31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

31 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Ishigaki, Japan
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
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Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
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Himeji, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Busan, South Korea
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Jeju, South Korea
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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.
Spend 2nd (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, stroll through Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Chennai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Ishigaki. Traveling from Chennai in August, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (38°C), and nights are about the same (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online attractions planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Hiroshima by combination of ferry, flight, and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
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Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Himeji in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:

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.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum.

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Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk around Namsan Park, wander the streets of Insadong, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Seoul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Busan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Jeju, South Korea

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, walk around Handam Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, and head off the coast to Udo.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.