2017-18 SEASON
Oct 2017 - Mar 2018

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)
Duration: 28 Days
From: Seoul to Osaka
Tour Code: BUN41885
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan, South Korea
Our Price From:
$ 15,200
Per Person ($AU)
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Per Person ($AU)

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

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.

 

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Small Group Tour
Accommodation: Mixed
Location: Various
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Mini-Coach
Age Range: Avg 30-65 years
Flights: Included in Price
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 20 (Avg. 18)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Bunnik for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
2017-18 SEASON
Oct 2017 - Mar 2018

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