19 days in South Korea, Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

19 days in South Korea, Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeonju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
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Koya-cho, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, and finally explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Seoul. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seoul, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jeonju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Jeonju, South Korea

— 2 nights
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Maisan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tapsa Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, then steep yourself in history at Gyeonggijeon Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Royal Portrait Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Nambu Market, contemplate the long history of Pungnammun Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae, then don't miss a visit to Jeonju Hanok Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeonju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Jeonju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Jeonju are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Jeonju

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 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, then get outside with Songjeong Beach, and then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip planner.

Drive from Jeonju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder website.

Getting from Busan to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Osaka, Japan

— 1 night
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 5th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennoji Zoo, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Koya-cho, Japan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jison-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Henshoji Temple, look for gifts at Sanadaikoijaya, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tokugawa's Mausoleum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and finally take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 10th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and finally take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Taipei.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Taipei, Taiwan

— 2 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yangmingshan National Park. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Taipei takes 6 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Taipei due to the time zone difference. August in Taipei sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.