26 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

26 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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26 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Jerusalem, Israel
+4
bus + foot + train + Fly + train:  23​h
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
Himeji, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Fuji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
+4
train + Fly + train + foot + bus:  17​h
Jerusalem, Israel

few
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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.
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka route app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 23-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Osaka. Traveling from Jerusalem in March, you will find days in Osaka are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). You will leave for Hiroshima on the 3rd (Sat).

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Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
days
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atomic Bomb Dome as well as Peace Bell. On the 3rd (Sat), make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

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hours
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Osaka.

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Breweries
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Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery ©
Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery

2
days
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
On the 5th (Mon), take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Here are some ideas for day two: browse the range of quality goods at OSAKA STATION CITY, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, and then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour builder website .

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, National Museum of Ethnology, KidZania Koshien
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Chinatown (Nankinmachi) ©
Chinatown (Nankinmachi)

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiji Temple, explore the activities along Sarusawa-ike, then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally take some stellar pictures from Naramachi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara itinerary planner.

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In March, daytime highs in Nara are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tōdai-ji ©
Tōdai-ji
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

4
days
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.
Head to Kyoto Station Building and Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuofor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Shimogamo Jinja. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Arima Onsen (in Kobe), Cup Noodle Mueseum (in Ikeda) and Kurokabe Square (in Nagahama). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto planner .

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in March, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cup Noodle Mueseum, Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Arima Onsen, Kurokabe Square, Lake Biwa
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle
Gion
Gion

1
day
Fuji, Japan

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park, look for gifts at Mt.Fuji 5th station, then explore the activities along Waketamaike Spring, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fuji tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Fujinomiya
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Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha ©
Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha

7
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi). Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, wander the streets of Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel tool .

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum, Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

4
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take an in-depth tour of The National Folk Museum of Korea, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hangang Park, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seoul holiday planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Seoul at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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