42 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Ilsan Lake Park (in Goyang) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). Pack the 25th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, and take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul sightseeing website.

Bremen, Germany to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bremen to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In March in Seoul, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature
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Jeju, South Korea — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, &more). Spend the 31st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll around Hallim Park, get great views at Udo Island Lighthouse Park, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jeju trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Changwon (Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park, Yeojwacheon Stream, &more) and Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area, Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, don't miss a visit to Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Busan trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. April in Busan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima, Japan — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Former Naval Academy (in Etajima), Miyajima (Momijidani Park, Kuguri Rock, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Okonomimura.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

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 April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.
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Himeji, Japan — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kyu Hatosaki Torodo, get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, visit Kobe Harborland, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Ono Cherry Blossom Corridor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Otemae Street, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji visit planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Takenomichi (in Muko) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder app.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa, Japan — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House, and visit Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 24th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight 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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