26 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

26 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 5 nights

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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.
Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Fire Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and KidZania Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura Hiking Trails, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planning app.

Madrid, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Historic Site
Hozomon
4.5

4
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Grevin Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae) and Suwon Jeil Church for their historical value. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History, steep yourself in history at Gwanghwamun Gate, examine the collection at Love Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Seoul are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Grevin Museum
4.5

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gio-ji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daikaku-ji and Katsura Imperial Villa. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Mikane Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Kyoto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Gio-ji Temple
4.4
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Historic Walking Area
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
4.4

3
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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Popular historic sites such as Peace Flame and Shirakami Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum, Yamato Museum, &more), Hatsukaichi (Takinokoji, Senjokaku, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Mazda Museum
4.3
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Religious Site
Mitaki Temple
4.8

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Nara, Japan

Nara ©

Ancient City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Wakakusa and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall. Get a sense of the local culture at Hase-dera Temple and Chuguji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Ise (Sarume Shrine, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Take Shrine (in Meiwa-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, make a trip to Toyodake Residence, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanomihatadono Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nara day trip site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nara by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Must see
Kashihara Jingu
4.2
Architectural Building
Nara National Museum
4.3

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