20 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

20 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Miami, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
3
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
6
Daegu, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Miami, United States


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3
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.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Wa Space. Change things up with a short trip to Moroiso Shores in Miura (about 1h 40 min away). Have a day of magic on the 15th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, and make a trip to Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Miami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Miami to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Moroiso Shores
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto International Manga Museum and Nishijin Textile Center. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Jishu Shrine, Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, make a trip to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

1
night
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
On the 22nd (Mon), view the masterpieces at The Islander, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and then Head underground at Hallim Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, witness the site of a historic battle at Seongeup Folk Village, then take in the exciting artwork at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jeju visit planning app .

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Jeju by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Shopping Museums
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Jagalchi Market and Gallery 604for some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Busan Museum and Busan Museum of Art. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, stroll through Gwangalli Beach, view the masterpieces at Shinsegae Gallery, and hike along Heodong Suwonji Dulle-gil.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan vacation maker .

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

2
nights
Daegu, South Korea

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Daegu National Museum, then explore the world behind art at Daegu Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Donghwasa, and finally hunt for treasures at Seomun Market. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Daegu Arboretum and then get in on the family fun at E-World.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Daegu road trip app .

Traveling by car from Busan to Daegu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daegu

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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E-World ©
E-World
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Seomun Market
Seomun Market

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.
Get some cultural insight at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Let the collections at National Museum of Korea and The War Memorial of Korea capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seoul online day trip planner .

Getting from Daegu to Seoul by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Seoul are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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