18 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

18 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

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18 days in South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
4
Daegu, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Incheon, South Korea
— 1 night
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Korea and Seoul Daehangno. Step off the beaten path and head to Bukhansan National Park and Ihwa Mural Village. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Deoksugung, explore the wide array of goods at Migliore Dongdaemun, browse the eclectic array of goods at Noryangjin Fish Market, and shop like a local with Gangnam Underground Shopping area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul day trip website .

Oslo, Norway to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Oslo to Seoul is 8 hours. Traveling from Oslo in April, things will get a bit warmer in Seoul: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Parks Nature
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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.
Visit Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Hakone Shisseikaen and Showa Kinen Park. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Gotemba to see Gotemba Premium Outlets about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo planning tool .

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Busan.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Hakone Shisseikaen
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Busan day trip app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tokyo to Busan in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyesan Catholic Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Daegu Arboretum, then hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, and finally examine the collection at Daegu Safety Theme Park. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Haengso Museum of Keimyung University and then contemplate the long history of Donghwasa.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Daegu visit app .

Getting from Busan to Daegu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in April, you will find days in Daegu are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Incheon.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums Parks Nature
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Daegu Safety Theme Park ©
Daegu Safety Theme Park
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Gyesan Catholic Church
Gyesan Catholic Church

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): pause for some photo ops at The Memorial Hall for Incheon Landing Operation, stroll through Songdo Central Park, then don't miss a visit to Chinatown, and finally look for gifts at Sinpo International Market.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Incheon online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Daegu to Incheon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Daegu in April, you will find days in Incheon are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Museums
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Songdo Central Park ©
Songdo Central Park
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park will get you outdoors. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace for their historical value. Enjoy Seoul some more: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, and make a trip to N Seoul Tower.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planner .

Seoul is just a short distance 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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