35 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

35 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hwaseong Fortress and Banpo Hangang Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Seoul is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Seoul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Jeju, South Korea

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
You'll explore and learn at Spirited Garden and The Islander. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Halla Mountain and Udo. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall & Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and explore the world behind art at Trick Art Museum Korea.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Peace Flame. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Misen Wild Woods, Senjokaku, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and browse the different shops at AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 nights
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 Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasuga Grand Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Pontocho District.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fire Museum, wander the streets of Ueno District, make a trip to Hozomon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, then stop by Pontankan, then admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Anbo River. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. May in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Onna-son, Japan

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manza Beach and Tiger Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Gizabanta (Keiza Cliff) (in Yaese-cho), Valley of Gangala (in Nanjo) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Moon Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Marina Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in May since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall. On your second day here, stroll through Nakama-river Protected Region, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Iriomote-jima, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Ishigaki, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Nosoko Mape. Relax by the water at Hairumubushi Beach and Kubazaki Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kohama-jima to see Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and hike along Nosoko Forest Road.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Miyako Shrine and Ninto zeiseki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Yabiji and Tomori Imugya Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki, examine the collection at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, and explore the world behind art at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.