16 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

16 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haneul Park and National Folk Museum of Korea. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, and don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip builder tool.

Mumbai, India to Seoul is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 3.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in October: highs in Seoul hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, get outside with Hyeopjae Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Spirited Garden, thensteep yourself in history at Neobeunsungi April 3rd Incident Memorial Hall, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Halla Mountain.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Jeju trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October in Jeju, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

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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.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, thenadmire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeju in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tokyo, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online journey planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get great views at Shimojishima Airport RW17 End, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, thentake in the views from Irabu Ohashi, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kyoto in October, with highs in Miyakojima at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 22nd (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, thenstep off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, thenkick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip builder.

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): walk around Kabira Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, thenhead outdoors with Kondoi Beach, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and finally stroll around Banna Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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