17 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

17 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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17 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Sendai, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Narita, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  5 h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  11 h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

4
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Toji and Ninna-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kodai-ji Temple (in Higashiyama), Jojakkoji Temple (in Ukyo) and Arima Onsen (in Kita). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, wander the streets of Dotonbori, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka visit planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In December, Osaka is cooler than Jakarta - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Otsu, Arima Onsen, Nishinomiya Shrine, Mt. Wakakusa
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Toji ©
Toji
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

2
nights
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 25th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Fukuurajima, get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, then explore the galleries of Aoba Castle Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sendai trip planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Sendai in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in December: highs in Sendai hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Shiogama Shrine ©
Shiogama Shrine
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zojo-ji Temple and Yanaka. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Minato Mirai 21 and Nezu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Hase-dera Temple) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu & Pola Museum of Art). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ueno, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

2
nights
Narita, Japan

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Sakura no yama Park, stroll around Naritasan Park, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, and finally stop by Peanuts no Kimuraya.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Narita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a bus from Tokyo to Narita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Narita, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Katori, Kashima Jingu
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bukhansan National Park and Deoksugung. Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul visit website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Narita to Seoul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Narita in January, things will get a bit cooler in Seoul: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

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