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: Rome, Italy
Fly:  24​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Nikko, Japan
— 1 day
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  30​min
9
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
10
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
13
Sokcho, South Korea
— 1 day
14
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
15
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
16
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Rome, Italy


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3
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 Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Asakusa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip tool .

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Tokyo. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cryptomeria Avenue as well as Kegon Falls. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko online road trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
You've now added Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to your itinerary.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then delve into the distant past at Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yamanaka Castle Ruins
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Yamanaka Castle Ruins ©
Yamanaka Castle Ruins
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Planets TOKYO, Tokyo Joypolis, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, and other attractions.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey tool .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Museums Classes
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Tokyo Joypolis ©
Tokyo Joypolis
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, learn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

Discover how to plan a Takayama trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Classes
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Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion as well as Kinkaku-ji. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online tour planner .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
day
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nara using our trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
You've now added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kabukicho as well as Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kabukicho ©
Kabukicho
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

2
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.
Bukchon Hanok Village has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Creative Life Store KEY.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Seoul vacation planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car 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. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
day
Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Sokcho Jungang Market and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho visit planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:
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Sokcho Jungang Market ©
Sokcho Jungang Market
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Namdaemun Market.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sokcho to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gukje Market, APEC Naru Park, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency VR - Busan Nampo, then make a trip to BIFF Square, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Bupyeong Kkangtong Market. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, then stroll around APEC Naru Park, and then hunt for treasures at Gukje Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Busan planner .

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in November, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market ©
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Starfield COEX Mall as well as Samsung d'light.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Seoul is a bit cooler than Busan - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Starfield COEX Mall ©
Starfield COEX Mall
Baek In-Je House Museum ©
Baek In-Je House Museum
Samsung d'light ©
Samsung d'light

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