23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Ozu
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Ozu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Wellington to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Wellington in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ozu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Ozu, Japan

Ōzu is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.HistoryŌzu Castle is a castle in Ōzu. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Uwajima Castle, contemplate the long history of Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Ozu Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Garyu Sanso. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Ao Island, then walk around Ozu Shiroyama Park, then don't miss a visit to Shimonada Station, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sambaitani Falls.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ozu trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Ozu with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Ozu can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Ozu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Seoul, South Korea

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seoul online sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ozu to Seoul. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

2
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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, shop like a local with The Islander, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jeju online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Seoul, South Korea

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get great views at N Seoul Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul route planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

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.

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.

Jeju Island travel guide

3.8
Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.