24 days in Japan, South Korea & Taiwan Itinerary

24 days in Japan, South Korea & Taiwan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan, South Korea & Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Jeonju, South Korea
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Yufu, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Minamioguni-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Aso, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Takachiho-cho, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
9
Kagoshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
12
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  2​h 30​min
13
Hualien City, Taiwan
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  2​h 30​min
14
Taipei, Taiwan
— Few hours
+2
train + subway + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
On the 4th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Jeonju Historical Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geumsansa Temple. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Mireuksaji Yumeul Jeonshigwan, hunt for treasures at Nambu Market, delve into the lush surroundings at Jeonju Arboretum, then take an in-depth tour of Chonbuk National University Museum, then contemplate the long history of Gyeonggijeon Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Royal Portrait Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jeonju driving holiday tool .

Toronto, Canada to Jeonju is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get a bit warmer in Jeonju: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeonju

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Daedun Mountain, Geumsansa Temple, Mireuksaji National Museum
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Jeonju Historical Museum ©
Jeonju Historical Museum
Gyeonggijeon Shrine ©
Gyeonggijeon Shrine
Geumsansa Temple ©
Geumsansa Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eurwangni Beach and Namsangol Hanok Village. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Gyeongbokgung Palace. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, step into the grandiose world of Deoksugung, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Jeonju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Seoul are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Eurwangni Beach
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

3
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.
Visiting Ohori Park and Shika Island will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukuoka City Museum and Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Karatsu (Nanatsugama Caves & Hikiyama Exhibition Hall), Dazaifu Temman-gu (in Dazaifu) and Tosu Premium Outlets (in Tosu). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District, look for gifts at Marinoa City Fukuoka, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Fukuoka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki-gu.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Fukuoka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in November, with highs in Fukuoka at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yufu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Karatsu, Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, Tosu Premium Outlets, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, AEON MALL Fukuoka
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

few
hours
Yufu, Japan

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yufu tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Yufu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Yufu

Historic Sites Baths Spas
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Ogosha Shrine ©
Ogosha Shrine
Iwashita Collection ©
Iwashita Collection

1
night
Minamioguni-machi, Japan

Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Sakamoto Zenzo Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Kitazato Shibasaburo Memorial Museum, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Manganji Temple.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Minamioguni-machi trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Yufu to Minamioguni-machi by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Minamioguni-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Aso.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Museums Baths Spas

Side Trip

Oguni-machi
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts

few
hours
Aso, Japan

Aso
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aso route planner.

Drive from Minamioguni-machi to Aso in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Aso

Shopping Baths Spas
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:

few
hours
Takachiho-cho, Japan

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aso to Takachiho-cho takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

1
night
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Plan a trip to Kumamoto easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church
Kumamoto City International Center ©

2
nights
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Chiringashima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamafuta Shirine, then get engrossed in the history at Reimeikan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Terukuni Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kinko Bay, go for a walk through Sengan-en Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shoko Shuseikan, then pick up some local products at Eguchi Horai Hall, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Kagoshima.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima travel planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Eguchi Horai Hall, Kirishima Open-Art Museum, Kamafuta Shirine, Chiringashima
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Yamakataya Kagoshima ©
Yamakataya Kagoshima
Kirishima Open-Art Museum ©
Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Chiringashima ©
Chiringashima

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Kazagashira Park, look for gifts at Tatematsuru, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, then buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Nagasaki, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Shinchi Chinatown ©
Shinchi Chinatown

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka
For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planning app .

Getting from Nagasaki to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Visiting Neipi Beach and Dongshan River Forest Park will get you outdoors. Head to Taipei 101 and Dihua Streetfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Meihua Lake (in Dongshan), National Center for Traditional Arts (in Wujie) and Jimi Square - Yilan Station (in Yilan City). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fulung Beach, take in breathtaking views at Keelung River, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), and browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Nightmarket.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fukuoka to Taipei. Traveling from Fukuoka to Taipei, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Taipei is a bit warmer than Fukuoka - with highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hualien City.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

New Taipei, Dongshan, National Center for Traditional Arts, Neipi Beach, Jimi Square - Yilan Station
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Neipi Beach ©
Neipi Beach
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong

2
nights
Hualien City, Taiwan

Hualien City ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Shen'an Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hualien Chenghuan Temple, and then do a tasting at Hualien Old Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Lichuan Fish Market, examine the collection at Chihsing Tan Katsuo Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Xiangde Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tzu Chi Foundation.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Hualien City vacation planning app .

Getting from Taipei to Hualien City by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien City

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Hualien
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Shen'an Temple ©
Shen'an Temple
Chihsing Tan Katsuo Museum ©
Chihsing Tan Katsuo Museum
Tzu Chi Foundation ©
Tzu Chi Foundation

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hours
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei online vacation planner .

Getting from Hualien City to Taipei by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Yongkang Street ©
Yongkang Street
Dalongdong Bao An Temple ©
Dalongdong Bao An Temple