60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 6 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Appreciate the collections at National Folk Museum of Korea and National Museum of Korea. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and don't miss a visit to Hongik University Street.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul online sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seoul when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:

Jeju, South Korea

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Halla Mountain and Hyeopjae Beach. Get outdoors at Spirited Garden and Hamdeok Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll around Bijarim Forest, head off the coast to Udo, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Jeju journey planner.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 8:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 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.
Daishoin Temple and Yamato Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to JMSDF Kure Museum and Senjokaku. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, approximately Hatsukaichi away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 12th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Miyakojima, Japan

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Visiting Yabiji and Nakanoshima Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:

Onna-son, Japan

— 6 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Katsuren Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Emerald Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach & Daisekirinzan), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Nakijin Castle Ruins) and Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, The Tower of Himeyuri, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, stroll through Manza Beach, and look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in November, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 28:

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho day trip planning tool.

Fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in November, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Do your shopping at Ninja Dojo and Store and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November; daily highs in Kyoto reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:

Matsumoto, Japan

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Popular historic sites such as Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Higashiyama Walking Course and Takayama Showa Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall), Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura) and Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan, and admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Matsumoto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 43°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Nikko, Japan

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get some cultural insight at Lake Chuzenji and Yomeimon (Main Gate). Escape the urban bustle at Ryuzu Waterfall and Yunoko Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Mount Nasudake). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, and don't miss a visit to Okumiya.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in December, with highs in Nikko at 49°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Tokyo, Japan

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Nikko in December, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

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.

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.