21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 day
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 1 day
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Seoul, South Korea

— 5 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.
Head to Dongdaemun Market and Starfield COEX Mallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hwaseong Fortress and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Step out of Seoul to go to Goyang and see Ilsan Lake Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, shop like a local with Garosu-gil, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, and take in the views from Banpodaegyo Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul sightseeing tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Seoul at 34°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

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Busan, South Korea

— 1 day
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Busan tour planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Seoul, South Korea

— 2 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, then wander the streets of Insadong, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul trip app.

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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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.
Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza Mitsukoshi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Umi-no-Koen (in Yokohama) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), wander the streets of Yanaka District, stop by Omotesando, and don't miss a visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Nikko, Japan

— 1 day
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the galleries of Kanaya Hotel History House, walk around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Nikko, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Tokyo, Japan

— 7 nights
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Zushi Beach and Shichirigahama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Lake Ashinoko and Hakone Shisseikaen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Southern Beach Chigasaki (in Chigasaki). See some other sides of Tokyo: stop by Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Asakusa, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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