16 days in Japan, Jeju Island & South Korea Itinerary

16 days in Japan, Jeju Island & South Korea Itinerary

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16 days in Japan, Jeju Island & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h
End: Valletta, Malta

3
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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online day trip planner .

Valletta, Malta to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Tokyo is 8 hours. In March, Tokyo is slightly colder than Valletta - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning website .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, step off the mainland to explore Udo, admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Jeju takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

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.
On the 25th (Wed), get your game on at Seoul Rage Room - Hongdae, then get great views at N Seoul Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, take a stroll through Insadong, and then take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, daytime highs in Seoul are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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