18 days in Hong Kong, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

18 days in Hong Kong, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Hong Kong, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
train + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States


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2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History and then step off the mainland to explore Lantau Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong tour itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Hong Kong is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Hong Kong is 16 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Udo, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach.

Make your Jeju itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Hong Kong to Jeju in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Udo ©
Udo
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and then explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, take a stroll through Insadong, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and finally take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

Discover how to plan a Seoul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Former Glover House. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Magome Catholic Church, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online journey planner .

Getting from Seoul to Nagasaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa
Dejima ©
Dejima

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Miyakojima online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Nagasaki in May, expect Miyakojima to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

1
night
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then make a trip to Miyajima.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, Hiroshima is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online route planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally see the interesting displays at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Takayama sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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