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:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), Omotesando, and other attractions you added. Head to Ginza and Minato Mirai 21for plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Asakusa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dubai, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) 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.
On the 10th (Wed), identify plant and animal life 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, explore the world behind art 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.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time 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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market and Toraya Kyoto Gallery. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, view the masterpieces at Kyoto Yamahon, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Atago.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto by combination of taxi and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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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.
On the 16th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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

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 17th (Wed): walk around Yongdusan Park, 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. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then view the masterpieces at Shinsegae Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Busan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Halla Mountain has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Fri), Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, then Head underground at Hallim Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 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 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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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.
You've now added DMZ to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, take an in-depth tour of Baek In-Je House Museum, take a stroll through Insadong, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul road trip planning 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. In July, daytime highs in Seoul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

DMZ
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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