34 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

34 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, have fun at teamLab☆Planets, steep yourself in history at Jindai-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey app.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Daikaku-ji. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains) and Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka online journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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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.
Visit Izanagi Shrine and Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Otsuka Museum of Art and Kawasaki Good Times World. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Naruto to see Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip maker website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

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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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Onatsu Seijuro Hiyokuzuka, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Atemage.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kobe to Himeji by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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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.
Visit Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima for their historical value. Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Senjokaku are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Dainichido) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kushida Shrine and Miyajidake Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari) and Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yutoku Inari Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and admire the striking features of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka day trip planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and UN Memorial Cemetery. Let the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Beomeosa Sungbo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area, Cheomseongdae Observatory, &more). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple and make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Busan when traveling from Fukuoka in November, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jeju Museum of War History & Peace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online visit planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Changgyeonggung Palace. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Suwon to see Hwaseong Fortress about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

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