57 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

57 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 5 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Bungoogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Jeju
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 12th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, and have fun at Yonekoyaki Craft Center.

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Chamarel, Mauritius to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mauritius Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Chamarel in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Ishigaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Hoshisuna Beach and Barasu Island. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall, and step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima travel route builder.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Miyakojima, Japan

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Yabiji and Kouri Island. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Nakanoshima Beach, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima road trip site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Visit Katsuren Castle Ruins and The Tower of Himeyuri for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 27th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

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You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in October, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Spas. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nikko, Japan

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lake Chuzenji and Yunoko Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Mount Nasudake). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nikko travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kyoto to Nikko in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in November, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Asakusa Shrine. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum Mitaka, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Yamato Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Boat Tours & Water Sports). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amano Yasugawara and Takachiho Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Gorge and Kurokawa Onsen. When in Takachiho-cho, make a side trip to see Daikanbo Lookout in Aso, approximately Aso away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine and admire the sheer force of Manai Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Jeju, South Korea

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Halla Mountain and Hyeopjae Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Jeongbang Waterfall). The adventure continues: walk around Bijarim Forest, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Jeju vacation maker website.

Explore your travel options from Takachiho-cho to Jeju with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 7 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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Changdeokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, and steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Seoul, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. November in Seoul sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.

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.