26 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

26 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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26 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly + train:  14​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h
5
Himeji, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Kanazawa, Japan
— Few hours
train:  30​min
8
Toyama, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
10
Nagoya, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Fuji National Park, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h 30​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Times Square Mall as well as Samsung d'light. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Nami Island (in Chuncheon), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul planner .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Seoul is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Jeddah in September, expect nights in Seoul to be slightly colder, around 25°C, while days are colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village, Nami Island
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & O’sulloc Tea Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market, and kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jeju online vacation planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jeju, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Fukuoka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Wildlife Parks
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

few
hours
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

few
hours
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji vacation website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour builder app .

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa journey builder site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

few
hours
Toyama, Japan

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Toyama City Office View Tower and then stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Toyama itinerary tool .

Toyama is just a stone's throw from Kanazawa. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks
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Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park

1
night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner .

Getting from Toyama to Takayama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Takayama sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
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.
To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya tour planner .

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nagoya are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Fuji National Park, Japan

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji. On the 23rd (Mon), trek along Fujinomiya Route and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes.

You can plan Fuji National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Nagoya to Fuji National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from Nagoya in September, plan for slightly colder days in Fuji National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanashi Prefecture, Shiraito Falls, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

6
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, Tokyo DisneySea and Lake Chuzenji. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Fuji National Park to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fuji National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, Lake Chuzenji
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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