23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  24​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Nikko, Japan
— 1 day
train:  2​h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Nara, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
11
Sokcho, South Korea
— 1 day
bus:  3​h
12
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
13
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
14
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Rome, Italy


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) as well as Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Asakusa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip tool .

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
day
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cryptomeria Avenue as well as Kegon Falls. On the 2nd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Nikko hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
You've added teamLab Planets TOKYO, Odaiba, Tokyo Joypolis, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Takayama itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Classes
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion as well as Kinkaku-ji. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
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 (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planning app .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planning app .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 10th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kabukicho as well as Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kabukicho ©
Kabukicho
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

2
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.
You've now added Bukchon Hanok Village to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), look for gifts at Creative Life Store KEY.

Start your trip to Seoul by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Seoul to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 3°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
day
Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Jungang Market and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho road trip site .

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sokcho Jungang Market ©
Sokcho Jungang Market
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Namdaemun Market has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seoul travel planning app .

Getting from Sokcho to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gukje Market, APEC Naru Park, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency VR - Busan Nampo, then don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Bupyeong Kkangtong Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, stroll around APEC Naru Park, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Gukje Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Busan attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in November, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market ©
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Starfield COEX Mall as well as Samsung d'light.

Discover how to plan a Seoul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in November: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Starfield COEX Mall ©
Starfield COEX Mall
Baek In-Je House Museum ©
Baek In-Je House Museum
Samsung d'light ©
Samsung d'light

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