17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Popular historic sites such as Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Insadong, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

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Tucson, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. When traveling from Tucson in March, plan for cooler days in Seoul, with highs around 53°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

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World heritage site
Changdeokgung Palace
4.5

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Shinsegae Gallery, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, then walk around Yongdusan Park, and finally examine the collection at Busan Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Busan tour planning website.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Museums · Outdoors
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Must see
Haeundae Beach
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Religious Site
Haedong Yonggung Temple
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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Jeju Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, then view the masterpieces at The Islander, and finally hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum, explore the world behind art at Trick Art Museum Korea, then explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jeju

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
Art Museum
Jeju Folk Museum
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Specialty Museum
Jeju National Museum
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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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Kyoto International Manga Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gion, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Kinkaku-ji
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then wander the streets of Asakusa. On your second day here, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally wander the streets of Ginza.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Neighborhood
Ginza
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Religious Site
Senso-ji Temple
4.4

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