21 days in Japan, South Korea & United States Itinerary

21 days in Japan, South Korea & United States Itinerary

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21 days in Japan, South Korea & United States Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Daegu, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Tampa, United States

2
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Third Street Promenade. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stop by Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at The Grove, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route website .

Tampa to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tampa to Los Angeles. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampa in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 84°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

5
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some cultural insight at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. USS Arizona Memorial and Byodo-In Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park), Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Sharks Cove (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, stop by Shimazu Shave ice, and admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Los Angeles to Honolulu by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of tram and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Honolulu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Nu’uanu Pali, Byodo-In Temple, Sharks Cove
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, then see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum, and then take a stroll through Ginza.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Tokyo takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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 24th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
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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 28th (Wed), kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Choryang Catholic Church, then take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, and then kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

2
nights
Daegu, South Korea

Daegu
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eunhaesa Temple, then appreciate the history behind Gatbawi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Donghwasa, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Shinsegae Department Store Daegu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Daegu Baseball Stadium, hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Hyundai Department Store Daegu, and finally stroll through Apsan Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Daegu trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Busan to Daegu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daegu

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gatbawi, Eunhaesa Temple
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Seomun Market
Seomun Market
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Shinsegae Department Store Daegu ©
Shinsegae Department Store Daegu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Gyeongbokgung Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker site .

You can take a train from Daegu to Seoul in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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