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28 Day Discover South Korea & Japan

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Seoul and finishing in Osaka

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Overview

Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 28 Days
From: Seoul to Osaka
Tour Code: BUN41885
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan, South Korea
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$ 15,496
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Day By Day

1

Depart Australia

2

Arrive In Seoul

Welcome to Seoul, the capital of South Korea. This buzzing and vibrant city is a beautiful juxtaposition of modern and traditional, where towering skyscrapers neighbour temples and palaces from centuries ago. Later this afternoon we visit the iconic N Seoul Tower and the famous Gwangiang Market, before tonight's group welcome dinner. (WD)
3

Seoul

This afternoon we explore Changdeokgung Palace, the grandest of all of Seoul's palaces, built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. (B) Special Experience: Today we visit the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) separating North and South Korea. Take a peek into North Korea from the Dora Observatory and stop at Dorasan Station and Freedom Bridge. We'll also take a tour of the Third Infiltration Tunnel by monorail.
4

Seoul - Mt Seorak

This morning we travel to Nami Island, a tiny half-moon-shaped island, famous for its stunning scenery and open, grassy fields where ducks, chipmunks, squirrels and peacocks welcome visitors. We'll then continue to Sokcho in Mount Seorak. (B)
5

Mt Seorak

This afternoon we'll visit Sinheungsa Temple, believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world. It is recognisable by its Great Unification Buddha statue made out of gilt-bronze that represents the crucial wish of the Korean people for the reunification of the divided country. (B) Special Experience: We 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.
6

Mt Seorak - Jeonju

Departing Mt Seorak, we continue to Jeonju via Pyeongchang, where we visit Naksansa Temple. This afternoon we'll arrive in Jeonju and visit the Hanok Village, a community of more than 800 traditional hanok houses. These houses are generally divided into 2 sections - the Anchae for women and the Sarangchae for men. (B)
7

Jeonju - Muju

We continue towards Muju, visiting beautiful Mount Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple along the way. (B) Special Experience: Relax and enjoy a traditional Korean spa, a very important part of the Korean way of life!
8

Muju - Gyeongju

We learn all about Korea's traditional martial art, taekwondo, and enjoy a demonstration, then travel to Mt Gayasan and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haeinsa Temple. It's one of the Three Jewel Temples representing Buddha's teachings, and home to the Tripitaka Koreana - a complete set of Buddhist scriptures. (B)
9

Gyeongju

We visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto this morning. Bulguksa Temple also contains seven of the National Treasures of South Korea, including two pagodas and statues of Buddha. In the afternoon we'll explore Chomsungdae Observatory, which dates back to the 7th century. (B)
10

Gyeongju - Busan

After lunch we'll continue to Busan and visit the town's local markets. Special Experience: We stop at Golgulsa Temple for a tea ceremony with monks before trying our hand at traditional archery and watching a seonmudo demonstration - a Korean Buddhist martial art. (B/L)
11

Busan - Seoul

This morning we board the bullet train to Seoul. In the afternoon we'll step into the kitchen and learn to make Korea's national dish - the spicy-sour side dish, kimchi. We'll also get a chance to try on the hanbok (traditional Korean dress). Tonight we'll enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy, and very popular way to spend an evening in South Korea. (B)
12

Seoul

Stepping back in time, we visit the Korean Folk Village to gain an insight into life during the Joseon Dynasty. We'll then explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner to farewell Korea. (B/D)
13

Seoul - Tokyo

We fly to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital. (B)
14

Tokyo

This afternoon we visit the shopping districts of Akihabara and Ginza, before sharing a Japanese-style dinner. Special Experience: Begin the day at Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world's largest wholesale fresh food markets. We learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we'll get to enjoy once we've finished).. (B/L/D)
15

Tokyo

An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Our sightseeing includes the Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise, and the famous Sumo Museum, dedicated to Japan's national sport. Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration by retired athletes over a traditional Chanko-Nabe (hot pot) lunch. This evening we'll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shinjuku. (B/L)
16

Tokyo - Hakone

We begin our morning with a stroll through Hamarikyu Garden before travelling to Hakone. (B/D) Special Experience: For the next two nights, we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse! We'll have the chance to bathe in natural hot springs and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner.
17

Mt Fuji

A highlight of any trip to Japan is a visit to iconic Mt Fuji. We stop at the fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the stunning views. Later we'll ride a gondola and enjoy vistas of the Hakone Mountains. (B/D)
18

Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama, and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. (B)
19

Takayama

Today we wander through the heritage-listed site of Shirakawago with its famous gassho-zukuri thatched roofs. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of rice paper-making. (B)
20

Takayama - Hiroshima

We rise early today and visit a local market before catching the train to Hiroshima. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)
21

Hiroshima

This morning we cruise to Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. After lunch we'll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum, commemorating the atomic bomb dropped here in 1945. (B/L)
22

Hiroshima - Kyoto

We make our way to historic Kyoto via bullet train. On arrival, we visit stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple's top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. (B)
23

Nara

We travel to Nara and visit the beautiful Todai-ji (Great Eastern) Temple then stop at famous Deer Park, where more than 1,000 deer roam freely. This afternoon we'll see one of Japan's most celebrated temples, the heritage-listed Kiyomizu-dera. (B)
24

Kyoto

Today we discover the art behind creating Japan's unique crafts and culinary delights! (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko apprentices).
25

Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before visiting Enryakuji Temple, located on the sacred mountain of Mt Hiei. Here we'll enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch. We'll then make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building for views over the city. (B/L)
26

Osaka

We travel by bullet train to visit Himeji Castle. Japan's largest and most-visited castle, it is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. We'll then venture into Osaka's Dotonbori District at dusk to take in its famous lights. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. (B/D)
27

Depart Osaka

Today we transfer to Kansai Airport to begin our journey home. (B)
28

Arrive In Australia

Day By Day

1

Depart Australia

2

Arrive In Seoul

Welcome to Seoul, the capital of South Korea and a beautiful juxtaposition of modern and traditional. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. (D)
3

Seoul

Stepping back in time, we visit the Korean Folk Village to gain an insight into life during the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy a traditional Korean archery experience. After some free time for lunch along famous Insadong Street, we'll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, a collection of museums and historical sites. Later this afternoon we visit the iconic N Seoul Tower's observation deck. (B)
4

Seoul - Mt Seorak

This morning we travel to Nami Island, a tiny half-moon-shaped island, famous for its stunning scenery and grassy fields where the wildlife welcomes visitors. We'll then continue to Sokcho. (B)
5

Mt. Seorak

This afternoon we'll visit Sinheungsa Temple, believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world. (B) Special Experience: Spend a full day exploring stunning Mount Seorak, visiting Sogongwon Park and travelling to Gwongumseong Fortress by cable car, enjoying the beautiful vistas.
6

Mt Seorak - Jeonju

Departing Mt Seorak, we continue to Jeonju via Pyeongchang, where we visit Naksansa Temple. This afternoon we'll arrive in Jeonju and visit the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village. (B)
7

Jeonju - Muju

We continue towards Muju, visiting beautiful Mount Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple along the way. (B) Special Experience: 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'.
8

Muju - Gyeongju

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 Buddhist scriptures. (B) Special Experience: 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 Buddhist scriptures.
9

Gyeongju - Busan

In the afternoon we'll explore Chomsungdae Observatory. (B) Special Experience: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto this morning, where we'll experience a traditional tea ceremony with monks. Bulguksa Temple also contains seven of the National Treasures of South Korea, including two pagodas and statues of Buddha.
10

Busan

We begin our sightseeing of Busan at scenic Igidae Park, where we'll wander along the trails and admire the rugged natural scenery. We'll also visit the Oryukdo Skywalk, a glass bridge stretching over the ocean. Our next stop is the UN Memorial Cemetery. This afternoon we'll visit the local markets and have some free time to explore. (B/L)
11

Busan - Seoul

This morning we board the high-speed train to Seoul. In the afternoon we'll step into the kitchen and learn to make Korea's national dish - the spicy-sour side dish, kimchi. We'll also get a chance to try on the hanbok (traditional Korean dress). (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a nanta show - a non-verbal comedy show, and a very popular way to spend an evening in South Korea.
12

Seoul

Today we visit the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) separating North and South Korea. Take a peek into North Korea from the Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Freedom Bridge and Third Infiltration Tunnel. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner, accompanied by a traditional Korean performance. (B/D)
13

Seoul - Tokyo

We fly to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital. Formally known as Edo, a small local fishing village, the Tokyo of today is a vibrant metropolis known for its advanced technology and diverse fashion sense, intermingled with the traditions of Japanese culture. (B)
14

Tokyo

Begin the day at 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. This afternoon we'll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza on our way to dinner. (B/L/D) 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.
15

Tokyo

Today our sightseeing includes the Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. Early this evening we'll experience the neon lights of the bustling Shinjuku District. (B/L) Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional chanko nabe (hot pot) lunch.
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. 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) Special Experience: Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.
17

Mt Fuji

A highlight of any trip to Japan is a visit to majestic and iconic Mt Fuji! We stop at the fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Later we'll ride the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas. (B/D)
18

Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. We visit the Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Shogunate. (B)
19

Takayama

We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri (‘like hands in prayer') thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making in Gokayama. Rice paper, or Washi, is commonly used in the traditional paper-folding art of Origami, practiced in Japan since the early 1600s. (B/L)
20

Takayama - Hiroshima

Early this morning we'll visit a local market before continuing our rail journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in this naturally beautiful city. Hiroshima is a city with great historical significance, forever remembered as the site of impact from the world's first atomic-bomb, where so much devastation occurred. (B)
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. (B) Special Experience: We'll experience the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making.
22

Hiroshima - Kyoto

Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple's top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. (B)
23

Kyoto

We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto's famous Fushimi Inari shrine. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. (B)
24

Kyoto

Today we discover the art behind Japan's unique crafts and culinary delights! (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices. Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto).
25

Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before visiting Enryaku-ji Temple on the sacred mountain of Mt Hiei. Here we'll enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building for scenic views. (B/L)
26

Osaka

This morning we visit Himeji Castle. Japan's largest and most-visited castle, it is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. We'll then venture into Osaka's Dōtonbori District in the early evening to take in its famous lights. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. (B/D)
27

Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. (B)
28

Arrive In Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South Korea & Japan (taxes included)
  • 1 rail journey in South Korea
  • 5 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, $95pp AUD prepaid (Korea Only). Japan not expected however at your discretion

Accommodation & Meals

  • 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 party 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

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea
  • Wander through Gwang Jang Market, South Korea's oldest street market
  • Visit N Seoul Tower including observation deck
  • Visit the Demiliterised Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, including Freedom Bridge, Dora Observatory and 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
  • Explore Insadong Street and its multitude of alleys with tea shops, cafes and galleries
  • Visit Changdeokgung Palace & Biwon Secret Garden - the grandest of Seoul's Palaces
  • Stop at the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a modern day architectural amazemen
  • Visit Nami Island, famous for its tree lined roads
  • Spend time at Mt Seorak, including Sogongwon Park, and witness breathtaking views
  • Visit Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gwongumseong Fortress
  • Delve into the Buddhist Culture as we visit Woljeongsa Temple
  • Stroll through a Hanok Village with its traditional 'Hanok' houses
  • Drive to Mt Mai and visit Tapsa Temple
  • Experience true Korean culture as we relax 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
  • Travel to Gyeongju and visit the Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, the Chomsungdai Observatory and the  UNESCO World Heritage Site - Chonma Royal Tumuli
  • Try your hand at traditional Archery at Golgulsa Temple and enjoy a tea ceremony with the Monks, including a Seonmudo demonstration
  • Visit the famous Kukje Market in Busan and the Jahalchi fish market
  • Travel back to Seoul from Busan via bullet train
  • Learn the art of Kimchi Making and Korean traditional cloth (Hanbok) wearing
  • Enjoy a nanta show, a comedy show and a popular way to spend an evening in South Korea
  • Visit a Korean Folk Village in Seoul
  • Explore Suwon Hwaseong Fortress in Seoul
  • Early morning tour of Tokyo's Tsukji Fish Market and sushi making experience including lunch
  • Visit Akihabara electric town and stroll through Ginza District
  • City tour of Tokyo including Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, Sumo Museum
  • Tour of the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section) and stop at Sacred Road
  • Witness Shinjuku by night on a walking tour
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period
  • Explore Kamakura, Tokyo's former medieval political centre
  • Travel to Mt Fuji's fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding area
  • Stay 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ridewith its 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
  • 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 Peace Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's only remaining bomb-damaged building, and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum (by audio tour)
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture
  • our the temples of Kyoto, Japan's former capital and very much the cultural heart of the country. Our tour includes the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), Nara's Todaji Temple (Great Eastern Temple) and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Pure Water Temple)
  • Learn more on traditional Japan as we actively participate in Sake brewing & tasting and watch a Maiko Dance performance
  • Visit the Buddhist sanctuary at Mt Hiei, founded in 788 AD, and one of Japan's most important cultural, religious and artistic centres. Enjoy a tea ceremony
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for scenic view of central Osaka

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions 

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 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, $110pp prepaid (Korea Only). Tipping in Japan is not expected, however this is at your discretion 

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 party 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 and Japan

Tour Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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 tmple in the world.
  • Delve into the Buddhist Culture on a visit to Naksansa Temple in Pyeongchang.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, including Freedom Bridge, Dora Observatory and 3rd Infiltration Tunnel.
  • 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 (for departures from April 2018) 
  • Witness a sumo demonstration and enjoy a typical sumo meal.
  • City tour of Tokyo including Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, Sumo Museum and a stop at the Shibuya Intersection - Tokyo's busiest intersection.
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period.
  • Visit a former farming village, reconstructed 40 years after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 (for departures from April 2018) .
  • Travel to Mt Fuji's fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding area.
  • 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
  • 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. (for departures from April 2018 only)
  • 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).
  • 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. (for departures from April 2018)
  • 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), Nara's Todaji Temple (Great Eastern Temple) and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Pure Water Temple) (for departures up until April 2018)
  • Learn more about traditional Japanese crafts such as sake brewing and tasting, and watch a Maiko dance performance.
  • Visit the Buddhist sanctuary at Mt Hiei, founded in 788 AD, one of Japan's most important cultural, religious and artistic centres. Enjoy a tea ceremony.
  • 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.

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

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