9 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

9 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream and then make a trip to N Seoul Tower. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, then explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and then make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Seoul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Busan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 72°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Taejongdae ©
Taejongdae
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and stop by Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder site.

Getting from Busan to Osaka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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