36 days in Tokyo & South Korea Itinerary

36 days in Tokyo & South Korea Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive
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Haenam-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Daegu, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Andong, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Samcheok, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Sokcho, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 discover tucked-away gems like Hase-dera Temple and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Visit Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine for their historical value. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Bristol, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Asakusa Shrine ©
Must see
Asakusa Shrine
4.3
Hase-dera Temple ©
Must see
Hase-dera Temple
4.6

3
nights
Gyeongju, South Korea

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gyeongju Historic Area and Anapji Pond. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Pohang (Oeosa Temple of Unjesan Mountain & Jukdo Market) and Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Gyeongju in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Gyeongju, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Historic Site
Cheonmachong Tomb
4.2
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Gyeongju National Museum
4.5

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like UN Memorial Cemetery and Haedong Yonggung Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, hunt for treasures at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and examine the collection at Busan Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Haenam-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip
Gwangalli Beach ©
Must see
Gwangalli Beach
4.4

1
night
Haenam-gun, South Korea

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dosolam Hermitage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihwangsa Temple, then walk around Duryunsan Mountain Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daeheungsa.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Haenam-gun trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Busan to Haenam-gun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Haenam-gun

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Mihwangsa Temple ©
Religious Site
Mihwangsa Temple
4.8
Dosolam Hermitage ©
Religious Site
Dosolam Hermitage
4.3
Daeheungsa ©
World heritage site
Daeheungsa
4.4

3
nights
Daegu, South Korea

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Shop till you drop at Hyundai Department Store Daegu and Seomun Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate Daegaya Museum and Sanghwa Yi's Old House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daegu: Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site (in Goryeong-gun), Changnyeong-gun (Upo Wetland & Hwawangsan Mountain) and Haeinsa (in Hapcheon-Gun).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Daegu travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haenam-gun to Daegu. May in Daegu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Haeinsa ©
Must see
Haeinsa
4.5
Upo Wetland ©
Wildlife Area
Upo Wetland
4.4
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hiking Trail
Hwawangsan Mountain
4.8

3
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Andong, South Korea

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Andong Gunja Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dosanseowon Confucian School and Andong imcheonggak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Yeongju (Sobaeksan National Park Samga & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Andong driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Daegu to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Daegu in May: highs in Andong hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Samcheok.

Things to do in Andong

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
World heritage site
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
4.0
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
World heritage site
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy
4.4

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Samcheok, South Korea

Get in touch with nature at Taebaeksan National Park and Chuam Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Daegeumgul and Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock). When in Samcheok, make a side trip to see Mureung Valley in Donghae, approximately Donghae away.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Samcheok online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Andong to Samcheok. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sokcho.

Things to do in Samcheok

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Chuam Beach ©
Beach
Chuam Beach
4.6
Daegeumgul ©
Cave
Daegeumgul
4.2
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock) ©
Geologic Formation
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock)
4.6

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Sokcho, South Korea

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Escape the urban bustle at Gyeongpo Beach and Sacheonjin Beach. Visit Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory for their historical value. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Songjiho Beach (in Goseong-gun), Gangmun Beach (in Gangneung) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's more to do: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock and enjoy the sand and surf at Bongpo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Samcheok to Sokcho with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Seoraksan National Park ©
National Park
Seoraksan National Park
4.8
Naksansa Temple ©
Religious Site
Naksansa Temple
4.6

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nights
Seoul, South Korea

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bukhansan National Park and Deoksugung. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Insadong, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Highlights from your trip
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Specialty Museum
Trickeye Museum Seoul
4.2

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