31 days in South Korea, Japan & Cebu Island Itinerary

31 days in South Korea, Japan & Cebu Island Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Cebu City, Philippines
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto online journey planner.

Orlando, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Orlando to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Himeji vacation planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:
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Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Busan, South Korea

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Haeundae Beach, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Busan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Busan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Jeju, South Korea

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Seongsan Ilchulbong about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, stroll through Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, walk around Handam Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju travel route planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cebu City.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

Cebu City, Philippines

— 4 nights

Queen City of the South

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Explore Cebu City's surroundings by going to Lapu Lapu (Virgen dela Regla National Shrine, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Basilica del Santo Nino, stop by ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoist Temple, and try your luck at The Palace Casino Cebu.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cebu City travel planning site.

Getting from Seoul to Cebu City by flight takes about 7 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Cebu City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Cebu City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Akihabara, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo planner.

You can fly from Cebu City to Tokyo in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cebu City to Tokyo. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Cebu Island travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Shark Diving
A long, thin island with a mountainous backbone running through its core, Cebu Island offers scenic nature and pristine beaches. Hikes in the hills offer fabulous views of waterfalls and the distant ocean amid lush greenery, while those who prefer urban entertainment can enjoy the bustle of the provincial capital. For more adventurous visitors, things to do in Cebu Island center mainly around water sports, such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or taking a boat trip to look for whale sharks. History buffs will enjoy visiting a Portuguese-built Catholic church and then a shrine dedicated to the chieftain who killed Magellan.