24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

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24 days in Kingston, Japan & North Korea Itinerary

Start: Kingston, Jamaica
1
Kingston, Jamaica
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  23 h 30 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  12 h 45 min
5
Kaesong, North Korea
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
6
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Hyangsan, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Kingston, Jamaica

5
nights
Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston ©
The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
Explore hidden gems such as Devon House and Coyaba River Garden and Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trench Town Culture Yard and Bob Marley Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kingston: Reach Falls (in Port Antonio), Ocho Rios (Blue Hole, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, &more) and Firewater Mineral Healing Spring (in St. Ann's Bay). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on nature at Columbus Park, examine the collection at Peter Tosh Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Morgans Creek Ltd.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kingston online trip maker.

If you are flying in from Jamaica, the closest major aiports are Norman Manley International Airport and Sangster International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Kingston are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kingston

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Ocho Rios, Columbus Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, Long Bay (Northeast), Firewater Mineral Healing Spring
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Devon House ©
Devon House
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Hase-dera Temple and Odaiba. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine (in Fujiyoshida), Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, shop like a local with Ginza, make a trip to Takeshita Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kingston to Tokyo takes 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Oharai-machi are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Ise (Okageza & Sarutahiko Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore and learn at Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Kaesong.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido, Tomo no Ura
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

1
day
Kaesong, North Korea

Kaesong ©
Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Kaesong Namdaemun, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Kongmin, and then get engrossed in the history at Koryo Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kaesong sightseeing planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Kaesong. In August, daily temperatures in Kaesong can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums
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Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin
Koryo Museum ©
Koryo Museum
Kaesong Namdaemun ©
Kaesong Namdaemun

1
night
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
On the 19th (Wed), make a trip to Mansudae Grand Monument, don't miss a visit to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, contemplate the long history of Tanjun Mausoleum, browse the different shops at Korean Department Store in Pyongyang, then don't miss a visit to Kim Il-sung Square, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tower of the Juche Idea.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pyongyang trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kaesong to Pyongyang takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Hyangsan.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites Shopping
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Korean Department Store in Pyongyang ©
Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea
Geumsusan Memorial Palace ©
Geumsusan Memorial Palace

2
nights
Hyangsan, North Korea

Hyangsan ©
A mountainous county, Hyangsan has long been a popular tourist destination with North Koreans, and the refurbishment of its striking, pyramid-shaped hotel in 2010 also gave a boost to international tourism.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohyonsa Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Myohyang, and then examine the collection at International Friendship Exhibition.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyangsan road trip planning website.

Getting from Pyongyang to Hyangsan by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hyangsan

Parks Nature Museums
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Mount Myohyang ©
Mount Myohyang
International Friendship Exhibition ©
Pohyonsa Temple ©
Pohyonsa Temple

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