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
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul sightseeing planning site .

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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 9 hours. In August, Seoul is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Hallim Park and Haenyeo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Attractions like Hyeopjae Beach and Gwakji Gwamul Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall & Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hamdeok Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, head off the coast to Udo, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jeju trip website .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Udo ©
Udo

3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Aragusuku Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yabiji. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, and stroll through Sunayama Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima day trip planning site .

Fly from Jeju to Miyakojima in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online route planner .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Itsukushima Shrine, Yamato Museum
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Kyoto online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community, then wander the streets of Gokayama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey maker tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Natadera Temple
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Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Sensō-ji. Kids will appreciate attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online route builder .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Tokyo Disneyland
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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