20 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

20 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + train:  16​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel


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4
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Myeongdong Shopping Street or Creative Life Store KEY. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online road trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Seoul at 26°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Daiyasu. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

7
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Visiting Pola Museum of Art and Moroiso Shores will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Naka (Sankeien Gardens & Yokohama Chinatown). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Ginza, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Moroiso Shores, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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