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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Tokyo, Japan
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Melbourne, Australia — 4 nights

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 Australian Print Workshopfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, relax and rejuvenate at SaraDar Therapeutic and Thai Massage & Art Gallery, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Canberra.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Canberra, Australia — 2 nights

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 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.
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 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Teddy Sinclairfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Lost Bear Gallery and Katoomba Antique Centre. 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 Gallery One88, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, 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.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Sydney, Australia — 5 nights

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 Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney planner.

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Caloundra.
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 Mooloolaba Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Artisans Gallery and Caloundra Lighthouses. 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 reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Caloundra vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Caloundra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Caloundra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.
Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches
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 National Folk Museum of Korea. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center, and wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Seoul travel route site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Caloundra to Seoul. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Caloundra to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Caloundra in February, with highs in Seoul at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
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: Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). 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 5 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 catch the flight to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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 Hase-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Kōtoku-in. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip tool.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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
History Museums · Shopping · 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.