14 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

14 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naha, Japan
— 1 night
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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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

Make your Seoul itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Singapore, Singapore to Seoul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in January, things will get colder in Seoul: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Jeju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Trick Art Museum Korea, take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls, and then make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road).

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Jeju to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then make a trip to Kuromon Market. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Spas · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

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 16th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, then don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and finally don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Naha online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Naha takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Naha are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.