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). 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...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Seoul
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Osaka
Accomodation
Accomodation
3.5 - 4 Star
20
Max Group Size
20
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Included
Flights
Included
Countries Explored:
Japan, South Korea
Trip Operated By:
Bunnik
Bunnik
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Trip Code:
BUN70302

Itinerary

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1 Depart Australia
2 Arrive in Seoul
Welcome to vibrant Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Enjoy a group welcome dinner tonight. (D)
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)
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)
5 Mt Seorak Excursion
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)
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)
7 Jeonju - Muju
We continue towards Muju, visiting beautiful Mt Maisan and the Buddhist Tapsa Temple along the way. 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)
8 Muju - Gyeongju
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)
9 Gyeongju - Busan
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)
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 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)
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)
13 Seoul - Tokyo
We fly to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital! (B)
14 Tokyo
We begin today with a visit to the scenic Imperial Palace East Garden. 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. 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)
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)
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)
17 Hakone - Matsumoto - Nagano
Today we'll travel to Matsumoto, where we'll visit Matsumoto Castle. 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)
18 Nagano - Takayama
We travel to the historic town of Takayama and explore the traditional streets on foot. (B)
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)
20 Takayama - Hiroshima
Today we'll take the bullet train to Hiroshima. (B)
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.
22 Hiroshima - Kyoto
Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto. We'll then explore Kyoto's famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. Special Experience: Sample the famous Japanese beverage, sake, and learn about the brewing process. (B)
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)
24 Kyoto
Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure. (B)
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)
26 Osaka
This morning we visit iconic Himeji Castle. 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)
27 Depart Osaka
Today we begin our journey home. (B)
28 Arrive in Australia

Bunnik Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
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.
Trip Inclusions
  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 1 economy-class flight within Asia
  • 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
  • Porterage included where available
Accommodation & Meals
  • 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
Your Tour Guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide in South Korea
  • English-speaking locally based national guide in Japan
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
  • 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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Wednesday 08 Apr 2020 Tuesday 05 May 2020 318per person 15,977per person Enquire
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