19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  18​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  45​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Jeonju, South Korea
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
10
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
11
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
12
Busan, South Korea
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
13
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium


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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nezu Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Escape the urban bustle at Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Mt. Mitake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine and steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation builder tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Samukawa Shrine, Mt. Mitake, Naritasan Omote Sando, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marudake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour builder app .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums
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Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple

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 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder website .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get your game on at Ninja-Do, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka tour planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Classes
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. You will leave for Seoul on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bukhansan National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hwaseong Fortress and Gwanghwamun Gate. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Dongbukgongsimdon in Suwon, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Deoksugung.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Seoul, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeonju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Suwon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

1
day
Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Moak Mountain, contemplate the long history of Hanbyeokdang Pavilion, then steep yourself in history at Chimyeongjasan Martyrs Ground, then get engrossed in the history at Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Jeonju Fan Culture Center.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Jeonju online route planner .

Take a train from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. In April in Jeonju, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hanbyeokdang Pavilion ©
Hanbyeokdang Pavilion
Jeonju Fan Culture Center ©
Jeonju Fan Culture Center

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Jeonju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. On the 13th (Mon), you're off toGyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Parks Shopping
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1
day
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip planner .

Fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in April, expect nights in Gyeongju to be somewhat warmer, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Golgulsa Temple ©
Golgulsa Temple

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in April: highs in Seoul hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You will leave for Busan on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Parks Shopping
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1
day
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll around Busan Olympic Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Busan online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Busan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks
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Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Busan Olympic Park ©
Busan Olympic Park

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History, then make a trip to Insadong, and then get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Museums
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Seoul Museum of History ©
Seoul Museum of History
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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