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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, ponder the world of politics at Seoul City Hall, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and make a trip to Insadong.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Seoul road trip planning site.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can 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 10th (Sat), explore the activities along Bomun Lake, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, then contemplate the long history of Seokguram, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju planning app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Gyeongju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally get outside with Haeundae Beach.

For photos 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. In July in Busan, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) 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 16th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and visit Gion.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route maker app.

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, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) 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.
On the 21st (Wed), hit the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Obuse Highway Oasys, then step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, and then hit the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Yamanouchi-machi are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.