36 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

36 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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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
Train:  4 h
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless, Ueno Park, Tokyo Central Railway Station, and other attractions you added. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for slightly colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for 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
Ginza ©
Ginza

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 Kōtoku-in as well as Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). On the 18th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura tour planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiryu Falls, Onshi Hakone Park, Chisuji Falls, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, get a new perspective on things with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Yuryo.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

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 list of things to see and do now includes Senjogahara Field, Yudaki Falls, Akechidaira Observation Area, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in panoramic vistas at Akechidaira Observation Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nikko trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nikko by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Nikko sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then get into the urban bustle at Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecture, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Nikko in October, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Kurobe
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, stop by Takayama Usagiya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen and then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Takayama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 time for the car ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Winter Sports Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Norikura Kogen
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
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.
You've added Arashiyama, Kodai-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip site.

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Mikasahama Beach in Hatsukaichi--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and stop by Monokoto Store.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off 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. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Minoo Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally make a trip to Hep Five Ferris Wheel.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. 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

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Minoo Park, Arima Onsen
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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 added Gangnam Underground Shopping area, Nami Island, Sinchon, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Insadong. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seoul day trip website.

Getting from Osaka to Seoul by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Osaka in November, things will get little chillier in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

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

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park and then head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sokcho driving holiday planner.

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

Things to do in Sokcho

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

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seoul road trip planning app.

Getting from Sokcho to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to 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 list of things to see and do now includes Songaksan Mountain, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Hyeopjae Beach, and other attractions. Seongeup Folk Village and Yakchunsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong and Jeongbang Waterfall will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seopjikoji, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yongduam Rock.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Jeju trip maker app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

1
night
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Namsangol Hanok Village, then stroll around Namsan Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seoul tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can 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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