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
Drive
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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: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, and admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Riyadh to Seoul. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in September: highs in Seoul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to 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.
On the 29th (Thu), stroll around Hallim Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, and finally stroll around Sarabong Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulsari Tapsa Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach.

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Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Jeju, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Busan.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Busan, South Korea — 1 night

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Busan holiday planning tool.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 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, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Busan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.
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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 2nd (Sun): 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 make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online journey planner.

Getting from Busan to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then go for a walk through Gion. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally visit Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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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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