15 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

15 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia holiday planner

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 3 nights
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

Ottawa, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Ottawa to Seoul. Traveling from Ottawa in May, expect Seoul to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

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Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then stroll through Gwangalli Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Busan online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Hiroshima, Japan

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 16th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Kanazawa, Japan

— 1 night
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 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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South Korea travel guide

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Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.