From (AUD)$16,795
Days28
Airfares included
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.
Group Size — Max 20
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
Transport — Bullet train, Cable Car, Coach, High-speed train, Japanese style houseboat, Local train, Monorail & Plane
No Hidden Extras
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple.
Step into the kitchen and learn to make Korea’s national dish - the spicy-sour side dish, kimchi.
Stroll through the shopping district of Ginza and experience the hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya crossing - one of the busiest in the world!
Enjoy a cable car ride on the Hakone Ropeway and see magnificent views of the iconic Mt Fuji (weather permitting).

Special Experiences

Spend a full day exploring stunning Mt Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car, which offers breathtaking views.
Enjoy a traditional spa experience and try the unique array 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 Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, where we'll experience a traditional tea ceremony with monks.
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.
Watch a sumo wrestling demonstration before enjoying a traditional Chanko Nabe (sumo stew) lunch at a local restaurant.
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture during a soba noodle class on our way to Nagano. 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, the warriors of pre-modern Japan, during an interactive lesson. Samurai were elite soldiers and adept with the bow and sword.

Itinerary Discover South Korea & Japan

Itinerary

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Inclusions Discover South Korea & Japan

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Sightseeing

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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

  • Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration and a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch.
  • Visit Imperial Palace East Garden, a calm oasis in buzzing Tokyo.
  • Walk through the famous Ginza district and across Shibuya Intersection.
  • Admire the city lights of Tokyo Bay while cruising in a traditional Japanese houseboat.
  • Sushi making experience and lunch.
  • City sightseing of Tokyo including Asakusa Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade.

Majestic mountains and historic towns

  • Visit Iyashi no sato Nenba, a former farming village, reopened as a museum.
  • Spend a night in a traditional ryokan guesthouse.
  • See the iconic Mt Fuji while riding the Hakone Ropeway (weather permitting).
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle built in the 16th century and one of Japan's premier historic castles.
  • Enjoy a soba noodle making class on the way to Nagano.
  • Wander through the historical old battlefield of Kawanakajima, where a famous provincial battle took place in 1561.
  • Take in the sights of historic Takayama by foot.
  • Wander through Shirakawago, with its famous gasshō-zukuri thatched roofs.
  • Learn about the Japanese tradition of washi paper-making in Gokayama.

Sobering and scenic Hiroshima

  • See Hiroshima's sites including the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.
  • 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.

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), Tenryuiji Temple and the Fushima Inari Shrine.
  • Explore Kyoto and sample the famous sake beverage.
  • 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 in Osaka, Japan's pre-modern warriors.
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.

Travel

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  • 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

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  • 24 nights in 3-5 star hotels
  • 1 nights in a traditional Ryokan guesthouse, Hakone

Meals

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  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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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.

Optional Excursions: Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in Asia click here

 

 

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Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

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, 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 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

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Dates & Prices Discover South Korea & Japan

Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
22 Mar 21
18 Apr 21
$16,795
Available
25 Mar 21
21 Apr 21
$16,795
Available

Additional Information

Seasonal Departures
Experience the magic of Japan's Cherry Blossom on our March and April departures or witness stunning Autumn Colours as they sweep the country throughout October and November.
Valid from
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities
Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tipping
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, $290
Single Supplement
From $4,150
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 shown as a guide only
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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