27 days in Taiwan, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

27 days in Taiwan, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Taiwan, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo, Japan

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Shifen Waterfall (in Pingxi) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and pause for some photo ops at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taipei online vacation planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Taipei is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. August in Taipei sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & O'Sulloc Tea Museum). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Halla Mountain.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Jeju takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Jeju is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

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.
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Seoul trip simple and quick.

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeju in September, you will find days in Seoul are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, historic sites, shopping, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Busan itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

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

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 with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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