28 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

28 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Izumo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son, Japan
— 2 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
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Jeju, South Korea — 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Halla Mountain and Hallim Park. Step out of the city life by going to Udo and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Jeongbang Waterfall about 46 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave and stop by The Islander.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jeju road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Jeju, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Melbourne in October, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 3 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.
Shop till you drop at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Deoksugung, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seoul sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. October in Seoul sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Zojo-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Do your shopping at Pola Museum of Art and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, shop like a local with Ginza, take a stroll through Asakusa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Shari-cho.
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Shari-cho, Japan — 1 night

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Shari-cho at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Hankyu Umeda Honten. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and look for gifts at Nene Kimono.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

Fly from Shari-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Izumo.
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Izumo, Japan — 2 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, browse the exhibits of Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Izumo travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Izumo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.
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Yakushima-cho, Japan — 2 nights

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho road trip app.

You can fly from Izumo to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer than Izumo - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Onna-son, Japan — 2 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and finally make a trip to Cape Maeda. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then make a trip to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son journey planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Miyakojima, Japan — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 24th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yabiji. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, get outside with Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima holiday app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki, Japan — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then get a taste of the local shopping with Nei Museum of Art. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and finally head outdoors with Kondoi Beach.

Make your Ishigaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time 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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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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