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22 Day Inspiring Japan & South Korea

22 Day Inspiring Japan & South Korea

This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Pace
Lively Pace

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader or local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
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✓ Limited Time Offer - Add return international airfares from only $1099
✓ Incredible sightseeing, including breathtaking Mount Fuji, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and beautiful temples, shrines and castles like UNESCO World Heritage Sites Golden Pavilion, Himeji Castle and Seokguram Grotto
✓ 21 nights in quality 3 and 4-star hotels throughout Japan and South Korea
✓ Escorted by professional English-speaking tour guides
Airport transfers included on the last day of your tour
✓ Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
✓ Private coach transportation throughout Japan and South Korea
✓ Experience the Japanese bullet train from Himeji to Osaka
✓ Boat tickets from Matsuyama to Beppu and Hiroshima to Miyajima Island return
✓ International flight from Tokyo to Seoul
✓ 7-day cooling off period

 

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel Hankyu Respire Osaka or Similar

Welcome to Japan!

Your journey through this magical land of contrasts begins in Osaka, a vibrant city renowned for its food culture. Known as tenka no daidokoro (the nation’s kitchen), it’s a dream for foodies. Try some of its famed street food like takoyaki (octopus and pickled ginger in batter), kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetable skewers) or Osaka-style okonomiyaki (a delicious savoury pancake).

With friendly locals, it’s the perfect welcome to this lovely country.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Arrival & check-in: 
There are many convenient ways to travel from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to central Osaka. The train has multiple options ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour and fares starting from JPY 320. There is also the Kansai Airport Limosine Bus, fares starting at JPY 1800. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Kansai International Airport (KIX) which costs approximately JPY 23000 per taxi for the 50km ride.

If arriving at Osaka International Airport (ITM), the public transport option to central Osaka is by subway and train fares starting at JPY 240. The Osaka Airport Limousine bus starts at JPY 640 and takes approximately 30 minutes. A regular private taxi is approximately JPY 5000 and takes 25 minutes to downtown Osaka, depending on traffic. 

Travellers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to check-in time (3pm), you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are generally no scheduled activities for today.

Hotel
Hotel Wing International Kyoto or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

There will be a welcome meeting at the hotel this morning to discuss some tour logistics and to give you a chance to meet your fellow travellers.

We’ll tour central Osaka today, starting with a tour of the extensive grounds of Osaka Castle, an important historic monument of feudal Japan. It was built in the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan’s most famous warlords. At the time of completion it was the largest castle in the country. Please note, entry to the Castle keep is not included but you will have time if you would like to enter.

We’ll go to the Namba area and see Shinsaibashi, a shopping district with everything from fast fashion to luxury brands. The flashy district of Dōtonbori is a hive of activity; a shopping, food and entertainment hotspot. You’ll find a host of gastronomic delights here, from Michelin-starred establishments to exciting street food – no surprise given the city’s strong food heritage. With its colourful neon lights and signs, it’s home to one of Osaka’s most photographed icons, the neon Glico running man sign. Dōtonbori Street runs parallel to the eponymous canal and is a great place to pick up souvenirs.

We’ll head for magical Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari Shine on arrival. This important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto was dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake, by the Hata clan in the eighth century. A magical path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates winds its way through the hills behind the shrine.

A contrast to bustling Osaka, Kyoto showcases the essence of traditional Japanese culture and rich history with its timeless charm. Kyoto is considered by many to be the jewel in Japan’s crown and one of the only cities in Japan to escape destruction during World World II, leaving its countless relics intact.

Perhaps stroll the streets of Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. With any luck you might spot a geisha, otherwise known as a geiko or maiko.

Optional Tour - Kyoto by Night

Enjoy an evening walking tour of downtown Kyoto – from the heart of the city’s geisha culture in Gion to the tiny backstreets and bars of Ponto-chō. Experience Gion’s atmospheric streetscape at night and catch glimpses of geisha on their way to work. Visit neighborhood shrines illuminated at night and stop at a bar and sample some local sake and food.

Hotel
Hotel Wing International Kyoto or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll see the sights of ancient Kyoto this morning, starting with Tofukuji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest and most famous temples. Its grand sanmon entrance gate, the oldest in Japan, is a National Treasure. This vast complex includes 24 sub-temples and four distinctly different gardens, each facing in a different direction. Many of these buildings date back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573) and are shining examples of Zen architecture of the time. rio2022

Nearby Heian Jingu Shrine is a relatively young sacred location – built in 1895 – but this Shinto shrine is very impressive, with its enormous torii (sacred gate) standing almost 25 metres high.

We’ll continue onto some of Kyoto’s most iconic sites, like Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). This is a Zen temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden.

We’ll stop for lunch at Arashiyama before a mesmerising experience – standing amongst the soaring stalks of bamboo at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It’s green, peaceful and the seemingly endless boughs make for a serene experience, even with the tourist crowds. Take in the sound of rustling bamboo as you stroll these paths – if there’s a bit of wind, the groves will gently sway back and forth which only adds to the magic.

Optional Tour - Traditional Shops and Markets of Kyoto

Start with a walk through Nishiki Market where everything from fresh produce to Japanese green teas and pickles are sold. On the way, explore traditional fan shops, chopstick shops and one of the best knife shops in Kyoto. Wander through the famous shopping arcade of Teramachi, discovering incense shops, Japanese woodblock print shops, ceramics and traditional tea shops, as well as the best of Japan’s contemporary fashion – both mainstream and quirky!

Hotel
Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll travel to Naruto Strait, and tour the Naruto whirlpools off the Shikoku coast, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. These tidal whirlpools, created by the fast tidal current, are a captivating sight on the surface of this narrow strait. In ideal conditions they can measure up to about 20 metres in diameter. The tidal current is fastest during a full moon and the roar is a spectacular sound.

We’ll then head for Takamatsu, on the north coast of Shikoku island. This scenic port city is known for its udon noodles, a Japanese favourite.

Touring the open-air museum of Shikoku Mura is the perfect chance to explore Japan’s history and heritage, with a glimpse of old village life. Over 20 restored traditional buildings and structures, built in the Shikoku style and mainly from the Edo and Meiji periods, were relocated here from all over the island.

This hillside village includes farmhouses, storehouses, production workshops for soy sauce and sugar, a thatched kabuki theatre and a vine suspension bridge made of vine and wood. There is also a small, modern art gallery.

We will also visit the Ritsurin Garden, an exquisite traditional garden. Built during the Edo period – when the city was a castle town controlled by the Matsudaira clan – it’s a National Treasure and arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

There are six ponds and 13 buildings in this tranquil oasis, including a lush lotus pond and the Okedoi-no-Taki waterfall. Pine-covered Mount Shiun at the garden’s western border provides a gorgeous backdrop. There is also a tea house and various folk art and craft exhibits.

Hotel
Beppu Kamenoi Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, we drive by impressive Matsuyama Castle on the way to Matsuyama, including a brief stop and visit to the Ishiteiji Temple, one of the 88 pilgrim temples and a popular tourist attraction. After, we will head onto the historic Dogo Onsen area for another photo stop and a chance to get some lunch.

At Misaki, we’ll board a ferry to the onsen town of Beppu, known for its spectacular hot springs. It’s on the island of Kyushu, Japan’s third-largest island.

Hotel
Dormy Inn Nagasaki Ekimae or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Kyushu Island is onsen country, with hot springs dotted all over this island. The city of Beppu is home to over 2,000 hot springs but this morning we’ll visit the most bizarre. The Hells of Beppu are a spooky sight – each hot spring bubbles and steams somewhat violently. These jigoku (hells) can reach temperatures of about 98 degrees. They are for viewing, not bathing!

Each ‘hell’ is distinctly different. The largest of the seven pools, Umi (Sea) Jigoku, earned its name for its vivid turquoise colour. The oldest hell, Chinoike (Blood Lake) Jigoku is – you guessed it – blood red, a magnificent sight with steam rising from it. 

We’ll travel south to Nagasaki, one of two cities in Japan destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Our first stop is a visit to Glover Garden, for an insight into Nagasaki’s cosmopolitan past. This open air museum has six Western-style buildings from all over the city that were relocated here – grand mansions that were once home to Nagasaki’s foreign residents, such as European diplomats and foreign traders. Take in the lovely views over the harbour. Nearby here is Oura Church, said to be the oldest church in Japan.

You’ll arrive back to your hotel after a fulfilling day of sightseeing with the rest of your evening at leisure.

Optional Tour - Ramen Dinner and Nagasaki Night Views

Stroll through central Nagasaki in the evening, stopping for a bowl of champon ramen noodles, Nagasaki-style. Champon is a classic Nagasaki dish and reflects the city’s cosmopolitan past and history with early Chinese and Western traders. Afterwards, head up Mount Inasa for stunning panoramic views of this attractive port city at night.

Hotel
Dormy Inn Nagasaki Ekimae or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today’s sightseeing starts with the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park. The museum is a difficult but important visit, with photos and other relics from the period that were found after the bomb. The harrowing gallery displays stories compiled from survivors. 75,000 people lost their lives in the attack and its aftermath.

Nagasaki Peace Park is next to the museum, located near the hypocentre of the atomic bomb blast. In the Zone of Hopes, the towering Peace Statue at the back of the park points up to the sky with its right hand and its left arm is horizontal to represent the wish for peace. On either side of the statue are two small shrines draped with origami crane garlands, in memory of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. There are five zones in this grand park, a serene place for reflection.

We will spend the majority of our morning here before we drive to Dejima Wharf, where we will have lunch at your leisure. This is a waterfront area in Nagasaki. Historically, it served as an artificial island constructed in the 17th century to accommodate foreign traders, primarily Dutch merchants. During Japan's Sakoku (closed-country) period, when the country had limited interactions with the outside world, Dejima was one of the few places where foreign trade was permitted. The Dutch East India Company was the only European entity allowed to conduct trade with Japan during this era, and Dejima was their designated trading post.

The rest of your afternoon is at leisure before an early start tomorrow morning. 

Hotel
Hiroshima Washington Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We plan to depart your hotel in Nagasaki this morning at 07:30 to travel to Hiroshima. You will have a lunch stop on the way.

We will spend approximately two hours at The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which is home to the ruins of the Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that were left standing near ground zero. In Hiroshima today, locals have mixed feelings about the UNESCO World Heritage Site structure: some see it as a reminder of war, while others consider it a tribute to the lost that ensures we'll never forget the tragic events that took place here.

The flame in the cenotaph is intended to burn until the last nuclear weapon has been destroyed. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, located in the Peace Memorial Park, is a sobering experience for those who wish to explore further.

Optional Tour - Okonomiyaki Dinner

Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an okonomiyaki dinner. Okonomiyaki is a savoury Japanese pancake, famed in Hiroshima for its layering of ingredients including batter, cabbage and pork to which you can add optional items such as squid, octopus or more vegetables. The duration of this activity is one hour in the evening.

Hotel
Comfort Hotel Shin-Osaka or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

There is an early start this morning for a full day of incredible sightseeing. We’ll take the ferry to Miyajima Island this morning. Known for its lush forests, ancient shrines and temples, and freely roaming sika deer, this island is just as popular with Japanese tourists as it is with international visitors.

Just offshore we'll spy a 'floating' vermilion torii, which becomes partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th century. We’ll tour the shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We’ll travel to the Himeji area where we will make a brief stop for lunch, then continue onto a tour of magnificent Himeji Castle, the largest surviving example of a traditional Japanese castle.

Comprising 83 buildings, the white roof of this UNESCO-listed complex is said to evoke the wings of a heron taking flight, hence the popular name ‘Shirasagi-jō’, meaning White Heron Castle. Himeji Castle is said to be the most visited in Japan, and the site offers some wonderful views of surrounding Himeji city.

Japan’s world-famous bullet train, a shining example of this country’s technology and engineering prowess, is an absolute must-do. We’ll take the shinkansen to Osaka.

Optional tour - Sukiyaki Dinner Experience

Experience one of Japan’s most classic meals – sukiyaki – in one of Osaka’s traditional restaurants in the heart of the city. Enjoy fine slices of wagyu beef, silken tofu and fresh vegetables lightly cooked in a hot pot and dipped in sauce before eating. Your hot pot is shared amongst 3-4 people and is a very communal way of dining.

Hotel
Hotel Amanek Kanazawa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we’ll travel to the city of Kanazawa, on the northwestern shore of Honshu, once the base for the powerful Maeda clan. During World War II, Kanazawa was Japan’s second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. This means that parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived.

On arrival, we’ll tour Kenrokuen Garden, heralded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Developed over the course of more than 200 years, starting in 1620, the garden contains almost 9000 trees and 200 plant species.

We’ll enjoy a walking tour of Nagamachi samurai district and the Higashi Chaya District, famous for its well-preserved wooden teahouses where geisha perform.

Optional Tour - Izakaya Pub Experience

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an izakaya pub – Japan’s traditional drinking place where friends and colleagues get together to catch up and socialise over traditional Japanese food and drinks. Kanazawa’s proximity to the Sea of Japan means that fresh seafood (particularly crab) is a key feature of izakaya in this city.

Optional Tour - Gold Leaf Craft Experience

Learn about the history of gold leaf in Japan and how it’s used to embellish fine lacquerware, ceramics, chopsticks and modern-day items. Create your own design and apply gold leaf to your choice of material – whether chopsticks, lacquerware, glassware or even washi stationery and postcards.

Hotel
Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Step back in time to see the small, historical village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Japanese Alps. Enjoy a walk through this village to see the traditional thatched houses (gassho-zukuri) and beautiful mountain scenery.

Then we’ll head to the city of Takayama, nestled in the Hida mountains.

This city still retains a traditional feel, especially in its beautifully preserved old merchant district. Here you’ll find quaint, old latticed wooden buildings and Sannomachi Street, with pretty homes, restaurants and sake breweries. Enjoy a walking tour of the old town before travelling to Matsumoto.

Optional Tour - Sake Tasting Experience **

Sample some fine sake produced from Takayama’s clear alpine waters in an old sake brewery located in the heart of Takayama’s old town area. Experience different sake styles from aged forms to newly released varieties made from the latest rice harvest. Enjoy the traditional rustic ambience of a merchant’s house from Japan’s feudal era.

Optional Tour - Bento Lunch Experience **

Experience a classic Japanese bento, served lunch-box style in a traditional building near the town’s old centre. The ingredients used are sourced from Takayama’s farms and served in lacquered boxes. 

Hotel
Tominoko Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we’ll take a tour of historic Matsumoto Castle and the charming old town area surrounding the castle. Nakamachi Street is a quaint, charming street with well-preserved old buildings, like restored Edo-period storehouses. Here you’ll find craft shops, a sake brewery, restored Japanese ryokan (inns) and restaurants. This used to be the main street when Matsumoto was a castle town. Across the river, pedestrian-friendly Nawate Street is a great place to pick up quirky souvenirs and snacks.

Matsumoto Castle, with its wide moat, is also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior. The donjon (keep) – Japan’s oldest remaining wooden keep, completed around 1593 – is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. On a clear day, the backdrop of the Japanese Alps is the perfect touch on this majestic setting.

It’s then about a three-hour journey to the revered peak, Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This enduring cultural symbol has been considered sacred since ancient times. It’s an imposing sight, standing 3,776 metres high.

We’ll travel to Mount Fuji 5th Station, about halfway up the mountain, at an elevation of 2,300 metres. You’ll savour spectacular views over the Fuji Five Lakes and Hakone National Park.

You’ll be staying in the Lake Kawaguchiko area. This is the most accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes; popular sightseeing spots for admiring the dramatic peak. Iconic Mount Fuji is notoriously shy, but in clear conditions the views from these spots are stunning. This lake is also home to a cherry blossom festival held during the season, one of the most popular in the country.

Hotel
The B Asakusa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we will take a short sightseeing cruise that offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of Lake Kawaguchi and its surroundings from the water. The lake itself is beautifully situated with Mount Fuji providing a breathtaking backdrop, making it an ideal spot for photography and sightseeing.

Following this, enjoy a visit to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to learn about the revival of the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing for kimonos, thanks to celebrated 20th-century textile artist Kubota Itchiku. This serene complex in the wooded hills, ensconced in nature with extensive gardens and a traditional tea room, is home to a vast collection of the artist’s works.

Then it’s onto Tokyo, famed metropolis, arguably one of the most extraordinary capital cities on the planet. Japan’s eclectic capital is a city of wonder. The Tokyo metropolitan area spreads over three prefectures with 38 million residents.

On the way to our hotel, if conditions are clear, we’ll stop at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for late afternoon panoramic city views over this energetic city.

Optional Tour - Izakaya Dinner with Karaoke Experience

Celebrate the end of your Japan adventure with a casual meal at Izakaya, followed by a visit to a karaoke bar for that quintessential Japan experience!

Hotel
The B Asakusa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

In a city of such frenetic pace, a stop at the charming Asakusa neighbourhood is a refreshing taste of older Tokyo. It’s home to the ancient seventh-century Sensō-ji Temple. Built in the Asuka era, it’s the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in Tokyo – be prepared for crowds! It’s known for its imposing entrance gate, Kaminarimon (also known as ‘Thunder Gate’), with its magnificent red lantern.

We’ll walk along Nakamise, the shopping street connecting the front gate and main hall of the temple. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, with food stalls and souvenir shops, selling authentic Japanese items like traditional crafts. You’ll find great souvenirs here.

Then, foodies will be in heaven at Tsukiji Outer Market, a shopping district adjacent to the enormous former wholesale fish market. This lively area is home to everything food-related – fresh ingredients, street food vendors, kitchen utensils. There’s great sushi and other restaurants around here, too.

Next, we'll venture into the vibrant neighborhood of Shibuya, allowing you some time to explore at your leisure and discover a delightful local eatery for lunch (at your own expense). You'll have the option to extend your stay in this bustling district or return to the hotel with the group, where the evening will be yours to savor and relish your final moments in Tokyo!

Hotel
Seoul Mayplace or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

At the appropriate time, make your own way to Tokyo Airport for your flight to Seoul. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Note: There is no airport transfer included in Tokyo. Please speak with your tour leader or hotel concierge for details on how to travel to the airport.

Hotel
Seoul Mayplace or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day sightseeing in Seoul and surrounds. Our first stop is at the Jogyesa Temple, which is the centre of Korean Buddhism. We then continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace to witness the changing of the guard ceremony before a visit to the National Folk Museum. 

After lunch, we travel to the Korean Folk Village on the outskirts of Seoul. Here, you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty as we wander through the village of over 260 different types of historical houses and buildings.

Hotel
Jeonju Lahan Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we leave Seoul to travel to Gongju. Here we visit the UNESCO listed Tomb of King Muryeong and the Royal Tombs. Dating back to 500AD, the tomb complex was only re-discovered in 1927 and gives an insight into the Ungjin Period. We then visit the impressive Gongsanseong Fortress before continuing to Buyeo, an ancient capital of the Baekje Dynasty. 

We continue to Jeonju where we spend the night at leisure.

Hotel
Yeosu Ramada Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast at our hotel we continue our journey to Gwangju, the leading city of Honam, the region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. Here we visit May 18th National Cemetery dedicated to those who participated in the Gwangju Uprising in 1980.

Our journey continues to Suncheon where we will visit Suncheon Bay Garden.  Afterwards, we travel to Yeosu, where we tour the modern port city before checking in to our hotel.

NOTE: Suncheon Bay Garden will be closed on the last Monday of every month staring from April and will be replaced to Suncheon Nakaneupseong Folk Village.

Hotel
Gyeongju Commodore Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Our first stop today is the Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592.

We then continue to Busan and visit the Jagalchi-Fishery Market, Busan’s largest seafood market, before seeing Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park. Our tour continues to the historic coastal city of Gyeongju where we check in to our hotel before an evening at leisure.

Hotel
Pyeongchang Ramada Hotel & Suite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is a real highlight and our first destination is the Unesco World Heritage-listed Seokguram Grotto. The religious site was constructed between 742 and 765 AD and still serves as a significant site for Korean and international Buddhists for its ceremonial and artistic value. We then visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple before continuing to Andong Hahoe Folk Village, which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was naturally formed with people who actually live there. It has become world-famous for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. 

Afterwards we continue to the scenic city of Pyeongchang, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and for being the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang boasts a wealth of attractions, from world-class ski resorts to enchanting natural wonders.

Hotel
Seoul Mayplace or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we visit the venue of 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

We then proceed to Mt. Seorak National Park. The peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea's most famous national park. Due to the many rare species found here, UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982. You have the opportunity to take a cable car to the summit (additional expense) before we transfer back to Seoul for our final evening in South Korea.

Meals
Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Seoul Airport (ICN) in time for your departure flight.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 21 nights in quality 3-4 star hotels throughout Japan and South Korea
  • Flight from Tokyo to Seoul
  • All Transportation - coach, rail, and boat
  • Bullet train from Himeji to Osaka
  • Activities indicated in the itinerary including entry fees
  • Airport transfers included on the last day of your tour
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner, as per itinerary
  • International flight from Tokyo to Seoul
  • Escorted by professional English-speaking tour guides
  • All accommodations as listed
  • All activities listed in the itinerary unless a paid optional
  • Comfortable, dedicated private transportation throughout

  • Osaka – Visit the expansive grounds of Osaka Castle, a grand monument of feudal Japan
  • Osaka – Stroll through lively, colourful Dōtonbori and Shinsaibashi
  • Kyoto – See this ancient capital’s most famous temples and shrines – Kinkakuji, Heian Jingu and Fushimi Inari
  • Kyoto – Revel in the lush, peaceful green splendour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Naruto – See some of the greatest whirlpools in the world in the Naruto Strait
  • Takamatsu – Explore exquisite Ritsurin Garden, a National Treasure
  • Matsuyama – View beautiful Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan’s few original surviving castles
  • Matsuyama - See the history of the oldest hot springs in Japan - Dogo Onsen
  • Beppu – Tour the Hells of Beppu, a bizarre series of hot springs
  • Nagasaki – Discover the devastating effects of the atomic bomb at the Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Nagasaki – See the grand European mansions of Nagasaki’s past at Glover Garden
  • Hiroshima – Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Genbaku Dome to understand the tragedies of Japan’s past
  • Miyajima – Tour the 12th-century Itsukushima Shrine and see the famous floating torii gate
  • Himeji – Explore the enormous, UNESCO-listed ‘White Heron’ Himeji Castle
  • Himeji – Ride the iconic Japanese bullet train between Himeji and Osaka
  • Kanazawa – Visit celebrated Kenrokuen Garden, ranked as one of Japan’s top three gardens
  • Kanazawa – Step back in time in the Higashi Chaya district, where geisha still live and perform today
  • Shirakawa-go – Admire more than 100 traditional thatched houses in this historical alpine village
  • Takayama – Experience the rustic charm of this quaint city with a walk through its beautifully-preserved old town
  • Matsumoto – Tour the dramatic black castle and see Japan’s oldest remaining wooden keep
  • Mount Fuji – Savour the views from halfway up this iconic mountain at the 5th Station
  • Kawaguchiko Lake – Admire the dramatic, imposing beauty of Mount Fuji
  • Tokyo - Enjoy the buzz and energy of one of the world’s great cities
  • Tokyo – Get a bird’s eye view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building observation deck, 202 metres high
  • Tokyo – Enjoy a walking tour of Asakusa, Japan’s oldest temple Sensō-ji Temple, and atmospheric Nakamise
  • Tokyo – Visit the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan
  • Tokyo – Enjoy people watching in upmarket Ginza, an elegant area with high-end shopping and restaurants
  • Seoul - See the changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty at the Korean Folk Village
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Gongsanseong Fortress and Muryeong Gongsanseong Fortress
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cave temple of Seokguram Grotto

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $2,326.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,852.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This package is a flight add-on package

This package has the option of adding international airfares to your booking when selecting your departure city. Select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’ and a cost will be stated next to your selected departure city. This cost will then be added to your booking and international flights will be added to your booking.

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances.

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a “4”.

Lively:  This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.
You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Suggested amount for your guide, 500Y per person per day. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Room size
Japan is a densely populated country and space is at a premium. On average, Japan's room sizes are the smallest you will encounter. At times, single beds are separated by a 30 cm to 40 cm gap. 

Storage room is also limited - for your own comfort, ensure to pack as lightly as you can. 

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement

By paying an additional $2,838.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

Please note when choosing Single Supplement for this tour, your room will generally consist of a double or semi-double bed. Occasionally there may be a hotel that will provide a single bedded room for single travellers. All rooms provided to single travellers will be smaller than the twin rooms we recommend for two people. Unfortunately this is typical for Japan, as the cost to solely occupy a twin size room is incredibly high. We appreciate your understanding.

2- Shared Room with a known friend

If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Twin Share Bedding Configuration
At any time, bedding configuration is subject to confirmation by the hotel and based on availability. While you have the option to select either twin or double bedding at time of booking, our recommendation when travelling to Japan is to choose twin bedding, as the rooms are often bigger than those that have a double bed. If insisting on double bedding, please note that the rooms will be smaller and more narrow. As a general expectation, we cannot always guarantee bedding at all hotel stays.

Please note when choosing Single Supplement for this deal that you will receive a single room, which is smaller in size than a twin/double room. Unfortunately this is typical for Japan, as the cost to solely occupy a double/twin size room is incredibly high. We appreciate your understanding.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.

Group Size
Japan: 20-40 travellers
South Korea: You will travel with a maximum of 50 travellers in South Korea. You may travel with several different groups of people throughout your journey.

Trip Style - Group Tour
Our Group Tours offer unparalleled value for money and are the perfect style of travel for those on a budget, though still eager to pack as much in to their itinerary as possible. These tours tick all the boxes with an abundance of inclusions such as sightseeing highlights, expert tour guides, quality accommodation, transfers, coach transportation, some meals and more. Please note that the maximum group size will vary between deals and will be mentioned within the Fine Print of each deal page.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Luggage requirements for this tour 
As the group will be travelling by coach predominantly and space is limited, we recommend that you limit your luggage to one suitcase along with a handbag/small backpack. When you travel via the shinkansen train, you can put any light hand luggage on the overhead racks if required.

While understanding that various airlines will have their own luggage requirements, please note that for the comfort of yourselves, as well as our local partners who assist you on the ground, we restrict the luggage allowance to no more than one suitcase at 20kg per person, plus a small backpack / carry on size bag.

In regards to size of the suitcases, to ensure that all luggage can be accommodated on-board,. please ensure your travelling suitcase is ideally within 158cm (total dimension LxHxW). 158 cm is the maximum check-in baggage size for most airlines as well, without incurring an additional cost. 

Since you are responsible for your own belongings and will be expected to carry them to and from the coach to your hotel, as well as manage them where there is train travel included, we suggest you pack as light as possible.

There will not always be porters available to assist in handling your luggage, therefore please expect that you may need to carry your bags at times and store them in the carriage. As a standard rule, please travel with no more than 20kg per person of baggage. This does not include carry on.

Cherry Blossoms
Please note: cherry blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.  

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while travelling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.
 
Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $239.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $239.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Optional Tour - Kyoto by Night (Day 2) - $109 per person
  • Optional Tour - Traditional Shops and Markets of Kyoto (Day 3) - $86 per person
  • Optional Tour - Ramen Dinner and Nagasaki Night Views (Day 6) - $86 per person
  • Optional Tour - Okonomiyaki Dinner (Day 8) - $62 per person
  • Optional tour - Sukiyaki Dinner Experience (Day 9) - $91 per person
  • Optional Tour - Izakaya Pub Experience (Day 10) - $86 per person
  • Optional Tour - Gold Leaf Craft Experience (Day 10) - $44 per person
  • Optional Tour - Sake Tasting Experience ** (Day 11) - $55 per person
  • Optional Tour - Bento Lunch Experience ** (Day 11) - $44 per person
  • Optional Tour - Izakaya Dinner with Karaoke Experience (Day 13) - $91 per person

** Please note: These tours operate at similar times, which means you may only choose one option on this day.

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, Optional tours are unable to be purchased whilst on tour, therefore we suggest you book before you go to avoid disappointment. We appreciate your understanding.

Please note that transportation to and from each optional tour is not included in the price. You will be required to make your own way to the starting point of the optional tour, as well as back to your hotel. Your tour guide can provide you with the direction and guidance needed to make your own way.

  • International airfares
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

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Click HERE for more information on weather in South Korea

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