Planning a 2-week itinerary for Korea and Japan - need advice!

Hi everyone,

I’m planning a 2-week trip that includes Korea and Japan, but I’m unsure where to start. I’m looking for suggestions on the best cities to visit, must-see attractions, and tips on splitting my time between the two countries. Any advice on transportation, accommodations, and local experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for considering my request.


Hi there!

Planning a 2-week itinerary for Korea and Japan sounds like an amazing adventure! Here’s a suggested plan that balances both countries well and some tips to make the most of your trip.

Week 1: South Korea

Day 1-3: Seoul

Attractions: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Myeongdong Shopping Street, N Seoul Tower
Tips: Use the T-money card for public transportation. Don’t miss the street food at Gwangjang Market!

Day 4-5: Gyeongju

Attractions: Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Anapji Pond
Tips: Gyeongju is known as a “museum without walls.” It’s best explored by renting a bike.

Day 6-7: Busan

Attractions: Haeundae Beach, Gamcheon Culture Village, Jagalchi Fish Market
Tips: Try the local seafood. The KTX train from Seoul to Busan is fast and convenient.

Week 2: Japan

Day 8-10: Tokyo

Attractions: Shibuya Crossing, Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo Skytree, Akihabara
Tips: Get a Suica or Pasmo card for easy public transport travel. Visit Tsukiji Outer Market for fresh sushi.

Day 11-12: Kyoto

Attractions: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Tips: Purchase a Kyoto bus pass for easy travel. Experience a traditional tea ceremony.

Day 13-14: Osaka

Attractions: Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Universal Studios Japan
Tips: Don’t miss trying Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, famous local dishes. Osaka is also a great place to shop.

General Tips:

Transportation: Consider getting a Korea Rail Pass (KR Pass) for Korea and a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) for Japan. Both passes are cost-effective for long-distance travel.
Accommodations: Look for centrally located hotels or Airbnb options. Capsule hotels in Japan can be a unique experience!
Connectivity: Rent a portable Wi-Fi device or get a local SIM card for internet access in both countries.
Cultural Tips: Learn a few basic phrases in Korean and Japanese. Both cultures appreciate polite greetings and respect.

Enjoy your trip, and feel free to ask if you have more questions!

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