26 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

26 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
5
Naoshima-cho, Japan
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h
7
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

6
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online visit planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and visit Arashiyama.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Naoshima-cho, Japan

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Naoshima Pavillion, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, then admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, and finally step off the mainland to explore Naoshima. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ando Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokuraku-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, and finally visit Naoshima Bath.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho tour itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. April in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary site.

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry, bus, and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Busan.

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

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get outside with Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then walk around Yongdusan Park, and finally go for a walk through Statue of Chungmoogong.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Busan day trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Busan by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seoraksan National Park. Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, take a stroll through Insadong, and contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Seoul sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Seoraksan National Park, DMZ Haemaru Village
Highlights from your plan
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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