15 days in Japan, San Francisco & Seoul Itinerary

15 days in Japan, San Francisco & Seoul Itinerary

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15 days in Japan, San Francisco & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
1
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Sendai, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Charlotte, United States

2
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, hike along Lands End, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, explore the galleries of Aoba Castle Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokoku Shrine, then browse the fresh offerings at Yuriage Port Morning Market, then stroll through Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kura no Machinami. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho, browse the different shops at Selva, browse the different shops at Izumi Park Town Tapio, then stop by Ota Tofu Shop, then steep yourself in history at Lieutenant Fujihara Ason Sanekata Tombstone, and finally steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai tour builder app .

You can fly from San Francisco to Sendai in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sendai. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Natori, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Kura no Machinami
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Selva ©
Selva
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Osaki Hachiman Shrine ©
Osaki Hachiman Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, stroll around Ueno Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Asakusa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station. On the next day, make a trip to Minato Mirai 21, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, stop by Kimono Me, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Sendai, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Minato Mirai 21
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Dotonbori, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Byodoin.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka route builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Byodoin
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

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.
Head to Kamiyacho and Schmoe Housefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and contemplate the long history of Peace Flame.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, then admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and finally take a stroll through Insadong. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, then brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Seoul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
The War Memorial of Korea ©
The War Memorial of Korea
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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