Discover South Korea & Japan (Flights Included)

28 Day Small Group Tour from Seoul to Osaka with Bunnik

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 28 Day Discover South Korea & Japan (Flights Included). 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, more

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Countries Explored:
Japan, South Korea
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1 Depart Australia
2 Arrive In Seoul
Welcome to buzzing Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. (D)
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)
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)
5 Mt. Seorak
Special Experiences: 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)
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)
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)  Special Experiences: 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'.
8 Muju - Gyeongju
Special Experiences: 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)
9 Gyeongju - Busan
Special Experiences: 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)
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)
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)  Special Experiences: 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 Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea. Tonight we farewell South Korea with a group dinner and traditional Korean performance. (B/D)
13 Seoul - Tokyo
We fly to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital! (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. Later we'll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza. (B/L/D)  Special Experiences: 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
An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.  Special Experiences: 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)
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)
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)
18 Hakone - Takayama
We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore on foot. (B)
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)
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)
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)
22 Hiroshima - Kyoto
We make our way to historic Kyoto by bullet train. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji. (B)
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)
24 Kyoto
Today we discover the art behind Japan's unique crafts and culinary delights! (B)  Special Experiences: 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
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)
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)
27 Depart Osaka
Today we begin our journey home. (B)
28 Arrive In Australia
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.

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Journey 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 temple in the world.
  • Drive through Pyeongchang Olympic Site
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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)
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge
  • 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 Inclusions
  • 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 & 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 while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 25 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
Your Tour Guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout South Korea
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout Japan
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

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Wednesday 09 Oct 2019 Tuesday 05 Nov 2019 316per person 15,879per person Sold Out
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