22 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

22 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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22 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 day
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  45​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Himeji, Japan
— 1 day
train:  1​h
8
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Jeonju, South Korea
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
train:  3​h
12
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 1 day
train:  3​h 30​min
13
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
14
Busan, South Korea
— Few hours
train:  3​h 15​min
15
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium


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5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Hongwanji, Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo Central Railway Station, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, make a trip to Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
day
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Shrine Homotsuden ©
Hakone Shrine Homotsuden

3
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

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
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, then don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©

1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toHimeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
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.
On the 10th (Fri), look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then hike along Mt Shosha hiking, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Piole Himeji.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Himeji trip simple and quick.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan ©
Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): wander the streets of Midosuji Street.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seoul route planner .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Seoul, with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Jeonju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

1
day
Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju ©
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 14th (Tue): make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, then steep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nambu Market.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Jeonju online route planner .

Take a train from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. April in Jeonju sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Omokdae and Imokdae ©
Omokdae and Imokdae
Jeondong Catholic Church ©
Jeondong Catholic Church
Nambu Market ©
Nambu Market

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Jeonju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Parks Shopping

1
day
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
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 15th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and then contemplate the long history of Seokguram.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju online journey planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in April, plan for slightly colder days in Gyeongju, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seoul online tour builder .

You can fly from Gyeongju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gyeongju in April, expect nights in Seoul to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Parks Shopping

few
hours
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 16th (Thu), get outside with Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Busan attractions planning app .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Busan are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea
Kwangjang Market ©
Kwangjang Market

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