42 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

42 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Nakafurano-cho
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Nakafurano-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Busan
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Nakafurano-cho, Japan — 4 nights

Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Get out of town with these interesting Nakafurano-cho side-trips: Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Shirogane Blue Pond, Shikisai no Oka, &more) and Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake, experience rural life at Saika no sato, admire the natural beauty at Saiko no sato Sasaki Farm, and stroll around Hinode Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nakafurano-cho trip planner.

Abuja, Nigeria to Nakafurano-cho is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nakafurano-cho when traveling from Abuja in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
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Tokyo, Japan — 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nakafurano-cho to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Kanazawa, Japan — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips

Osaka, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Gyoja no Taki, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Hiroshima, Japan — 2 nights

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 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Busan, South Korea — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and stroll through Songjeong Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Seoul.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Seoul, South Korea — 5 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, stroll around Namsan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seoul itinerary planning app.

Fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in September, expect nights in Seoul to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 6 nights

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and stroll through Sanho Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Jeju travel route planner.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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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.
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