22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + 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
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Insadong, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see maps and tourist information, read Seoul trip maker app.

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Seoul 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 24th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Halla Mountain and Hyeopjae Beach. Attractions like Hamdeok Beach and Gwakji Gwamul Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall & Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Udo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and walk around Hallim Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Bring the kids along to Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Visiting Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour planner.

Fly from Jeju to Miyakojima in 7.5 hours. August in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
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 1st (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of 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 find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough 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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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then make a trip to Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji 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): examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, then wander the streets of Gokayama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple.

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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 a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can 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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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
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 Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Hase-dera Temple. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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