Home Asia Tours 16 Days South Korea and Japan Tour

Tour Overview

Experience a 16-day odyssey through the cultural wonders of South Korea and Japan. Begin in Seoul, immersing in ancient palaces and vibrant markets, embracing the essence of Korean heritage. Journey to Gyeongju, where historic temples whisper ancient tales. In Busan, indulge in seaside tranquility and lively markets. Transition to Japan, exploring Osaka's castles and cuisine, wandering Kyoto's temples, and marveling at Tokyo's modern and traditional blend. Enjoy scenic Hakone and culinary delights, culminating in an anime-inspired Tokyo adventure. This immersive tour promises unforgettable memories across two enchanting nations.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore Ancient Palaces: Step into the regal past at Gyeongbok Palace, immersing yourself in Korea's rich history and architectural grandeur.
  • Hanbok Experience: Transform into royalty, donning traditional Hanbok attire, a captivating cultural immersion into Korea's elegant heritage.
  • Traverse Cultural Villages: Wander Bukchon Hanok and Gamcheon Culture Villages, where colorful houses and artistic allure paint a vibrant cultural panorama.
  • Discover Spiritual Sanctuaries: Marvel at serene temples like Bulguksa and Todaiji, where ancient spirituality meets intricate architecture, invoking peace and wonder.
  • Savor Culinary Delights: Indulge your senses in bustling markets, from Seoul’s Gwangjang to Osaka's Shinsekai, sampling diverse, delectable Korean and Japanese cuisine.
  • Scenic Hakone Journey: Traverse Hakone's natural wonders, from sulfurous Owakudani to picturesque Lake Ashi, a captivating odyssey through Japan's scenic landscapes.
  • Embrace Tradition in Kyoto: Enter Kyoto's historic Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, relishing Japan's feudal heritage amidst golden pavilions and tranquil gardens.
  • Iconic Tokyo Moments: Experience Tokyo's heartbeat at Shibuya Crossing, ancient Senso-ji, and futuristic Tokyo Skytree, where traditions blend harmoniously with modernity.
  • Culinary Adventures: Dive into Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, crafting sushi and savoring fresh delights, a culinary voyage through Japan's world-renowned seafood treasures.
  • Anime Wonderland: Unwind in Tokyo's anime-themed café, a whimsical retreat where beloved characters come to life, marking a delightful end to your journey.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival in Seoul, your private guide and driver will warmly welcome you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel, where you can freshen up and relax after your journey. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Take this opportunity to explore your surroundings, get acclimated to the city, and perhaps indulge in some local cuisine.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Seoul

  2. In the morning, visit the grand Gyeongbok Palace, a symbol of Korean royalty. Marvel at the intricate architecture and learn about Korea's regal history.

    Immerse yourself in Korean culture by wearing Hanbok, traditional Korean clothing, and capture memorable photos against the backdrop of historical sites.

    South Korean Gyeongbok Palace
    Gyeongbok Palace, a symbol of Korean royalty

    Explore Bukchon Hanok Village, where you can wander through well-preserved traditional Korean houses, known as Hanok, and experience the charm of old Seoul.

    Stroll through the vibrant streets of Insadong, known for its antique shops and art galleries. Later, venture into the bustling Gwangjang Market, where you can sample a variety of authentic Korean snacks.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Seoul

  3. Visit Yongin Folk Village, an open-air museum that showcases traditional Korean culture. Experience the atmosphere of a bygone era as you explore historic houses and cultural exhibitions.

    Explore Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the fortress walls, gates, and pavilions, gaining insights into Korea’s architectural heritage and history.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Seoul

    South Korean Seoul Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
    Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

  4. Board the high-speed KTX train to Gyeongju, a city known as the “Museum Without Walls” due to its rich cultural heritage.

    Visit Cheomseungdae Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical observatories in Asia. Learn about ancient Korean astronomy and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

    Explore Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, a picturesque site that offers a glimpse into the royal history of Gyeongju. Marvel at the pavilions and reflections on the tranquil pond.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Seoul

    South Korean Seoul Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond
    Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond

  5. After breakfast, take a guided tour of the renowned Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Seokguram Grotto, an exquisite Buddhist cave temple. Admire the architectural beauty and spiritual significance of these ancient sites.

    Explore Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a seaside temple with stunning ocean views. Experience the serenity of the temple complex and its scenic surroundings.

    South Korean Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Haeundae Beach. Bask in the sun, swim in the clear waters, and partake in various water sports for an exciting beach experience.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Seoul

  6. Begin your day at Gamcheon Culture Village, known for its colorful houses and vibrant street art. Explore the winding alleys and artistic installations, discovering the village’s unique charm.

    Stroll around Jagalchi Market, Korea's largest seafood market. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, where fresh catches of the day are displayed. Sample delicious seafood dishes and interact with local vendors.

    Take the Songdo Cable Car to soar above the cityscape of Busan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Busan's coastline and skyline, capturing memorable photos of your journey.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Busan

    South Korean Songdo Cable Car
    Songdo Cable Car

  7. After breakfast, board a flight to Osaka, Japan, bidding farewell to the enchanting city of Busan. Upon arrival in Osaka, your driver will transfer you to your hotel, where you can check in and unwind after your travels.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Osaka

  8. Begin your day with a visit to Osaka Castle Park, a symbol of the city, and its surrounding gardens. Learn about the castle's rich history and enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck.

    Japan Osaka Castle Park
    Osaka Castle Park

    Immerse yourself in the world of traditional Japanese woodblock prints at the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum. Admire intricate artworks and gain insights into Japan’s artistic heritage.

    Embark on a thrilling adventure by experiencing the life of a ninja. Participate in interactive activities and learn about the secretive world of these ancient warriors.

    Japan Ninja Experience
    Experience dressing a ninja

    Indulge in a culinary adventure in Shinsekai, a district known for its diverse dining options. Explore local eateries and savor Osaka's famous street food delicacies.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Osaka

  9. Begin your day with a matcha-making experience, where you can learn the art of traditional Japanese tea preparation.

    Visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of friendly deer. Explore the park's scenic beauty and encounter these gentle creatures. Continue to Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's most significant temples. Marvel at the Great Buddha Hall and its colossal statue of Buddha.

    Japan Nara Park
    Deer in Nara Park

    Journey to a local Sake Brewery and indulge in a tasting session of Japan's renowned rice wine. Learn about the sake-making process and appreciate the flavors of this traditional Japanese beverage.

    En route to Kyoto, visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vibrant torii gates. Take a leisurely walk through the mesmerizing tunnel of gates and absorb the spiritual ambiance of this sacred site.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

    Japan Fushimi Inari Shrine
    Fushimi Inari Shrine

  10. Explore Nijo Castle, an architectural masterpiece with stunning gardens and historic significance. Discover the castle's intricate interiors and learn about its feudal past. Stroll through Nishiki Market, Kyoto's bustling food market. Experience the vibrant atmosphere as you sample local delicacies, fresh produce, and traditional snacks.

    Japan Kyoto Nijo Castle
    Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, the famed Golden Pavilion, adorned with gold leaf and surrounded by picturesque gardens. Marvel at the temple's exquisite design and serene surroundings.

    Experience the enchanting world of geishas in Gion, Kyoto's historic geisha district. Explore the narrow alleys, encounter geisha performers, and gain insights into the traditional arts and culture.

    Conclude your day with a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Kyoto. Explore the temple's wooden structure and enjoy breathtaking vistas of the city.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

    Japan Kinkakuji Temple
    Kinkaku-ji Temple

  11. Board the scenic express train to Hakone and revel in the picturesque landscapes along the way.

    Upon arrival, visit Gora Park on your own, a beautiful garden with lush greenery and blooming flowers. Take a leisurely stroll, enjoy the serene atmosphere, and capture scenic views of Hakone's natural beauty.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hakone

  12. Enjoy a flexible day in Hakone with your Hakone Freepass, granting you access to various modes of transportation and attractions.

    Take a cable car up Mt. Owakudani, where you can witness sulfurous fumes rising from the volcanic vents. Experience the unique geothermal activity and savor black eggs boiled in the hot springs.

    Japan Hakone Mt. Owakudani
    Ascend Mt. Owakudani via a thrilling cable car ride

    Cruise on Lake Ashi aboard a sightseeing boat. Admire the scenic beauty of the lake, surrounded by mountains and forests. Capture stunning views of Mt. Fuji on clear days.

    Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, an art museum set amidst nature. Explore the outdoor sculpture exhibits and indoor galleries, showcasing a diverse collection of artworks.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hakone

  13. Travel to Tokyo on the Shinkansen, Japan's high-speed bullet train. Enjoy a comfortable journey as you make your way to the bustling metropolis. Upon arrival in Tokyo, you have free time to explore the city at your own pace. You can relax at your hotel or venture out to nearby attractions.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  14. Begin your day with a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo's most prominent Shinto shrine. Experience the tranquility of the shrine grounds and learn about Japan's spiritual traditions.

    Japan Tokyo Meiji Jingu Shrine
    Meiji Jingu Shrine

    Stroll along Omotesando, a fashionable avenue lined with trendy boutiques, cafes, and design stores. Enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere and indulge in shopping or people-watching.

    Witness the iconic Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world. Experience the thrill of crossing the intersection amid a sea of people.

    Explore Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple located in Asakusa. Marvel at the historic architecture, colorful pagodas, and bustling Nakamise-dori shopping street.

    Japan Tokyo Asakusa Sensoji Temple
    Asakusa Sensoji Temple

    Conclude your day with a visit to Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures in the world. Ascend to the observation decks for a panoramic view of Tokyo's skyline, illuminated in the evening.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  15. Wake up early to explore Tsukiji Fish Market, renowned for its fresh seafood and vibrant atmosphere. Witness the bustling seafood auctions and savor delectable sushi and sashimi.

    Japan Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market
    Fresh fish in Tsukiji Fish Market

    Participate in a sushi-making experience led by a skilled sushi chef. Learn the art of crafting sushi rice, slicing fish, and assembling sushi rolls. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    Visit Hama-rikyu Gardens, a serene oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Wander through landscaped gardens, traditional tea houses, and ponds, experiencing the beauty of Japanese garden design.

    Japan Tokyo Hama Rikyu Garden
    Immerse in the tranquility of Hama Rikyu Gardens

    Immerse yourself in the world of anime at a themed coffee shop. Enjoy themed decor, beverages, and treats inspired by popular anime series. Relax and unwind in this unique and creative environment.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  16. Enjoy your free time until your departure. You can explore nearby attractions, indulge in last-minute shopping, or simply relax at your hotel.

    Your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward journey or flight back home. Bid farewell to Japan with cherished memories of your cultural and culinary adventures.

    Safe travels and a wonderful journey ahead!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 15 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • An air ticket from Busan to Osaka;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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