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16 Day Japan and Korea with Flights

Seoul - Mt. Seorak - Daegu - Gyeongju - Osaka - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Shizuoka - Tokyo

Roundtrip international flights 

Modern accommodation

Bullet train from Kyoto to Shizuoka

Experience two vibrant and modern Asian cultures

From $4,999 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Begin your journey of a lifetime in the picturesque and stunning South Korea before crossing into the cultural and traditional Japan. This tour lets you experience both modern and ancient historical aspects in both of these neighbouring Asian countries.

Visit Seoraksan National Park touring Shinheungsa Temple and ride the cable car up Mt. Seorak. Shop in some of Daegu's most famous fashion districts, taste local Korean cuisine, and take a trip to the infamous DMZ (Demilitarized zone) near the border of North Korea.

Visit some of Japan's popular hot spots such as Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto. See the stunning Mount Fuji before making your way back to Japan's mega city, Tokyo!

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16

Day 1

Australia Seoul

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to South Korea.

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Seoul

Welcome to Seoul, South Korea! Upon arrival at Seoul Airport, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, make your way down to the arrival area where you will meet your friendly tour guide. Your guide will transfer you to your hotel.

Seoul is the largest city in South Korea and one of East Asia financial and cultural epicentres. It’s the centre of fascinating ancient traditions, cutting edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high pressure education system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend setting youth culture, extraordinary architecture and endless rows of grey apartment buildings. Seoul is filled with a mix of traditional and modern elements attracting visitors from all over the world.

Accommodation: Hotel Ramada or similar, Seoul

Meals included: inflight only

Day 3

Seoul Mt. Seorak

Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mt Seoraksan National Park is one of Korea's most famous national parks. This morning, tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress to see the castle ruins and the spectacular views of the mountains and land within Seoraksan National Park. Continue to Sokcho fishing village known for its famous seafood and cuisine, this afternoon.

Accommodation: Speedium Resort & Hotel or similar, Mt Seorak

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Mt. Seorak Andong Daegu

Today, head to the traditional village of Andong, known for its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performances. Continue to Mabijeong Mural Village, where you can hear about the local tales of the Mabijeong legend and visualise it on the mural walls. After that relax in Dongseongno Shopping District, one of the major fashion districts in Daegu city.

Accommodation: Queen Vell or similar, Daegu

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 5

Daegu Gyeongju

Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647 A.D), Gyeongju National Museum home to many Silla Kingdom stone relics, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto: UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating back to 700 AD with Buddhist stone temples that feature cultural relics such as pagodas, bridges and Buddhist figures and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Gyeongju National Park, a palace complex from the ancient Silla kingdom and beautiful luscious national park.

Accommodation: Hanwha Resort or similar, Gyeongju

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 6

Gyeongju Seoul

Today we will visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. An entire infantry division can move through the tunnel in an hour. Visit the Imjingak Resort Unification Park and North Korea Centre to gain an insight into the Korean War and their prayers for the unification of the

country. View North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom, from the Dora Observation Platform. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle, and the Exhibition Hall houses old tanks and planes from the Korean War.

Accommodation: Hotel Ramada or similar, Seoul

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 7

Seoul

Blue House otherwise known as Cheong Wa Dae, the residence of President Cheong Wa Dae is an iconic beauty against the back drop of Bugaksan Mountain, visit here and then make your way to Gyeongbokgung Palace one of the most beautiful and largest of the five palaces as well as the world famous Amethyst store. After that stroll the heart of the city down the streets of Isa-dong one of the historical entertainment districts. Step back in time to the Joseon Dynasty in Bukchon Village and walk along the elevated sky garden at Seoullo 2017.

Accommodation: Hotel Ramada or similar, Seoul

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 8

Seoul Osaka

After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport for your flight to Osaka. On arrival, your tour guide will transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Izumisano Centre Hotel or similar, Osaka

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Osaka Himeji Hiroshima

After breakfast we make our way to the moving city of Hiroshima. Largely destroyed when the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this terrible devastation. Enroute, we stop in Himeji to visit the white elegant castle, Himeji castle. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fine example of a prototypical Japanese castle this outstanding castle and its grounds is a never to be missed place within Himeji city. Enjoy your visit here before boarding coach for Hiroshima. 

Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden or similar, Hiroshima

Meals included: breakfast 

Day 10

Hiroshima Osaka

Today we begin with the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb used in WWII. Then visit the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, where you can see the torii gate on the water at high tide. After we make our way back to Osaka.

Accommodation: Plaza Hotel Osaka or similar, Osaka

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Osaka Nara Kyoto

This morning we drive to the town of Nara and visit the Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous temples. See one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu).

After the Todaiji Temple we wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara's nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city.

We then continue to the city of Kyoto. We begin with the UNESCO World Heritage, Kinkaku-ji Temple, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion. A Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen.

Accommodation: Apa Hotel Kyoto Ekimae or similar, Kyoto

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Kyoto Hamamatsu

This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. After we relax in the Arashiyama District, visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto for over four hundred years. Then stroll through Bamboo Grove one of Kyoto top sights and standi amongst the swaying stalks of bamboo. It's like being in another world!

Later, we board the Shinkansen Bullet train from Kyoto to Shizuoka. Travelling at speeds up to 280km/h it provides an incredible experience as the Japanese countryside zips by. On arrival into Hamamatsu you will be transferred to the hotel.

 Accommodation: Hotel Crown Palais Hamamatsu or similar, Hamamatsu

 Meals included: breakfast

Day 13

 Shizuoka Mt Fuji Tokyo

This morning we make our way towards the Mount Fuji area. First up, we will visit Mount Fuji 5th station, which is 2,300 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views of the Fuji Five lakes area below. After that we will continue on to Oishi Park where you can view Lake Kawaguchiko and see another angle of the breathtaking Mount Fuji. Enjoy your time in Mount Fuji area. After our tour we will make our way back to Tokyo.

Accommodation: Tobu Hotel Levant or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Tokyo

Today explore Japan’s megacity, Tokyo. Drive to Hama-Rikyu, a beautiful landscape garden in central Tokyo featuring seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. Then we relax on a Sumida River cruise. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular

temples before browsing for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Your last stop today is Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building for panoramic views of Tokyo before heading to your hotel.

Accommodation: Tobu Hotel Levant or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

Tokyo Australia

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 16

Australia

Arrive home today.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  •  Return economy class international airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane*, Adelaide* or Perth* (*surcharge applies)
  • Flights with Asiana Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation on twin-share basis
  • Meals as indicated: 13 Breakfasts
  • Professional tour guide
  • Bullet train fare from Kyoto to Shizuoka
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Tipping and gratuities

Accommodation

Seoul - Hotel Ramada or similar
Mt Seorak - Speedium Resort & Hotel or similar
Daegu - Queen Vell Hotel or similar
Gyeongju - Hanwha Resort or similar
Osaka - Izumisano Centre Hotel or similar
Hiroshima - Hotel New Hiroden or similar
Osaka - Plaza Hotel Osaka or similar
Kyoto - Apa Hotel Kyoto Ekimae or similar
Shizuoka - Hotel Crown Palais Hamamatsu or similar
Tokyo - Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

 

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated
  • Optional recommended programs
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Visas (if required)

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. Children must be at least 2 years old to participate in this tour. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveler is $2250. 

Departure Dates


MAY 2019
04 th
Saturday 04 May 2019  ‐  Sunday 19 May 2019
MAY 2019
18 th
Saturday 18 May 2019  ‐  Sunday 02 Jun 2019
JUN 2019
08 th
Saturday 08 Jun 2019  ‐  Sunday 23 Jun 2019
AUG 2019
31 st
Saturday 31 Aug 2019  ‐  Sunday 15 Sep 2019
SEP 2019
18 th
Wednesday 18 Sep 2019  ‐  Thursday 03 Oct 2019
Surcharge
+ $350 p.p

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