13 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

13 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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13 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  4​h
1
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Manila, Philippines

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 9th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Hakata History Museum, then let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, and finally admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary tool .

Manila, Philippines to Fukuoka is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in September: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, make a trip to Kuromon Market, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka tour builder tool .

Getting from Fukuoka to Osaka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
You've added Happoen Garden, Suntory Museum of Art, Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Akihabara, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and go for a walk through Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Suntory Museum of Art ©
Suntory Museum of Art
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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 museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and don't miss a visit to Insadong.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Seoul are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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