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1st time in Japan/Korea - Advice needed for 15day itinerary solo traveller


Feb 16th, 2014, 02:37 PM
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1st time in Japan/Korea - Advice needed for 15day itinerary solo traveller

Hello everyone,

I would be very grateful if the more experienced travellers in the forum could lend me a hand with organising my first trip to Japan I will leave London on 2nd October, returning on 16th with a stopover in Soul for 4 nights. This will be my first trip to Japan and also my first trip as a solo traveller to Asia. I hope someone can revise the below itinerary and let me know if I missed anything or added too much

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help out.

02/10 - LHR to ICN departure
03/10 – Seoul (4pm arrival)> Hotel Checkin > Cheonggye stream > Seoul City Night Bus > N Tower > Night Tour ends at Namdaemun market > Dinner > Hotel.
04/10 – Jogyesa Buddhist Temple > Gyengbok Palace > Lunch at Insadong > Gangnam/ Garogusil > Bongeusa Temple > COEX Aquarium > Gwangjang market > Dinner > Hotel.
05/10 – Bukchon Hanok Village > Changdeokgung Palace > Huwon Garden > Myeongdong Shopping > Gwanghwamun Gate > Cheonggye Plaza > Walk down Cheonggye Stream on the way back to hotel.
06/10 – Han River Cruise > Lotte World > Banpo Bridge > Stop at Myeongdong for last minute shopping and dinner > Hotel.
07/10 – Board early flight to Tokyo > Arrive 10.30 @ Narita > Travel to Hotel to drop off bags (The B Ikebukuro) > Shinjuku > Hanazono Shrine > Gyoen National Gardens > Ikebukuro > Otome Road/Otaku Shopping > Dinner > Hotel.
08/10 – Akibahara > Lunch at either Gundam or a Maid Café > Kanda Shrine > Asakusa > Senso-Ji Temple > Nakamise-Dori > Tokyo SkyTree > Either take the Odaiba Bay Cruise to see the Ranbow Bridge and Odaiba at night OR travel to Shinjuku to see the Golden Gai/Kabuchiko.
09/10 – Nikko Day Trip
10/10 – Shinkansen to Hakone > If weather permits then do the Lake Ashi Cruise and visit the Venetian Glass Museum. Otherwise, spend afternoon at Hakone Yuryo for some spa pampering and traditional acupuncture treatment before checking into nearby Ryokan.
11/10 – Shinkansen to Kyoto > Higashiyama > Manga Museum > Nishiki Market > Imperial Palace > Pontocho Dori for Dinner > Hotel.
12/10 – Kiyomizudera Temple > Sanjusangendo/Kenninji Temple > Heian Shrine > Nanzenji Temple > GInkakuji Temple > Gion for Dinner > Hotel.
13/10 – Kinkakuji Temple > Ryoanji Temple > Toei Park rest of the day.
14/10 – Fushini Imari Temple > Afternoon in Nara > Rail transfer to Osaka > Check into Hotel located in the Dotombori district > Dinner > Hotel.
15/10 –Dotombori > Tombori Cruise > Osaka Castle > Shtennoji Temple > Minami (Namba Park) > Back to hotel after dinner to get packing ready for flight home next day.
16/10 – KIX-ICN-LON return
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Feb 16th, 2014, 04:36 PM
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I haven't been to Seoul yet, but I have been to Japan. I wander if you have considered giving yourself a little extra time there? Since you are going all that way, it seems worth thinking about seeing a bit more of Japan's treasures.

Some initial thoughts:
- Re: Nikko. I was glad I spent a night in Nikko. It gave me more time to see the temples and shrines there, and also to see Kegan-no-taki and a bit of Lake Chuzenji.
- re: your first day in Kyoto. I think that plan is overly ambitious, but that depends on which sites you plan on visiting in Higashiyama.
- Re: Nara. I spent 2 full days in Nara, in addition to 4 full days in Kyoto. I did not see everything I would have liked to see in either location.

I trust you are familiar with japan-guide.com?

Hope that helps!
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Feb 16th, 2014, 05:56 PM
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Your itinerary looks doable for a single young traveler.
You may want to hone in on places to eat tand things to do with these sites.
Mapping Kyoto
Tokyo Eye
Check the archives for the full show list
Also don't forget bento.com
You might consider skipping Nikko and doing Kamakura as a day trip,, with a stopover in Yokohama.
We did Nikko overnight and stayed at the Kanaya, a historic hotel with mixed reviews but a short walk to the entrance of Nikko for early morning no crowd experience. Also took a bus up to the Chuzenji lake for some light trekking along wetlands nature trails. Might be too much with your limited time. Golden Gai, Kabukicho is exiting, Odaiba at night pretty but dull? If you can stay up take the Yurikamome line for the scenic route and head back to the center.
Shibuya is active at night.
Have a great time
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