Discover South Korea & Japan 2020-21

  • days: 28
  • from $16,295

Flights Included

Countries Visited:

  • South Korea
  • Japan

Description

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 (Sep / Oct departures).

Hurry, book now! Seats are limited!
 

Experience the highlights of beautiful South Korea and mesmerising Japan. While these two countries have many similarities, their cultures and traditions are unique. Explore thriving cities, ancient temples, traditional villages and try your hand at 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 a Korean Spa. 

Culture and Scenic Beauty

We depart Seoul and enjoy the scenic beauty of Mt Seorak, visiting Shinheungsa Temple, 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 tea 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. Witness a sumo wrestling demonstration, stroll through the shopping district of Ginza and visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple. 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. 

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 visit the beautiful Himeji Castle, learn the way of the Samurai and bid farewell to Japan with a traditional-style group dinner.

Imagine your Korea

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The Visit Korea website is a great resource for anyone visiting South Korea.

Click here to view the website.

 

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Seoul

Welcome to vibrant Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Enjoy a group welcome dinner tonight. [D]

Day 3. Seoul

Stepping back in time, we'll visit the Korean Folk Village to gain an insight into life during the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy a natural dyeing experience. We'll then explore Samcheongdong Street and Bukchon Hanok Village, before visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace and the iconic N Seoul Tower. [B]

Day 4. Seoul - Sokcho

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 Excursion

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 Special Experience: Spend a full day exploring stunning Mt 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. Sokcho - Jeonju

We continue to Jeonju via Pyeongchang, where we will visit the site of the former Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. This afternoon we’ll explore Jeonju's Hanok Village. [B]

Day 7. Jeonju - Muju

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We continue towards Muju, visiting beautiful Mt Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple along the way. 

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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’. [B]

Day 8. Muju - Gyeongju

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

This afternoon we’ll travel to Mt Gayasan and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haeinsa Temple, home to the Tripitaka Koreana - a complete set of engraved Buddhist scriptures. We'll then continue to Gyeongju. [B]

Day 9. Gyeongju - Busan

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 Special Experience: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, where we'll experience a traditional tea ceremony with monks.

We’ll also explore Chomsungdae Observatory, and visit Chonma Royal Tumuli before travelling to Busan. [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 travelling to Seoul by high-speed train, learn to make Korea’s national dish, kimchi. We’ll also get a chance to try on the hanbok (traditional Korean dress). Enjoy a nanta (non-verbal comedy) show this evening. [B]

Day 12. Seoul

Today we visit the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner, accompanied by a traditional Korean performance.  [B,D]

Day 13. Seoul - Tokyo

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

Day 14. Tokyo

We begin today with a visit to the scenic Imperial Palace East Garden.  

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Special Experience: Watch a sumo wrestling demonstration before enjoying a traditional Chanko Nabe (sumo stew) lunch at a local restaurant. 

On our way to dinner, we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza and make our way across Shibuya crossing. 

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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 period, known as a Yakatabune. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Tokyo

Enjoy another exciting day exploring Tokyo. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi and enjoy the results for lunch. [B,L]

Day 16. Tokyo - Hakone

This morning we'll visit a former farming village, Iyashi no sato Nenba. We'll then arrive in Hakone and enjoy a cable car ride on the Hakone Ropeway to see magnificent views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting). Tonight we will stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse, where we'll sleep on traditional Japanese-style bedding. [B,D]

Day 17. Hakone - Matsumoto - Nagano

Today we'll travel to Matsumoto, where we'll visit Matsumoto Castle. 

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Special Experience: On our way to Nagano, enjoy a soba noodle making class. These delicious noodles are used in a variety of Japanese dishes. 

We'll then visit the historic Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima. [B]

Day 18. Nagano - Takayama

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

Day 19. Takayama

This morning we'll explore the Miyagawa open air market. We'll then wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri hatched roofs. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. [B,L]

Day 20. Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we'll take the bullet train to Hiroshima. [B]

Day 21. Hiroshima

We begin today with a cruise to 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. [B]

A note on Torii Gate renovations: From June 2019, Miyajima's famous floating Torii Gate is undergoing renovations, which are expected to take at least one year. During the renovation works, the Torii Gate will be covered under partially transparent scaffolding. A bridge is being built on the left side of the gate to aid the renovation works.

Day 22. Hiroshima - Kyoto

Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto. We'll then explore Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. 

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Special Experience: Sample the famous Japanese beverage, sake, and learn about the brewing process. [B]

Day 23. Kyoto

We'll learn how to wear a Japanese Kimono and discover the history of this traditional garment. Later this morning, we'll experience a Japanese tea ceremony before taking a stroll along the Philosopher's Walk. [B]

Day 24. Kyoto

Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]

Day 25. Kyoto - Arashiyama - Osaka

This morning we visit Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion). We'll then tour the beautiful Tenryu-ji Temple. Later we'll walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visit the Togetsukyo Bridge before travelling to Osaka. [B,L]

Day 26. Osaka

This morning we visit iconic Himeji Castle.

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Special Experience: Learn the way of the Samurai, the warriors of pre-modern Japan, during an interactive lesson. Samurai were elite soldiers and adept with the bow and sword. 

Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [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
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (based on group flight arrival into Seoul and departure from Kansai airport only)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • High speed train in South Korea
  • 2 Bullet train journeys in Japan
  • 1 Limited Express train in Japan
  • Tipping Made Easy, $120pp pre-paid (Korea Only). Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected

Accommodation

  • 24 nights in 3-5 star hotels
  • 1 nights in a traditional Ryokan guesthouse, Hakone
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

Urban metropolis

  • Visit a Korean Folk Village in Seoul with natural dyeing experience.
  • Explore Samcheongdong Street and Bukchon Hanok Village.
  • 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.
  • Delve into the Buddhist Culture on a visit to Naksansa Temple, boasting a 1,300 year history.

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

  • Witness a sumo demonstration and enjoy a typical sumo meal.
  • Visit the Imperial Palace East Garden.
  • Take a stroll through the famous Ginza shopping district.
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay.
  • Enjoy a sushi-making experience and lunch.
  • City sightseeing tour of Tokyo including Asakusa Sensoji Temple and Nakamise shopping arcade.

Majestic Mountains and historic villages

  • Visit a former farming village, reconstructed 40 years after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. 
  • Spend 1 night in a traditional Ryokan.
  • Enjoy a gondola ride and the amazing 360 degree view of the volcanic Hakone mountains.
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle built in the 16th century and one of Japan's premier historic castles.
  • Enjoy a soba-making class.
  • Wander through the historical old battlefield of Kawanakajima, where a famous provincial battle took place in 1561.
  • 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.
  • Learn about the Japanese tradition of washi paper-making in Gokayama.

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.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to wear a traditional Japanese Kimono.
  • Delve into the custom of a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto.
  • Stroll the Philosopher's Walk, the same path influential 20th-Century Philosopher & Kyoto University Professor Nishida Kitaro took during meditation. 
  • Enjoy a Buddhist lunch at Shigetsu (Tenryuiji Temple).
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge.
  • Learn the way of the Samurai during a lesson of this medieval Japanese martial art.
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Brisbane & Perth
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, $290pp
Single supplement: from $3,850
  • 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.
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
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 without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
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 optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Accommodation

Accommodation

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

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

Lotte Resort, Sokcho

With amazing views overlooking the sea, Lotte Resort Sokcho offers an experience like no other. Features of the hotel include a water park, infinity pool and fitness centre, as well as essential western amenities in the rooms. There are several dining options, including the popular cocktail bar, Rooftop 9. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; minibar; swimming pool; fitness centre

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

The Ramada Encore, Haeundae

The Ramada Encore is a welcoming hotel and is located in close proximity to the beach. It's near the train station and is just an easy walking distance to nearby restaurants. 

Facilities: air-conditioning, free wifi; mini bar; safety deposit box; tea and 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

Hotel Metropolitan, Nagano

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano features elegantly decorated rooms and a wide range of dining options. All rooms feature carpeted floors, a seating area, and comes with a flat-screen TV, a desk and a wardrobe. 

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; bar/restaurant

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

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachinjo, 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

Weather

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Autumn: September to November

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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 Mt Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car, while enjoying amazing views. 
  • Relax and enjoy a traditional Korean spa, a very important part of the Korean way of life. Try the unique assortment of facilities and treatments, including ‘bubble sense therapy’ and ‘sound floating’.
  • Learn all about Korea’s traditional martial art, taekwondo, and witness an amazing demonstration.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, where we’ll experience a traditional tea ceremony with monks. 
  • Watch a sumo wrestling demonstration before enjoying a traditional Chanko Nabe (sumo stew) lunch at a local restaurant. 
  • Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian period, known as a Yakatabune.  
  • Enjoy a soba noodle making class. These delicious noodles are used in a variety of Japanese dishes.  
  • Sample the famous Japanese beverage, sake and learn about the brewing process. 
  • Learn the way of the Samurai during an interactive lesson. Samurai were elite soldiers and adept with the bow and sword.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 9 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, monorail, high-speed train, bullet train, plane, cable car, local 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

Tour a traditional Korean hanok village • Learn the art of making kimchi - Korea’s national spicy-sour side dish • Spend a full day exploring stunning Mt Seorak • Watch a sumo wrestling demonstration before enjoying a traditional Chanko Nabe lunch • Spend a night in a traditional ryokan guesthouse

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