15 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

15 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea — 3 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, and wander the streets of Insadong.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seoul holiday planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Seoul is 6 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in September: highs in Seoul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Jeju, South Korea — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, then kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, and finally walk around Sarabong Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulsari Tapsa Temple, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Jeju online trip planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Jeju are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Busan.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Busan, South Korea — 1 night

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, Busan is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Hiroshima, Japan — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Kyoto, Japan — 2 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.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa, Japan — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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