19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Rome

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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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Insadong. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Seoul City Hall.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul holiday maker.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rome to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in February, with highs in Seoul at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the activities along Bomun Lake, steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and finally hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Gyeongju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gyeongju, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then take a stroll through Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally stroll through Haeundae Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 0°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nara Park, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hit the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Keep things going the next day: stop by Obuse Highway Oasys, then explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle, and then hit the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi tour itinerary tool.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

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.