31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights

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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.
Kencho-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more) and Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone & Hakone Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and explore the galleries of Kanda Myojin.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Must see
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5
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Historic Site
Hase-dera Temple
4.6
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Historic Site
Nezu Shrine
4.4

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Kodai-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Spas

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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.
Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Sakurai (Kasayamako Shrine & Omiwa Shrine), Muroji Temple (in Uda) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka journey website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

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Must see
Kongobu-ji Temple
4.6
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Must see
Horyu-ji Temple
4.5

2
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Kobe, Japan

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 16th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Izanagi Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), steep yourself in history at Minume Shrine, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then learn about all things military at Kobe Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kobe itinerary tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Mountain
Mt. Maya
4.4
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Historic Site
Izanagi Shrine
4.3
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Specialty Museum
Kawasaki Good Times World
4.3

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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 18th (Wed): cruise along Gin no Basha Michi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to take a train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
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Historic Site
Kasuga Shrine
1.5
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Landmark
Shoshazan Engyoji
4.8

3
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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daishoin Temple and Yamato Museum. Appreciate the collections at Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Araebisu Shrine, Senjokaku, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

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

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Must see
Daishoin Temple
4.6
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Specialty Museum
Yamato Museum
4.3
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Specialty Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum
4.5

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Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©

City of Yatai

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nanzoin and Yoshinogari Historical Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kunenan and Hakozaki Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Nanzoin Shakaden Nokotsudo (in Sasaguri-machi) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genboku Ito Old House, and don't miss a visit to Residence of Baba.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trips

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Must see
Munakata Shrine
4.3
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Must see
Nanzoin
4.4
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Religious Site
Kushida Shrine
4.1

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around APEC Naru Park, then stroll around Dongbaekseom Island, then stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, and finally go for a walk through Igidae Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally examine the collection at ASEAN Culture House.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Busan online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fukuoka to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Busan, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Haedong Yonggung Temple
4.1

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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, then step off the mainland to explore Udo, and finally get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Jeju journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Must see
Bijarim Forest
4.4
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Must see
Udo
4.3

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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 some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bongeunsa Temple and Jogyesa Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, admire the masterpieces at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, daytime highs in Seoul are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Changgyeonggung Palace
4.5
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Specialty Museum
Grevin Museum
4.5

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