12 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

12 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  17 h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Rome, Italy

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): visit Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, thensee the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planner.

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Tokyo. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Dotombori District. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
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 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thensteep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route builder site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Insadong and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Seoul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

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