15 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

15 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
3
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights

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 shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

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Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Seoul. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Seoul: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

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

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Bongnaesan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, thenkick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Busan online vacation planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in December, with highs in Busan at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, thenstep into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka route planner.

Fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Osaka when traveling from Busan in December, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and stop by Gion.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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