12 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

12 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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 + train:  5​h 45​min
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Rome, Italy


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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take a stroll through Odaiba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo journey maker tool .

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, admire the natural beauty at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough 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
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji vacation site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the 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.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

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

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get some cultural insight at Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Insadong, take an in-depth tour of The National Folk Museum of Korea, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village.

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

Fly from Hiroshima to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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