26 days in Seoul, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

26 days in Seoul, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Seoul, South Korea
— 14 nights
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights

14
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Nami Island (in Chuncheon). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 18th (Mon) at Icheon Termeden. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, find something for the whole family at Lotte World, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seoul road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Suwon, Yongin, Icheon, Korea National Arboretum, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

5
nights
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Seoul to Kyoto in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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 out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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