32 days in Australia, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

32 days in Australia, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
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Leura, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Caloundra, Australia
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
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Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and SaraDar Therapeutic and Thai Massage & Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and Australian Print Workshop. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner.

Chapeco, Brazil to Melbourne is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chapeco to Melbourne is 14 hours. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Canberra, Australia

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, take in the exciting artwork at PhotoAccess, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Drill Hall Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Arts, then view the masterpieces at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Village Antiques.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Canberra itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Leura, Australia

— 3 nights
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Head to Lost Bear Gallery and Blue Mountains Cultural Centrefor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Katoomba Antique Centre and The National Pass. Step out of Leura with an excursion to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum in Valley Heights--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Falls Gallery, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Leura trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Canberra to Leura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Leura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Sydney, Australia

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Chinese Garden of Friendship are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Australian Centre for Photography. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip website.

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Caloundra, Australia

— 5 nights
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Maroochydore Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Artisans Gallery and Seaview Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Caloundra: Eumundi (The Real McCaul & The Original Eumundi Markets) and Peregian Beach (Peregian Beach & Peregian Beach Markets).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Caloundra route maker website.

You can fly from Sydney to Caloundra in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Seoul, South Korea

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Korea and Seoul Arts Center. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Caloundra to Seoul. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Caloundra in February: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Minami (Namba) (in Namba). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and look for gifts at Hashiya Kaede.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seoul to Kyoto by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Marusan.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker site.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

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.

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.