, and then stroll around APEC Naru Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Busan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Busan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dongbaekseom Island ©
Dongbaekseom Island
Igidae Park ©
Igidae Park
APEC Naru Park ©
APEC Naru Park

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, delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and then step off the mainland to explore Udo. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hallasan and then explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jeju trip maker app.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Udo ©
Udo
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hallasan
Hallasan

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yeouido Hangang Park and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Grevin Museum, and walk around Banpo Hangang Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time 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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