23 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

23 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

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23 days in Japan, Busan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Paris, France

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Odaiba. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip site .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Paris to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Popular historic sites such as Kanazawa Castle and Ninja Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, make a trip to Omicho Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tokyo in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 27th (Mon), head off the coast to Miyajima, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Onojo Cocoro no Furusatokan City Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Onojo Cocoro no Furusatokan City Museum
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tenkai Inari Shrine ©
Tenkai Inari Shrine

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, then enjoy the sea views from Yeongdo Lighthouse, and finally walk around Yongdusan Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Busan attractions planning tool .

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Busan Museum of Art ©
Busan Museum of Art

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village. Popular historic sites such as Changdeokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Dongbukgongsimdon & Hwaseong Fortress). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Insadong, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and get your game on at Seoul Rage Room - Hongdae.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul route app .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Seoul, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Suwon, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

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