35 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

35 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Onna-son, Japan
— 4 nights
8
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
9
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
10
Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hwaseong Fortress and Banpo Hangang Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Seoul is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Seoul are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Hwaseong Fortress
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll explore and learn at Spirited Garden and Trick Art Museum Korea. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Udo and Hamdeok Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, stop by The Islander, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jeju route tool.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Misen Wild Woods, Senjokaku, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and steep yourself in history at Peace Flame.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Jeju to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Kasuga Grand Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, visit Ueno District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, thenstop by Pontankan, thenadmire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Anbo River. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. May in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

4
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manza Beach and Sun Marina Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri), Gizabanta (Keiza Cliff) (in Yaese-cho) and Valley of Gangala (in Nanjo). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, kick back and relax at Fuchaku Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Manza Dream Hole.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Onna-son using our trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in May since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Itoman, Gizabanta (Keiza Cliff), Valley of Gangala
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, thenidentify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima route planning tool.

You can fly from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 6 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in May, Iriomote-jima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

3
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Yurateiku Market. Relax by the water at Hairumubushi Beach and Kubazaki Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kohama-jima to see Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and hike along Nosoko Forest Road.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

4
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Nangoku Zakka Tida and Atarasu Ichibafor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach

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