26 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

26 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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26 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  19​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  6​h 30​min
8
Kita, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

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, Myeongdong Shopping Street and Cookin' NANTA (Myeongdong). Step out of the city life by going to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Everland (in Yongin) and The Third Tunnel (in Paju). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, stop by Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, browse the eclectic array of goods at Noryangjin Fish Market, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour itinerary site .

Ottawa, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 14 hours. When traveling from Ottawa in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Seoul, with highs around 22°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 21°C. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Paju, Everland
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You've added Yakcheonsa Temple, Jeongbang Waterfall, Jeju Glass Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jeongbang Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakcheonsa Temple, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, find something for the whole family at Jeju Glass Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanbanggulsa Temple, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Sex and Health. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Seongeup Folk Village, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Sehwa Beach, see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, then Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and finally examine the collection at Jeju Glass Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jeju tour planner .

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Jeju are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Jeongbang Waterfall ©
Jeongbang Waterfall
Seongeup Folk Village ©
Seongeup Folk Village
Haenyeo Museum ©
Haenyeo Museum

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 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, stroll through Haeundae Beach, then examine the collection at Busan Museum, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Bujeon Market, take a stroll through Busan National University Daehak-ro, kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Gijang Market.

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You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Jeju in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Busan. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
On the 16th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, then take in the awesome beauty at Inwangsan Mountain, then admire the striking features of Deoksugung, and finally shop like a local with Namdaemun Market. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, then Head underground at Gwangmyeong Cave, then take in panoramic vistas at Lotte World Tower & Mall, and finally don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul visit planner .

You can take a train from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Busan in October, you will find days in Seoul are little chillier (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gwangmyeong Cave
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Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market
Bongeunsa Temple ©
Bongeunsa Temple
Deoksugung ©
Deoksugung

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo Midtown and Isetan Shinjuku Store. Head to Ginza and Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa), Kamogawa SeaWorld (in Kamogawa) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be little chillier, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ikspiari, Oki no Shima, Mt. Takao, Kamogawa Sea World
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ueno ©
Ueno

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo-jo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Mt. Kurama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Omimaiko Beach (in Otsu) and Miho Museum (in Koka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Pontocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Omimaiko Beach, Miho Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head off the coast to Setonaikai, contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take a stroll through Kamiyacho, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai.

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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2
nights
Kita, Japan

Kita
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Miwa, wander the streets of Dotonbori, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama), then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nifrel, and finally have a few drinks at Video Game Bar Space Station.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kita trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Kita in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kita are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kita

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Yoshino-cho, Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama), Mount Miwa, Nifrel
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Mount Miwa
Mount Miwa
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka), Shichirigahama Beach (in Kamakura) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, browse the different shops at TOKYO Solamachi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Zoo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kita to Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Enoshima Island
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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