21 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

21 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  2 h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Okayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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've now added The War Memorial of Korea to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukchon Hanok Village. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and make a trip to Waryongmyo Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Seoul is colder at night with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market as well as Ginza. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately Mitaka away. The adventure continues: stop by Odaiba, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon).

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then stop by Dotombori. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nara day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nagoya to Nara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Art Postcard Gallery and Shop Kyoto Benrido. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Okayama, Japan

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Okayama trip builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Mt. Kuma
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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