41 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

41 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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41 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
train + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 6 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Sapporo, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Niseko-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Toyako-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Hakodate, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
10
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
11
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine and then examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
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Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Nami Island (in Chuncheon), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Seoul at 1°C and lows at -7°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nami Island, DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). See some other sides of Tokyo: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 2:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Nagano (Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, Zenko-ji Temple, & more), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, head outdoors with Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, and gain insight at Happo-one Nature Study Course.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in February; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Yamanouchi-machi, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Yubatake, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 9th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then stroll around Odori Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sapporo holiday planner .

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Sapporo by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in February; daily highs in Sapporo reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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nights
Niseko-cho, Japan

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden and then walk around Fukidashi Park. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, get outside with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Niseko-cho tour planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Niseko-cho are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Mt. Yotei Spring Water, Fukidashi Park
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

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Toyako-cho, Japan

Toyako-cho ©
You've now added Lake Toya to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Rusutsu Resort, make a trip to Toya Mizunoeki, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, then enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Showashinzan.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Toyako-cho online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Niseko-cho to Toyako-cho by car takes about an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rusutsu Resort, Showashinzan, Lake Toya
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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Rusutsu Resort ©
Rusutsu Resort
Showashinzan
Showashinzan

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Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakodate road trip site .

Traveling by car from Toyako-cho to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka trip maker .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). See even more of Tokyo: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, don't miss a visit to Hachiko, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Ikspiari, Lake Kawaguchi, Yokohama Chinatown
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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