22 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

22 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Gwangju, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) as well as Imperial Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno and Tokyo Dome City. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ueno ©
Ueno
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Escape the urban bustle at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Insadong, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and appreciate the history behind Gwanghuimun.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Insadong ©
Insadong

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get some cultural insight at Beomeosa Temple and Geumjung Mt. fortress. Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Yeojwacheon Stream for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Songjeong Beach, head off the coast to Oryukdo Island, and snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Busan tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yeojwacheon Stream
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Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll get in some beach time at Sehwa Beach and Gwakji Gwamul Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gwaneumsa Temple and Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum. When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Sanbanggulsa Temple in Seogwipo, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Halla Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, and steep yourself in history at Samseonghyeol.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sanbanggulsa Temple
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Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum
Woljeongri Beach ©
Woljeongri Beach
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

2
nights
Gwangju, South Korea

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On the 5th (Fri), steep yourself in history at May 18th National Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Wolbongseowon, and then wander the streets of Dongmyeong-dong Cafe Street. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwangju Confucian School.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gwangju trip tool .

Getting from Jeju to Gwangju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Gwangju can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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May 18th National Cemetery ©
May 18th National Cemetery
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Changdeokgung Palace and Ihwa Mural Village. Visiting Nami Island and Ilsan Lake Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Icheon Termeden (in Icheon) and Seoul Grand Park (in Gwacheon). See even more of Seoul: contemplate the long history of Namsangol Hanok Village, shop like a local with Itaewon, make a trip to Seoul Daehangno, and wander the streets of Ssamji-gil.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Gwangju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Gwangju in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nami Island, Icheon Termeden, Seoul Grand Park, Ilsan Lake Park
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Ilsan Lake Park ©
Ilsan Lake Park
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsangol Hanok Village ©
Namsangol Hanok Village

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