20 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

20 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Hamburg, Germany
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Hamburg, Germany


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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.
Grevin Museum and Seodaemun Prison History Hall will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hamburg to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hamburg in August; daily highs in Seoul reach 35°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

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

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple, and finally walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallasan Mountain and then hike along Hallasan Seongpanak.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hallasan Seongpanak
Hallasan Seongpanak
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hallasan Mountain ©
Hallasan Mountain

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima tour itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Miyakojima takes 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

2
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then stop by Monokoto Store, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, steep yourself in history at Kifune-jinja Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planning site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

3
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 Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Tokyo National Museum and KidZania Tokyo will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless, and contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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