31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
3
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
4
Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
8
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
9
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights

4
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.
Kencho-ji Temple and teamLab☆Planets are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more), Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone & Hakone Museum of Art) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Toji. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Honen-in, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shisendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikaku-ji, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Otsu
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

4
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.
Koyasan Okunoin and Hase-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Sakurai (Kasayamako Shrine & Omiwa Shrine), Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nara National Museum, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Sakurai, Kashihara, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

2
nights
Kobe, Japan

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 16th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Izanagi Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), steep yourself in history at Minume Shrine, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then learn about all things military at Kobe Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kobe itinerary tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Izanagi Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

1
night
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): cruise along Gin no Basha Michi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip builder app.

Drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kasuga Shrine ©
Kasuga Shrine
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Appreciate the collections at Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum) and Hatsukaichi (Araebisu Shrine & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

3
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nanzoin and Yoshinogari Historical Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kunenan and Hakozaki Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Nanzoin Shakaden Nokotsudo (in Sasaguri-machi) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genboku Ito Old House, and don't miss a visit to Residence of Baba.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Kanzaki, Sasaguri-machi, Munakata Shrine, Yoshinogari Historical Park
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Munakata Shrine ©
Munakata Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around APEC Naru Park, then stroll around Dongbaekseom Island, then stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, and finally go for a walk through Igidae Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally examine the collection at ASEAN Culture House.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Busan online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fukuoka to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Busan, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, then step off the mainland to explore Udo, and finally get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Jeju journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bijarim Forest ©
Bijarim Forest
Udo ©
Udo

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changgyeonggung Palace and Namsangol Hanok Village. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, admire the masterpieces at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary 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 November, daytime highs in Seoul are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace
Grevin Museum ©
Grevin Museum

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