42 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

42 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia sightseeing planner

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Nakafurano-cho
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Nakafurano-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Gimhae
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Nakafurano-cho, Japan

— 4 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nakafurano-cho: Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan), Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Shirogane Blue Pond, Shikisai no Oka, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, relax in the rural setting at Saika no sato, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, and walk around Hinode Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nakafurano-cho online road trip planner.

Abuja, Nigeria to Nakafurano-cho is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Abuja in July: high temperatures in Nakafurano-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nakafurano-cho to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nakafurano-cho in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:

Osaka, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in the dramatic scenery at Gyoja no Taki, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Busan, South Korea

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, get great views at Taejongdae, and see the interesting displays at Busan Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Busan road trip site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Jeju, South Korea

— 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, stroll around Sarabong Park, and get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jeju sightseeing planning site.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.