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
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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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Changdeokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, wander the streets of Insadong, get a sense of history and politics at Seoul City Hall, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

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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. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) 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 28th (Thu), 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 the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection 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.

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You can fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seoul in April: highs in Gyeongju hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow 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.
On the 30th (Sat), stroll around Yongdusan Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then hunt for treasures at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in April, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are slightly colder (10°C). On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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 1st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

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Fly from Busan to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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 4th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally stroll through Miyajima.

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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 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) 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 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Kusatsu International Ski Place, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Obuse Highway Oasys, then step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, and then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi online day trip planner.

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.