23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Andong, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Gangneung, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada


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2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Miho Museum and Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaizu Osaki and Kinpusenji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Pagoda at Myotusji Temple (in Obama), Mimurotoji Temple (in Uji) and Lake Biwa Museum (in Kusatsu). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Daitoku-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Otsu, Yoshino-cho, Mimurotoji Temple, Lake Biwa Museum
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kurama-dera ©
Kurama-dera

2
nights
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get outside with Paddle Park, take an in-depth tour of Miyajima History Folk Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Woodone Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tahoto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Motomachi Itsukushima Jinja, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Miyajima History Folk Museum ©
Miyajima History Folk Museum

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): hike along Hallasan Seongpanak, then admire the masterpieces at Bonte Museum, then laugh and play at PLAY KPOP, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakcheonsa Temple. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, stroll through Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, then don't miss a visit to Gasiri Wind Power Plant, then get your game on at Jungmun Kart, and finally take some stellar pictures from Suwolbong Peak.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hatsukaichi to Jeju takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Suwolbong Peak
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Hallasan
Hallasan
Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum
Songaksan Mountain ©
Songaksan Mountain

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Busan Olympic Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Hanbotche Experience Exhibit Hall. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Gimhae National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Gimhae Folk Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Yeojwacheon Stream, then kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, and finally hunt for treasures at Bujeon Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Busan trip maker site .

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daytime highs in Busan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gimhae, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Dadaepo Beach ©
Dadaepo Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream

2
nights
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon and then explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, then kick back and relax at Guryongpo Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oeosa Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pohang
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Gyeongju National Park ©
Gyeongju National Park
Oeosa Temple ©
Oeosa Temple
Jukdo Market
Jukdo Market

2
nights
Andong, South Korea

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
On the 30th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gounsa Temple, wander the streets of Yeongju Museom Village, see the interesting displays at Yiyuksa Munhakgwan, then examine the collection at Yugyo Munhwa Museum, and finally take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Goseongissi Tapdongpa Jongtaek (Gosoeng Lee Head Family Estate), take a peaceful walk through Gyemyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest, steep yourself in history at Imcheonggak House, delve into the lush surroundings at Ahndong Hoban Jayeon Hyooyanglim, then steep yourself in history at Seonseonghyun Gaeksa, and finally see the interesting displays at Traditional Culture Contents Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Andong tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Andong

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yeongju Museom Village, Gounsa Temple
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Gyemyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest ©
Gounsa Temple ©
Gounsa Temple
Confucian Culture Museum ©
Confucian Culture Museum

2
nights
Gangneung, South Korea

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): engage your brain at Jeongdongjin Time Museum, hike along Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail, contemplate the long history of Gangneung Seongyojang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yongyeonsa, then stroll through Sacheonjin Beach, and finally hunt for treasures at Gangneung Jungang Market. On your second day here, examine the collection at Ojukheon, get engrossed in the history at Heogyun and Heonanseolheon Memorial Hall, then kick back and relax at Gangmun Beach, then see the interesting displays at Coffee Bakmoolgwan Gihoekboo, and finally see the interesting displays at Coffee Cupper Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gangneung trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Sacheonjin Beach ©
Sacheonjin Beach
Ojukheon ©
Ojukheon
Gangneung Seongyojang ©
Gangneung Seongyojang

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 5th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Baek In-Je House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Insa Art Center, get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Lotte World Tower & Mall, then explore the galleries of Bucheon Natural Ecological Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Gangneung to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Seoul sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bucheon, Aqua Field Starfield Hanam
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Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Insa Art Center ©
Insa Art Center
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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