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.

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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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