55 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

55 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mokpo, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Ferry to Fukuoka, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nara, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train
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Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nanao, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Billum

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Seoul, South Korea

— 5 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.
Head to Namdaemun Market and Creative Life Store KEYfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Bukhansan National Park and Nami Island. Change things up with a short trip to Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary tool.

Billum, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billum to Seoul. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Billum in May: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sokcho, South Korea

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Escape the urban bustle at Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Rock. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho online day trip planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mokpo.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mokpo, South Korea

— 2 nights
Mokpo is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, located at the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, close to Yudal mountain. Visiting Yudal Mountain and Gatbawi Rock will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Mokpo Natural History Museum and Daeheungsa. When in Mokpo, make a side trip to see Ullimsanbang House in Jindo-gun, approximately Jindo-gun away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Korean National Maritime Museum and take an in-depth tour of Mokpo Modern History Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mokpo vacation builder.

Explore your travel options from Sokcho to Mokpo with the Route module. May in Mokpo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Mokpo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then walk around Yongdusan Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Busan day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mokpo to Busan. Traveling from Mokpo in May, expect nights in Busan to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are much hotter, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi), Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails & Tenen Hiking trail) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Getting from Busan to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Head to Mudani and Resort Outlet Yatsugatakefor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura), Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya) and Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, appreciate the views at Shosenkyo, and make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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.
For shopping fun, head to Pola Museum of Art or Aoki no Himono Atami Ekimae. Get in touch with nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and Jogasaki Coast. Venture out of the city with trips to Lusca Atami (in Atami), Ito (Omuro Highlands & Mount Omuro) and Gotemba (Gotemba Premium Outlets & Fureai Pool Tamaho). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, admire the sheer force of Sunset Falls, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Japan

— 4 nights

Ancient City

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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Get some cultural insight at Todai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Sakurai (Sai Shrine & Hase-dera Temple), Tenrikyo Church (in Tenri) and Kashihara (Kashihara Jingu & Kashihara City Tourism Exchange Center Kashihara Navi Plaza). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, have fun at Experience YAMATO, and stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nara online travel planner.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Nara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Osaka Castle and Mt. Koya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Ichijo-in Temple). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tendaki Falls and Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Nagoyama Reien Busharito. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago) and Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Himeji journey builder app.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in June, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Get outdoors at Ume Sakura and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. There's much more to do: stop by Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping

Takayama, Japan

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Harada Sake Brewery. Venture out of the city with trips to Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Wada House). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Takayama attractions tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nanao.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Nanao, Japan

— 3 nights
Located in the heart of Noto Peninsula, Nanao offers tourists a laid-back getaway and scenic nature spots.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ikadai Residence and Wajima Kiriko Art Museum. Do your shopping at Takazawa Candle and Himi Banyagai. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nanao: Hakui (Myōjō-ji Temple, Keta Taisha, &more), Takaoka (Kanayamachi, Takaoka Castle Ruins, &more) and Daihonzan Soujiji Soin (in Wajima). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nanao Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Hanayome Noren Museum, and meet the residents at Notojima Aquarium.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nanao tour planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nanao takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanao

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Japan

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kanazawa Castle and Higashichaya Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Tojimbo Cliff and Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Sakai (Mikunicho Seaside Nature Park & Oshima Island). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kanazawa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nanao to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. In June in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

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 · Parks
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.