36 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

36 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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36 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kamakura, Japan
— 1 day
train + bus:  1​h
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Nikko, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
5
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
8
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
9
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
11
Sokcho, South Korea
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
13
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
14
Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Borderless, Ueno Park, Tokyo Central Railway Station, and other attractions. Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route maker tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
day
Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Komachi Street, Kōtoku-in and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). On the 18th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, don't miss a visit to Komachi Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You've added Hiryu Falls, Onshi Hakone Park, Chisuji Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the next day, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Yuryo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Baths
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

3
nights
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Senjogahara Field, Yudaki Falls, Akechidaira Observation Area, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Akechidaira Observation Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, witness the site of a historic battle at Senjogahara Field, then admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip builder tool .

Drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Kurobe Gorge, Okukane-Kyo Bridge, Sarutobi Gorge, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip site .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nikko in October, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Kurobe
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Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) as well as Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, stop by Takayama Usagiya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Norikura Kogen and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Wildlife Winter Sports

Side Trips

Norikura Kogen (Highland), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, Kodai-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You've added Okunoshima Island, Mt. Misen, Shukkei-en Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and stop by Monokoto Store.

To plan Hiroshima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okunoshima Island
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Hep Five Ferris Wheel, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): walk around Minoo Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally don't miss a visit to Hep Five Ferris Wheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally don't miss a visit to Shinsekai.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Minoo Park
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gangnam Underground Shopping area, Nami Island, Sinchon, and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Insadong. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Osaka in November; daily highs in Seoul reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Everland, Nami Island
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Seoraksan National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park and then trek along Ulsanbawi Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Seoul to Sokcho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
To plan Seoul vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Museums
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Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea
Waryongmyo Shrine ©
Waryongmyo Shrine

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Songaksan Mountain, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Hyeopjae Beach, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Seongeup Folk Village and Yakchunsa Temple are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Halla Mountain and Hamdeok Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seopjikoji, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave and take in the dramatic natural features at Yongduam Rock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

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night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Namsangol Hanok Village, then take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online route planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market
Namsangol Hanok Village ©
Namsangol Hanok Village
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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