53 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

53 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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53 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Krakow, Poland
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Naha, Japan
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Motobu-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
8
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  18​h
End: Krakow, Poland

5
nights
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.
Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, stroll around Namsan Park, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Krakow, Poland to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Krakow to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Krakow in July: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 34°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

6
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeongbang Waterfall, & more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Jeju visit site .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

5
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
When in Busan, make a side trip to see Oedo Botania in Geoje, approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo) and Zamami-son (Zamami Island & Furuzamami Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, and see the interesting displays at Haebaru Town Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Naha trip planner .

You can fly from Busan to Naha in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Busan in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Naha, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Zamami-son, Haebaru Town Museum
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Makishi Public Market ©
Makishi Public Market

3
nights
Motobu-cho, Japan

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Bridge & Kouri-jima Island). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, admire the natural beauty at Yohena Ajisai Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho attractions website .

You can take a bus from Naha to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. August in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kouri-jima Island ©
Kouri-jima Island

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 18th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then take in the views from Irabu Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miyakojima using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Irabu Bridge ©
Irabu Bridge

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Ajigawa Tunnel, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Kobe
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

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Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Susono Fishing Park (in Susono), Kenshin Falls (in Hayakawa-cho) and Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and cool off at Fureai Pool Tamaho.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in September: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Fureai Pool Tamaho, Susono Fishing Park, Panoramic Viewing Platform, Kenshin Falls
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Panoramic Viewing Platform ©
Panoramic Viewing Platform

6
nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip builder .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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