43 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

43 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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43 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
+3
train + Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
9
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Naha, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Perth, Australia


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5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Perth in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Takayama Jinya
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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 out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Takeda Teramachi Street (in Asago), Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park, and contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Kunimi no Mori Park, Daisen Outlook, Takeda Teramachi Street, Mt. Kuma
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mizuho Highland
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan to go to Geoje and see Oedo Botania, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Busan. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, stroll around Sarabong Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Sarabong Park ©
Sarabong Park

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Nami Island
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
night
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip app .

Fly from Seoul to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Seoul in February, expect Nagasaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

4
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, examine the collection at Haebaru Town Museum, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 22°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Nanjo, Haebaru Town Museum
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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