27 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

27 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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27 days in South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Ulsan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
+4
ferry + Drive + ferry + Drive + train:  7​h 45​min
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  3​h
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  21​h 15​min
Copenhagen, Denmark

4
days
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 a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get some historical perspective at Changdeokgung Palace and Bukchon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Eurwangni Beach (in Incheon). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Insadong.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Seoul is 8 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, expect Seoul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Ulsan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, Eurwangni Beach
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Eurwangni Beach ©
Eurwangni Beach
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
days
Ulsan, South Korea

Ulsan ©
A powerhouse of industry not just for South Korea but the world, Ulsan offers up a thriving metropolis dominated by trade but interspersed with some undisturbed scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Ulsan Grand Park, steep yourself in history at Seosaengpo Japanese Fortress, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoknamsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Daewangam Park, then see the interesting displays at Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Ganwoljae.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ulsan holiday planner.

Getting from Seoul to Ulsan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Ulsan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Ulsan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Daewangam Park ©
Daewangam Park
Ulsan Grand Park ©
Ulsan Grand Park
Jangsaengpo Whale Museum ©
Jangsaengpo Whale Museum

2
days
Busan, South Korea

Busan
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Busan Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, then explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, and finally stroll through APEC Naru Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress, take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, and then admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza.

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Getting from Ulsan to Busan by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Ulsan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach
Geumjung Mt. fortress ©
Geumjung Mt. fortress
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village

6
days
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hallim Park and Jeju Folk Village. We've included these beaches for you: Hyeopjae Beach and Geumneung Euddeum Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Udo, admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, get engrossed in the history at Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Hallasan National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip generator.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Jeju to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Jeju Folk Village
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Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

4
days
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine and Miyajima will appeal to history buffs. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Suo-Oshima (in Suooshima-cho) and Kotogahama Beach (in Oda). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Jeju to Hiroshima takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Oda, Miyajima, JMSDF Kure Museum, Suo-Oshima
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine ©
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

4
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera. Fushimi Inari Taisha and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to The Instant Ramen Museum (in Ikeda), Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya) and Kyoto (Gion & Kyoto International Manga Museum). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Cup Noodle Mueseum, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, Chinatown (Nankinmachi)
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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha ©
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

3
days
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Chidorigafuchi. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, wander the streets of Ueno, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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