18 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

18 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h
3
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Daegu, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Incheon, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Oslo, Norway

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bukhansan National Park and Sinchon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Deoksugung and National Museum of Korea. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ihwa Mural Village, shop like a local with Gangnam Underground Shopping area, visit Seoul Daehangno, and browse the range of quality goods at Migliore Dongdaemun Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online itinerary planner.

Oslo, Norway to Seoul is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Oslo to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in April: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Nature Parks
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Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun ©
Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Deoksugung ©
Deoksugung

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno and Hakone Shisseikaen. Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Hakone Shisseikaen, Showa Kinen Park
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno ©
Ueno

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tokyo to Busan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

1
night
Daegu, South Korea

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyesan Catholic Church, delve into the lush surroundings at Daegu Arboretum, then hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, and finally see the interesting displays at Daegu Safety Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Haengso Museum of Keimyung University and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Donghwasa.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Daegu driving holiday planner.

Drive from Busan to Daegu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Daegu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Incheon.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums Nature Parks
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Daegu Safety Theme Park ©
Daegu Safety Theme Park
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Haengso Museum of Keimyung University ©
Haengso Museum of Keimyung University

1
night
Incheon, South Korea

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind The Memorial Hall for Incheon Landing Operation, walk around Songdo Central Park, and then make a trip to Chinatown.

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Getting from Daegu to Incheon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Daegu in April, you will find days in Incheon are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Museums
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The Memorial Hall for Incheon Landing Operation ©
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Explore Seoul further: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, and don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower.

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

Seoul is just a stone's throw from Incheon. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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