58 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

58 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Bus to Meitetsu Nagoya, Train to Hikone
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Hikone, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Nara, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Maizuru, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hamada, Japan
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Busan, South Korea
— 6 nights
Train to Singyeongju Station, Bus to Pohang
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Pohang, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seosan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 7 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tokyo Gaijins - Day Tours and Mt. Takao. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Asakusa, and explore the activities along Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site.

Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Billum to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Billum in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi visit planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

— 2 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.
Get some historical perspective at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Kofu Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Change things up with a short trip to Takeda Shrine in Kofu (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Hikone.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hikone, Japan

— 1 night
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Genkyuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, and then explore the activities along Lake Biwa. Here are some ideas for day two: get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, get to know the fascinating history of Hachiman-bori, and then look for gifts at La Collina Omihachiman.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hikone itinerary app.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hikone in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April: highs in Hikone hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ninja Dojo and Store. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and trek along Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner.

Take a train from Hikone to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Hikone, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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.
Todai-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo or Experience YAMATO. Venture out of the city with trips to Kashihara City Tourism Exchange Center Kashihara Navi Plaza (in Kashihara) and Mount Miwa (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Manyo Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Koya-cho to see Mt. Koya about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Maizuru.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Maizuru, Japan

— 2 nights
Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, and then kick back and relax at Amano Hashidate Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Gorogadake Park, stop by Maizuru Port Toretore Center Michi-no-Eki, and then contemplate the long history of Maizuru Brick Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maizuru road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Maizuru takes 2 hours. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Maizuru to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Maizuru

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Matsue Swimming Beach and Amore Beach. Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Venture out of the city with trips to Tendaki Falls (in Yabu), Hama no Sampomichi Cycling Road (in Akashi) and Bizen (Mt. Kuma & Hattoji Furusatomura). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel route planning site.

Getting from Maizuru to Himeji by car takes about 2.5 hours. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamada.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamada, Japan

— 2 nights
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatsunogozen Shrine, then take in the natural beauty of Yunotsu Onsen, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yunotsu Coast. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hamada Castle Ruins and then enjoy the sand and surf at Iwami Tatamigaura Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hamada day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Hamada takes 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hamada can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hamada

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fukuoka, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nijino Matsubara. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

You can drive from Hamada to Fukuoka in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Hamada, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fukuoka, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Shop till you drop at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yeojwacheon Stream and Beomeosa Temple. Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road in Changwon, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, make a trip to BIFF Square, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Busan travel route planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. April in Busan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pohang.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Pohang, South Korea

— 2 nights
Pohang is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, and a main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pohang online trip maker.

You can drive from Busan to Pohang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Busan, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pohang, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seosan.

Things to do in Pohang

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Seosan, South Korea

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sudeoksa Temple and then steep yourself in history at Haemee Eupseong Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganwolam Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buseoksa Temple.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seosan travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pohang to Seosan. When traveling from Pohang in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Seosan, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Seosan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 9 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Nami Island will get you outdoors. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seosan to Seoul. In May, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.

Nara Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Monuments
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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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.