25 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

25 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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25 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Sendai, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Fuji, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Kita, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Takehara, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dejima and Ōura Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Iojima Island. When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Mogushi Beach in Amakusa, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki online sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Amakusa
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Iojima Island ©
Iojima Island
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church
Dejima ©
Dejima

1
night
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then identify plant and animal life at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, and then wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho. On the next day, examine the collection at Zuihoden, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Sendai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sendai

Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura
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Sendaijo Ato
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Nagamachi District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gokayama and Oyama Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Rail - MTB Gattan Go!! (in Hida), Daiganbo (in Tateyama-machi) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's more to do: explore the activities along Tojinbo Cliff.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sendai to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Tojinbo Cliff, Gokayama
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

1
day
Fuji, Japan

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fuji online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fuji takes 5.5 hours. In June in Fuji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Fuji

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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1
day
Kita, Japan

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kita online trip planner .

You can drive from Fuji to Kita in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fuji in June, expect nights in Kita to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takehara.

Things to do in Kita

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

1
night
Takehara, Japan

Takehara ©
Takehara is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Streets of Takehara and then head off the coast to Okunoshima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Buttsu-ji Temple and then get outside with Sankeien.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takehara driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Kita to Takehara in 4 hours. Traveling from Kita in June, you will find days in Takehara are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takehara

Outdoors Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mihara
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Okunoshima Island ©
Okunoshima Island
Takehara Townscape Preservation Area ©

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Misen and Yamato Museum. Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Mikasahama Beach) and Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip website .

Drive from Takehara to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Bay Side Beach Saka
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Nijino Matsubara and then admire the majestic nature at Yoshinogari Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, and then enjoy some diversion at Ohori Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Nijino Matsubara, Yoshinogari Historical Park
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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Gwangalli Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, and then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Busan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

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

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Insadong and The National Folk Museum of Korea. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, stroll through Seoullo 7017, and shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

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Getting from Busan to Seoul by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

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