Wonders of Japan & Korea

Description
There’s not much that can prepare you for Japan. Yes, it’s Asian but it’s not like any other Asian country you may have visited before. On this island country, ancient civilisation lives alongside modernity in perfect harmony. And it’s this blend of tradition and futurism that makes Japan so unique. Get lost in a maze of skyscrapers, speed by in bullet trains and be dazzled by the streets of neon. All this while taking in the freshest sushi and sashimi you’ve ever tasted and trying kimono for a photo opportunity. Visiting South Korea offers visitors more than a rich history and vibrant culture, more than fascinating cities and colourful traditions. Discover why the country is referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm” and embrace the ambience of breathtaking temples, a coastline designed to impress and bridges, beaches and so much more to enjoy. Delight in street cuisine, walk floral pathways and mingle with locals as you make your way through a country teeming with experiences waiting to be discovered.
From$5,970
Starts in Tokyo
Ends in Seoul
Duration (days) 15
Group size 16
Wonders of Japan & Korea

Overview

A comprehensive overview of the history, culture, and natural beauty of the beautiful Japan and South Korea. It includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, traditional villages, spiritual shrines and temples, bustling cities, and stunning natural landscapes. While maintaining a structure of the tour itinerary in some areas, you are free to explore places at your own pace. There are so many similarities and differences in Japan and South Korea, and now leave it to you to explore!
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Basic Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo, Japan ! Upon arrival, your driver meets you and transfers to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 2Tokyo
Enjoy your free time to explore this vibrant city. OR join one of the popular Tokyo city tours at your own expense. In Tokyo, the possibilities are endless when it comes to enjoying your free time. Immerse yourself in the city's vibrant culture, rich history, and endless entertainment options. Whether you prefer to explore at your own pace or join a guided tour, you're sure to create unforgettable memories. Alternatively, if you prefer a more structured experience, consider joining one of the many popular Tokyo city tours. These tours offer a convenient and informative way to explore the city's highlights, with knowledgeable guides sharing insights and stories.One of the most popular tours is the Tokyo Highlights Tour. No matter how you choose to spend your free time in Tokyo, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience. The city offers something for everyone, from the history buff to the modern architecture enthusiast, from the foodie to the shopaholic. So, embrace the vibrant energy of Tokyo and make the most of your time in this amazing city. Extension in Tokyo is available upon request. Please contact us for more details.
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Day 3Takayama
Today marks a bittersweet farewell to the bustling city of Tokyo as you embark on the next chapter of your exciting journey. Gather at the designated meeting point, where a comfortable bus awaits to transport you to the enchanting town of Kawaguchiko. As the bus winds its way through the picturesque countryside, soak in the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, a symbol of Japan's natural beauty. Prepare your cameras as the bus makes a stop at the iconic Mount Fuji 5th Station, offering you the closest vantage point to capture postcard-perfect shots of this majestic volcano. Next, make a lunch stop at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa next to the Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park before continuing the journey. After that, set off for the charming town of Takayama. As the bus traverses the scenic mountain roads, marvel at the lush forests and traditional Japanese villages that dot the landscape. Upon arrival in Takayama, check into your comfortable accommodation and prepare for an evening of exploration at your own pace. Stroll through the preserved streets of Takayama's Old Town, where time seems to stand still. Admire the well-preserved houses, traditional shops, and sake breweries that line the narrow lanes. As the sun sets, you may head to one of the local restaurants to savor the flavors of Takayama's renowned Hida beef, known for its exceptional quality and rich taste.
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Day 4Kanazawa
Depart from Takayama and your bus will bring you to Shirakawago, a picturesque village known for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Upon arrival in Shirakawago, embark on a self-guided tour of the village. Visit the Wada House, a well-preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouse that offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the villagers. Explore the village's narrow streets and admire the beautiful scenery. Then, head to Kanazawa and visit Kenrokuen, one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens, characterized by its harmonious blend of nature and artistry. Join a free tour provided by locals and learn about the history and design of the garden. Stroll through the garden and admire the beautiful scenery, including the iconic Kotojitoro lantern and the Kasumiga Pond. Admire the picturesque vistas of the garden, including its iconic stone lanterns and elegant tea houses.
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Day 5Kyoto
Explore Kanazawa on your own until today’s bus departure time. For a glimpse into traditional Japanese craftsmanship, visit the Nagamachi Samurai District, where well-preserved samurai houses and ateliers line the streets. Explore the district's galleries and boutiques to discover exquisite handmade products and learn about the region's artisan traditions. Satisfy your taste buds with a visit to the Omicho Market, a vibrant and bustling market where you can find fresh seafood, local produce, and a variety of regional delicacies. Indulge in the flavors of Kanazawa's culinary delights, such as the famed Kaga-style sushi and the sweet treats of the Higashi Chaya District, all according to your own budget. After a fascinating time exploring the preserved history and charm of Kanazawa, it's time to continue your journey to Kyoto. Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of history, tradition, and natural beauty as you embark on your next chapter in Japan.
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Day 6Kyoto
Explore the historical and cultural gems of Kyoto at your own pace with a self-guided tour OR join one of our Kyoto tours at your own expense. Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and modern marvels of this captivating city. A list of must see attractions should be on your bucket list such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nishiki Market, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Kyoto Imperial Palace. You may customise this itinerary to suit your interests and time constraints, and remember to respect the cultural significance of the sites you visit. Embrace the opportunity to discover Kyoto's rich heritage and create lasting memories.
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Day 7At Sea
Today, embark on a captivating journey as you make your own way to Osaka by train. Detailed instructions will be provided to ensure a smooth and seamless travel experience. Once you arrive in Osaka, board the overnight ferry that will transport you across the sea to Busan, South Korea. Immerse yourself in the luxurious comfort of our spacious and well-equipped cabins, designed to offer a truly relaxing and enjoyable voyage. Your overnight ferry will cruise through the picturesque Setonaikai, Japan’s marine national park, Seto Bridge, and Akashi Strait Bridge, the Longest suspension bridge in the world. The ferry offers comfortable cabins, and provides various performance shows and events in the evening.
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Day 8Busan
As the ferry approaches Busan, prepare to be captivated by the vibrant coastal city's stunning skyline. Disembark refreshed and ready to embark on the next chapter of your adventure in South Korea. Arrive at Busan in the morning. Make your own transfer to the hotel in Busan.
Day 9Gyeongju
In Busan, your guided tour includes visits to Haeundae Beach, a renowned stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters, and Dongbaek Park, a picturesque park with stunning views of the beach and the sea. Yonggungsa Temple, a Buddhist temple perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, offers a glimpse into the spiritual heritage of Korea. Gamcheon Culture Village, with its colorful houses and narrow alleys, is a vibrant and charming neighborhood that provides a unique insight into Korean culture. Jagalchi Market, one of the largest fish markets in Korea, is a bustling hub of activity where visitors can witness the daily catch being brought in and purchase fresh seafood. BIFF Square, named after the Busan International Film Festival, is a lively area with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as a large outdoor screen that showcases films and events. A highlight of the day is the opportunity to experience making traditional rice cake with a master rice cake maker. Learn the techniques and ingredients used in making this beloved Korean delicacy and will have the chance to taste your own creations. After the tour, move on to Gyeongju, and continue the tour by visiting Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Donggung Palace, a former royal palace, is known for its elegant architecture and beautiful gardens, while Wolji Pond, an artificial lake, offers stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere.
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Day 10Daegu
Your historical pilgrimage through Gyeongju begins at the Gyeongju National Museum, where you'll delve into the rich history and culture of the ancient Silla Kingdom. Admire artifacts such as gold crowns, intricate pottery, and ancient weapons, gaining a deeper understanding of Silla's legacy. Next, ascend to the Cheomseongdae Observatory, a celestial marvel built in the 7th century. Climb the stone steps and marvel at the ingenuity of ancient astronomers, marveling at the stargazing platform that once housed complex astronomical instruments. Descend into the mystical Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carved into a granite cliff, this serene temple is a testament to the Silla Kingdom's devotion to Buddhism. Gaze upon the magnificent statue of Buddha, flanked by intricate carvings depicting the heavenly realm. Conclude your journey at the awe-inspiring Bulguksa Buddhist Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of the temple's pagodas, stupas, and serene courtyards. Admire the intricate roof carvings, each telling a story of Buddhist lore. As you depart Gyeongju, carry with you the echoes of ancient civilizations, the wisdom of the past, and the enduring spirit of the Silla Kingdom.
Breakfast
Day 11Pyeongchang
Embark on a journey to Haeinsa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its architectural beauty and cultural significance. This temple houses the "Tripitaka Koreana," a collection of 81,340 wooden printing blocks that contain the Buddhist scriptures. Marvel at the intricate carvings and the meticulous preservation of this national treasure. Afterwards, delve into the living history of Andong Hahoe Village, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through the well-preserved traditional houses, known as "hanok," and admire the harmonious blend of nature and architecture. Learn about the customs, traditions, and lifestyle of the Joseon Dynasty through cultural performances and exhibitions. Continue your exploration by moving to Pyeongchang, a city known for hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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Day 12Seoul
Today, start your guided tour by visiting the Seoraksan National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the most popular national parks in South Korea. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal life, including over 1,000 species of plants and 300 species of animals. Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and bird watching. Take the Optional Seorak Cable Car (Additional Charges Apply) to the top of Ulsanbawi Rock, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the park. The cable car ride offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Drive to Seoul. Upon arrival at the bus stop, make your own way to the hotel and check in at the hotel.
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Day 13Seoul
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and history of Seoul with our exciting half-day city tour! Our journey begins with a quick drive-by of the iconic Blue House, the official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea. Next, we'll head to Gyeongbok Palace, the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty and a UNESCO World Heritage site. On Tuesdays, we'll visit Deoksu Palace instead. Our exploration continues at the National Folk Museum, where you'll be transported to the past through immersive exhibits showcasing traditional Korean lifestyles, customs, and artifacts. No trip to Seoul would be complete without a visit to Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, the headquarters of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this sacred space, admire the beautiful temple architecture, and learn about the teachings of Buddhism. Then, come to learn about Korea's most important healthy superfood, the Ginseng at the Ginseng Center, you will have some opportunity to see a wide variety of high-quality ginseng products known for their health benefits. Finally, our tour concludes at City Hall, where you can take advantage of the convenient location to visit nearby attractions like Myeongdong, a bustling shopping district, or Namsan Tower, which offers panoramic views of Seoul.
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Day 14Seoul
Your day is free to explore Seoul city at your leisure OR join DMZ tour at extra cost. You can choose to wander through the bustling streets of Myeongdong or take a leisurely stroll along the Han River. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take a day trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at an additional cost. The DMZ is a 4-kilometer wide strip of land that separates North and South Korea. It's a fascinating place to visit and learn about the history of the Korean conflict.
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Day 15Depart Seoul
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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Dates & Prices

04 Jul 2024 - 18 Jul 2024
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11 Jul 2024 - 25 Jul 2024
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25 Jul 2024 - 08 Aug 2024
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03 Oct 2024 - 17 Oct 2024
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10 Oct 2024 - 24 Oct 2024
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17 Oct 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
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Accommodation

Day
Where
Accommodation
1 - 3
Tokyo
Hotel Monterey Ginza or similar
3 - 4
Takayama
Hida Hotel Plaza or similar
4 - 5
Kanazawa
Daiwa Roynet Kanazawa Eki Nishiguchi Nishiguchi or similar
5 - 7
Kyoto
Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar
7 - 8
Ferry Boat
Pan Star Ferry
8 - 9
Busan
Grand Josun Busan Hotel or similar
9 - 10
Gyeongju
Lahan Select Gyeongju or similar
10 - 11
Daegu
Daegu Interbulgo Hotel or similar
11 - 12
Pyeongchang
Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang or similar
12 - 15
Seoul
Ibis styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong or similar

Other information

Based on Minimum 2 passengers travelling together. Prices include: Private airport transfers (local driver only), ferry ticket from Osaka to Busan, Hotel accommodations, self-guided tour in Japan and English-speaking guided tours in Korea, breakfasts as mentioned. Prices exclude: Transportation to Tokyo and out of Seoul, entry visa fee, taxes & fuel surcharges, special event season and weekend surcharges, gratuities, meals not mentioned, admissions in Japan, personal expenditures, baggage handling and shipping, optional tours and drinks.