17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  3​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States


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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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary site .

Newark, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. April in Seoul sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 8th (Wed), stroll around Yongdusan Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then get outside with Haeundae Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, get great views at Taejongdae, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Busan are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

2
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.
On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden), Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Mint Museum (in Kita). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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