25 days in South Korea, Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

25 days in South Korea, Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea — 4 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, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace.

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Santiago, Chile to Seoul is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Jeju, South Korea — 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave and then head off the coast to Udo.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Jeju vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Busan.
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Parks · Nature
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Busan, South Korea — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then walk around Yongdusan Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, then head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Busan sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April, daytime highs in Busan are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Taipei.
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Taipei, Taiwan — 4 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Get out of town with these interesting Taipei side-trips: YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and walk around Huajiang Wild Duck Nature Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taipei vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Taipei takes 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Busan to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Busan in April, with highs in Taipei at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto driving holiday site.

You can fly from Taipei to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Taipei to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taipei in April, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa, Japan — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 24th (Mon), walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning site.

Fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · 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.
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Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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