23 days in Seoul & Japan Itinerary

23 days in Seoul & Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Seoul & Japan Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + train:  21​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— Few hours
train:  15​min
4
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h
5
Matsuyama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Otoyo-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Okayama, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
9
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
You've added Cookin' NANTA (Myeongdong), N Seoul Tower, Myeongdong Shopping Street, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seoul tour itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Seoul. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Takeshita Street, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya Crossing, and other attractions.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner.

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

few
hours
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 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

1
night
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi online attractions planner .

Hatsukaichi is just a short distance from Hiroshima. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, Motomachi Itsukushima Jinja
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

1
night
Matsuyama, Japan

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Dogo Onsengai.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hatsukaichi to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Otoyo-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Spas Parks Neighborhoods
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle

3
nights
Otoyo-cho, Japan

Otoyo-cho ©
Sugi no Osugi has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Sugi no Osugi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Otoyo-cho itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Otoyo-cho takes 2 hours. In October in Otoyo-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Okayama.
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sugi no Osugi ©
Sugi no Osugi

few
hours
Okayama, Japan

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 3rd (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Okayama vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Otoyo-cho to Okayama takes 2 hours. Traveling from Otoyo-cho in November, things will get slightly colder in Okayama: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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.
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip builder .

You can take a train from Okayama to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

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

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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