58 days in The Netherlands, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

58 days in The Netherlands, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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58 days in The Netherlands, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Groningen, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 10 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Naha, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Jeju, South Korea
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 8 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Paris, France

6
nights
Groningen, The Netherlands

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. Appreciate the collections at Groninger Museum and Ellert en Brammert. Popular historic sites such as Hunebed D54 bij Havelte and Veenkoloniaal Museum are in your itinerary. Explore Groningen's surroundings by going to Apple Museum Nederland (in Westerbork), Museum Dokkum (in Dokkum) and Natuurmuseum Fryslan (in Leeuwarden). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld, get engrossed in the history at St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum, and see the interesting displays at Openluchtmuseum het Hoogeland.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Groningen tour itinerary builder website .

Paris, France to Groningen is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. In March, daily temperatures in Groningen can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ootmarsum, Sneek, Aduard, Natuurmuseum Fryslan, Veenkoloniaal Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fraeylemaborg ©
Fraeylemaborg
Groninger Museum ©
Groninger Museum
St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum ©
St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum

10
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and World Heritage Kinderdijk for their historical value. Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Delft (Museum Lambert van Meerten, Old Church, & more), Haarlem (Gather, Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis), & more) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Groningen to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Haarlem, Delft, Nationaal Medisch Museum, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Markthal
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and The Hakone Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Sojiji (in Nishitokyo), Kamakura (Kakuonji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Tokyo in 15.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Lake Kawaguchi, Sojiji
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nara Park and Koyasan Okunoin. Visit Ise Grand Shrine and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Ise (Okage Yokocho & Ise Ninja Kingdom). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stroll through Katsura Imperial Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Ise, Koya-cho, Osaka Castle, Jindoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kabira Bay and Hamashima In Leaf. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nosoko, and enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse.

Make your Ishigaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hamashima In Leaf
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

4
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shurijo Castle and Scuba & Snorkeling. Appreciate the collections at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son), Toma (in Zamami-son) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Nakijin Castle Ruins). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, identify plant and animal life at Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Naha day trip site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Haebaru Town Museum, Toma
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

8
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bulsari Tapsa Temple and Gwaneumsa Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seongsan Ilchulbong and Jeju Museum of War History & Peace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, O’sulloc Tea Museum, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, head off the coast to Udo, get a new perspective on nature at Jeju World Natural Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum.

Plan a Jeju trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Naha to Jeju in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Jeju National Museum ©
Jeju National Museum
Jeju Museum of War History & Peace ©
Jeju Museum of War History & Peace
Haenyeo Museum ©
Haenyeo Museum

8
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get some cultural insight at Changdeokgung Palace and Insadong. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, take an in-depth tour of The National Folk Museum of Korea, see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum of Korea, and explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul travel route planner .

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village, Korean Folk Village
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

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