34 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

34 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
3
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
4
Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Fukuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
8
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
9
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Tokyo National Museum. Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and teamLab☆Planets. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan, and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey app.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Jindai-ji Temple, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

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 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Himorogi Remains), Former Kometani Residence (in Kashihara) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Asuka-mura, Sakurai, Former Kometani Residence
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
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Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

3
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.
Visit Izanagi Shrine and Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Otsuka Museum of Art and Kawasaki Good Times World. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Naruto to see Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip maker website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Naruto, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Izanagi Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Onatsu Seijuro Hiyokuzuka, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally steep yourself in history at Atemage.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kobe to Himeji by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
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.
Visit Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku for their historical value. Itsukushima Shrine Torii and JMSDF Kure Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Dainichido). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima visit planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kushida Shrine and Yutoku Inari Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Munakata Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki (Kapitan Room, Dejima, &more), Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari) and Miyajidake Shrine (in Fukutsu). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, browse the exhibits of Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Munakata Shrine, Nanzoin
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Beomeosa Temple. Let the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Beomeosa Sungbo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area, Cheomseongdae Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at UN Memorial Cemetery, make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Busan, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Gyeongju
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jeju Museum of War History & Peace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online visit planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Grevin Museum. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Suwon to see Hwaseong Fortress about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hwaseong Fortress
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

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