16 days in Japan & Busan Itinerary

16 days in Japan & Busan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan & Busan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  44 h
1
Busan, South Korea
— 1 day
Drive:  14 h
2
Sakaiminato, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  11 h
3
Tsuruga, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  13 h
4
Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  13 h
5
Niigata, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  13 h
6
Sakata, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  38 h 30 min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
9
Hiroshima, Japan
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Osaka, Japan

1
day
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You've added Jagalchi Market, BIFF Square, Gukje Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): browse the range of quality goods at Lotte Department Store Busan Main, shop like a local with Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street, walk around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Gukje Market, then don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

Tokyo, Japan to Busan is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Sakaiminato.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market
Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street ©
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

1
day
Sakaiminato, Japan

Sakaiminato ©
Sakaiminato is a city in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.HistoryAn Imperial decree in July 1899 established Sakai as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yuushien Garden as well as JR Sakai Line. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Yuushien Garden, ride with the locals on JR Sakai Line, don't miss a visit to Youkai Shrine, make a trip to The Mizuki Shigeru Road, then get in on the family fun at Gegege no Yokairakuen, and finally examine the collection at Mizuki Shigeru Museum.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sakaiminato trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Busan to Sakaiminato. In April, daytime highs in Sakaiminato are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tsuruga.

Things to do in Sakaiminato

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Yuushien Garden
Highlights from your plan
Yuushien Garden ©
Yuushien Garden
Mizuki Shigeru Museum ©
Mizuki Shigeru Museum
The Mizuki Shigeru Road ©
The Mizuki Shigeru Road

1
day
Tsuruga, Japan

Tsuruga ©
Tsuruga is a city in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsuruga Railway Museum as well as Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum. On the 15th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum, then see the interesting displays at Tsuruga Railway Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kehi Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsuruga itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sakaiminato to Tsuruga takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tsuruga

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum ©
Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum
Kehi Shrine ©
Kehi Shrine

1
day
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Kenrokuen Garden, Kazuemachi Tea House Street, Nagamachi Neighborhood, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, then steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tsuruga to Kanazawa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
day
Niigata, Japan

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ponshukan Niigata Station, Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery and Niigata Station Bandai Exit Tourist Information Center. On the 17th (Fri), get answers to all your questions at Niigata Station Bandai Exit Tourist Information Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and finally stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Niigata trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Niigata takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sakata.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery ©
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery

1
day
Sakata, Japan

Sakata ©
Sakata is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.As of October 2015, the city has an estimated population of 105,022 and a population density of 174 persons per km². Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyu Abumiya, Former Honma Family Residence and Old Kappo Obata. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sankyo Soko Storehouse, contemplate the long history of Former Honma Family Residence, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Abumiya, then see the interesting displays at Somaro, and finally make a trip to Old Kappo Obata.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sakata travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Niigata to Sakata in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Sakata are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sakata

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sankyo Soko Storehouse ©
Sankyo Soko Storehouse
Former Honma Family Residence ©
Former Honma Family Residence
Somaro ©
Somaro

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shibuya Crossing, teamLab Borderless and Shinagawa Station Foundation Monument. On the 20th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Shinagawa Station Foundation Monument, examine the collection at teamLab Borderless, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sakata to Tokyo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sakata in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tofuku-ji Temple, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Ishibe Alley, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine and then wander the streets of Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

few
hours
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Ginkakuji Temple, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), tour the pleasant surroundings at Konchi-in, then take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace