43 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

43 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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43 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Seoul, South Korea
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Koya-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
train:  1​h
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
10
Nagoya, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Fujiyoshida, Japan
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
13
Nikko, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h
14
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
15
Kamakura, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
16
Tokyo, Japan
— 9 nights
End: Tokyo, Japan

6
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 added Bukhansan National Park, Hongdae Art Market Free Market, Insadong, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513). In September, daytime highs in Seoul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Museums Nature
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Senko-ji Temple, Umeda Sky Building, Minoo Park, and other attractions you added.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder website .

You can fly from Seoul to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in October, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Minoo Park
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Shukkei-en Garden, and other attractions you added.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kifune-jinja Shrine, Kurama-dera, Mt. Kurama, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
night
Koya-cho, Japan

Koya-cho ©
You've added Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple.

Plan trip to Koya-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Koyasan Daimon ©
Koyasan Daimon

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Okochi Sanso Garden, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Tenryuji Temple, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): do sightseeing your way with Kyoto Sagano Walk & Bamboo Forest, meet the residents at Monkey Park Iwatayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Okochi Sanso Garden ©
Okochi Sanso Garden

1
day
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Naramachi, Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara National Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then make a trip to Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple as well as Kinkaku-ji.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

1
night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daiouji Temple, Sanmachi Suji and Takayama Jinya. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Classes
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple

3
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya Castle, and other attractions.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya holiday maker app .

Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Fujiyoshida on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Fujiyoshida, Japan

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
You've added Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji-Q Highland, Chureito Pagoda, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and then don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fujiyoshida driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujiyoshida takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in October, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

1
night
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.
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online journey planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. You'll set off for Nikko on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ryuzu Waterfall, Kegon Falls, Nikko Tosho-gu, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes VR Zone Shinjuku, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Akihabara. On the 27th (Sun), take a stroll through Akihabara, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and then find something for the whole family at VR Zone Shinjuku.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Kamakura on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

few
hours
Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple and Kōtoku-in. On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kamakura by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, Odaiba, Robot Restaurant, and other attractions you added.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 6th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Nightlife

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 6:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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