23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul, South Korea
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  17​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

7
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 added Banpodaegyo Bridge, Eungbongsan Mountain, Dongdaemun Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bukhansan National Park and Love Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and LINE Friends Flagship Store Myeongdong Station. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and make a trip to Insadong.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip planning website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513). In September in Seoul, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National 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.
You've added Tokyo Skytree, Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Ueno and Odaiba are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit cooler, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Nara Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka driving holiday planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

few
hours
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will leave for Seoul on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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hours
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seoul road trip planning site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 65°F. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Parks Shopping
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3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get outdoors at Hallasan Seongpanak and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Woljeongri Beach and Haenyeo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallasan Mountain, look for gifts at The Islander, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hallasan Seongpanak
Hallasan Seongpanak
Haenyeo Museum ©
Haenyeo Museum
Woljeongri Beach ©
Woljeongri Beach

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch) and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ewhawon and National Palace Museum of Korea. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Incheon to see Incheon Nabi Park about 1 hour away. See some other sides of Seoul: get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, wander the streets of Garosu-gil, stop by Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

Before you visit Seoul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Incheon Nabi Park, Ewhawon
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