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: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Shinkamigoto-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
4
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Kagoshima, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Seogwipo, South Korea
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
9
Itoman, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Kunigami-son, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
11
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
12
Kohama-jima, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Wakayama Castle. Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Minami (Namba). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Todai-ji Temple, & more), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mount Koyasan) and Kimiidera Temple (in Wakayama). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner.

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Auckland Central in March: highs in Osaka hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Wakayama
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip maker .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Shinkamigoto-cho, Japan

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Oso Church and Nakanoura Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Aosagaura Church and Kiri Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shinkamigoto-cho trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kyoto to Shinkamigoto-cho. Traveling from Kyoto in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shinkamigoto-cho, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hamagurihama Beach ©
Hamagurihama Beach

3
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, stop by Sugisho, and take in the views from Kosugidani Bridge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Shinkamigoto-cho to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Shinkamigoto-cho in March, you will find days in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Anbo River ©
Anbo River

3
nights
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Explore hidden gems such as Onsen Resorts and Museum of the Meiji Restoration. Popular historic sites such as Kirishima Shrine and Sengan-en Garden are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Minamikyushu (Chiran Peace Museum & Chiran Samurai Residence Garden) and Ibusuki (Chiringashima, JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, & more). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buried Shrine Gate.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in March, Kagoshima is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Minamikyushu, Kirishima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gwangalli Beach and Igidae Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Beomeosa Temple and Busan National University Daehak-ro. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Busan travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kagoshima to Busan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In March in Busan, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Korea and Seoul Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Insadong, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and have fun at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seoul tour itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Paju
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Deoksugung ©
Deoksugung

6
nights
Seogwipo, South Korea

Seogwipo ©
Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Step off the beaten path and head to O'Sulloc Tea Museum and Teddy Bear Museum Jeju. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alive Museum and Hallim Park. Get out of town with these interesting Seogwipo side-trips: Jeju (Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, Udo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang, take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakcheonsa Temple, and take in the dramatic natural features at Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seogwipo online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Seoul to Seogwipo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Itoman.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Jeju
Highlights from your plan
Udo ©
Udo
Alive Museum ©
Alive Museum
Teddy Bear Museum Jeju ©
Teddy Bear Museum Jeju

2
nights
Itoman, Japan

Itoman ©
Itoman is a city located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Popular historic sites such as Sefa-Utaki and Katsuren Castle Ruins are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Itoman: Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Naha (Shurijo Castle, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Fukushu-en Garden.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Itoman trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Seogwipo to Itoman with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Itoman

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Naha, Onna-son, Sefa-Utaki, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Kunigami-son, Japan

Kunigami-son ©
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, and then identify plant and animal life at Daisekirinzan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at HIRO COFFEE FARM, then look for all kinds of wild species at Vegetation of Tanagagumui, then identify plant and animal life at Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Aha Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kunigami-son trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Itoman to Kunigami-son in 2.5 hours. April in Kunigami-son sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

HIRO COFFEE FARM
Highlights from your plan
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Cape Hedo ©
Cape Hedo

4
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wasurenaishi and Utara Tanko. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Funauki Village and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and head off the coast to Nakama-river Protected Region.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taketomicho Iriomote-jima online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Kunigami-son to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima when traveling from Kunigami-son in April, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi

6
nights
Kohama-jima, Japan

Kohama-jima ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Kaiji Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho: Ishigaki (Scuba & Snorkeling, Fusaki Beach, & more) and Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho (Island Countryside Settlement, Hamashima In Leaf, & more).

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho. April in Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kohama-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Taketomi-jima, Subtropical Plant Paradise Yubujima Island
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minato Mirai 21 and Marunouchi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, make a trip to The Tsukiji Market, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo route builder website .

Explore your travel options from Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. In April, Tokyo is little chillier than Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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