17 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

17 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
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Bus to Shin-Fuji(Shizuoka), Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
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Ferry
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Busan, South Korea
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Tokyo, Japan

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey maker app.

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Tokyo is 15 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in March, with highs in Tokyo at 58°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip app.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (46°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kyoto, Japan

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kiyomizu-dera Temple Niomon, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Osaka, Japan

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 14th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally stop by Minami (Namba).

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping

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Fukuoka, Japan

City of Yatai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Fukuoka Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally walk around Maizuru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, then admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally examine the collection at Kyushu National Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Busan journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fukuoka in March since evenings lows in Busan dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Gyeongju, South Korea

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in March, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are slightly colder, around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Seoul, South Korea

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: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and wander the streets of Insadong.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Seoul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

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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.