24 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

24 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
3
Matsumoto, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
6
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
9
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
10
Paju, South Korea
— 2 nights
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights

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night
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.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, thenlook for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, and finally take a stroll through Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Ueno District.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in August, with highs in Tokyo at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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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 9th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, thenexplore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, thenadmire the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, thensee the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Little Prince Museum.

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Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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Matsumoto, Japan

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 11th (Wed), take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, thentake a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, thentake in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Tokusawa, head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, head outdoors with Konashidaira, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Dakesawa Wetlands, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, and finally get outside with Mt. Okuhotaka.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Chubu
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Tokusawa ©
Tokusawa
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

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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 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Matsumoto in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji

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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 15th (Sun), wander the streets of Dotombori District, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Osaka sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

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Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 16th (Mon), head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai, get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, look for gifts at Nangoku Zakka Tida, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and finally contemplate the long history of Kurima Tomibansho.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. In August in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 18th (Wed), head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, get outside with Sunset Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, thenhead outdoors with Nosoko Forest Road, and finally get outside with Yonehara Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Pinion Direct Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Maezato Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
We've included these beaches for you: Hamdeok Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Samseonghyeol and Seonunjeongsa Temple. There's still lots to do: trek along Hallasan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and engage your brain at Nexon Computer Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju route planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Jeju in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Hallasan
Hallasan
Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach
Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the history at Gyeongju Eupseong, thenpause for some photo ops at Seokguram, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple, and finally examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju online route planner.

Fly from Jeju to Gyeongju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. August in Gyeongju sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Paju.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Girimsa Temple ©
Girimsa Temple

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Paju, South Korea

Paju ©
Northwest of the capital, Paju has become known for its cultural attractions, history, and proximity to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes DMZ Haemaru Village. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around Unjeong Lake Park and then contemplate the long history of DMZ Haemaru Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Paju Book City, thenget into the urban bustle at Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, and then examine the collection at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paju trip builder.

Fly from Gyeongju to Paju in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, you will find days in Paju are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Paju

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Goyang
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DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village
Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang ©
Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang
Paju Book City ©
Paju Book City

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trickeye Museum Seoul and Jogyesa Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seodaemun Prison History Hall, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, examine the collection at Grevin Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Paju to Seoul takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In August, daytime highs in Seoul are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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