59 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

59 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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1
Naha, Japan
— 6 nights
2
Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights
3
Ishigaki, Japan
— 6 nights
4
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
6
Kutchan-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
7
Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan
— 1 night
8
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 4 nights
9
Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights

6
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nakijin Castle Ruins and Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Bise no Fukugi Tree Road), Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park & Sefa-Utaki) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and pause for some photo ops at Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi.

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

Auckland, New Zealand to Naha is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Auckland in February; daily highs in Naha reach 22°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nanjo, Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Itoman, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road ©
Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road
Valley of Gangala ©
Valley of Gangala

4
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ikema Ohashi Bridge and East Henna Cape. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

Fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. February in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape

6
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, and walk around Banna Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

6
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore hidden gems such as Halla Mountain and Seopjikoji. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

Plan a Jeju trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Jeju takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 24:
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Namsan Park and Hongik University Street. Change things up with a short trip to Nami Island in Chuncheon (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planning site.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. February in Seoul sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nami Island
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 2:
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

3
nights
Kutchan-cho, Japan

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Shakotan-cho (Shimamu Beach & Cape Kamui). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Niseko Hanazono Resort and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Seoul in March, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are a bit cooler (1°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Lake Toya
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

1
night
Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 7th (Sun), make a trip to Amidado, get outside with Nozawa Onsen, and then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On your second day here, head outdoors with Kijimadaira Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Midama Futoson.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nozawaonsen-mura online trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura with the Route module. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, expect Nozawaonsen-mura to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Amidado, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Kijimadaira Ski Resort, Midama Futoson
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

4
nights
Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Kusatsu-machi (Sainokawara Park & Onsen Resorts). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Suginohara, trek along Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and get outside with Hakuba.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. March in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Suginohara, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Suginohara ©
Suginohara
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

5
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsuzumi Gate and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, and go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Tsuzumi Gate ©
Tsuzumi Gate
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amanohashidate and Nigatsu-do Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Amanohashidate View Land (in Miyazu) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Otsu, Nara, Osaka, Miyazu, Jindoji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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