31 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

31 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly to Cozumel, Ferry to Playa del Carmen

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Seoul, South Korea — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park (in Bucheon). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, stop by Insadong, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Seoul journey planning tool.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Seoul is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Seoul, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Seoul, with highs around 20°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Cheonjiyeon Falls). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jeju online attractions planner.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Gyeongju (Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond & Bulguksa Temple) and Changwon (Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road & Yeojwacheon Stream). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Haeundae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Busan day trip planning app.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. April in Busan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel route app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Kemasakuranomiya Park) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa online route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 5 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 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel 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.
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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.
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