20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 1 night
taxi + train:  6​h
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Isetan Shinjuku Store, Pokemon Center Tokyo, Pokemon Center Skytree Town, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Head to Art Jeunesse Akihabara and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)for some retail therapy. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from Dubai in July, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 16th (Tue), get your bearings at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop and then take in the natural beauty of Jigokudani Funsen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Shopping Nature Parks
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Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ©
Jigokudani Funsen ©
Jigokudani Funsen

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nishiki Market, Tea Ceremony Koto, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): pick up some new knowledge with Tea Ceremony Koto and then learn something new at Ramen Factory Kyoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Nintendo Original Building, and then stop by Pokemon Center Kyoto.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Classes
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Minami (Namba), Dotonbori, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nara Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then look for gifts at Pokemon Center Osaka, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets.

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Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rinku Premium Outlets, Nara Park
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Pokemon Center Osaka ©
Pokemon Center Osaka
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
You've now added Miyajima to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes DMZ. Visit Cheonggyecheon Stream and Deoksugung for their historical value. Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: walk around Namsan Park, contemplate the long history of Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), enjoy some diversion at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Hiroshima to Seoul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

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