26 days in Seoul, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

26 days in Seoul, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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26 days in Seoul, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 14 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: London, United Kingdom

14
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Nami Island (in Chuncheon), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon). categoryPhrases.sentence.Plan_for_a_day_of_cool_family_friendly_fun_on_the_day_at Icheon Termeden. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and don't miss a visit to Insadong.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Seoul is 9 hours. Traveling from London in May, things will get a bit warmer in Seoul: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Suwon, Yongin, Icheon, Korea National Arboretum, Anseong Namsadang Training Center
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Food Tours
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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 Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, &more) and Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Seoul to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to take a train 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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