27 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

27 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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27 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Ubud, Indonesia
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
+3
train + Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
End: Ubud, Indonesia

8
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Urayasu (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland), Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: stop by The Tsukiji Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary maker.

Ubud, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ubud to Tokyo. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Ubud in February, with highs in Tokyo at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Hakone Shisseikaen, Yokohama Chinatown
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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 Gion and Fushimi Inari Taisha. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nara Park and Shinsaibashi. Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya) and Tōdai-ji (in Nara). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Dotonbori.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary builder.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get some cultural insight at Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art, and wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Busan trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Osaka in February, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Busan: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

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

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Eurwangni Beach. Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seoul itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Busan in March, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Eurwangni Beach
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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