23 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

23 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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23 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
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.
For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), you're off toSeoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream for their historical value. Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Venture out of the city with trips to DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, wander the streets of Insadong, and make a trip to Deoksugung.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Asahiyakifor some retail therapy. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nagoya (Tokugawa Art Museum & Nagoya Castle). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya, Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 10th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hongouchi Lourdes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), take a stroll through Dotonbori, then examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip builder app .

Fly from Nagasaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
You'll explore and learn at TOKYO Samurai Kembu and Samurai Museum. Get some historical perspective at Kōtoku-in and Imperial Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and look for gifts at B-side Label, Harajuku.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Chinatown
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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