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Essential Japan and South Korea

Essential Japan and South Korea

Group tour

Essential Japan and South Korea

Group tour

Essential Japan and South Korea

Perfect for first time visitor to Japan and Korea!

The Essential Japan and South Korea tour is perfect for the first time traveller to these two intriguing countries. Enjoy spending time in the vibrant capital of Japan, Tokyo. Take a journey to the 5th station on Mt. Fuji, 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.

night Sensoji Temple tokyo japan
Mount Fuji Lake Motosu Five Lakes Japan
Gyeongbok Palace Seoul South Korea
women traditional dress dancing South korea

Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional

  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan

    Kyoto, Japan

    Kyoto, Japan's former capital, is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan

    Osaka, Japan

    Osaka is a large port city known for its modern architecture, boisterous nightlife and hearty street...

  • Gyeongbok Palace Seoul South Korea


    Established by the founder of Joseon Dynasty in 1392, Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea ha...


Essential Japan and South Korea

13 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Tokyo

Take your scheduled flight from the UK to Tokyo.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by shuttle bus to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 3 Tokyo Tour

Start the day with a visit to the Miraikan, a Museum of Science and Technology, with exhibits on technology, robots and much more. Enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River to enjoy a unique view of the city from the water. Enjoy lunch in Asakusa then visit the Sensoji Temple and the popular Nakamise shopping Street, said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony for a real taste of Japanese culture. Take a walk in the lively Shinjuku area, Tokyo’s dining and entertainment district, then end the day with a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and enjoy views over the city from the observation deck.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto. Pack a small bag for your stay at Mount Fuji. Admire the rural scenes as you drive towards Mt. Fuji and Hakone, and and relax on a pleasure boat cruise across tranquil Lake Ashi, marvelling at the picturesque and serene beauty of this natural lake. Take the Owakudani Ropeway, an aerial lift with offering spectacular views of Mount 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. (Subject to weather conditions). Transfer to your accommodation where tonight’s dinner will be served.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Mount Fuji to Nagoya and Kyoto

After breakfast travel by coach towards Kyoto, pausing in Nagoya to visit the striking Tokugawa Japanese Garden, a lake, fabulous rock formations and waterfalls. Continue to the fascinating Toyota Museum which charts the history of the automobile, and onwards to your accommodation in the cultural city of Kyoto.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 6 Kyoto

Today you will have a day tour of Kyoto. Places of interest that you will visit include Nijo Castle which was built in 1603, and the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. In the afternoon enjoy time at the Heian Jingu Shrine, home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden. See the Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple filled with 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy, before a visit to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, for a panoramic view of Kyoto from the Main Hall.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Kyoto to Hiroshima

Once again, your main luggage will be transferred for you, and you need to pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima. After breakfast, travel by bullet train to Hiroshima (about 2 hours). On arrival visit the Peace Memorial Park, home to the Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) a symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates peace in the world. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. While all buildings were decimated in the atomic bomb explosion, only this one miraculously, remained standing.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Hiroshima and Miyajima to Osaka

Today starts with a ferry ride and sightseeing tour of Miyajima, to visit the Itsukushima Shrine. A spellbinding vision is created as the mountains, sea and brilliant red shrine blend in harmony, with the entire island designated as a historic site. It is one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. After lunch, transfer to Osaka by bullet train, and check in at your accommodation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Ferry, Bullet Train
DAY 9 Osaka and Nara

Your morning tour of Osaka includes a visit to the impressive Osaka Castle, built in the 16th century and one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, followed by a river cruise on the Aqua Liner to see the city from the water. In the afternoon travel to Nara and visit Todaji Temple (Great Buddha), the picturesque Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, before returning to Osaka.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: River Cruise
DAY 10 Fly to Seoul

Check in at Kansai International Airport for your flight to Seoul. Upon arrival you will be met and take a shared transfer to your accommodation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 11 Seoul City Tour

Join a morning city tour of this bustling city. Pass by the Blue House, explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and see the changing of the Royal Guard ceremony. Visit the National Folk Museum and the Insadong shopping district. Afternoon is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 12 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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 13 Fly to UK

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

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Please Note: The tours in Seoul are based on seat in coach tours, joining with passengers 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: Gion Kimono Tour, Kyoto

    Walk around Gion like a real Japanese in Kimono!

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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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  • geisha performing music japan

    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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Sample Accommodation

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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Motosu View Hotel Mount Fuji

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El Inn Kyoto

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Oriental Hotel Hiroshima

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Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI

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T Mark Grand Hotel, Seoul

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Sunshine City Prince Hotel Tokyo

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Hotel Mystays Fuji

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Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo

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Sunroute Hiroshima Hotel

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Osaka Dai-Ichi Hotel

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2019/20
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart04/11/2019 Return16/11/2019 Day13 Depart£4,599 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart05/04/2020 Return16/04/2020 Day12 Depart£4,599 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart19/04/2020 Return30/04/2020 Day12 Depart£4,499 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/05/2020 Return21/05/2020 Day12 Depart£4,399 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

PLEASE NOTE: 2020 Departures are 12 days in duration with only one night in Osaka (instead of two). Please ask for full revised itinerary details.

Single supplement from £845

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

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Flight from Osaka to Seoul
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet train
  • Baggage transfers fro 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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