31 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

31 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 13 nights
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip site.

Omaha, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Omaha to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Omaha in September, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, then make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, and finally look for gifts at Musubi Kyoto.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nara are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Osaka, Japan

— 2 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 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and then shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
Enjoy Kyoto some more: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Seoul, South Korea

— 13 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Anseong Namsadang Training Center (in Anseong), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Ilsan Lake Park (in Goyang). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Pack the 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, stop by Insadong, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hwaseong Fortress.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul travel planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Seoul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Seoul are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — Oct 1:

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.