21 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

21 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Changgyeonggung Palace and Seoul Arts Center. Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Shinsegae Dept. Store Mainfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple, see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul driving holiday site.

Antwerp, Belgium to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antwerp in July; daily highs in Seoul reach 34°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

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Jeju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, then take a peaceful walk through Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jeju Stone Park. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Black Pork Street, then explore the galleries of The Islander, and then view the masterpieces at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jeju tour itinerary site.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
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Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then examine the collection at Trick Eye Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tower Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Busan trip maker site.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In July in Busan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
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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 (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then take a stroll through Kamiyacho, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally look for gifts at Monokoto Store.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yasaka Shrine and Kurama-dera. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and stop by Pontocho District.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Kanda Myojin for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and Mori Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

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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

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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.