28 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trickeye Museum Seoul and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Seonamgangnu Pavilion), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and T-Light Park (in Ansan). Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: walk around Songdo Central Park, snap pictures at Incheon Bridge, browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Seoul are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo, Japan — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Yokohama Landmark Tower. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamanofuchi Park (in Ome), Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, admire the natural beauty at Happo-en Garden, stop by Ueno District, and take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

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Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toji and Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (in Shimamoto-cho) and Itami Sky Park (in Itami). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Pontocho District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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