60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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60 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 5 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
7
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
8
Motobu-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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6
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore hidden gems such as Udo and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Alive Museum, & more). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Jeju vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Udo ©
Udo
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hongik University Street and Namsan Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, take an in-depth tour of The National Folk Museum of Korea, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seoul route planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, Nami Island
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hongik University Street ©
Hongik University Street

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'll discover tucked-away gems like Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Samurai Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Hitachinaka and see Hitachi Seaside Park, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hitachi Seaside Park, Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

5
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama), Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course & Takayama Jinya) and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Suganuma Gassho Community
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toji and Chion-in Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle), Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Amanohashidate (in Miyazu). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and take an in-depth tour of Sengukan.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Himeji, Osaka, Amanohashidate, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kintaikyo Bridge and Peace Bell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
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3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

4
nights
Motobu-cho, Japan

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kafu Banta (in Uruma), Cape Hedo (in Kunigami-son) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). There's much more to do: walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and make a trip to Kouri Ohashi.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in June, things will get a bit warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 34°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Kafu Banta, Scuba & Snorkeling, Sefa-Utaki, Cape Hedo
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

3
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ida no Hama Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, walk around Banna Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, make a trip to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip planning app .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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