31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Kencho-ji Temple and Hakone Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Kamakura Hiking Trails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Lalique Museum Hakone (in Hakone-machi). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple and steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Koyasan Okunoin and Toshodai-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Sakurai (Kasayamako Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, visit Dotombori District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

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Kobe, Japan

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 16th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Izanagi Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), steep yourself in history at Minume Shrine, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then learn about all things military at Kobe Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kobe itinerary tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

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Himeji, Japan

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): cruise along Gin no Basha Michi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to take a train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Yamato Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mazda Museum and Peace Flame. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Araebisu Shrine & Senjokaku) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

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Fukuoka, Japan

City of Yatai

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nanzoin and Kunenan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yoshinogari Historical Park and Hakozaki Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu), Munakata Shrine (in Munakata) and Nanzoin Shakaden Nokotsudo (in Sasaguri-machi). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genboku Ito Old House, and don't miss a visit to Residence of Baba.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around APEC Naru Park, then stroll around Dongbaekseom Island, then stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, and finally go for a walk through Igidae Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally examine the collection at ASEAN Culture House.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Busan online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fukuoka to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Busan, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, then step off the mainland to explore Udo, and finally get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Jeju journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

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Seoul, South Korea

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changgyeonggung Palace and Namsangol Hanok Village. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, admire the masterpieces at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, daytime highs in Seoul are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Jeju Island travel guide

3.8
Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.