22 days in South Korea, Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

22 days in South Korea, Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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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: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul vacation builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Taipei.

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Taipei, Taiwan

— 4 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Venture out of the city with trips to YOLO Taiwan (in Dayuan) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, stroll through Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taipei travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Taipei in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Taipei due to the time zone difference. In June, Taipei is a bit warmer than Seoul - with highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, then kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and finally walk around Sarabong Park. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Spirited Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jeju vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Jeju takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Busan travel route planner.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planner.

Getting from Busan to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

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Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · 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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, stop by Ginza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

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South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.

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.