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: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + train:  16​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Fukuoka, Japan
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe, Japan
— Few hours
train:  30​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel


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5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Everland and Korean Folk Village. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Creative Life Store KEY. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Dongbukgongsimdon in Suwon, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, take a stroll through Insadong, and don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Seoul, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in April; daily highs in Seoul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yongin, Dongbukgongsimdon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Everland ©
Everland
Korean Folk Village ©
Korean Folk Village

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 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Busan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally head outdoors with Haeundae Beach.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

few
hours
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 15th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, and then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Breweries & Distilleries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nanzoin
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Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

few
hours
Kobe, Japan

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kobe online journey planner .

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In April in Kobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll set off for Osaka on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
Dotonbori and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Kids Plaza Osaka will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Mint Museum, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

5
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like KidZania Tokyo and Yanaka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kamogawa Sea World. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ueno, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kamogawa Sea World, Pola Museum of Art
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World

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