22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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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.
Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Manhae Han Young Un Simujang. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Korea and The National Folk Museum of Korea. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, and find something for the whole family at Lotte World.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Seoul, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some historical perspective at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Underground Dam Museum and Yukishio Museum. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, browse the fresh offerings at Wide Market, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Miyakojima takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Seoul in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Kabira Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Urasoko Bay, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

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.
Popular historic sites such as Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Family-friendly places like Monkey Park Iwatayama and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto National Museum, and see the interesting displays at Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, make a trip to Daimonzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in September, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Taiji Whale Museum
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Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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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.
Kids will enjoy Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route site .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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