14 days in South Korea, Japan & Dubai Itinerary

14 days in South Korea, Japan & Dubai Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights


Seoul, South Korea — 3 nights

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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Seoul online trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get a bit warmer in Seoul: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Kyoto, Japan — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday app.

You can fly from Seoul to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Dubai.
Parks · Museums

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 4 nights

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Take a break from Dubai with a short trip to Al Montazah Parks in Sharjah, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, contemplate the waterfront views at Dubai Creek, cool off at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and admire the landmark architecture of Emirates Towers.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Dubai takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect nights in Dubai to be somewhat warmer, around 35°C, while days are much hotter, around 47°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

South Korea travel guide

History Museums · Shopping · 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

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.