34 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

34 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Asakusa Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip website.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains) and Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, stroll around Nara Park, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka online journey planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

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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.
Visit Izanagi Shrine and Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Otsuka Museum of Art and Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), wander the streets of Kitano-cho, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Osaka to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

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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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Onatsu Seijuro Hiyokuzuka, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Atemage.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kushida Shrine and Yutoku Inari Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Dejima. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Suwa Shrine, &more), Munakata Shrine (in Munakata) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and make a trip to Imari Okawachiyama.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Beomeosa Temple. Let the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Beomeosa Sungbo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area, Cheomseongdae Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at UN Memorial Cemetery, make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Busan, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jeju Museum of War History & Peace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online visit planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hwaseong Fortress and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, and make a trip to Changgyeonggung Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

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.