18 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

18 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights

4
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.
Pack the 28th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online day trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Seoul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Taipei in November; daily highs in Seoul reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Seoul to Osaka in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough 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 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and then stroll around Nara Park.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Sanjusangendo Temple
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary website.

Getting from Osaka to Hakone-machi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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