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
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​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 15​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.
You've now added Art Jeunesse Akihabara to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, shop like a local with Asakusa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip tool .

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to 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. On the 2nd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Nikko hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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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.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website .

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 and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then delve into the distant past at Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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 ©
You've added teamLab Planets TOKYO, Tokyo Joypolis, JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°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
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji 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.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Takayama itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planning app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planning app .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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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.
On the 10th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at 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 photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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 traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
You've now added Bukchon Hanok Village to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), look for gifts at Creative Life Store KEY.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Seoul to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 3°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Jungang Market and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho road trip site .

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car 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 ©
Namdaemun Market has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seoul travel planning app .

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 Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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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 list of things to see and do now includes Gukje Market, APEC Naru Park, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency VR - Busan Nampo, then don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Bupyeong Kkangtong Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, stroll around APEC Naru Park, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Gukje Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Busan attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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.

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

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in November: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 13°C and lows are around 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
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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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