55 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

55 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
2
Yokohama, Japan
— 2 nights
3
Tochigi, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
8
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
9
Kumamoto, Japan
— 3 nights
10
Kagoshima, Japan
— 3 nights
11
Fukuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
12
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
13
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
14
Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights

8
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.
Visiting Mt. Takao and Katakuri to Omurasaki no Forest will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Fire Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Yamanashi City Peach Fields (in Yamanashi), Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kitanomaru Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, make a trip to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Katori, Yamanashi City Peach Fields, Mitsumine Shrine, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Naritasan Omote Sando
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakuonji Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, see the interesting displays at HARA Model Railway Museum, admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade, thencontemplate the long history of Soji-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samukawa Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Yokohama trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tochigi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Samukawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
nights
Tochigi, Japan

Tochigi ©
Tochigi is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi and The Site of Shimotsuke Kokucho. Popular historic sites such as Kuranomachi Old Town and Izurusan Manganji Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Igashira park (in Moka) and Honda Collection Hall (in Motegi-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Yokoyama Kyodokan, take an in-depth tour of Tochigi Dashi Kaikan, examine the collection at New Ginger Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tochigi Utamaro-kan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tochigi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yokohama to Tochigi in 2 hours. When traveling from Yokohama in May, plan for little chillier days in Tochigi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tochigi

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Igashira park, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi, Honda Collection Hall
Highlights from your plan
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi ©
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
Honda Collection Hall ©
Honda Collection Hall
Izurusan Manganji Temple ©
Izurusan Manganji Temple

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, thenadmire the natural beauty at Little Prince Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online route planner.

Drive from Tochigi to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kintokichikara Manju Omiyage Space
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

3
nights
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nigatsu-do Temple and Muroji Temple. Hase-dera Temple and Nara National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura), Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, view the masterpieces at Akishinokama, and take an in-depth tour of Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Nara, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Kashihara, Asuka-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Joruri Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

3
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.
On the 11th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shisendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Keage Incline, thenget to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online journey planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Highlights from your plan
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

4
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Mint Museum and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Yoshino and Midori no Bunkaen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Kimiidera Temple (in Wakayama). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, identify plant and animal life at Hirohashibairin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izanagi Shrine, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Yoshino-cho, Midori no Bunkaen, Izanagi Shrine, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
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.
On the 18th (Mon), stop by Monokoto Store, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thensteep yourself in history at Former Naval Academy, and finally browse the different shops at Asse.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Onomichi, Paddle Park, Former Naval Academy
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
nights
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kengun Shrine, get a new perspective on nature at Mifune Dinosaur Museum, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Takahashi Inari Shrine, thenstop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto, explore the world behind art at Shimada Museum of Arts, identify plant and animal life at Ochozu no Mori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reigando, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Renge Okunoin Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto day trip planning app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kumamoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. May in Kumamoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Renge Okunoin Temple, Aso Mizuki Meguri, Mifune Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Mifune Dinosaur Museum ©
Mifune Dinosaur Museum

3
nights
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chiran Peace Museum and Furumi Site. Head to Airport Gallery Kagoshima and Aeon Mall Kagoshimafor plenty of shopping. Explore Kagoshima's surroundings by going to Kirishima Open-Art Museum (in Yusui-cho), Sora Stage (in Kirishima) and Kamo Hachiman Shrine (in Aira). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Sengan-en, buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, steep yourself in history at Bullet Holes from Seinan War, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kirishima, Ibusuki, Minamikyushu, Kirishima Open-Art Museum, Kamo Hachiman Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

4
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nanzoin and Tochoji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Suwa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Saga Shrine (in Saga), Yoshinogari Historical Park (in Yoshinogari-cho) and Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Former Takatori House.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Kitakyushu, Saga Shrine, Miyajidake Shrine, Former Takatori House
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to UN Memorial Cemetery and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun. Get some cultural insight at Gyeongju Historic Area and Tongdosa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School (in Gyeongju), Changwon (Paryongsan Doltab, Yeojwacheon Stream, &more) and Gimhae National Museum (in Gimhae). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, stroll around Yongdusan Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Chungmoogong.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Busan day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Busan can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Changwon, Gyeongju, Gimhae, Tongdosa Temple
Highlights from your plan
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Let the collections at The Islander and Nexon Computer Museum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Songaksan Mountain. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's lots more to do: hike along Hallasan, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonunjeongsa Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planning tool.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Hallasan
Hallasan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Changdeokgung Palace and Myeong-dong Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Korean Folk Village (in Yongin) and Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress, Dongbukgongsimdon, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch).

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in Seoul are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Suwon, DMZ Haemaru Village, Korean Folk Village
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

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