60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Train
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Busan, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Train to Mokpo Station, Taxi to Haenam Usuyeong, Ferry to Jeju
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
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Matsue, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tanabe, Japan
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Hikone, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Takatsuki, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fukuyama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kinokawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, head outdoors with Buramsan Mountain, stroll around Namsan Park, and admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Billum, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billum to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billum in March, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Busan, South Korea

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get in touch with nature at Haeundae Beach and Gyeongju Bird Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Step out of Busan with an excursion to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, and get great views at Taejongdae.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan route maker site.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Busan are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Jeju, South Korea

— 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Seongsan Ilchulbong and Udo. Visit Gwaneumsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple for their historical value. Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Cheonjiyeon Falls in Seogwipo--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market, hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes, explore the world behind art at Trick Art Museum Korea, and steep yourself in history at Seongeup Folk Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Fukuoka, Japan

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Fri), stroll through Ohori Park, kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip maker site.

You can fly from Jeju to Fukuoka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Matsue.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Matsue, Japan

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Visiting Daisen and Shinji Lake will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Matsue Castle and Buke Yashiki are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsue: Eshima Ohashi Bridge (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Izumo Grand Shrine & Inasa Beach). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Yuushien Garden, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Matsue takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Tanabe.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tanabe, Japan

— 2 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Step out of the city life by going to Shirarahama Beach and Sandambeki Rock Cliff. Take a break from Tanabe with a short trip to Senjojiki in Shirahama-cho, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Adventure World, and don't miss a visit to Engetsuto.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tanabe online holiday planner.

Fly from Matsue to Tanabe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Matsue in April since evenings lows in Tanabe dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Lake Ashinoko will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Odawara Castle (in Odawara). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tanabe to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tanabe in April, expect Hakone-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Shin-Marunouchi Building. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, look for gifts at Rental Kimono Sakura, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hikone.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hikone, Japan

— 3 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Visiting Lake Biwa and Usuzumi Park will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Hikone Castle and Genkyuen Garden are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hikone side-trips: Omihachiman (La Collina Omihachiman & Hachiman-bori) and Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hikone trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hikone in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Hikone are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Trails

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takao and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, expand your horizons at Ninja Dojo and Store, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To plan Kyoto vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Take a train from Hikone to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hikone in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Nara, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Wed), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Manyo Botanical Garden, stroll around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara trip tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games

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 Four-Mfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Rokko and Kozataki Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and admire all the interesting features of Royu Driveway.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, Osaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takatsuki.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takatsuki, Japan

— 2 nights
Takatsuki is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.As of 2016, the city had an estimated population of 350,914 and a population density of 3,300 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): walk around The Tower of the Sun, then take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katsuo-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagaoka Tenmangu and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwashimizu Hachimangu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Takatsuki road trip tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Takatsuki in an hour. In May in Takatsuki, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Takatsuki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Visiting Himeji Central Park and Mt Shosha hiking will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Himeji to Kobe to see Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip planning tool.

You can drive from Takatsuki to Himeji in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Takatsuki, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Fukuyama, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and then revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuyama travel route tool.

Getting from Himeji to Fukuyama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Himeji in May, Fukuyama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kinokawa.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kinokawa, Japan

— 1 night
On the 17th (Tue), stop by Mekkemon Hiroba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokawadera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kokawa Ubusuna Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kinokawa day trip planning site.

You can drive from Fukuyama to Kinokawa in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kinokawa

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.

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.

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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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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