17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

17 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
3
Hakodate, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Manila, Philippines

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Insadong, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, walk around Namsan Park, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary planning site.

Manila, Philippines to Seoul is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, Seoul is little chillier than Manila - with highs of 26°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Bukchon Hanok Village ©
Bukchon Hanok Village
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

2
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hoheikyo Onsen. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): boost your wellbeing at Hoheikyo Onsen and then walk around Odori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of train and flight from Seoul to Sapporo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Seoul in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Sapporo, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town ©

2
nights
Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 14th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, wander the streets of Motomachi, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka. On your second day here, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, appreciate the history behind Monument of Takeda Ayasaburo Sensei, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, then steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Hakodate sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

2
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.
On the 16th (Mon), wander the streets of Odaiba and then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

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

Getting from Hakodate to Tokyo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) ©
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park)
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take a stroll through Sakae, then walk around Central Park, and finally make a trip to Nagoya TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Fufu no yu has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then take a stroll through Gion, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Fufu no yu. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then stop by Musubi Kyoto, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Fufu no yu ©
Fufu no yu

2
nights
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Dotombori, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and don't miss a visit to Dotombori Glico Sign.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder tool.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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