60 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

60 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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60 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 11 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  4​h
3
Kumamoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 20 nights
End: Seoul, South Korea


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11
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pola Museum of Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more), Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau (in Enoshima) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ueno, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip builder .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Oya History Museum, Kashima Jingu, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Toshodai-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Ama Kaigan Beach (in Minamiawaji), Nara Park (in Nara) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum & Kongobu-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Otsuka Museum of Art, Ama Kaigan Beach
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kumamoto Castle and Shimabara Church. Visiting Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kumamoto: Kiyomizu Temple (in Miyama), Amakusa Christian Museum (in Amakusa) and Hara Castle Ruin (in Minamishimabara). There's still lots to do: get your bearings at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Reigando, learn more about the world around you at Mifune Dinosaur Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Tetori Church.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip builder tool .

You can fly from Osaka to Kumamoto in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Jeju.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Amakusa, Yamato-cho, Shimabara, Aso Mizuki Meguri
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Mifune Dinosaur Museum ©
Mifune Dinosaur Museum

7
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Appreciate the collections at Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum and The Islander. Relax by the water at Hamdeok Beach and Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). The adventure continues: walk around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, head outdoors with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Hallasan Mountain.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jeju travel planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kumamoto to Jeju. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Hallasan
Hallasan

7
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Gyeongju Historic Area and Haedong Yonggung Temple for their historical value. Get outdoors at Gwangalli Beach and Naeyeonsan County Park. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Gyeongju Bird Park (in Gyeongju), Gimhae (Gimhae National Museum & Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun) and Boksoondoga (in Ulsan). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, hike along Paryongsan Doltab, get to know the fascinating history of Yeojwacheon Stream, and kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach.

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Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Busan. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Changwon, Gimhae, Gyeongju, Yeongnamlu, Naeyeonsan County Park
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach

20
nights
Seoul, South Korea

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Masian Beach. Visit Dongmak Beach and Eurwangni Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Paju (DMZ Haemaru Village & Panmunjom), Suwon (Suwon Jeil Church, Hwaseong Fortress, & more) and Praum The Musical Instrument Museum (in Namyangju). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, examine the collection at Grevin Museum, take a stroll through Insadong, and take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul planner .

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in September, expect nights in Seoul to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Incheon, Suwon, Paju, Yongin, Praum The Musical Instrument Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

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