60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 6 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 6 nights
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 Trickeye Museum Seoul. Appreciate the collections at National Folk Museum of Korea and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul online sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seoul when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:

Jeju, South Korea

— 7 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Halla Mountain and Spirited Garden. Get outdoors at Hamdeok Beach and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll around Bijarim Forest, step off the mainland to explore Udo, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and admire the masterpieces at Trick Art Museum Korea.

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Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 8:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

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 Senjokaku are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in November, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are much hotter (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Miyakojima, Japan

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Nakanoshima Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:

Onna-son, Japan

— 6 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Katsuren Castle Ruins and The Tower of Himeyuri. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach & Daisekirinzan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Beach, and kick back and relax at Manza Beach.

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Fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect little chillier with lows of 64°F in Onna-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 28:

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho day trip planning tool.

Fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in November, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Do your shopping at Ninja Dojo and Store and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November; daily highs in Kyoto reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:

Matsumoto, Japan

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Popular historic sites such as Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Higashiyama Walking Course are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine and Matsumoto Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, &more), Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura) and Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto online route planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kyoto in December, with highs in Matsumoto at 43°F and lows at 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Nikko, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Lake Chuzenji and Yudaki Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Ryuzu Waterfall and Mount Nasudake. Step out of Nikko with an excursion to Fujishiro Seiji Museum in Nasu-machi--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Okumiya.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in December, with highs in Nikko at 49°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Tokyo, Japan

— 7 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Get some historical perspective at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Senso-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, wander the streets of Akihabara, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and visit Odaiba District.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Nikko in December, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

South Korea travel guide

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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.

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.