32 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

32 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kamakura, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

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.
Pack the 13th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Seoul is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Seoul, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get colder in Seoul: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Gyeongju (Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond & Gyeongju National Museum). The adventure continues: get outside with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Busan road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in January, things will get a bit warmer in Busan: highs are around 7°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Busan in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

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Osaka, Japan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

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Kanazawa, Japan

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:

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Kamakura, Japan

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Kamakura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

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Naha, Japan

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and finally sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji, then steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangui, and finally go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Naha journey website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Naha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: highs in Naha hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

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Motobu-cho, Japan

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.
On the 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): get outside with Katsuu-dake, head outdoors with Mt. Yaedake, then relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and finally get outside with Uppama Coast.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Motobu-cho, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

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Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Ishigaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:

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.