19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Changdeokgung Palace. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary builder website.

Rome, Italy to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Seoul is 8 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Bomun Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip planning site.

Fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 15th (Sun), walk around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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 16th (Mon): make a trip to Osaka City Central Hall. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka travel planning website.

You can fly from Busan to Osaka in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally make a trip to Miyajima.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 24th (Tue), get outside with Kusatsu International Ski Place, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): stop by Obuse Highway Oasys, explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle, and then hit the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

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Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

South Korea travel guide

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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.