30 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

30 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Subway:  3 h 45 min
4
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
+3
Subway + Fly + Foot + Train:  3 h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  3 h
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. Hase-dera Temple and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Sojiji (in Nishitokyo) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sojiji
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

6
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Dotombori (Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori & Dotombori District). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Visit Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Castle. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine Torii) and Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle, Kakinomoto Shrine, Kosanji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Popular historic sites such as Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gamcheon Culture Village and Busan Museum of Art. Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden in Ulsan, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, get engrossed in the history at Bokcheon Museum, walk around Yongdusan Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and subway from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Busan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

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.
Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and look for gifts at Creative Life Store KEY.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul road trip site.

Do a combination of subway, flight, and train from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Busan in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

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

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Gwaneumsa Temple and The Islander are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, approximately Seogwipo away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum.

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

Do a combination of train and flight from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Sangumburi Crater
Sangumburi Crater
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

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