49 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

49 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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49 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
4
Nagasaki, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Nami Island (in Chuncheon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, get in on the family fun at Lotte World, and take a stroll through Insadong.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary builder tool .

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Seoul, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, O’sulloc Tea Museum, & more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Halla Mountain, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

5
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju National Museum & Anapji Pond) and Oedo Botania (in Geoje). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan travel route planning site .

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, daytime highs in Busan are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gyeongju, Oedo Botania
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

3
nights
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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki vacation builder website .

Getting from Busan to Nagasaki by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Busan in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nagasaki, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Tottori (Tottori Sand Dune Geopark Center, Tottori Sand Dunes, & more) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Okayama, Tottori, Shikoku Mura Village, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa holiday builder tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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