25 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

25 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan, Seoul & Busan Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Onomichi, Japan
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Imabari, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
7
Takamatsu, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Naoshima-cho, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kurashiki, Japan
— 2 nights
10
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
11
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  45​min
12
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seoul Museum of History. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trickeye Museum Seoul and Bukhansan National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mulhyanggi Arboretum (in Osan) and Jade Garden Natural Arboretum (in Chuncheon). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Insadong, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul visit planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Seoul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In March in Seoul, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Mulhyanggi Arboretum
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

1
night
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 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then stroll through Songdo Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

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

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, then take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Busan to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nanzoin
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Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Nishijin Shopping District ©
Nishijin Shopping District

2
nights
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 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Schmoe House, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then wander the streets of Saijo.

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

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saijo, Mazda Museum, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

few
hours
Onomichi, Japan

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Onomichi Chamber of Commerce Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jyodo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Onomichi trip itinerary planning tool .

Onomichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In March in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park

1
night
Imabari, Japan

Imabari
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
On the 12th (Thu), stroll around Hoshinoura Seaside Park.

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You can take a bus from Onomichi to Imabari in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March in Imabari, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Imabari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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few
hours
Takamatsu, Japan

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Imabari to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toNaoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
day
Naoshima-cho, Japan

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Miyanoura Gallery Rokku, admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho holiday planning site .

Drive from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. March in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Lee Ufan Art Museun ©
Lee Ufan Art Museun

2
nights
Kurashiki, Japan

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 14th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and then stop by Haayashi Genjuro Shoten.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kurashiki trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Naoshima-cho to Kurashiki in 1.5 hours. In March in Kurashiki, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Parks Nature Museums
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Mt. Washu ©
Mt. Washu
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Haayashi Genjuro Shoten ©
Haayashi Genjuro Shoten

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.
On the 15th (Sun), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Arima Onsen
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara itinerary builder .

Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Nara are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in March since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pola Museum of Art and Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more) and Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami). There's much more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingū Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori Jingu Shrine, Kinomiya Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Samukawa Shrine
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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