29 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

29 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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29 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kagoshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Okinawa City, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ueno and Hozomon. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple) and Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Yanaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama
Highlights from your plan
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenryuji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Nijo Castle and Toji will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Kurama (in Sakyo), Kyoto (Shimogamo Jinja, Sanzen-in Temple, & more) and Tofuku-ji Temple (in Higashiyama). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Osaka.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then wander the streets of Kamiyacho, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hiroshima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

3
nights
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sengan-en and Eguchi Horai Hall. Get outdoors at Sakurajima and Sogi Fall. When in Kagoshima, make a side trip to see Fushime Coast in Ibusuki, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, explore the activities along Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat, and stroll the grounds of Nanshu Cemeteries.

Before you visit Kagoshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Fushime Coast, Eguchi Horai Hall, Sogi Fall
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

3
nights
Okinawa City, Japan

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Step off the beaten path and head to Sun Marina Beach and Sunabe No.1. Step out of the city life by going to Manza Dream Hole and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Okinawa City side-trips: Shirumichu (in Uruma) and Diamond Beach (in Onna-son). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, steep yourself in history at The Site of Chibana Castle, kick back and relax at Toguchi Beach, and browse the different shops at Depot Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Okinawa City trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kagoshima to Okinawa City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Chatan-cho, Toguchi Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Shirumichu
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shirumichu ©
Shirumichu

3
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Head to JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata and Hakata Deitosfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Yoshinogari Historical Park and Hakozaki Shrine are in your itinerary. Take a break from Fukuoka with a short trip to Nanzoin in Sasaguri-machi, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Ohori Park, walk around Yusentei Park, and see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Fukuoka. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Nanzoin
Highlights from your plan
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
On the 10th (Sun), take a stroll through Kabukicho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, and then take a stroll through Kagurazaka.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Kabukicho ©
Kabukicho

8
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.
Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Mulhyanggi Arboretum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Jade Garden Natural Arboretum (in Chuncheon), Incheon Nabi Park (in Incheon) and Bucheon Botanical Garden (in Bucheon). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul itinerary planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Asan, Incheon Nabi Park, Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, Singu Daehak Arboretum, Hwaseong Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Bukchon Hanok Village ©
Bukchon Hanok Village
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

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