Essence of South Korea and Japan

Resort:South Korea & Japan
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: Japan, South Korea
Price From: £8390.00

Tour Overview

Discover the Allure of South Korea and Japan on a Fascinating 2-Week Adventure. This two-week South Korea and Japan adventure gives a fascinating insight into two of Asia’s most intriguing countries. Close in proximity yet culturally distinct, this tour offers the perfect way to experience the diversity of the Far East.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Fully Inclusive: Your journey includes all the essentials for a worry-free experience.

  • Touring with Guides and Entrance Fees: Explore with knowledgeable guides and enjoy included entrance fees to key attractions.

  • Included Meals:
    • Breakfasts: 14
    • Lunches: 13
    • Dinners: 14

  • Accommodation: Stay in 3+/4-star accommodations for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

  • Group Tour: Connect with fellow travelers in a group setting, with a maximum group size of 28.

  • Physical Rating 1: This tour is suitable for those who are comfortable with walking, handling some steps, and spending time on their feet.


DAYS 1-2: Fly overnight to Seoul

  • Fly overnight to South Korea’s dazzling capital, Seoul. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

DAY 3: Explore Seoul

  • Start your full-day tour at Gyeongbok Palace for the ‘Changing of the Guards’ ceremony and a palace exploration.
  • Enjoy a Korean cooking class to create and enjoy Bibimbap for lunch.
  • Visit N Seoul Tower and explore Insadong Antique Alley.

DAY 4: Visit the DMZ

  • Explore the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea.
  • Visit the DMZ Theatre & Exhibition Hall, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory & Station, and the Bridge of Freedom.
  • Return to Seoul to explore the Gwangjang Market.

DAY 5: Explore Gyeongju

  • Embark on a train journey to Gyeongju, known as ‘the museum without walls.’
  • Visit Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Stroll along Anapji Pond.

DAY 6: Explore Busan

  • Visit Gyeongju National Museum and Tumuli Park’s royal tombs.
  • Journey to Busan, explore Jagalchi Fish Market, Gukje Market, Dongbaekseom Island, and Haeundae Beach.

DAY 7: Goodbye South Korea, Hello Japan

  • Board the ferry to Fukuoka, Japan.

DAY 8: From Fukuoka to Hiroshima

  • Explore Fukuoka, then board the bullet train to Hiroshima.

DAY 9: Hiroshima & Miyajima

  • Visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum, an oyster farm by boat, and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island.

DAY 10: Discover Ancient Kurashiki & Okayama

  • Explore Kurashiki’s Bikan Historical Quarter, visit Korakuen Garden in Okayama, and board the bullet train to Osaka.

DAY 11: Explore Nara & Osaka

  • Travel to Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, and return to Osaka to see Osaka Castle.

DAY 12: Travel to Kyoto

  • Journey to Kyoto and visit Ryoanji, Kinkakuji Temple, and experience a tea ceremony.

DAY 13: Explore Kyoto

  • Visit Arashiyama, have lunch with a Maiko (apprentice Geisha), and explore Fushimi Inari Shrine.

DAY 14: Visit Hakone

  • Visit Hakone shrine, Lake Ashi, and participate in a Yosegi marquetry craft experience.
  • Continue by road to Tokyo.

DAY 15: Explore Tokyo

  • Explore Meiji Shrine, Shibuya crossing, Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, and a bonsai museum.
  • End the day with a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.

DAY 16: Fly Tokyo to UK

  • Fly back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.