35 days in Japan, Amsterdam & South Korea Itinerary

35 days in Japan, Amsterdam & South Korea Itinerary

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35 days in Japan, Amsterdam & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 8 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Onna-son, Japan
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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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.
Do your shopping at Asakusa and Ginza. Discover out-of-the-way places like Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ise Grand Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Nara Park and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Himeji to see Himeji Castle about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, identify plant and animal life at Yodoryokuchi Park, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara Park, Ise Grand Shrine, Himeji Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Visit Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

8
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and Zaanse Schans capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery or Leidseplein. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Louwman Museum The Hague, & more), Bloemendaal (Hertenkamp Bloemendaal & Thijsse's Hof Heemtuin) and Marekerk (in Leiden). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum, and examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Amsterdam by flight takes about 18 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in September, with highs in Amsterdam at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Hague, Bloemendaal, Kroller-Muller Museum, Zaanse Schans, Janskerk
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Explore hidden gems such as Insadong and Bukchon Hanok Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). The adventure continues: stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Seoul in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Seoul. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get a bit warmer in Seoul: highs are around 22°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and The Islander. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seongsan Ilchulbong and Sangumburi Crater. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Udo, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jeju road trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in Jeju sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema ©
Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema
Sangumburi Crater
Sangumburi Crater

2
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi, Nakijin Castle Ruins, & more) and Motobu-cho (Sesoko Labyrinth & Okichan Theater). There's more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Manza Dream Hole.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Jeju to Onna-son takes 8 hours. Traveling from Jeju in October, you will find days in Onna-son are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

3
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling

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