17 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

17 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Yokohama, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— Few hours

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street as well as Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour builder app.

Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Street Kart Yokohama as well as Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, don't miss a visit to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, get all the information you need at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then walk around Yamashita Park, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Yokohama.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Yokohama sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

1
night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Philosopher's Walk as well as Bamboo Forest Street. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Arashiyama, then don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Kyoto by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
You've added The Suite, Ghost Ultra Lounge, HK Club Q International Party Bar, and other attractions to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, visit Dotombori District, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. On the 26th (Sat), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea as well as Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. See even more of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Myeongdong Shopping Street. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): wander the streets of Insadong, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and then visit Myeongdong Shopping Street. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, then make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and then admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul road trip app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 71°F at night. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in October: highs in Busan hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Busan to Tokyo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

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