53 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

53 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Kamakura, Japan
— 2 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Zamami-son, Japan
— 3 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum of Korea. Change things up with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and visit Insadong.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul holiday website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in June, Seoul is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Jeju, South Korea

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jeju National Museum and Jeju World Natural Heritage Center. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hamdeok Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, and head outdoors with Sanho Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jeju tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 17th (Thu), get outside with Haeundae Beach and then get a taste of the local shopping with Busan Gamcheon Culture Village. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Yongdusan Park, then see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Busan travel tool.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In June in Busan, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Sunset Owl Cafe, Minami (Namba), and other attractions you added. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Nara (Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, take an in-depth tour of Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, and see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka route planning tool.

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Center. Visiting Hero Tour Japan and Yase Momiji no Komichi will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Nagoya, Japan

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 28th (Mon), wander the streets of Sakae, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then take a peaceful walk through Shimin Shiki no Mori, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the historical opulence of Seinan Sumiyagura, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then examine the collection at Noritake no Mori, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya road trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Akihabara. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Asakusa, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura, Japan

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 6th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Kamakura Museum of National Treasures, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Kōtoku-in. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Zushi Beach, head outdoors with Morito Beach, then walk around Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, and finally stop by Nugoo, Ninotorii.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kamakura trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Japan

— 5 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Manzamo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son), Yomitan-son (Nirai Beach & Toguchi Beach) and Motobu-cho (Minna Beach, Anchihama, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Manza Dream Hole, shop like a local with Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Moon Beach, and browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in July: highs in Onna-son hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Japan

— 6 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 and learn at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, and get outside with Shiraho Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning site.

You can fly from Onna-son to Ishigaki in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Popular historic sites such as Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Harimizu Utaki are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, get outside with Toguchi no Hama, browse the fresh offerings at Wide Market, and hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Zamami-son, Japan

— 3 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
You'll get in some beach time at Furuzamami Beach and Hizushi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Aka Beach and Nishibama Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Toma, explore the gorgeous colors at Nishibama, take in the views from Aka Bridge, and head off the coast to Zamami Island.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Zamami-son itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Miyakojima to Zamami-son. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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