33 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

33 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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33 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Okayama, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Wakayama, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Incheon, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a stroll through Dotonbori, make a trip to Ukiyokoji Street, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip site .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Osaka due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Okayama, Japan

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, appreciate the history behind Momotaro Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsuhiko Shrine. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at RSK Bara Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Okayama trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Okayama sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Wakayama.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kurashiki
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Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

1
night
Wakayama, Japan

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple.

To find reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wakayama road trip app .

You can take a train from Okayama to Wakayama in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Okayama in March, Wakayama is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Parks
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Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Momijidani Garden ©
Momijidani Garden
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Shimada Shoten and then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, then take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, then make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka journey planner.

You can take a train from Wakayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto Station Building
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Kyoto Station Building ©
Kyoto Station Building
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Odaiba, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To see maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

7
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Kyoto (Arashiyama, Gion, &more) and Higashiyama (Sanjusangendo Temple & Kiyomizu-dera Temple). See even more of Osaka: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Himeji Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the striking features of Hakata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Kumamoto Castle, Komenoyama Obsevatory
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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum and then snap pictures at Yodoya Bridge. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, get your game on at Ninja-Do, then make a trip to Dotombori Glico Sign, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nishiki Market Shopping District
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

3
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.
On the 10th (Fri), get lost in a book at Seoul Metropolitan Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get great views at N Seoul Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, then contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio.

To find out how to plan a trip to Seoul, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Osaka to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Osaka in April, plan for little chillier nights in Seoul, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

2
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 15th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with The Islander, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jeju day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Incheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Udo ©
Udo

1
night
Incheon, South Korea

Incheon
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park.

Start your trip to Incheon by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Jeju to Incheon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. April in Incheon sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park
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