58 days in Japan, South Korea & Bodo Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
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Jeju, South Korea
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Nagasaki, Japan
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Naha, Japan
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Ishigaki, Japan
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Sendai, Japan
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Sapporo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
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Hiroshima, Japan
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Fukuoka, Japan
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Busan, South Korea
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Bodo, Norway
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Seoul, South Korea — 6 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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, approximately Paju away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul road trip tool.

Oslo, Norway to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Oslo in June, expect nights in Seoul to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, let the kids burn off some steam at 9.81 Park, head off the coast to Udo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jeju route planner.

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 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Nagasaki.
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Nagasaki, Japan — 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Miuracho Catholic Church). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and stroll through Glover Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip maker tool.

Getting from Jeju to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. June in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Naha.
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Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:

Naha, Japan — 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
On the 28th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, make a trip to Kokusaidori, stop by Kaisou, Kokusaidori, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in June; daily highs in Naha reach 34°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki, Japan — 4 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki sightseeing planner.

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Iriomote-jima, Japan — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 3rd (Mon), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. July in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tokyo, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sendai.
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Sendai, Japan — 2 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 10th (Mon), examine the collection at Tanabata Museum, explore the striking landscape at Umanose, go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then admire the striking features of Zuigan-ji Temple Main Hall, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Ogi Valley. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, walk around Nanakita Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, then make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and finally browse the different shops at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sendai online trip maker.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Sendai are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Sapporo, Japan — 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch, Otaru Canal, &more) and Noboribetsu (Oyunuma, Jigokudani, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo online road trip planner.

Getting from Sendai to Sapporo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in July; daily highs in Kyoto reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.
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Osaka, Japan — 4 nights

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Ibomizu Isora Shrine (in Ibaraki) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima, Japan — 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and walk around Motoujina Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.
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Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Fukuoka, Japan — 2 nights

City of Yatai

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.
On the 30th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, explore the historical opulence of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Kyushu National Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Goroyama Kofunkan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then stroll around Ohori Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fukuoka holiday builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Gyeongju (Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond & Bulguksa Temple). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Busan online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bodo.
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Bodo, Norway — 2 nights

Bodo is known for museums, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Valnesfossen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ronvik, see majestic marine mammals with Arctic Rib Event, and take some stellar pictures from Turisthytta Bodo.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bodo journey site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Busan to Bodo. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Busan in August, things will get cooler in Bodo: highs are around 18°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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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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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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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