24 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

24 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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24 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h
5
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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7
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 added Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), Omotesando, and other attractions to your itinerary. Sensō-ji and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Minato Mirai 21. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Tokyo. While traveling from Dubai, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminaridaki Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Hokusai-kan, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

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

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Kaminaridaki Falls, Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane ©
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pokemon Center Kyoto, Ramen Factory Kyoto, Kyoto International Manga Museum, and other attractions you added. Head to Nishiki Market and Toraya Kyoto Galleryfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and browse the exhibits of Kyoto Yamahon.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): walk around Yongdusan Park, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then view the masterpieces at Shinsegae Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Busan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Halla Mountain. On the 17th (Wed), Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, then Head underground at Hallim Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, and then hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju route planner .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes DMZ. Do some cultural sightseeing at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, take an in-depth tour of Baek In-Je House Museum, make a trip to Insadong, and examine the collection at Alive Museum Insadong Ssamji-gil.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. July in Seoul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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