21 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

21 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
3
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyu-Furukawa Gardens and Ueno District. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in June, you will find days in Tokyo are much colder (°C), and nights are little chillier (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kyu-Furukawa Gardens ©
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nakanoshima Park and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Umeda Sky Building (in Osaka) and The Tower of the Sun (in Suita). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, The Tower of the Sun
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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Takachiho-cho, Japan

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, thentake in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, and finally go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eight Dragon King God of Water Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore hidden gems such as Udo and Hallasan. Change things up with a short trip to Gwangchigi Beach in Seogwipo (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: walk around Jeju Stone Park, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Jeju Tourist Horse Riding, and stroll through Udo Island Lighthouse Park.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Jeju holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Jeju takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gwangchigi Beach
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Udo ©
Udo
Hallasan
Hallasan

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeonhwasa.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Seoul travel route planner.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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