22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

22 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son, Japan
— 3 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Takayama
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Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to London

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Jeju, South Korea

— 3 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gwaneumsa Temple and O’sulloc Tea Museum. Visiting Manjanggul Cave and Dongmun Market will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Halla Mountain about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Bangju Church, stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and explore the world behind art at Trick Art Museum Korea.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jeju road trip site.

London, UK to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Onna-son, Japan

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Minna Beach & Emerald Beach), Tropical Beach (in Ginowan) and Naha (Yoga Shanti & Shurijo Castle). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market and kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Getting from Jeju to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. While traveling from Jeju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Onna-son, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Miyakojima, Japan

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Popular historic sites such as Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, stroll through Sunayama Beach, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Get outdoors at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and stroll through Kaiji Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hoshisuna Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Uehara, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Takayama, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Wada House. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Takayama takes 9.5 hours. In October, Takayama is slightly colder than Iriomote-jima - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.