24 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

24 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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24 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Perth, Australia

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get your game on at INT Studio, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

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Perth, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Perth in November, plan for colder days in Seoul, with highs around 13°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jeju sightseeing app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to BIFF Square, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Busan online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Park, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online day trip planner .

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Busan in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Osaka, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Muko to see Takenomichi about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Takenomichi
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Deai Bridge, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Have a day of magic on the 28th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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