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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

    Discover Japan's dazzling capital - where ancient meets modern

    2 Days

  • Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom japan

    Hakone & Mt. Fuji

    Explore one of the most iconic sights of Japan

    1 Day

  • Kyoto

    Explore historic sights and wander the atmospheric streets of Kyoto

    2 Days

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima

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

    1 Day

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan

    Osaka

    An exciting and bustling city with a wide range of tasty cuisine on offer

    1 Day

  • Gyeongbok Palace Seoul South Korea

    Seoul

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

    3 Days

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

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

Upon arrival at the airport in Tokyo, you will be met by a representative. You will be transferred to your hotel in Tokyo city centre. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

DAY 3 Tokyo Full Day Tour

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Meet with our guide in the reception area. Enjoy the Tokyo Full Day tour. This tour will take you to some must-see spots in Tokyo by public transportation. Visit Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, Shibuya Crossing, and more.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Hakone Full Day Tour

Meet with our guide and enjoy the Hakone tour by train and local transportation using the Hakone Free Pass. Take the limited express train to Hakone Area. Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Ashi and continue to the Owakudani Ropeway and Hakone Ropeway. We go back to Tokyo in the evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 5 Bullet Train to Hiroshima

After breakfast at the hotel, meet our representative in the reception area. We will take the bullet train to Hiroshima, which is 4 hours journey time. We arrive in Hiroshima in the afternoon. Enjoy sightseeing in Hiroshima city. Visit Genbaku – Museum The Atomic Bomb Dome designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and Peace Memorial Park.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Miyajima and Bullet Train to Kyoto

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with our representative in the reception area. Take the ferry to Miyajima Island. Visit Itsukushima shrine and Big Torii Gate. Try some street food in Miyajima, for example oyster croquette etc. Back to Hiroshima and we take the bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Ferry
DAY 7 Kyoto Full Day Tour

Meet the representative at the hotel’s reception and enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto. Take the local train to Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to thousands of torii gates and the Buddhist Sanjusangendo Temple, filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. Enjoy the tea ceremony at Kyoto.

You will visit Kinkakuji, the Golden Temple. The tour ends at Gion area, should you prefer to continue your sightseeing by yourself.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Nara and Osaka Full Day Tour

This morning starts with a walking tour of Nara. We take the train to Nara, the imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century, and visit the Todaiji Temple where an enormous bronze Buddha image is exhibited in the Daibutsuden Hall. We then continue to Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild shika deer roam freely. Visitors can feed with Shika-senbei, a special snack for the deer sold in the park grounds. Travel to Osaka visit Osaka Castle and Back to the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9 Fly to Seoul

You will be transferred to Kansai International Airport for your flight to Seoul. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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

Join the 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. After lunch, visit the traditional Korean village and N Seoul Tower.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11 DMZ Tour

You will start the day with 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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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3★ Hotel Mystays Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima

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4★ Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Ekimae PREMIER, Kyoto

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3.5★ Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda, Osaka

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4★ Lotte City Myeongdong, Seoul

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2024 and 2025
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart02/09/2024 Return13/09/2024 Day12 Depart£4,654 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/10/2024 Return18/10/2024 Day12 Depart£4,754 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/11/2024 Return15/11/2024 Day12 Depart£4,654 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/03/2025 Return14/03/2025 Day12 Depart£4,704 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/04/2025 Return22/04/2025 Day12 Depart£4,904 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/05/2025 Return16/05/2025 Day12 Depart£4,704 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/09/2025 Return12/09/2025 Day12 Depart£4,804 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/10/2025 Return17/10/2025 Day12 Depart£4,904 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/11/2025 Return14/11/2025 Day12 Depart£4,804 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £695
Land only from £3,575

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

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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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