17 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

17 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel route planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Busan
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guatemala City to Tokyo is 15 hours. When traveling from Guatemala City in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima, Japan

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hiroshima in December since evenings lows in Busan dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Jeju, South Korea

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jeju online trip builder.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seoul online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · 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.