28 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

28 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Insadong and National Museum of Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Eulwangni Beach (in Incheon) and Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, and shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Seoul online road trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Seoul, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seoul when traveling from Seattle in October, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Paju, Eulwangni Beach
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

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Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sinheungsa Temple and Naksansa Temple. Visiting Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Rock will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Woljeongsa (in Pyeongchang-gun), Gangneung (Ojukheon, Gangneung Seongyojang, &more) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress, take in the dramatic scenery at Cheondang Falls, and gain interesting insight with Abai Village.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, plan for little chillier nights in Sokcho, with lows around 60°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gangneung, Yangyang-gun, Woljeongsa
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Woljeongsa
Woljeongsa

3
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Haedong Yonggung Temple and Busan Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Haeundae Beach, admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and don't miss a visit to BIFF Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan route planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Sokcho in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Osaka.

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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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kyoto National Museum, Gion, &more), Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), visit Dotombori District, and don't miss a visit to Osaka City Central Hall.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip website.

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Nachikatsura-cho, Japan

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Get outdoors at Nachi Mitaki Falls and Nachi Forest. Get a sense of the local culture at Kamikura Shrine and Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nachikatsura-cho: Kushimoto-cho (Hashigui Rock, Cape Shionomisaki, &more), Kumano Hayatama Taisha (in Shingu) and Tanabe (Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, stop by Mt. Nachi Tourist Center, stroll around Nachi Highland Park, and examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Osaka in October, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kushimoto-cho, Tanabe, Taiji-cho, Shingu
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

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Nikko, Japan

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park, and finally go for a walk through Senjogahara Field. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nikko journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Nikko takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in November: highs in Nikko hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Onsen Resorts
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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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.
Get outdoors at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Kamakura Hiking Trails. Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Hakone Shisseikaen) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, and visit Akihabara.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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