20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagano, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  7​h 15​min
6
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Korokanatotenjikan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, examine the collection at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, get lost in a book at Fukuoka City Public Library, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Old Ito Denemon House, get engrossed in the history at Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum, then trek along Aburayama Shimin no Mori, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seinan Gakuin University Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka day trip site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, with highs in Fukuoka at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Old Ito Denemon House, Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum
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3
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.
Nishinomiya Shrine and UCC Coffee Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Tanzan Shrine and Sakuya Konohanakan. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Minatogawa Shrine (in Chuo), National Museum of Ethnology (in Suita) and Awaji (Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park & Nojima Fault Preservation Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Glico Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Osaka.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip website .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Awaji, Kobe, Asuka-dera Temple, National Museum of Ethnology, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine
Glico Museum ©
Glico Museum

1
night
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.
To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planning site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
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Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine ©
Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
Rokuharamitsuji Temple ©
Rokuharamitsuji Temple
Konkai Komyoji Temple ©
Konkai Komyoji Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Samukawa Shrine and Fire Museum. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and TOKYO Samurai Kembu. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa), Izusan Jinja Shrine (in Atami) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, don't miss a visit to Gempeigawa River, stroll the grounds of Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Izusan Jinja Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Enoshima Sea Candle, Ibaraki Nature Museum
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

3
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the striking features of Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence), admire the striking features of Former Yazawa Residence Entrance Gate, examine the collection at Mizuno Museum, then get outside with Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joko-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Jukambo National Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myōkō, hit the slopes at Iizuna Kogen Ski Area, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zozan Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Old Mejima Residence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chokokuji.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagano holiday builder .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Obuse-machi, Mount Myōkō, Jukambo National Museum
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Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple
Chokokuji ©
Chokokuji
Zozan Shrine ©
Zozan Shrine

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagano to Fukuoka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nagano in February, with highs in Fukuoka at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Shikaumi Shrine ©
Shikaumi Shrine
Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center ©
Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center
Fukuokaken Gokoku Shrine ©
Fukuokaken Gokoku Shrine

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Itaewon as well as Changgyeonggung Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch) and Janganmun Gate. Get some historical perspective at Seoul Central Mosque and Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae). Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Hwahongmun Gate (in Suwon), Donggureung (in Guri) and Hoam Art Museum (in Yongin). There's much more to do: examine the collection at 3D Black Art Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Achasan Mountain, wander the streets of Ihwa Mural Village, and don't miss a visit to Ikseon-dong Hanok Street.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul visit planner.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Seoul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In February, Seoul is slightly colder than Fukuoka - with highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Suwon, Gwangmyeong Cave, Donggureung, Hoam Art Museum
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Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae) ©
Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae)
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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