29 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

29 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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29 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+3
Fly + train + foot + ferry:  17​h 30​min
1
Motobu-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  9​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sokcho, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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2
nights
Motobu-cho, Japan

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and USS Emmons. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Diamond Beach, Cape Manzamo, & more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Motobu-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hallim Park and The Islander. Take a break from the city and head to Halla Mountain and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Change things up with a short trip to Gwangchigi Beach in Seogwipo (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, and delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Jeju in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

4
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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Creative Life Store KEYfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and walk around Namsan Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November, daytime highs in Seoul are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple. Visiting Seoraksan National Park and Cheoksan Foot Spa Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Jujeongol (in Yangyang-gun) and Songjiho Beach (in Goseong-gun). There's much more to do: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Cheonjin Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho vacation planning site .

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Goseong-gun, Baekdamsa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Biryong Falls ©
Biryong Falls

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Haedong Yonggung Temple and Bokcheon Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Haeundae Beach and Geumjeongsan Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Gwangalli Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Sokcho to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Busan

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara Park (in Nara) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Yodoryokuchi Park, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Busan to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Busan in December since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 12th (Thu), cruise along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kyoto in December, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Ginza and Takeshita Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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