21 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

21 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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21 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Busan, South Korea
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
5
Nikko, Japan
— 1 day
train:  2​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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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.
Shop till you drop at Dongdaemun Market and Itaewon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hwaseong Fortress and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang--about 54 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Namsan Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, browse the different shops at Starfield COEX Mall, and appreciate the history behind Gwanghwamun Gate.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Seoul. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Seoul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, Ilsan Lake Park
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Lotte World ©
Lotte World
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
National Folk Museum of Korea ©
National Folk Museum of Korea

1
day
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 30th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then stroll through Haeundae Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Busan road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect nights in Busan to be little chillier, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

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

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, then take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, then take a stroll through Insadong, and finally explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in October, you will find days in Seoul are little chillier (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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 inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Omotesando and Ginza Mitsukoshi. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Yokohama (Umi-no-Koen & Minato Mirai 21). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), head outdoors with Tokyo Dome City, wander the streets of Yanaka, and don't miss a visit to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker site .

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Enoshima Island
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
day
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko day trip site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Nikko hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

7
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Akihabara. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Southern Beach Chigasaki (in Chigasaki), Shichirigahama Beach (in Kamakura) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Shisseikaen & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Odaiba, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Southern Beach Chigasaki, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Zushi Beach
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Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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