16 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

16 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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16 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
4
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Brussels, Belgium

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 29th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace and then don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower. On your second day here, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, then make a trip to Insadong, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seoul travel planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Seoul are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get outdoors at Udo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Halla Mountain and Spirited Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall & Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff). There's more to do: examine the collection at Hallim Park and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jeju online road trip planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, then get outside with Toguchi no Hama, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip website .

You can fly from Jeju to Miyakojima in 6.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Barasu Island, then head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

Make your Ishigaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Ishigaki in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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