26 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

26 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and National Folk Museum of Korea. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Love Museum. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Insadong, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, examine the collection at Grevin Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul day trip planning tool.

Kingston, Jamaica to Seoul is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Kingston to Seoul. When traveling from Kingston in July, plan for slightly colder days in Seoul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum and Nexon Computer Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Gwaneumsa Temple and The Islander. Change things up with a short trip to Gwangchigi Beach in Seogwipo (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Woljeongri Beach, stroll around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, head outdoors with Sehwa Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Visit Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Toyosaki Kaihin Koen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Himeyuri Peace Museum). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Manza Beach, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Origin of Rizzan Sea-Park Resort, kick back and relax at Tiger Beach, and don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Jeju to Onna-son in 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Miyakojima, Japan

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Miyakoyafor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Nagamahama Beach Coast. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Sabaoki Park Observatory Facility, admire the masterpieces at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, get outside with Kondoi Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hairumubushi Beach, examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, then head outdoors with Kohama Island Information Center, and finally look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then wander the streets of Kamiyacho, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima visit planning app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kennin-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Visit Shimogamo Jinja and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Mimurotoji Temple, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to teamLab☆Planets and Asakusa Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Kencho-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Mitsuishi Beach (in Manazuru-machi). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, visit Ueno District, and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.