20 days in North Korea & Japan Itinerary

20 days in North Korea & Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia journey planner

Travel Warning: Security Concerns   More Info
Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Hyangsan, North Korea
— 1 night
Drive
2
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kaesong, North Korea
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
5
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Ichikawa, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

S M T W T F S
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

1
night
Hyangsan, North Korea

A mountainous county, Hyangsan has long been a popular tourist destination with North Koreans, and the refurbishment of its striking, pyramid-shaped hotel in 2010 also gave a boost to international tourism.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pohyonsa Temple, see the interesting displays at International Friendship Exhibition, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Myohyang.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hyangsan trip maker tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Hyangsan is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Hyangsan due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

2
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Capital of Willows

Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mansu Hill Grand Monument, make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, pause for some photo ops at Triumphal Arch, then steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tower of the Juche Idea. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Korean Department Store in Pyongyang, don't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, then admire the landmark architecture of Workers' Party Foundation Monument, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification, and finally try out the rides at Munsu Water Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pyongyang tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hyangsan to Pyongyang in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaesong.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

1
night
Kaesong, North Korea

City of Pines

Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kaesong Namdaemun.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kaesong sightseeing planner.

Drive from Pyongyang to Kaesong in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

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 26th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kaesong to Hiroshima. Traveling from Kaesong in November, expect Hiroshima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ichikawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

4
nights
Ichikawa, Japan

Ichikawa is a city located in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Japan, approximately 20 kilometers from the center of Tokyo. When in Ichikawa, make a side trip to see Mount Tsukuba in Tsukuba, approximately Tsukuba away. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ichikawa trip builder website.

Ichikawa is very close to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tokyo in December since evenings lows in Ichikawa dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ichikawa

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

North Korea travel guide

3.4
Monuments · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Probably the world's most reclusive country, North Korea remains off the radar for most tourists. The few travelers who realize it's actually possible to take a trip to North Korea end up exploring only a small part of the country, accompanied at all times by official government guides. Isolated from the rest of the world, this communist state exists outside the realm of the 21st century, playing by its own rules and living in the shadow of its hereditary rulers' powerful personalities. If you do choose to spend your vacation in North Korea, prepare to discover a place quite unlike any other in the world--where the surprises may in turn delight and unsettle.

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.