22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Seoul Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Seoul Itinerary

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22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

8
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 Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Venture out of the city with trips to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more). Have a day of magic on the 28th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mexico City in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changdeokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Paju (Dora Observatory, The Third Tunnel, & more) and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (in Suwon). Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Paju, Suwon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

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