29 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

29 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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29 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Hamburg, Germany
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Hamburg, Germany

5
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 historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Kawaguchi and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) (in Fujiyoshida), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, and contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Hamburg, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hamburg in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hakone-machi, Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen), Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple) and Toji (in Kyoto). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji, Nara, Koya-cho, Shin-Kobe Trail
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Hatsukaichi to see Itsukushima Shrine about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach. Popular historic sites such as Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Hwawangsan Mountain (in Changnyeong-gun), Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Anapji Pond (in Gyeongju). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Songjeong Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Dadaepo Beach, stroll through Yeojwacheon Stream, and don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Busan travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Changwon, Anapji Pond, Hwawangsan Mountain, Oedo Botania
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

7
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.
Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Nami Island will get you outdoors. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Wolhwawon (in Suwon), Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, take a stroll through Insadong, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seoul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Suwon, Nami Island, DMZ Haemaru Village, Korea National Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

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