23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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23 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  16​h
1
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  17​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see some colorful creatures with Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Riyadh to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in August, things will get little chillier in Ishigaki: highs are around 38°C and lows about 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Iriomote Island and Pinaisara Falls. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. August in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Sanjusangendo Temple. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Yasaka Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get outdoors at Hyeopjae Beach and Halla Mountain. Bring the kids along to Hamdeok Beach and Hallim Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, & more). It doesn't end there: head off the coast to Udo and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Jeju in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and then step into the grandiose world of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, and then take a stroll through Insadong.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seoul online vacation planner .

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

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