31 days in Japan, South Korea & Hong Kong Itinerary

31 days in Japan, South Korea & Hong Kong Itinerary

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31 days in Japan, South Korea & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Hong Kong, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Denver, United States


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7
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.
You've added Shinobazu Pond, Robot Restaurant, Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Kencho-ji Temple and Choanji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oyama Rice Terraces and Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing). Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Tenen Hiking trail, & more), Hayama-machi (Morito Beach & Hayama Station) and Umihotaru (in Kisarazu). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Oki no Shima, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Denver, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Hayama-machi, Aokigahara Forest, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
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Oyama Rice Terraces ©
Oyama Rice Terraces
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

5
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.
Nara Park and Nigatsu-do Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Danjo Garan and Hozenji Yokocho. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Mt. Wakakusa, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and get a taste of the local shopping with Midosuji Street.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koyasan Danjo Garan
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street as well as Kyoto Sagano Walk & Bamboo Forest. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, do sightseeing your way with Kyoto Sagano Walk & Bamboo Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Fushimi Betsuin Temple, and finally make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Matsumoto Sake Brewery, examine the collection at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, then take a stroll through Fushimi Suigo, then walk around Yodoryokuchi Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benzaiten Chokeiji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
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Benzaiten Chokeiji Temple ©
Benzaiten Chokeiji Temple
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum ©
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Bamboo Forest Street ©
Bamboo Forest Street

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.
You've now added Hongdae Art Market Free Market to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Escape the urban bustle at Bukhansan National Park and Surak Mountain. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, and appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in November, things will get a bit cooler in Seoul: highs are around 53°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeonju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

3
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Haedong Yonggung Temple and Gimhae National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Songdo Beach and Haeundae Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Yeojwacheon Stream (in Changwon) and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun (in Gimhae). There's still lots to do: hike along Geumjeongsan Mountain, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Statue of Chungmoogong, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in November, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gimhae, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Geumjeongsan Mountain ©
Geumjeongsan Mountain

7
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre as well as Temple Street Night Market. Do your shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui and Bamboo Scenes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dragon's Back and Lai Chi Wo Village and Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's, City of Dreams, & more). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, take a stroll through Sai Kung, hike along Lamma Island, and take in the awesome beauty at Beacon Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip planning tool .

You can fly from Busan to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Korea Standard Time (KST) to Hong Kong Time (HKT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Busan in November: highs in Hong Kong hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Macau
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Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Repulse Bay Beach ©
Repulse Bay Beach
Lamma Island ©
Lamma Island

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