17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 2 nights
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, and then get great views at N Seoul Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, and then wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary builder website.

Brisbane, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Seoul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Jeju, South Korea

— 3 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get outdoors at Halla Mountain and Jeongbang Waterfall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hamdeok Beach and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online route planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October in Jeju, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
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 hidden gems such as Minami (Namba) and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto to go to Dotombori and see Dotombori District, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website.

You can fly from Jeju to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Jeju in October, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 2 nights
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 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally stroll around Kabira Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip site.

Fly from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima day trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Onna-son, Japan

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Onna-son route builder tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.