24 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

24 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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24 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Tenshukakau Observatory, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Omicho Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then stroll around Chubu Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso, then steep yourself in history at Takeda Tei, and finally explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Nagoya are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online holiday maker .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Seoul is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

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Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Seoul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, things will get slightly colder in Seoul: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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