29 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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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.
Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

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

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). There's still lots to do: walk around Sarabong Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, and let little ones run wild at 9.81 Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.
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Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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Nagasaki, Japan — 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): snap pictures at Nakashima River Bridges, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then walk around Inasayama Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima, Japan — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima route builder.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa, Japan — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and gain insight with In Kanazawa House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip builder website.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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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