19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel planner

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: visit Insadong, get a sense of history and politics at Seoul City Hall, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Seoul vacation planning tool.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. When traveling from Rome in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Seoul, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 2 nights

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 5th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju tour itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in October, Gyeongju is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then stop by Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Osaka City Central Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Busan to Osaka by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 11th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then go for a walk through Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

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

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto journey app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Obuse Highway Oasys, then step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, and then stroll through Madarao Mountain Resort.

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Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Yamanouchi-machi is slightly colder than Kyoto - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.