19 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

19 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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19 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h
4
Naoshima-cho, Japan
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
8
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kōtoku-in, Odaiba and Ginza. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): wander the streets of Odaiba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Ginza, then stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo is 15 hours. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. You will leave for Nikko on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ginza ©
Ginza

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
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 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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 8th (Fri): make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Naoshima-cho, Japan

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at 007 Museum, head off the coast to Naoshima, and then admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Kyoto to Naoshima-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Nature Parks Museums
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Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

1
night
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary tool .

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Love Museum, then don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, then admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, then don't miss a visit to Insadong, and then wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in November, things will get a bit cooler in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

2
nights
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory. On the next day, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Gyeongju attractions planning app .

You can fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in November, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then visit a coastal fixture at Yeongdo Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and finally ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then stroll around Yongdusan Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

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Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ginza. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Ginza and then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Busan in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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