20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  6​h 30​min
5
Kita, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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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.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul holiday builder .

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Seoul, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Seoul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, then make a trip to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to The Tsukiji Market.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then wander the streets of Gion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Kita, Japan

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kita tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Kita in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Odawara Castle (in Odawara), Urayasu (Tokyo DisneySea & Ikspiari) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Asakusa, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

Find out how to plan Tokyo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kita to Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Odawara Castle, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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