19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
3
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are in your itinerary. Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukchon Hanok Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get great views at N Seoul Tower, don't miss a visit to Seoul City Hall, and stop by Insadong.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul visit app.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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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 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, thenpause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and finally hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, thensteep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seoul to Gyeongju by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jukdo Market
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

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night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Yongdusan Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, thenvisit Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Busan itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Busan are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Nara Park, thenpause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, thenexplore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally visit Dotombori District.

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Fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 11th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thenlook for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thentake in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and take a stroll through Gion.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Keep things going the next day: stop by Obuse Highway Oasys, thenstep into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, and then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Yamanouchi-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Karuizawa Kogen Church, Madarao Mountain Resort, Onsen Resorts, Obuse Highway Oasys, Kusatsu International Ski Place
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Karuizawa Kogen Church ©
Karuizawa Kogen Church
Matsushiro Castle ©
Matsushiro Castle

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