19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, ponder the world of politics at Seoul City Hall, wander the streets of Insadong, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

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Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In June in Seoul, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Highlights from your plan
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Gyeongju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in June, you will find days in Gyeongju are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 25th (Thu), walk around Yongdusan Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Busan online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in June, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Busan Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Busan Gamcheon Culture Village

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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.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

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You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of 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 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 head off the coast to Miyajima.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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 Sanjusangendo Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hit the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Obuse Highway Oasys, explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle, and then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip builder website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Yamanouchi-machi are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Karuizawa Kogen Church ©
Karuizawa Kogen Church
Matsushiro Castle ©
Matsushiro Castle

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