23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Tongyeong, South Korea
— 1 night
3
Changnyeong-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
4
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
5
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Korean Folk Village in Yongin, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Insadong, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and stop by Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip builder site.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Surabaya in March: high temperatures in Seoul hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tongyeong.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Korean Folk Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Insadong ©
Insadong

1
night
Tongyeong, South Korea

Tongyeong ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Dongpirang Mural Village, thenget outside with Mireuksan Mountain, and then step off the mainland to explore Maemuldo.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tongyeong road trip planner.

Drive from Seoul to Tongyeong in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tongyeong when traveling from Seoul in April, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Tongyeong

Nature Parks Trails
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Maemuldo ©
Maemuldo
Mireuksan Mountain ©
Mireuksan Mountain
Dongpirang Mural Village ©
Dongpirang Mural Village

1
night
Changnyeong-gun, South Korea

Changnyeong-gun ©
Although many Changnyeong-gun tours revolve around its distinctive cultural legacy that dates back to the early Three Kingdoms period, there are still plenty of things to do for those pursuing great outdoors.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): trek along Hwawangsan Mountain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Changnyeong-gun itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tongyeong to Changnyeong-gun. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tongyeong in April since evenings lows in Changnyeong-gun dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street and Jagalchi Marketfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Gwangalli Beach and Songdo Beach. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, and kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Busan route maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Busan. April in Busan sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Hanshin Koshien Stadium. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koyasan Okunoin and Osaka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kobe (Kobe Harborland & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)), Nara Park (in Nara) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mt. Koya). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotombori District, explore the galleries of Mint Museum, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba).

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip tool.

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe, Nara Park, Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katsura Imperial Villa and Togetsukyo Bridge. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 or Asakusa. Family-friendly places like Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take a stroll through Akihabara, and make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai).

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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