10 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

10 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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10 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Norwich, United Kingdom
bus + Fly:  18​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + bus:  25​h
End: Norwich, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planning website .

Norwich, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Norwich to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Norwich in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kencho-ji Temple
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka online vacation planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 7th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, go for a walk through Fukuoka Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka driving holiday planning tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanzoin, Onojo - Chikuzenkoku
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Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Songdo Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Busan, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park and then explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Busan in October, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Museums
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

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