38 days in Japan, South Korea & The Netherlands Itinerary

38 days in Japan, South Korea & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 9 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nei Museum of Art and Pinion Direct Shop. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and get outside with Sukuji Beach.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour planning site.

Durban, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Do your shopping at Asakusa and Wa Space. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Sankodai) and Lumiere Winery (in Fuefuki). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, you will find days in Tokyo are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are much colder (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Lumiere Winery
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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.
Head to Kyoto Station Building and Kiyora Senjafudafor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Ise Grand Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Okageza, Okage Yokocho, &more) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: stop by Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Nara Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Itsukushima Gekijyo (in Hatsukaichi). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get some cultural insight at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Hangpaduri Hangmong Historic Site. Jeju World Natural Heritage Center and Jeju Folk Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Halla Mountain). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Udo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, and head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jeju day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Jeju takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Udo ©
Udo

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The War Memorial of Korea and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's still lots to do: stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seoul sightseeing planner.

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
The War Memorial of Korea ©
The War Memorial of Korea
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

9
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. Step off the beaten path and head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Markthal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: The Hague (Haags Historisch Museum & Galerie Pulchri), Rotterdam (Rotterdam Centraal Station & Erasmus Bridge) and Rijksmonument Oost-Indisch Huis Delft (in Delft). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, and wander the streets of Leidseplein.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Amsterdam takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in January: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hague, Rotterdam, Rijksmonument Oost-Indisch Huis Delft, Zaanse Schans
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 24:
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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