18 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

18 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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18 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

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

3
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation builder tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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.
Seoul is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in November, expect Seoul to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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