Grand Japan South Korea

20 Days

from £5,599

Discover Japan and South Korea, two countries that embrace the future and preserve the past. Journey from Tokyo to Hiroshima, taking in must-see sights and experiencing local cultures. Spend time in the mountainous Hida region, exploring local villages and towns. See Japan’s cultural and historical attractions in Kyoto and Nara. Leave Osaka for Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Visit ancient temples, local villages and tea plantations during your journey to the coastal regions in the south of the country. Spend your last few days exploring high-tech Seoul, including a day trip to The Demilitarization Zone, located on the border with North Korea.

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2018 – 19

Day 1 Fly to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at Narita (Narita International Airport) or Haneda (Tokyo International Airport). You will be met by our representative who will assist you to board an airport bus for your transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo Morning Tour (B)
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel to join Tokyo Morning Tour. Visit Meiji Shrine.  See Imperial Palace East Garden and drive through Asakusa district. Tour ends at Tokyo Station approx. 1 pm. The tour guide will inform you how to go back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 4 Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone (BL)
Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. Please keep an overnight bag with you for the night in Hakone.After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join the day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Visit Mt. Fuji 5th station in the morning. After lunch, take the Hakone Ropeway, followed by a cruise on Lake Ashi. After the tour you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hakone.

Day 5 Hakone / Kyoto Afternoon Walking Tour (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Odawara station by private car. Take the famous bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival you will be met by an English speaking assistant, where you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, join the Kyoto Afternoon Walking Tour (Approx. 3.5 km walking including over varied terrain). You will meet your English speaking guide at Kyoto Station. Take public bus from the station to Higashiyama area and visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Gion district, one of the famous Geisha quarters. Tour ends in Gion.

Day 6 Nara Morning Walking Tour / Kyoto (B)
Today, you will join Nara Morning Walking Tour (Approx. 4.5km walking). You will meet your English speaking guide at Kyoto station. Take a Kintetsu Express Train to Nara, the imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century. You will visit Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha), Nara Park (Deer Park) and Kofuku-ji Temple. Return to Kyoto by train. Tour ends at Kyoto station at approximately 1 pm. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 7 Kyoto / Hiroshima (B)
You will leave Kyoto for Hiroshima today. Make your own way to Kyoto station and take the bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, walk to your accommodation. Your hotel has a direct access from the station. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 8 Hiroshima / Osaka (B)
Today, you will join Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour. You will take a short ferry ride to Miyajima island where you will visit Itsukushima Shrine. Enjoy lunch on your own,why not try Hiroshima-fu Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima style Japanese savory pancake. Take the ferry back to Hiroshima city and visit Hiroshima peace and Memorial Park/Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The tour ends at Hiroshima Station later that afternoon. Take the bullet train to Osaka for your overnight stay.

Day 9 Osaka Walking Tour (B)
Today, you will join Osaka 1-day Walking Tour. Visit Osaka’s famous sightseeing spots and learn about the city’s history and about Osaka. Enjoy a grand view from Aerial Garden Observatory, or Floating Garden Observatory, located on the 39th and 40th floor of two buildings of the Umeda Sky Building. After lunch time, take a train to visit Osaka Castle, built in 1583. Enjoy the scenery of the city, also known as “Aqua Metropolis Osaka” from boat, Aqua Liner. Return to Osaka station, where the tour ends at approximately 4:30 pm.

Day 10 Fly to Seoul (B)
Transfer to Kansai International airport by shuttle bus. Fly to Seoul. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred in a private minivan to your hotel. Check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 11 Seoul / Gongju / Daejeon (BLD)
Our guide will greet you at your hotel lobby in Seoul. Leave for Gongju, the ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom. You will visit Magoksa Temple, Gongsanseong Fortress and Tomb of Muryeong King where you will experience tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk. Leave for Daejeon, one of the 5 major cities in Korea and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12 Daejeon/Jeonju/Jinan/Gwangju (BLD)
After breakfast at the hotel you will leave for Jeonju, home of Korean culture andtradition. Visit Jeonju Hanok (Korean Traditional House) Village. After Jeonju Bibimbap enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Depart to Jinan and visit Tapsa Temple at Mt. Maisan and leave for Gwangju afterwards. Check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13 Gwangju/Boseong/Suncheon/Yeosu (BLD)
Sightseeing today will be at Green Tea Plantation in Boseong, Naganeupseong Folk Village, Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park with Reeds Marshes, Yongsan Observatory and Eco-Museum in Suncheon. Transfer to Yeosu.

Day 14 Yeosu / Jinju / Busan (BLD)
Take the cable car to admire the scenery of Yeosu. Transfer to Jinju and visit Jinjuseong Fortress. Transfer to Busan, the largest port city in Korea. Visit Igidae Park and the coastal walking path. Remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch and dinner will be served en route at local restaurants.

Day15 Busan/Ulsan/Gyeongju (BLD)
Leave for Ulsan after breakfast. Upon arrival visit Daewangam Park, littered with rocks shaped by the wind and ocean. Transfer to Gyeongju and visit Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju National Museum, Daereungwon Tomb complex and Cheomseongdae Observatory.

Day 16 Daegu/Andong/Wonju/Pyeongchang (BLD)
Leave for Andong and visit Hahoe Village.After lunch at local restaurant, transfer to Hanji Theme Park in Wonju. Here experience the making of Hanji (traditional Korean paper). Transfer to Pyeongchang and check in to your hotel. Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurants.

Day 17 Pyeongchang / Gangneung / Mt. Seorak / Seoul (BL)
Visit the ski jump observatory for the 2018 Winter Olympic games, then explore Jumunjin Fish Market. Transfer to Yangyang for a short hike at Jujeongol at Mt. Seoraksan for enjoying the nature. Return to Seoul.

Day 18 Seoul DMZ Tour (BL)
A day tour to DMZ. This is one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. Transfer back to your hotel.

Day 19 Morning City Tour (B)
After breakfast you will have a city tour. Visit Changyeong Palace & Chongmyo, Gyeongbok Palace, National Folk Museum and some markets.

Day 20 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation
Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel
Hakone: Hakone Hotel
Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel
Hiroshima: Hotel Granvia
Osaka: Hotel New Hankyu
Seoul: Center Mark Hotel
Daejeon: Inter City Hotel
Gwangju: Holiday Inn
Yeosu: Hidden Bay Hotel
Busan: Novotel Busan
Gyeongju: Hilton Hotel
Pyeongchang: Intercontinental

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.

Hakone: Hakone Hotel

The Hakone Hotel is a resort hotel located in the popular resort area of Hakone, near Tokyo. This elegant resort on the shore of Lake Ashi offers beautiful views and high-class service. Equipped with modern facilities, the stylishly understated Japanese and Western rooms have large windows overlooking the lake.

Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel

Right in front of Kyoto Station, New Miyako Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a beauty salon, a convenience shop and 6 dining options.

Hiroshima:  Hotel Granvia

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is directly connected to the JR Hiroshima Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Station. This Michelin 3-star rated hotel offers modern accommodation with 6 restaurants, massage services and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guestrooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities. Each room has a fridge, a trouser press and a flat-screen TV. Pay-per-view movies are available.

Osaka:  Hotel New Hankyu

Connected to Umeda Station, Hotel New Hankyu Osaka lies in downtown area Umeda in the heart of Osaka. It boasts 19 dining options and offers rooms with free WiFi. Hotel New Hankyu is a 3-minute walk from Osaka Station and a minute’s walk from Grand Front Osaka. Umeda Sky Building is a 10-minute walk and Hankyu Department Store is only a 2-minute walk away.

Seoul:  Center Mark Hotel

The hotel is located around a 7-minute walk from the Changdeokgung Palace and a 10-minute walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong and Myeong-dong.  Comfortable guestrooms overlook the city and have modern amenities including air conditioning, flat-screen TV, fridge, hairdryer, free WiFi and personal safe. Kyung Bok Kung restaurant serves Korean dishes, while Au-dam restaurant offers Japanese food.

Daejeon:  Inter City Hotel

Ideally situated in Daejeon on the banks of a tributary of River Kum. Each of the rooms offered are modern, comfortable, spacious, and come in Superior, Deluxe, and Suite.

Gwangju:  Holiday Inn

Overlooking 5.18 Freedom Park, Holiday Inn, conveniently located a 5-minute drive from Gwangju Airport. Offers an indoor pool, sauna facilities and a fitness centre. Every room here is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV and a work desk.

Yeosu:  Hidden Bay Hotel

This beach hotel is within easy reach of Dolsandaegyo Bridge, Dolsan Park and Yi Sun Shin Square. The onsite restaurant, The Kitchen serves local and western cuisine. All the spacious guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as air conditioning.

Busan:  Novotel Busan

Located along Haeundae Beach, a short distance from Bexco and Busan Aquarium. The hotel offers a natural hot spring spa, 3 restaurants and an indoor pool.  Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, the modern rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and minibar.

Gyeongju: Hilton Hotel

A luxury hotel, located in a scenic spot overlooking Bomun Lake, around a 25-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seokguram Grotto.  Spacious guestrooms have modern décor and furnishings with flat-screen TV and minibar.  There is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, squash courts and gym.  There are 2 bars and 6 dining options including restaurants serving Szechuan, Cantonese, International buffet, Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine.

Pyeongchang:  Intercontinental

Situated in Daegwanryeong, a popular getaway spot for those who seek exploring in the mountains. Offers a fitness centre and spa facilities. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, fridge and sofa. Featuring a bath, private bathroom comes with a shower, bathrobes and a hairdryer.

Tour Name: Grand Japan and South Korea

Tour Code: GJSK20
 20 Day

Departures are available Wednesday

Prices from £5,599 per person

Land only from £4,799

Single supplement from £1,399
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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


  • International flights
  • Hotel accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet train
  • Baggage transfer for one piece
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance