19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  23 h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
+2
Subway + Fly + Train:  3 h
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
7
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26 h
End: Rome, Italy

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Get in touch with nature at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Seoul City Hall, wander the streets of Insadong, and visit Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seoul road trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Seoul. In March, Seoul is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

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

2
nights
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 1st (Thu): explore the activities along Bomun Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju attractions planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive 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

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 3rd (Sat), stroll around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then stop by Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 10°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

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

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.
On the 4th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

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Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and train from Busan to Osaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (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

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take in the pleasant sights at Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, stop by Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can 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

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 12th (Mon), get outside with Kusatsu International Ski Place, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): stop by Obuse Highway Oasys, then explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle, and then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Yamanouchi-machi to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Karuizawa Kogen Church, Madarao Mountain Resort, Onsen Resorts, Kusatsu International Ski Place, Obuse Highway Oasys
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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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