22 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

22 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 day
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
6
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
7
Himeji, Japan
— 1 day
8
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
10
Jeonju, South Korea
— 1 day
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
12
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 1 day
13
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
14
Busan, South Korea
— Few hours
15
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Hongwanji, Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo Central Railway Station, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Odaiba District. Do your shopping at Asakusa and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Tokyo is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

1
day
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Shrine ©
Hakone Shrine

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

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Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), thenexamine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kobe
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
On the 8th (Thu), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, thencontemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka
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You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in October, with lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 9th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, thentake in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, thenget outside with Mt Shosha hiking, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planning site.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around °C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street

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.
Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, make a trip to Insadong, and visit Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul online attractions planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Seoul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Osaka in October, plan for little chillier days in Seoul, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jeonju.

Things to do in Seoul

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jeonju Hanok Village, thensteep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nambu Market.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jeonju trip builder website.

You can take a train from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Jeonju, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Shopping
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Omokdae and Imokdae ©
Omokdae and Imokdae
Jeondong Catholic Church ©
Jeondong Catholic Church
Nambu Market ©
Nambu Market

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

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

Take a train from Jeonju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jeonju in October, Seoul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Gyeongju.

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.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip website.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Gyeongju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in October, plan for little chillier nights in Gyeongju, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seoul travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Seoul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Tours Parks
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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 15th (Thu): get outside with Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, thenhunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Busan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Busan: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kwangjang Market.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in October, you will find days in Seoul are little chillier (°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (°C). On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea
Kwangjang Market ©
Kwangjang Market

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