44 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

44 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Train
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Ferry to Fukuoka, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Hamamatsu
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Hamamatsu, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Hikone, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Toyooka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Okayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Izumo, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Billum

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Seoul, South Korea

— 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, examine the collection at National Folk Museum of Korea, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, and browse the range of quality goods at Migliore Dongdaemun Shop.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip builder website.

Billum, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Billum to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billum in May, expect Seoul to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Busan, South Korea

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum Cityfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Haeundae Beach and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju National Museum & Gyeongju Hyanggyo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Busan vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Busan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Get outdoors at Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Mt. Miura Fuji. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Asakusa, stop by Kimono Me, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker tool.

You can fly from Busan to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. For shopping fun, head to Pola Museum of Art or Hamamatsuya. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Hamamatsu, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
On the 24th (Tue), make a trip to Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate, admire nature's extreme beauty at Nakatajima Sand Dunes, then get engrossed in the history at Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, then walk around Hamanako Garden Park, and finally look for gifts at Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Hamamatsu Air Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hamamatsu Flower Park, stroll the grounds of Ryotan-ji Temple, then Head underground at Ryugashido Cavern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hamamatsu City Regional Heritage Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hamamatsu route planning app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Hamamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hamamatsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hikone.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Hikone, Japan

— 3 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Ibuki and Lake Biwa. For shopping fun, head to La Collina Omihachiman or Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo. Get out of town with these interesting Hikone side-trips: Nagahama (Chikubushima & Tsukubusuma Shrine) and Omihachiman (Azuchi Castle Ruins & Hachiman-bori). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Kurokabe Square, examine the collection at Hikone Castle Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Ii Naomasa Statue.

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Traveling by train from Hamamatsu to Hikone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Hikone sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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 outdoors at Hero Tour Japan and Fuuka-Kimono. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Buildingfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

Take a train from Hikone to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hikone in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Visiting Nara Park and Rokuen will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Japan Tour Adventure in Nara). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toyooka, Japan

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 6th (Mon), stroll through Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, stroll around Genbudo Park, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Hattan Falls, then contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, and finally go for a walk through Takeda Teramachi Street.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka day trip site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in June, expect nights in Toyooka to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Mt Shosha hiking and Himeji Central Park will get you outdoors. Head to Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets and Uontana Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Himeji to Awaji to see Awaji Highway Oasis about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip tool.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Himeji are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okayama, Japan

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then browse the different shops at Sun Station Terrace Okayama, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaze no Michi.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Okayama itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Okayama in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Okayama

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Japan

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the activities along Shinji Lake. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, admire the striking features of Izumotaisha mae Station, don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Izumo vacation maker tool.

Getting from Okayama to Izumo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Izumo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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 · Historic Sites
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.

Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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