25 days in South Korea, Philippines & Japan Itinerary

25 days in South Korea, Philippines & Japan Itinerary

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25 days in South Korea, Philippines & Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Tarlac, Philippines
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 day
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
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.
Incheon Airport Cultureport has been added to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. You'll explore and learn at Deoksugung and Baek In-Je House Museum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, and don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul day trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Seoul reach 82°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tarlac.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Incheon Airport Cultureport
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

10
nights
Tarlac, Philippines

Tarlac ©
Tarlac City, officially the City of Tarlac, is a first class and capital city of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. Popular historic sites such as Sacred Relic of The True Cross and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Cathedral are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Pinatubo and Capones Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tarlac: San Augustine Church (in Iba), Coto Waterfalls (in Masinloc) and Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House (in Palauig). Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Tarlac Recreational Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Miyamit Falls, get in on the family fun at Isdaan, contemplate the waterfront views at Uacon Lake, and see the interesting displays at The Aquino Center Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tarlac trip itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Tarlac with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Tarlac. Traveling from Seoul in June, things will get a bit warmer in Tarlac: highs are around 90°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tarlac

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Antonio, Cabanatuan City, Candelaria, Mount Pinatubo, Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House
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Mount Pinatubo ©
Mount Pinatubo
Sacred Relic of The True Cross ©
Sacred Relic of The True Cross
Mount Arayat ©
Mount Arayat

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Ginza, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tarlac to Tokyo. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tarlac to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tarlac in June, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 67°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

1
day
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Museums Parks
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

2
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 find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
On the 26th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Shop till you drop at Takeshita Street and Yokohama Chinatown. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Sakae to see Yokohama Nature Sanctuary about 1h 15 min away. See even more of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Yokohama Nature Sanctuary ©
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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