Highlights of Japan and South Korea

Far East Asia, Japan

Overview

Discover the cultural highlights of Japan & South Korea, from modern Tokyo to the ancient temples of Kyoto, on this 18-day tour through the Land of the Rising Sun. See Nikko’s Toshogu Shrine, ride a super-speed bullet train from Mt.Fuji to Kyoto, visit the Hiroshima Peace Park. In this tour you will see the best of Korea’s diverse and rich culture. Discover the Silla Dynasty of Gyeongju, Korea’s ancient capital. you will experience traditional Korean culture.

View larger map


18 DAYS
HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA TOUR
from £4,499pp

Book now

Enquiry now

Pit Stops

  • UK – Tokyo (4N)
  • Kyoto (4N)
  • Hong Kong (4N) – UK

Tour Includes

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • 15 nights in hotel and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 40 meals: 17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Entrance fees, guides and daily tours

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the traditional temples of Asakusa
  • Spend time at giant bronze Buddha at Kamakura
  • Enjoy the Ninja and Samurai performances
  • Experience Bullet train for a high speed adventure
  • Admire wood carvings and ornate structures of Toshogu Shrine at Nikko & See the mystical kegon Waterfall
  • Take aerial tram ride to the top of Mt Komagatak for Panoramic views of Hakone National Park
  • Take a look of Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and remarkable temples
  • Discover Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple and the Heian Shrine & imperial palace
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jongmyo Royal Shrine and Changdeokgung Palace
  • Tour the royal family residence and glimpse the secret gardens of Changdeokgung
  • Discover the major cultural heritage on the Korean Peninsula

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 LONDON – TOKYO

Fly to Tokyo

DAY 2 TOKYO

On arrival Tokyo you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel New Otani.

DAY 3 TOKYO (B/L/D)

Full day tour of Tokyo.You will first visit the Tokyo Tower, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo from the observation platform. Next is the Meiji Shrine, the finest example of Japanese shrine architecture. Then driving through the Akasaka Guest House. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the garden as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. We drive through the shopping district of Ginza. We continue to Hamarikyu garden which is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Next enjoy a 30 minutes boat ride on the Sumida River. After the cruise, you have a chance to see Ninja and Samurai performances at the pier. At the end of tour, visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple and walking down the brightly lit Nakamise shopping street, then we drive through Kappabashi area where restaurant supplies and wax food samples are sold, and Ueno and Akihabara.

DAY 4 TOKYO – NIKKO – TOKYO (B/L/D)

Highlights of Nikko, including World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the beautiful Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy experiencing the nature and long history of Nikko.
Enjoy a visit to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a registered World Heritage Site.
Visit Kegon Falls, counted among the greatest waterfalls in Japan

DAY 5 TOKYO – KAMAKURA – TOKYO (B/L/D)

You begin your full–day walking tour. You head towards Kamakura and Hase, a suburb within Kamakura. You visit the statue of the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple. The second largest Buddha statue in Japan made in bronze and measures 37 feet dated back to 1252. You’ll then visit the attractive Hase Kannon Temple, with its gilt statue of Kannon. Features of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine include a series of red Torii gates, an arched bridge, ponds, a huge gingko tree and the colourful Main Hall standing at the top of 62 stone steps. Later return back to Tokyo.

DAY 6 TOKYO – MT.FUJI – KYOTO (B/L/D)

Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji of Japan’s highest mountain. Browse informational displays about the revered mountain and get amazing views from the second floor observation deck.Then continue halfway up the mountain to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station at 7,545 feet (2,300m). Continue to nearby Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park for a boat cruise on a pirate ship! Relax as you glide across the water, taking in views of Mt Fuji, Mt Komagatake and other mountains that surround the lake. Then, take the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial tram with amazing vistas over sparkling Lake Ashi, the Izu islands and majestic Mount Fuji. After visiting Hakone, your guide transfers you to a Shinkansen train (bullet train) bound for Kyoto.On arrival Kyoto you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Kyoto century

DAY 7 KYOTO (B/L/D)

Full day tour of Kyoto.This tour starts with a visit to Nijo Castle, once used as the Tokugawa Shogun’s family palace. Then you will visit Kinkakuji Temple, one of the sacred sites of Japan. Afterwards, it’s on to Kyoto Imperial Palace, former residence of the Imperial Family. you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine, a magnificent structure strongly influenced by Chinese architecture. Then on to the Sanjusangendo Temple with its 1,001 impressive images of Buddha. The tour ends with a visit to the Kiyomizu Temple, famous for its wooden veranda.

DAY 8 KYOTO (B/D)

Free for Leisure . Then in the afternoon we head to the outskirts of the city to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain. Walk through the snaking corridors, made famous in the film “Memoirs of Geisha”. Next head to another of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen style garden, this is a great place to soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the Monks who continue to live and study here. Continue to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. This area comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theatres and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter.

DAY 9 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA – KYOTO (B/D)

The tour will take you to Hiroshima by the fastest transfer Shinkansen bullet train. The first visit is Itsukushima shrine in the sacred Miyajima island, which is registered as world heritage site and also known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscapes for its breathtaking beauty and quiet atmosphere. The tour will take you to the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum in the Peace Memorial Park central Hiroshima. These world heritage sites are preserved as a reminder of the tragic damage caused by the atomic bomb in the second world war.

DAY 10 KYOTO – NARA – KYOTO (B/D)

After breakfast we leave for Nara tour .This tour takes us to visit Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building, which houses a colossal image of Buddha. Next we visit the Peaceful Deer Park, where many tame deer roam the grounds. Then tour will proceed to the vermillion-hued Kasuga Shrine with its thousands of lanterns.

DAY 11 KYOTO – OSAKA – SEOUL (B)

After breakfast transfer to Osaka International airport to board your flight to Seoul . On arrival check in at hotel PJ.

DAY 12 SEOUL (B/L)

Full day city tour of Seoul .you will firstly visit Jogyesa temple and it will show you the essence of Korean Buddhism. Then, you will visit Cheongwadae sarangchae which is a history center of Korea presidents newly opened to the public and will have photo stop at Blue house. You will see ‘Changing of the Royal Guards’ before visiting the main palace of Joseon Dynasty – Gyeongbokgung Palace. This Royal residence of Gyeongbokgung Palace is favorite attraction for tourists with its charming array of ponds and pavilion. After Lunch, You will also visit to Changdeok Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can see Korean traditional art and culture in Insadong.

DAY 13 SEOUL (B/L)

After breakfast we leave for Suwon Hwaseong heritage tour .This tour will take you to the main tourist attractions in the Suwon area. You will firstly visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Changryongmun, Hawseomun, Paldalmun and Janganmun are its four gates. In the center Jogyesa-Temple-in-Seoul.pngof Hwaseong Fortress is the Hwaseong Temporary Palace, where the king sought refuge during times of war and relaxed in times of peace. Take a ride on the Hwaseong Train, a tourist train that travels between Mt. Paldalsan and Yeonmudae. After lunch, we continue to visit the Korean Folk Village, a living museum of the customs and culture of the 19th century Joseon Dynasty.

DAY 14 SEOUL – GYEONGJU (B/D)

After breakfast we take South Korean bullet train to Gyeongju . On arrival Gyeongju Firstly visit Seokguram Grotto, a hermitage overlooking the East Sea. It has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Bulguksa Temple, holding some of best Buddhist sculptures in the world. Whilst exploring Bulguksa Temple you can find two grand stone pagodas, Dabotap and Seokgatap. After dinner, you will visit Anapji which is a picturesque pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure time. Overnight stay at hotel Hilton Gyeongju.

DAY 15 GYEONGJU – BUSAN (B/L)

After breakfast, visit Cheonmachong, which means ‘Heavenly Horse Tomb’. The name originally comes from a painting of a heavenly horse found during the tomb’s excavation in 1973. This tomb was for an unknown king of the Shilla Kingdom. On the way to the National Museum visit Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia, and one of the oldest scientific installations in the world, constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok. After lunch, you will be transferred to Busan and check in at hotel Haeundae The Mark

DAY 16 BUSAN (B/L)

We first visit APEC Nurimaru located in Dongbaekseom Island, built for the 13th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November 2005 in traditional Korean architectural style. Continue to Dalmaji Hill, located at the southeast of Haeundae Beach and famous for watching the moon rising. There are many cafes and galleries along this road. Next stop is Yonggungsa Temple, built in 1376 during Goryeo Dynasty by the Buddhist priest Naong , the mentor of King Gongmin. After lunch visit Gwangan Bridge, second longest bridge over the ocean in Korea after the Incheon Bridge. Take a look round Busan Museum’s 1,500 historical collections illustrating Busan’s history, culture and folk customs.

DAY 17 BUSAN – SEOUL – UK (B)

YeonseokAfter breakfast the morning is free for your own leisure and other activities .Then in afternoon take South Korean Bullet train to Seoul airport to board your flight to UK

DAY 18 UK

Arrive home today

Group Departure Dates & Prices

Dep. Date Price
25 Oct 2017 from £4,899pp Book now
08 Nov 2017 from £4,699pp Book now
11 Mar 2018 from £4,499pp Book now
31 Mar 2018 from £4,499pp Book now
15 Apr 2018 from £4,599pp Book now
13 May 2018 from £4,699pp Book now
31 May 2018 from £4,799pp Book now
20 Jun 2018 from £4,899pp Book now
31 Jul 2018 from £5,299pp Book now
08 Sep 2018 from £4,999pp Book now
04 Oct 2018 from £4,999pp Book now
02 Nov 2018 from £4,899pp Book now

View More

CAN’T FIND IT?
Just because it’s not in the website doesn’t mean we don’t do it, please contact us to let us know what you are looking for, we will make your dream holiday come true.

All our holiday packages are flight inclusive tours, we also do ground only tours should you wish to arrange your own air tickets, perhaps you might want to redeem your favourite airline loyalty points. Or you might want only a few elements of the tour, talk to us we will guide you the best, trust us we are experts in what we do. We tailor make holidays to what you want and not what we have, so you sit back and relax, we’ll take care of all your holiday arrangements.

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

  • First-hand knowledge, friendly regional experts
  • Start to finish, handled by our specialists who's been there
  • Our specialists help you get the best value for your money and time
  • We really do know the world, we love what we do
  • We know all about hospitality
  • Award winning service
  • Handpicked hotels and best English speaking tour guides

PEACE OF MIND

  • From the moment you speak to one of our specialists, until after you have returned home, we will take care of you every step of the way
  • We care about the environment, communities you visit, we help preserve our eco-system
  • Dedicated 24/7 emergency UK and destination contact number whilst you are on holiday
  • Fully ABTA and ATOL protected

TAILOR MADE

  • We listen to your requirements, we are creative and tailor-made
  • We build your holiday around what you want
  • Choose your preferred cuisine, choice of accomodation and comfortable pace
  • We go the extra mile
error: Content is protected !!