17 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

17 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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17 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Riga, Latvia

2
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've added Meiji Jingu Shrine, Sensō-ji, Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): wander the streets of Odaiba, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, and finally get your game on at Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Riga, Latvia to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Riga in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Childrens Museums Baths Fun & Games

Side Trip

Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-Zaka Street, Hozugawa River Boat Ride and Sagano Romantic Train. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Hozugawa River Boat Ride
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Yoshikien has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nara vacation planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Koyasan Okunoin, Shinsekai and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in June since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 22°C. You'll set off for Seoul on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koyasan Okunoin
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Myeongdong Shopping Street or Creative Life Store KEY. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Insadong, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the world behind art at Pola Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour builder website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Nature
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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