60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
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Train to Mokpo Station, Taxi to Haenam Usuyeong, Ferry to Jeju
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Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
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Ferry to Haenam Usuyeong, Taxi to Mokpo Station, Train to Busan
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Kofu, Taxi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 10 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 7 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 outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Korea National Arboretum. Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Change things up with a short trip to Nami Island in Chuncheon (about 1h 40 min away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, and wander the streets of Insadong.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul online sightseeing planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in April: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Jeju, South Korea

— 7 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.
Visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong and Manjanggul Cave will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Dongmun Market or Jeju Jungang Underground Shopping Center. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Udo, stroll around Hallim Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Jeju trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from the city and head to Haeundae Beach and Gyeongju Bird Park. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan) and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (in Gyeongju). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and walk around Yongdusan Park.

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Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April in Busan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 22nd (Fri): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then go for a walk through Fukuoka Tower, then head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Tenpaizan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

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Getting from Busan to Fukuoka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In April, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 7 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ninja Dojo and Storefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Hero Tour Japan and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip tool.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Osaka, Japan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Four-M, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Nara Family, then enjoy some diversion at Experience YAMATO, and then look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nara trip maker website.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Osaka in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nara, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Shopping · Historic Sites · Classes · Wildlife

Kanazawa, Japan

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get outdoors at Tojimbo Cliff and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Mikunicho Seaside Nature Park (in Sakai), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and get a taste of the local shopping with Kutaniyaki Kaburaki.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nara in May, things will get little chillier in Kanazawa: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get in touch with nature at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Okushiga Kogen Ski Area. For shopping fun, head to Farmers Market Oranche or MIDORI Nagano. Venture out of the city with trips to Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi) and Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center (in Iiyama). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi route planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Shiraito Falls. Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya), Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Oshino Hakkai (in Oshino-mura). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, shop like a local with Mountaineering Gear Rental Shop La Mont, hike along Momiji Tunnel, and stroll through Sankodai.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planner.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in May: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and Lake Ashinoko. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Susono and see Fuji Safari Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 10 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tokyo Gaijins - Day Tours and Mt. Takao. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Rock Garden (in Ome), Yokohama (Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo & Yokohama Nature Sanctuary) and Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.