28 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

28 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 13 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and teamLab☆Planets. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or MUJI Yurakucho. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker website.

Omaha, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Omaha in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 8th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. On your second day here, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, then look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Genkoan. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, then browse for treasures at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

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 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then do sightseeing your way with Nara Wellness Tourism, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Tekijuku. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chion-in Temple and Ninja Dojo and Store. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. See some other sides of Kyoto: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Seoul, South Korea

— 13 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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Hwaseong Fortress and Deoksugung for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Dongbukgongsimdon (in Suwon) and Incheon (Incheon Bridge & Songdo Central Park). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, examine the collection at Grevin Museum, and don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seoul road trip website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days in Seoul, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — Oct 1:

Japan travel guide

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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.