19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

19 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Seoul are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

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History Museum
Gyeongbokgung Palace
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World heritage site
Changdeokgung Palace
4.5

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Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Bomun Lake, steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, then contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju trip planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in August, you will find days in Gyeongju are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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World heritage site
Bulguksa Temple
4.5
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World heritage site
Seokguram
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Specialty Museum
Gyeongju National Museum
4.5

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 7th (Sat), make a trip to Busan Station Plaza, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then walk around Yongdusan Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach and then get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Busan tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Religious Site
Haedong Yonggung Temple
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Religious Site
Beomeosa Temple
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, take a stroll through Dotombori District, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder app.

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
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Castle
Osaka Castle
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Wildlife Area
Nara Park
4.5

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
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World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Street Kart Kyoto and Ume Sakura. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, get outside with Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Kyoto online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Must see
Nijo Castle
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Take a break from the city and head to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area. Get a sense of the local culture at Karuizawa Kogen Church and Ganshoin Temple. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane (in Kusatsu-machi), St.Paul's Catholic Church Karuizawa (in Karuizawa-machi) and Obuse-machi (Hokusai-kan & Kurino Komichi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kaminaridaki Falls, take in the natural beauty of Jigokudani Funsen, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip builder.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yamanouchi-machi, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Waterfall
Kaminaridaki Falls
4.8

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