24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

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Start: Kingston, Jamaica
1
Kingston, Jamaica
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  12 h 45 min
5
Kaesong, North Korea
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
6
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Hyangsan, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Kingston, Jamaica

5
nights
Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston ©
The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
For shopping fun, head to Reve Jewellery & Accessories or Morgans Creek Ltd. Visit Devon House and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for their historical value. Explore Kingston's surroundings by going to Firewater Mineral Healing Spring (in St. Ann's Bay), Reach Falls (in Port Antonio) and Ocho Rios (Blue Hole, Coyaba River Garden and Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Trench Town Culture Yard, get a new perspective on nature at Columbus Park, explore the activities along Long Bay (Northeast), and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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If you are flying in from Jamaica, the closest major aiports are Norman Manley International Airport and Sangster International Airport. In July in Kingston, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kingston

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Ocho Rios, Scuba & Snorkeling, Columbus Park, Firewater Mineral Healing Spring, Reach Falls
Highlights from your plan
Devon House ©
Devon House
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and Tokyo National Museum. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine (in Fujiyoshida) and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Fly from Kingston to Tokyo in 24 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingston to Tokyo is 14 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Asahiyaki. Head to Dotombori District and Fuuka-Kimonofor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Okageza, Oharai-machi, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Osaka, Asahiyaki
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yamato Museum and Daishoin Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and get outside with Tobishima Kaido.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kaesong.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido, Tomo no Ura
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

1
day
Kaesong, North Korea

Kaesong ©
Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Kaesong Namdaemun, thencontemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, and then take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kaesong road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Kaesong. In August in Kaesong, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin
Koryo Museum ©
Koryo Museum
Kaesong Namdaemun ©
Kaesong Namdaemun

1
night
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
On the 19th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Mansudae Grand Monument, make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, browse the different shops at Korean Department Store in Pyongyang, thendon't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, and finally appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea.

Make your Pyongyang itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Kaesong to Pyongyang takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Korean Department Store in Pyongyang ©
Korean Department Store in Pyongyang
Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea
Kim Il-sung Square ©
Kim Il-sung Square

2
nights
Hyangsan, North Korea

Hyangsan ©
A mountainous county, Hyangsan has long been a popular tourist destination with North Koreans, and the refurbishment of its striking, pyramid-shaped hotel in 2010 also gave a boost to international tourism.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang, and then examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hyangsan trip maker.

You can drive from Pyongyang to Hyangsan in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Myohyang ©
Mount Myohyang
International Friendship Exhibition ©
International Friendship Exhibition
Pohyonsa Temple ©
Pohyonsa Temple

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