20 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

20 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly + Train:  14​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Seoul is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Seoul. March in Seoul sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Seokguram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then explore the activities along Bomun Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, and finally steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju journey planning app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Gyeongju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in April, plan for little chillier days in Gyeongju, with highs around 14°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): walk around Yongdusan Park, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally get outside with Haeundae Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and then get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour app .

You can fly from Busan to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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