24 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea — 4 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 sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seoul visit planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect Seoul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Jeju, South Korea — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Seongsan Ilchulbong about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, head off the coast to Udo, and get outside with Woljeongri Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju day trip app.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, walk around Busan Citizens Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Busan vacation 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. In June, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Hiroshima, Japan — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
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Himeji, Japan — 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji attractions planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and don't miss a visit to Saihoji Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can 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 19th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Kanazawa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 5 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · 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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