23 days in Japan, Manila & Seoul Itinerary

23 days in Japan, Manila & Seoul Itinerary

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23 days in Japan, Manila & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Manila, Philippines
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Manila, Philippines
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

few
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Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago and then stroll around Rizal Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Manila trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Manila is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Philippines Time (PHT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Manila. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

6
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit app .

Traveling by flight from Manila to Tokyo takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation maker app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Ichijo-in Temple, Mt. Koya, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online driving holiday planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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 out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get in on the family fun at Lotte World, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul tour builder site .

You can fly from Osaka to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, Seoul is a bit cooler than Osaka - with highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nami Island, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
On the 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Seoul in February, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, stroll around Rizal Park, and then get great views at Malate Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Manila trip builder tool .

You can fly from Osaka to Manila in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Philippines Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in February: high temperatures in Manila hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Malate Church ©
Malate Church

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