23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

23 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Banpodaegyo Bridge, Eungbongsan Mountain, Dongdaemun Market, and other attractions. You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Love Museum. Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and LINE Friends Flagship Store Myeongdong Stationfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, wander the streets of Insadong, and don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513). September in Seoul sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 71°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature
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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. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Ueno.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker 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. Traveling from Seoul in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are little chillier (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori and Nara Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

few
hours
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for Seoul on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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few
hours
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul
For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Haenyeo Museum and The Islander. Escape the urban bustle at Hallasan and Woljeongri Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jeju attractions planner.

Fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October in Jeju, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch) and Ewhawon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Changgyeonggung Palace and Incheon Nabi Park. Enjoy Seoul some more: explore the world behind art at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, explore the activities along Seokchon Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and stop by Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun.

Discover how to plan a Seoul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art ©
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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