24 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

24 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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24 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Naniwa, Japan
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Ibusuki, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Amami, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 15​min
7
Setouchi-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Yoron-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Helsinki, Finland

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho, Japan

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ruins of Shingu Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and then head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip builder .

Helsinki, Finland to Nachikatsura-cho is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Helsinki to Nachikatsura-cho. While traveling from Helsinki, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Nachikatsura-cho, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Shingu
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Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Ruins of Shingu Castle ©
Ruins of Shingu Castle

1
day
Naniwa, Japan

Naniwa ©
On the 16th (Tue), take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Naniwa online road trip planner .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Naniwa in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Ibusuki.

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Ibusuki, Japan

Ibusuki
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 17th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Satsuma Denshokan, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Iokaido, contemplate the waterfront views at Fushime Coast, then take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirakiki Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ibusuki trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Naniwa to Ibusuki. When traveling from Naniwa in July, plan for little chillier days in Ibusuki, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Outdoors Nature Beaches
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Satsuma Denshokan ©
Satsuma Denshokan
Hirakiki Shrine ©
Hirakiki Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Visiting Yakusugi Land and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yakusugi Museum and Yaku Shrine. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Isso Beach and don't miss a visit to Yahazu Cape.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Getting from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Amami.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Yakusugi Museum ©
Yakusugi Museum

1
night
Amami, Japan

Amami ©
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
On the 21st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Amami Wildlife Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kuninao Beach, then examine the collection at Amami City Amami Museum, and finally wander the streets of Mangrove Forested Area. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Big 2 and then kick back and relax at Tomori Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amami holiday maker tool .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Amami by car takes about 20 hours. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Amami. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Amami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yamato-son, Big 2
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Tomori Beach ©
Tomori Beach
Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest
Amami City Amami Museum ©
Amami City Amami Museum

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, stroll through Hangang Park, and take a stroll through Garosu-gil.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Amami to Seoul. Traveling from Amami in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Seoul, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Setouchi-cho.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

3
nights
Setouchi-cho, Japan

Setouchi-cho ©
Escape the urban bustle at Shirahama Beach and Yadoribama Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Kakeroma Island Exhibit Experience Exchange Museum and Former Military Ammunition Warehouse.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Setouchi-cho trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seoul to Setouchi-cho. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Setouchi-cho when traveling from Seoul in July, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yoron-cho.

Things to do in Setouchi-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kakeroma Island ©
Kakeroma Island

3
nights
Yoron-cho, Japan

Yoron-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Terasaki Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okushuraku, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ajinicchee Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Okaneku Coast, then stroll through Yurigahama, and finally stroll through Fubama.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yoron-cho planner .

Getting from Setouchi-cho to Yoron-cho by car takes about 9.5 hours. July in Yoron-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yoron-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kunigami-son
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Yurigahama ©
Yurigahama

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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.
Senso-ji Temple and Harajuku Takeshita-dori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Takao. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Enoshima Island in Fujisawa, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yoron-cho to Tokyo. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Enoshima Island
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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