18 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

18 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Tokyo at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Kyoto, Japan

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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and stop by Gion.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Osaka, Japan

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 23rd (Wed), wander the streets of Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

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Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 24th (Thu), make a trip to Yongdusan Park, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Busan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Halla Mountain). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jeju attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Seoul, South Korea

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.
Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seoul online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in Seoul are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.