29 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

29 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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29 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Shizuoka, Japan
— Few hours
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Takashima, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
8
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  45​min
9
Nara, Japan
— Few hours
train:  45​min
10
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
bus:  30​min
11
Kobe, Japan
— Few hours
train:  30​min
12
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
13
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
14
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): wander the streets of Odaiba and then wander the streets of Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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hours
Shizuoka, Japan

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Kusanagi Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shizuoka day trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Kusanagi Shrine ©
Kusanagi Shrine

3
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then stop by Stockplus, then take a stroll through Asakusa, and finally wander the streets of Ueno.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Shizuoka in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Tokyo. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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night
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sanada House, contemplate the long history of Matsushiro, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Nagano fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Nagano reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and then examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in December, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toTakashima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Baths Spas

Side Trip

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

few
hours
Takashima, Japan

Takashima ©
To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Takashima road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takashima takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for slightly colder days in Takashima, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Kaizu Osaki ©
Kaizu Osaki

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Gion and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fukuchiyama City Flood Control Memorial and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nantan (The Little Indigo Museum & Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village) and Fukuchiyama City Zoo (in Fukuchiyama). Explore Kyoto further: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Takashima to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Takashima in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukuchiyama, Nantan
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, then snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge, and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Childrens Museums Museums Shopping
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Ebisu Bridge ©
Ebisu Bridge

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hours
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.
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nara driving holiday planning website .

Nara is very close to Osaka. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Mitarai Valley. Hankyu Umeda Gallery and Mint Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, & more). Enjoy Osaka some more: get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, see the interesting displays at Glico Museum, take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Mitarai Valley
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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hours
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kobe travel itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In January, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka
To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. You'll set off for Busan on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Busan, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then brush up on your military savvy at National Maritime Museum, and finally snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Geumjeongsan Mountain, then take an in-depth tour of Bokcheon Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hanbotche Experience Exhibit Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Busan Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan journey builder site .

Fly from Osaka to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Busan when traveling from Osaka in January, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Museums Parks Outdoors
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National Maritime Museum ©
National Maritime Museum
Geumjeongsan Mountain ©
Geumjeongsan Mountain
Trickeye Museum Busan ©
Trickeye Museum Busan

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Insadong, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Deoksugung.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seoul online route builder .

Getting from Busan to Seoul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in January: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 1°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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