Discover South Korea & Japan

  • days: 28
  • from $15,695

Flights Included

Countries Visited:

  • South Korea
  • Japan

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2 countries

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9 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

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Special departure: Experience the magic of Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr) or witness stunning Autumn Colours (Oct / Nov)

Spring Cherry Blossom & Autumn Colours

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Experience the magic of Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr departures) or witness stunning Autumn Colours as they sweep the country (Oct departures).

Hurry, book now! Seats are limited!
 

Discover the contrasts and similarities between South Korea and Japan - two unique countries brimming with culture, tradition and scenic beauty. Explore the thriving cities, visit ancient temples and traditional villages, and try your hand at their culinary and cultural crafts.

Technology and Traditions

Witness a country that is one of the most high-tech and industrialised in the world, yet extremely passionate about its history and culture. Explore Seoul, the heart of South Korea and observe the contrasts between the modern and traditional. We’ll visit the iconic N Seoul Tower, the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea, majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Korean Folk Village.

Culture and Scenic Beauty

We depart Seoul and enjoy the scenic beauty of Mt Seorak, visiting the Naksansa and Shinheungsa Temples – the latter believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world. Explore a traditional Hanok Village in Jeonju and learn all about the ancient martial art of taekwondo in Muju. We’ll discover seven of South Korea’s National Treasures at Bulguksa Temple and enjoy a team ceremony with monks. And no visit to Korea would be complete without sampling traditional Kimchi!

Metropolis to Mountains

Fly to Japan and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. We’ll learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple and the shopping district of Ginza. Leave the city behind and travel to Hakone and Mt Fuji to experience a more traditional side of Japanese life. Here we stay in old-style ryokan accommodation, have a chance to enjoy a hot springs bath and sample a delicious Japanese dinner. We’ll tour iconic Mt Fuji and ride the Hakone Ropeway for breathtaking vistas over the volcanic Hakone Mountains.

The History and Heart of Japan

Travel to historic Takayama and wander through heritage-listed Shirakawago. We’ll learn the traditional art of Japanese rice paper making and explore a local market. Catch the famous bullet train to moving Hiroshima. We discover Miyajima Island, the Itsukushima Torii Gate and visit the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Dome. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart. We see the stunning Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. We’ll get hands-on, enjoy sake tasting and have the chance to wear a traditional Kimono! 

Urban Osaka

Our adventure ends in bustling Osaka, Japan’s capital of commerce. We tour the city, visiting the beautiful Himeji Castle and the gloating garden at Umeda Sky Building, and bid farewell to Japan with a traditional-style group dinner.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Seoul

Welcome to buzzing Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Seoul

We visit the Korean Folk Village to learn about life during the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy a natural colour dyeing experience. Later we visit Gyeongbokgung Palace before admiring the views from the iconic N Seoul Tower. [B]

Day 4. Seoul - Mt Seorak

This morning we travel to Nami Island, famous for its stunning scenery and friendly wildlife. We’ll then continue to Sokcho. [B]

Day 5. Mt. Seorak

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 Special Experience: Spend a full day exploring stunning Mount Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car, which offers breathtaking views. 

We visit Sinheungsa Temple, believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world. [B]

Day 6. Mt Seorak - Jeonju

We visit Naksansa Temple before stopping at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium en route to visiting Jeonju's Bukchon Hanok Village. [B]

Day 7. Jeonju - Muju

Visit beautiful Mount Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple on the way to Muju. This temple complex is constructed entirely from stones, making for a very impressive sight. [B]

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 Special Experience: Relax and enjoy a traditional Korean spa, an important part of the Korean way of life. Try the unique assortment of facilities and treatments, including ‘sound floating’.

Day 8. Muju - Gyeongju

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 Special Experience: Learn all about Korea’s traditional martial art, taekwondo, and witness an amazing demonstration.

We travel to Mt Gayasan and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haeinsa Temple, home to the Tripitaka Koreana - a complete set of engraved Buddhist scriptures. [B]

Day 9. Gyeongju - Busan

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 Special Experience: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, which contains seven of the country's National Treasures.

In the afternoon we’ll explore the centuries-old Chomsungdae Observatory. [B]

Day 10. Busan

We begin our sightseeing of Busan at scenic Igidae Park to admire the rugged natural scenery. We’ll also visit the Oryukdo Skywalk and the UN Memorial Cemetery. [B,L]

Day 11. Busan - Seoul

After making our way to Seoul by high-speed train we’ll step into the kitchen and learn to make Korea's national dish, kimchi. We’ll also get a chance to try on the hanbok. [B]

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 Special Experience: Enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy show, and a very popular way to spend an evening in South Korea.

Day 12. Seoul

Today we visit the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea. Tonight we farewell South Korea with a group dinner and traditional Korean performance. [B,D]

Day 13. Seoul - Tokyo

We fly to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital! [B]

Day 14. Tokyo

Begin the day at the outer section of Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi. Later we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza. [B,L,D]

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 Special Experience: Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.

Day 15. Tokyo

An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

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 Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch.

Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection - the busiest in the world! [B,L]

Day 16. Tokyo - Hakone

We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes We'll also visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]

Day 17. Mt Fuji

This morning we'll enjoy great views of Mt Fuji from Lake Ashi before riding the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas. [B,D]

Day 18. Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore on foot. [B]

Day 19. Takayama

We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous hatched roofs. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making in Gokayama. [B,L]

Day 20. Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in this beautiful city. [B]

Day 21. Hiroshima

We cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum, commemorating the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. [B]

Day 22. Hiroshima - Kyoto

We make our way to historic Kyoto by bullet train. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji. [B]

Day 23. Kyoto

Today we explore Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine with path consisting of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B]

Day 24. Kyoto

Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! [B]

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 Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing and tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko.
^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto 

Day 25. Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple to enjoy a customary Buddhist lunch. We'll also explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest before we make our way to Osaka. [B,L]

Day 26. Osaka

This morning we'll visit the beautiful Himeji Castle and explore the castle grounds. Later we'll enjoy scenic views from the Umeda Sky Building. Enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 27. Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 28. Arrive in Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel 

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 1 economy-class flight within Asia
  • 1 rail journey in South Korea
  • 4 rail journeys in Japan
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $120pp pre-paid (Korea Only). Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected

Accommodation

  • 23 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout South Korea
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Japan

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

Urban metropolis

  • Visit a Korean Folk Village in Seoul including participating in a Korean traditional archery experience.
  • Explore Insadong Street and its multitude of alleys with tea shops, cafes and galleries.
  • Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty built in 1395.
  • Visit the iconic N Seoul Tower's observation deck for beautiful views over Seoul.

Breathtaking mountains of Seoraksan National Park

  • Visit Nami Island, famous for its tree lined roads and grassy fields.
  • Spend time exploring stunning Mt Seorak, including Sogongwon Park, and witness breathtaking views from Gwongummseong Fortress.
  • Visit Shinheungsa Temple, believed to be the oldest zen temple in the world.
  • Drive through Pyeongchang Olympic Site (from April 2019).
  • Delve into the Buddhist Culture on a visit to Naksansa Temple in Pyeongchang.

Delve into the traditional Korean way of life and experience its culture

  • Stroll through a Hanok Village with its traditional 'Hanok' houses.
  • Drive to beautiful Mt Maisan and visit the Buddhist Tapsa Temple along the way.
  • Experience true Korean culture and try the unique therapies and treatments at Jinan Red Ginseng Spa.
  • Tour the new Muju Taekwondowon Centre and witness an amazing demonstration of this traditional Korean martial art.
  • Visit the Haeinsa Temple on Mt. Gayasan, home to the Tripitaka Koreana - a complete set of Buddhist scriptures.
  • Enjoy a tea ceremony with monks at Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto.

Discover the diversity of Busan

  • Visit the famous Kukje Market, steeped in history and established in 1950.
  • Wander through the Jahalchi Fish Market, South Korea's biggest fish market.
  • Explore scenic Igidae Park and the Oryukdo Skywalk - a glass bridge stretching out over the ocean.
  • Pay tribute to the UN soldiers and aids killed during the Korean War 1950-1953, during a sobering stop at the UN Memorial Cemetery.
  • Travel to Seoul from Busan via bullet train.

Korean cuisine, clothing and arts

  • Learn the art of making Kimchi, Korea's national dish, and try on a hanbok (traditional Korean dress).
  • Enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy show and popular way to spend an evening in South Korea.

Peer into North Korea

  • Visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, including Freedom Bridge, Dora Observatory and 3rd Infiltration Tunnel.

Modern and traditional Tokyo

  • Take an early morning tour of the famous Tsukji Fish Market and enjoy a sushi-making experience including lunch
  • Take a stroll through the famous Ginza shopping district
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay 
  • Witness a sumo demonstration and enjoy a typical sumo meal
  • City tour of Tokyo including Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade and a stop at the Shibuya Intersection - Tokyo's busiest intersection 
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period

Majestic Mountains and historic villages

  • Visit a former farming village, reconstructed 40 years after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 
  • Travel to Mt Fuji and enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi (from April 2019)
  • Spend 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ride and the amazing 360 degree view of the volcanic Hakone mountains
  • Take in the sights of old historic Takayama on foot including the Takayama Jinya, a beautiful traditional Japanese building, and visit the morning markets
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago, famous for its old gassho-zukuri thatched roof farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer" as the farmhouses steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer. Enjoy a traditional Japanese fish lunch

Sobering and scenic Hiroshima

  • Visit scenic Miyajima Island, located 30 minutes from Hiroshima and classified as a sacred island, to see the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine which stands in the ocean during high tide.
  • Experience the art of Shakushi (Miyajima Rice Scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.
  • Tour the Hiroshima Peace Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's only remaining bomb-damaged building, and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum (by audio tour).

Japan's cultural heart

  • Tour the temples of Kyoto, Japan's former capital and very much the cultural heart of the country. Our tour includes the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) and Fushima Inari Shrine. 
  • Learn more about traditional Japanese crafts such as sake brewing and tasting, and watch a Maiko dance performance.
  • Enjoy a Buddhist lunch at Shigetsu (Tenryuiji Temple) (from April 2019)
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge (from April 2019)
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for scenic view of central Osaka.
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $120pp pre-paid (Korea Only). Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $275pp
Single supplement: from $3,750
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

South Korea

 

Han River Cruise – Dinner 7:30pm, 1hr 30mins - $90pp US (Seat in Coach)

Han River Cruise – Music 7:30pm, 1hr 10 mins - $50pp US (Seat in Coach)

Enjoy magnificent cuisine on a cruise along the Han River, including a combination of western, Asian and local delicacies, while watching the amazing skyline of Seoul at night. Take in the fascinating sights as you soak up Seoul’s relaxing atmosphere. There are two options to enjoy for your convenience.

 

Busan Tiffany 21 Cruise Tour – 7:00pm, 1hr 20 mins - $50pp US (Seat in Coach)

Enjoy a scenic cruise with a fine dining experience. Passengers can take in the views of numerous coastal sites in the area, including Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaek Island, 49th Square in Suyeong-gu, Namcheon-dong and Centum City in U-dong, Gwangandaegyo Bridge - the nation's largest marine bridge, Igidae Park and Oryukdo Island to name a few. The dinner tour includes a buffet as well as live performances and offers a truly unique way to discover more of Busan.

 

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director whilst on tour. Payment by Cash only, can be paid in local currency or US dollars.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Fraser Place Central, Seoul

Fraser Place Central Seoul is the ideal retreat within the bustling city of Seoul. The hotel restaurant, Union Square, offers the finest fusion cuisine with the option of an indoor or al fresco dining all day. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool, jet pool and a fitness club with steam and dry sauna facilities that offers hot and cold baths.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Ramada Gangwon Sokcho, Sokcho

Situated at the water's edge in Sokcho Beach, the Ramada Gangwon offers comfortable and modern accommodation in the heart of Seoraksan National Park. The property features a restaurant, fitness centre, steam room and jacuzzi.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box (at reception); tea & coffee making facilities

Ramada Jeonju, Jeonju

Located in the heart of downtown Jeonju, the Ramada is close to various tourist attractions such as Jeonju City Hall, the Hanok Living Experience Centre and Pungnammun Gate. The property features a health club, convenience store, restaurant and laundry facilities. Guest rooms are ultra modern and well-appointed.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Tirol, Muju

This resort is surrounded by the breathtaking view of Mt Deogyusan National Park. With a distinct Austrian feel, it is often referred to as the ‘Little Alps’ in Korea. Rooms evoke the feelings of a natural forest.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hilton Hotel, Gyeongju

Discover this ancient city with a stay at the Art Deco Hilton Gyeongju hotel, located on the edge of Lake Bomun and surrounded by beautiful parks, countryside and majestic mountains. Relax on your balcony and wake up to stunning mountain or lake views. Dine on a fantastic array of international cuisine at one of the six internationally-styled restaurants and bars. Taste the hidden subtleties of fine Japanese cuisine at Genji, or opt for Cantonese food at Silkroad. Start the day with a breakfast buffet from Lakeside Café, and relax with drinks in the stunning terrace setting of Stars lounge and karaoke bar.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box (at reception); indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Novotel Busan Ambassador, Busan

Located on spectacular Haeundae Beach in Busan, Novotel Busan Ambassador is also perfectly located for exploring nearby parks, art centres and the aquarium. The hotel offers one bar and three restaurants and guests can also enjoy the stunning indoor swimming pool, health club, massage facilities and sauna with natural hot springs.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo

The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is located at the southern gateway to the Tokyo metropolis with breathtaking views of the city and Tokyo Bay. Besides its convenient location, this impressive multi-functional hotel complex offers a wide array of dining and entertainment options. The hotel is home to a 10 screen multiplex theatre, a cabaret, bowling centre, indoor swimming pool, indoor tennis courts, indoor golf centre, and a great selection of restaurants!

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool

Hotel Okuyumoto, Hakone

The Hotel Okuyumoto boasts a rustic open-air bath set beside a mountain stream. Surrounded by the peaceful natural scenery of Hakone, enjoy the hot springs and the beauty of Japan’s natural environment. The hotel is a 9-storey structure with mostly Japanese-style rooms and is located approximately 10 minutes from Hakone Yumoto station.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge

Hida Hotel Plaza, Takayama

Just a 5 minute walk from Takayama Station, Hida Hotel Plaza boasts a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool and 7 dining options including Japanese, French and Chinese cuisine. Hida Plaza’s rooms are elegantly furnished in either Western or traditional Japanese decor. The spa offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, massage, a hot tub and a mist sauna. The hotel is also only a 15 minute walk from the historical Old Private Houses, and a 20-minute walk from Higashiyama Temple.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box

Sheraton, Hiroshima

The Sheraton Hiroshima is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. The property features two restaurants, a bar/lounge and a health club with spa, indoor poool and steam room.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

As the largest hotel in Kyoto with 986 rooms, the New Miyako Hotel combines comfort with functionality. Located in front of the Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Japan Railways and Kintetsu-Kyoto Station, the New Miyako Hotel is in a prime location. The hotel’s many restaurants provide various dining options including Japanese, Chinese and European buffet-style dining.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Centrally located and in close proximity to many restaurants and sightseeing attractions, the Sheraton Miyako offers 8 restaurants & lounges as well as fitness centre, indoor heated pool, massage, barber shop, florist, beauty salon, currency exchange and gift store.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Won

The official currency of South Korea is the Won (KRW; ₩).

  • 1 Won = 100 Jeon
  • Notes are in denominations of ₩50,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 - Chon means 'one thousand'
  • Coins are in denominations of ₩500, 100, 50 and 10

Japanese Yen

The official currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY; ¥).

  • 1 Japanese Yen = 100 sen
  • Notes are in denominations of ¥10,000, 5000, 2000 and 1000
  • Coins are in denominations of ¥500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1

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Special Experiences!

  • Spend a full day exploring stunning Mount Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car, enjoying the beautiful vistas along the way.
  • Relax and enjoy some time at a traditional Korean spa.
  • Learn all about Korea's traditional martial art, taekwondo, and witness an amazing demonstration.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, which contain seven of Korea's National Treasures.
  • Enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy show, and a very popular way to spend an evening in South Korea.
  • Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style  houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.
  • Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional chanko-nabe (hot pot) lunch.
  • Stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse, bathe in the natural hot springs and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner.
  • Enjoy a variety of traditional crafts including sake brewing & tasting, a chance to dress in a traditional kimono and witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geisha apprentices).

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 9 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, monorail, plane, gondola, local train, bullet train & Japanese-style houseboat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $120pp pre-paid (Korea Only). Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected

Tour Highlights

• Explore the alleyways of tea shops, cafés and galleries from Seoul’s Insadong Street • Tour a traditional Korean hanok village • Learn the art of making kimchi - Korea’s national spicy-sour side dish • Discover Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market as it comes alive with the morning’s catch • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi • Spend 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse

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