19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
5
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
6
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
8
Jeonju, South Korea
— 1 day
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
10
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 1 day
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
12
Busan, South Korea
— 1 day
13
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night

4
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.
Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Samukawa Shrine and Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karasumori Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in March, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Enoshima Island, Mt. Mitake, Samukawa Shrine
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marudake, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kintoki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, thenexplore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thenstroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums
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Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple

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 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, thenget to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
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 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, thenget your game on at Ninja-Do, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Classes
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, thenpause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, thentake an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nara, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka
To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around °C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Dongbukgongsimdon). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the history behind Gwanghwamun Gate, and pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Osaka in April since evenings lows in Seoul dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jeonju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Suwon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Moak Mountain, contemplate the long history of Hanbyeokdang Pavilion, thencontemplate the long history of Chimyeongjasan Martyrs Ground, thentake an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, and finally browse the exhibits of Jeonju Fan Culture Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Jeonju trip tool.

Take a train from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Jeonju, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hanbyeokdang Pavilion ©
Hanbyeokdang Pavilion
Jeonju Fan Culture Center ©
Jeonju Fan Culture Center

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Jeonju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Gyeongju on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Tours Parks
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1
day
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seoul to Gyeongju by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in April, expect nights in Gyeongju to be somewhat warmer, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Golgulsa Temple ©
Golgulsa Temple

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul driving holiday planner.

Getting from Gyeongju to Seoul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Gyeongju in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Seoul: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Tours Parks
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1
day
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll around Busan Olympic Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Busan online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks
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Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Busan Olympic Park ©
Busan Olympic Park

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History, thentake a stroll through Insadong, and then take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Museums
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Seoul Museum of History ©
Seoul Museum of History
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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