19 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

19 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
6
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trickeye Museum Seoul and Gwanghwamun Gate. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Insadong, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul sightseeing website .

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Seoul reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Insadong ©
Insadong

2
nights
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 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Busan Tower, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then walk around Yongdusan Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Tower Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Busan. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then trek along Geumjeongsan Mountain, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, then take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, and finally take a stroll through Shintencho Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Busan to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Busan in November, Fukuoka is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Neighborhoods Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nanzoin
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Shintencho Shopping Street ©
Shintencho Shopping Street
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and finally view the masterpieces at Schmoe House.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Shimogamo Jinja. Get a sense of the local culture at Nishi Honganji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Sado.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Owakudani Enmei Jizo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Atami, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Highlights from your plan
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Railway Museum and teamLab Borderless. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Sensō-ji for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ueno, tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kiyose Sunflower Farm, The Railway Museum
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum

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