Essential Japan and Korea

9 Days

from £1795

The Essential Japan and South Korea tour is perfect for the first time traveller to Japan and South Korea who is looking to sample these thrilling and diverse destinations. It encompasses Tokyo’s past and present as well as the scenic and historical capital of Kyoto. Japan offers the most modern shopping experiences as well as being home to historic, elegant buildings and temples. Mount Fuji is an impressive and breathtaking location with a single, volcanic snowy peak. Kyoto, a city famous for its serene, charming landscape, is the final destination of your tour and where you will have the opportunity to discover ancient beautiful temples and shrines. This area is also famed for its fine dining experiences. Fly to Seoul where you will experience this dynamic 24 hour city, and one of the most unusual day tours in the world; DMZ. Take time to sample South Korea’s unique food and tea culture.

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2016 – 17

Day 1   Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be met participants at the airport and assist in boarding a pre-reserved taxi. Upon arrival at the hotel in Tokyo, please check in by yourself. The rest of day is at leisure.

Day 2   Tokyo (B)
You will be picked up from your hotel. Take a Morning tour of Tokyo by coach and visit Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza and Sensoji Temple passing the Nakamise shopping arcade in Asakusa. Following a drive through Ueno, the tour will disembark in Akihabara or at Tokyo Station. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Tokyo.

Day 3   Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Kyoto (BL)
In the morning, travel by coach (120mins) to Mt. Fuji and visit Fuji Visitor Centre. Drive up to Mt. Fuji 5th station before continuing to Hakone. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch in Hakone. After lunch, take a cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. Board a Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto at Odawara Station (120-180 mins). Your baggage will be transported from Tokyo to Kyoto today.

Day 4   Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (BL)
Today enjoy a day tour of Kyoto and Nara. In the morning, visit Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. After lunch, continue to Nara and visit Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, and Nara Nagomikan. At the end of the day you will be dropped off at your hotel in Kyoto.

Day 5   Kyoto (B)
Day free at leisure to explore Kyoto.

Day 6   Fly to Seoul (B)
Transfer from hotel to Kansai International Airport, Osaka, for your flight to Seoul. On arrival in Seoul you will be met and transferred o your hotel.

Day 7   Seoul Day Tour (B)
You will have a city tour today. Visit the Blue House, the official residence of the Republic of Korea’s president, the royal palace of Gyeongbokgung, National Folk Museum, Insadong Shopping district.

Day 8   DMZ Tour (B)
A day tour to DMZ. This is one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. This visit is a real eye-opening experience and it will leave you a dramatic sense of the tremendous tragedy of separated families, the division of the peninsula and the hopes for reunification.

Day 9   Depart (B)
Transfer from hotel to Seoul International airport for your onward flight.

Your Hotel Accommodation
Tokyo: Shiba Park
Kyoto: Karasuma Kyoto
Seoul: Manu Seoul

Tokyo: Shiba Park

Just a 5-minute walk to two subway stations and the JR Hamamatsucho train station is a 10-minute walk away. The hotel offers 2 restaurants and a bar. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi is available at all areas.

Kyoto: Karasuma Kyoto

Located near traditional houses and temples, this hotel offers easy access to transport links. It features a restaurant, a bar and rooms with free high-speed internet. A Starbucks is just off the lobby.

Seoul: Manu Seoul

The modern Hotel Manu Seoul is a 5-minute drive from shops and restaurants at Myeongdong. It is a 10-minute drive from Insadong cultural street and the N Seoul Tower, while Dongdaemun is a 15-minute drive away.

Tour Name: Essential Japan and Kora

Tour Code: EJK9
9 Day

Prices from £1795 per person (Land Only)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

• Internal flight from Osaka to Seoul in economy class
• Transfers and transport in Japan and Seoul
• Baggage transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto on Day 4
• Hotel accommodation based on twin share
• English speaking guides
• Meals as specified (B=breakfast, L=lunch)
• Entrance fees to the sites listed
• Airport taxes

• Return international flights in economy class
• Tips
• Personal spending
• Travel insurance