27 days in Seoul & Japan Itinerary

27 days in Seoul & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, don't miss a visit to Deoksugung, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Seoul is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Seoul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Seoul

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:

Nagasaki, Japan

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to World Peace Symbol Zone, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then see the interesting displays at Gunkanjima Digital Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki day trip planning site.

You can fly from Seoul to Nagasaki in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in September, expect nights in Nagasaki to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

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 13th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
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.
On the 15th (Thu), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and wander the streets of Gion.

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

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

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.