28 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

28 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia route planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
2
Daejeon, South Korea
— 2 nights
3
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
4
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
6
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
9
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
10
Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night

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 shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul travel route planner.

Perth, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Perth in March, with highs in Seoul at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Daejeon, South Korea

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the views from Expo Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Skyroad, then meet the residents at Daejeon O-World, and finally take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Spring. On the next day, make a trip to Daejeon National Cemetery, then admire the natural beauty at Yurim Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanbat Arboretum, and finally explore the world behind art at Daejeon Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Daejeon road trip site.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Daejeon when traveling from Seoul in March, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Yuseong Hot Spring ©
Yuseong Hot Spring
Daejeon National Cemetery ©
Daejeon National Cemetery
Yurim Park ©
Yurim Park

2
nights
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and then contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju visit planner.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Daejeon in March, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Museums · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Cheomseongdae Observatory ©
Cheomseongdae Observatory

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, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Gukje Market, and explore the different monuments and memorials at UN Memorial Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Busan travel tool.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in March, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium
Seokbulsa Temple ©
Seokbulsa Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Udo, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), and take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Jeju visit app.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Udo ©
Udo
Cheonjiyeon Falls ©
Cheonjiyeon Falls

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
On the 30th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, get outside with Haeundae Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and finally look for gifts at Line Friends - Lotte Department Store, Gwangbok. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge, walk around Yongdusan Park, then make a trip to BIFF Square, and finally wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Busan journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung 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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally admire the natural beauty at Keishuin Garden.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally make a trip to Kuromon Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take a stroll through Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Ukiyokoji Street, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

Plan my trip to Hiroshima with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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

2
nights
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take some stellar pictures from Awajihanasajiki, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kobe, Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

Similar plans

32 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 31 days in Asia BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 29 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 32 days in The Netherlands & South Korea BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 56 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 30 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 60 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 34 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 39 days in Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in South Korea BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans