24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

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Kingston, Jamaica
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kaesong, North Korea
— 1 day
Drive
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Pyongyang, North Korea
— 1 night
Drive
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Hyangsan, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive to Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, Fly to Norman Manley International Airport

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Kingston, Jamaica

The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
For shopping fun, head to Reve Jewellery & Accessories or Morgans Creek Ltd. Visit Devon House and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for their historical value. Explore Kingston's surroundings by going to Reach Falls (in Port Antonio), Ocho Rios (Blue Hole, Coyaba River Garden and Museum, &more) and Firewater Mineral Healing Spring (in St. Ann's Bay). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Trench Town Culture Yard, contemplate the waterfront views at Long Bay (Northeast), explore the galleries of Bob Marley Museum, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kingston day trip website.

If you are flying in from Jamaica, the closest major aiports are Norman Manley International Airport and Sangster International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Kingston are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kingston

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and Hase-dera Temple. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine (in Fujiyoshida). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kingston to Tokyo in 24 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Okageza. Head to Dotombori District and Asahiyakifor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yamato Museum and Senjokaku. Get a sense of the local culture at Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and get outside with Tobishima Kaido.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kaesong.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kaesong, North Korea

City of Pines

Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Kaesong Namdaemun, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Kongmin, and then take an in-depth tour of Koryo Museum.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kaesong road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Kaesong. In August in Kaesong, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites · Museums

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Pyongyang, North Korea

Capital of Willows

Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
On the 19th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Mansudae Grand Monument, make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, browse the different shops at Korean Department Store in Pyongyang, then don't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, and finally appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea.

Make your Pyongyang itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Kaesong to Pyongyang takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites · Shopping

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Hyangsan, North Korea

A mountainous county, Hyangsan has long been a popular tourist destination with North Koreans, and the refurbishment of its striking, pyramid-shaped hotel in 2010 also gave a boost to international tourism.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang, and then examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hyangsan trip maker.

You can drive from Pyongyang to Hyangsan in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Japan travel guide

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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.

North Korea travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Probably the world's most reclusive country, North Korea remains off the radar for most tourists. The few travelers who realize it's actually possible to take a trip to North Korea end up exploring only a small part of the country, accompanied at all times by official government guides. Isolated from the rest of the world, this communist state exists outside the realm of the 21st century, playing by its own rules and living in the shadow of its hereditary rulers' powerful personalities. If you do choose to spend your vacation in North Korea, prepare to discover a place quite unlike any other in the world--where the surprises may in turn delight and unsettle.