22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
3
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
6
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights

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.
Let the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Changdeokgung Palace and Manhae Han Young Un Simujang. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Insadong, get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Seoul. In August, Seoul is a bit warmer than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can 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
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Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. You'll explore and learn at Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, browse the fresh offerings at Wide Market, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip maker.

Getting from Seoul to Miyakojima by flight takes about 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miyakojima when traveling from Seoul in August, with lows around °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
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay and then head outdoors with Yonehara Beach. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, thenexplore the activities along Urasoko Bay, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Castle. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, get curious at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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: examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

Start your trip to Nachikatsura-cho by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Tokyo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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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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