19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

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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
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Rome

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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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Escape the urban bustle at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, visit Insadong, get a sense of history and politics at Seoul City Hall, and don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Seoul. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, and finally hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Gyeongju tour itinerary maker website.

Fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in June, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · 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.
On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then hunt for treasures at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip builder website.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 66°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

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.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Nara Park, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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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 June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): head outdoors with 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 fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip maker site.

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. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Yamanouchi-machi, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 73°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · 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.