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Essential Japan and South Korea

Essential Japan and South Korea

Group Tour

Essential Japan and South Korea

Essential Japan and South Korea

Perfect for first time visitor to Japan and Korea!

Enjoy spending time in the vibrant capital of Japan, Tokyo. Take a journey to the 5th station on Mt. Fuji, and marvel at Japan’s highest mountain with its single, volcanic snowy peak. The cultural city of Kyoto is where you will discover beautiful gardens, ancient temples and traditional townhouses. Learn about Hiroshima, its past and present, and visit the Itsukushima Shrine, said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan. Explore delicious Japanese cuisine in Osaka, before flying to Seoul, the fascinating capital of South Korea, an intriguing combination of ancient and modern.

Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Tokyo with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom japan

    Mt. Fuji, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Mt. Fuji with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan

    Kyoto, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Kyoto with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima, Japan

    Hiroshima, rebuilt after World War II, and stunning Miyajima island, are among the most visited spot...

    1 Day

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan

    Osaka, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Osaka with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Gyeongbok Palace Seoul South Korea


    Discover the sights and traditions for Seoul with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days


Essential Japan and South Korea

12 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Tokyo

Take your scheduled flight from the regional UK airport to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita or Haneda International Airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of day is at leisure to relax or explore the local area.

DAY 3 Tokyo City Tour

Start the day with a visit to Hamarikyu Garden,  a beautifully landscaped public park, a tranquil oasis filled with cherry blossom in spring. Enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River, for an alternative view of the city from the water, followed by a traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience. Admire the Sensoji Temple and stroll along the popular Nakamise Street, said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in the country. Then explore Shinjuku, a lively shopping and entertainment area. End the day with a visit to the observation deck at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, for a stunning cityscape.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto, so pack a small bag for tonight. Admire the rural scenes as you drive towards Hakone, and relax on a pleasure boat cruise on tranquil Lake Ashi, marvelling at the serene beauty of this natural lake. Ride on the thrilling Owakudani Ropeway, an aerial lift with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Ashinoko Lake. Savour lunch at a local restaurant before ascending to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, about 2,300 metres above sea level, for yet more picturesque vistas. Transfer to this evening’s accommodation, where dinner will be served.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Mt. Fuji to Kyoto and Nara

After breakfast, your transfer will take you to the station for your bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, our guide will meet and take you to Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple, a historically significant temple housing Japan’s largest bronze Buddha statue. Nara is home to hundreds of sacred sika deer, who are free to roam the area and are one of the more unique tourist attractions you are likely to see. Your final stop is Kasuga Taisha a Shinto shrine at the edge of the ancient Kasugayama Forest.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Kyoto City Tour

Places of interest on today’s city tour include Nijo Castle which was built in 1603 and the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top floors are covered in gold leaf. Admire the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, home to thousands of torii gates, and the Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. Finally, marvel at the panoramic views from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your tour ends in the atmospheric Gion district, where you can explore and may perhaps glimpse a Geisha on her way to her evening appointments.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Kyoto to Hiroshima

Once again, your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka for you, and you need to pack a small bag for tonight’s stay in Hiroshima. After breakfast, take the bullet train to Hiroshima, where you will be met and taken to Miyajima, home of the Itsukushima Shrine. The glorious vista created by the mountains, sea and shrine blending in harmony, makes this one of the most beautiful in the country.Upon return to Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome), designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Then check-in at your hotel for the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Hiroshima to Osaka

Check-out of your hotel after breakfast, and walk to the station to catch your bullet train to Osaka. On arrival, our guide will meet you and take you to the five-storey Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks, and on to the Dotonbori District, known for its neon lights, restaurants and tasty street food.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 9 Fly to Seoul

Transfer to Kansai International Airport, after breakfast, for your flight to Seoul. Our representative will meet you on arrival in Korea, and show you to the shared transfer to your hotel, to check-in for a 3 night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to get to know your surroundings and relax after your flight.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 10 Seoul City Tour

Breakfast is followed by a morning tour of this bustling city. Pass by the Blue House, home to the president of South Korea, and explore the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, which dates back to 1395. Here you should also see the changing of the Royal Guard, an elaborate and memorable ceremony and visit the National Folk Museum, which charts the history of the Korean people from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty. Finally, Insadong, a vibrant neighbourhood and one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul, filled with traditional tea houses, tempting restaurants, tasty street food stalls, galleries and many shopping opportunities. The afternoon is at your leisure, to explore Seoul further, at your own pace.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11 DMZ Tour

Take a fascinating morning tour to the DMZ, one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. This visit is a real eye-opening experience and will leave you with a dramatic sense of the tremendous tragedy of separated families, the division of the peninsula and the hopes for reunification. The rest of the day is at leisure, for last-minute sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 12 Fly to UK

Take a shared transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane

Please Note: The tours in Seoul are based on seat in coach tours, joining with travellers from other companies.

Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    Japan: Traditional Crafts

    Join a workshop to make different Japanese traditional crafts, e.g. Ikebana flower arranging, Origami, Calligraphy, Japanese sweet making and Japanese pottery.

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    Japan: Dinner with Maiko, Kyoto

    Enjoy a traditional dinner with a Maiko, or apprentice Geisha and enjoy two traditional dance performances. Opportunity to ask questions and take photos with Maiko.

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  • Samurai Experience Osaka Japan

    Japan: Samurai Experience, Osaka

    Be a Samurai for a day! Learn about the Samurai (old Japanese soldier) in Kimono or Ninja costume!

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  • Calligraphy Japan

    Japan: Calligraphy and Meditation

    Relax your mind and soul at a Buddhist temple overnight. Try ancient writing technique of Calligraphy join the monks for meditation in the morning.

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Sample Accommodation

3★ Sunshine City Prince Hotel, Tokyo

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4★ Resorpia Atami, Mount Fuji

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3★ Karasuma Hotel, Kyoto

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3★ The Royal Park Hotel Hiroshima Riverside, Hiroshima

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4★ T Mark Grand Hotel, Seoul

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2020 / 21
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart05/04/2020 Return16/04/2020 Day12 Depart£4,599 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart19/04/2020 Return30/04/2020 Day12 Depart£4,499 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart10/05/2020 Return21/05/2020 Day12 Depart£4,399 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart11/10/2020 Return22/10/2020 Day12 Depart£4,599 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/11/2020 Return19/11/2020 Day12 Depart£4,599 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart11/04/2021 Return22/04/2021 Day12 Depart£4,599 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/05/2021 Return20/05/2021 Day12 Depart£4,599 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £845
Land only from £3,449
(without international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet train
  • Baggage transfers for one piece
  • Meals as specified
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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