20 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

20 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Tram + Train + Shuttle:  7 h
4
Hakuba-mura, Japan
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  3 h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: New Delhi, India

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Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally walk around Banna Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, then walk around Kabira Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site .

New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Ishigaki. While traveling from New Delhi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima journey maker.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
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Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

For other places to visit, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

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night
Hakuba-mura, Japan

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 16th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, wander the streets of Hakuba, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and finally get outside with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura attractions planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Hakuba-mura by combination of flight, train, and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in March, with highs in Hakuba-mura at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then go for a walk through Kintaikyo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Jeongbang Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Udo, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, delve into the distant past at Hangpaduri Hangmong Historic Site, and view the masterpieces at The Islander.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Jeju in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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Udo ©
Udo
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden

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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 26th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, then steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, and then steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, take a stroll through Insadong, and then explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planning website .

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

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