Scenic South Korea & Japan
Seoul to Osaka
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 18 nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
- 29 meals – 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
- See the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace
- Visit a traditional Korean village at Bukchon Hanok and enjoy tea with a monk at Jogyesa Temple
- Visit the snowcapped Mt Fuji and explore Matsumoto Castle
- Experience local Japanese life with a special dinner at an izakaya-style restaurant
- Wander through the towering bamboo at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Flight from Seoul to Tokyo is unescorted
- Prices include transfers, tipping, flight from Seoul to Tokyo and most porterage
- Whilst on the tour the majority of the rooms in Japan will be double bedded rooms. Twin bedding cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability at hotel upon check in.
- Cherry Blossom season in South Korea usually lasts from March to mid April, and in Japan from March to May. However due to changeable weather blooms cannot be guaranteed, even during spring months
- Prices are for land/rail and flights as specified only
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Arrive Incheon, Seoul
Join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Korean-style BBQ house. Smoky meats and sizzling savoury pancakes are often on the menu.
Arrive into Incheon and transfer to Seoul. After a Welcome Dinner this evening, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel which is located in the heart of Seoul.
Stay: Three Nights, Seoul, Courtyard Marriott NamdaemunDaily :
At Gyeongbok Palace, witness the changing of the guard ceremony.
Visit Bukchon Hanok, a traditional hanok village, before visiting Jogyesa Temple for the chance to share tea with a monk.
Fill up at breakfast this morning – you’re in for a full day of sightseeing. Begin at the City Hall plaza, walk through the giant Gwanghwamun Gate plaza and into Gyeongbok Palace. The excitement begins with Gyeongbok Palace, the largest palace in South Korea. Built in 1392 at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty, it was the main royal palace for five centuries. After a number of Insider Experiences, your final stop for today is Insadong Antique Alley, where quirky amulets and jewellery among other wares are scattered across stalls. Poke around the many streets, maybe picking up a souvenir or two.Daily :
Seoul, Paju, Demilitarised Zone
Today is dedicated to the relationship between North and South Korea. You’ll visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) in Paju to gain an understanding of the bordering countries. See Imjingak Park, the Bridge of Freedom and The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel where it’s believed that some 30,000 soldiers could pass through within an hour. You’ll also spend time at the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall, and the station, along with Dora Observatory which offers binocular views into North Korea. Return to Seoul for an afternoon visit to the War Memorial Museum to reflect further on the conflict.Daily :
Board one of South Korea’s famous KTX Express Trains to Busan. Watch the beautiful countryside whip past your window, and jet right past busy cities as your train reaches speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour.
After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Busan. Upon arrival in South Korea’s second-largest city, you’ll be taken on a city sightseeing tour of some of Busan’s most well-known sites. Begin at Busan Tower, which offers a great vantage point to the city’s bustling port. Visit Jagalchi Fishery Market, the largest seafood market in South Korea. Here, locals select their seafood straight from the ocean and take their purchase to the market’s chefs to be prepared just how they like it, for a fresher-than-fresh seafood lunch. Finish your explorations in Gamcheon Village, a mishmash of pastel-coloured houses, street art and art galleries.
Stay: Busan, Commodore HotelDaily :
There’s more of Busan to be explored this morning. Voyage to the seaside for a visit to Haedong Yonggung temple. Continue to the United Nations Memorial cemetery – the only one of its kind. At Taejongdae observatory, admire sweeping views of the natural wonders of Taejongdae Resort Park. Afterwards, journey to Gyeongju. Be welcomed into the ancient city with a traditional performance at Jeongdong Theater.
Stay: Two Nights, Gyeongju, Commodore HotelDaily :
Join a moonlight tour to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, once part of the palace complex of ancient Silla. Explore the site which was only properly uncovered and renamed in the 1980s.
Set your sights on the World Heritage Bulguksa Temple resting on the slopes of Mt Toham. Built in AD774, the temple is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art. Nearby, explore Seokguram Grotto and see the giant Sakyamuni Buddha which is buried in the grotto’s inner chambers. Afterwards, take a stroll across the green grounds of Tumuli Park and Family Choi’s House, the oldest house in the area which was built in 1630. After an Insider Experience, the rest of the evening is spent relaxing in your hotel.Daily :
Gyeongju, Gayasan National Park, Seoul
Travel by KTX Express Train to Seoul.
Make the journey by coach to Haeinsa Temple. As one of the three principal Buddhist temples in Korea, discover Buddhist scriptures within the temple, which have been carved into more than 80,000 wooden blocks. Afterwards, head to Dongdaegu train station to board a KTX Express Train to Seoul. Tonight, celebrate your holiday with your fellow travellers and Tour Director with a special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Seoul, Courtyard Marriott NamdaemunDaily :
Head to a local izakaya for dinner to celebrate your first night in Japan.
Today, fly to Tokyo and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Japan Tour Director for a welcome meeting before dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Tokyo, Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel TokyuDaily :
A full-day tour of Tokyo begins with a trip to Sensoji Temple. Next it’s on to the Imperial Palace and Tsukiji Outer Market, the largest wholesale fish market in Japan. Continue to Ginza, Tokyo’s famous upmarket shopping district. Here, you’ll have time for lunch or perhaps join an optional sushi-making class (additional expense). The last stop is Meiji Shrine and the famous Shibuya Crossing.Daily :
Travel to Hakone today. Take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Geothermal Valley. Continue on to Lake Ashi and enjoy a cruise around the lake. This caldera lake was formed 3,000 years ago when Mt Hakone erupted. On a clear day, you may see Mt Fuji. Later, for the ultimate exercise in relaxation, perhaps partake in a traditional onsen experience at your hotel.
Stay: Hakone, Susukinohara InchinoyuDaily :
Mt Fuji, Matsumoto
Stop at Mt Fuji’s Fifth Station where, if the sun is shining, you will be able to see the snowcapped peak.
This morning, travel to Mt Fuji, arguably Japan’s most distinctive landmark. Continue to Matsumoto and afterwards, enjoy a stroll through the merchant district of Nakamachi, where streets are lined with well-preserved Edo-style buildings.
Stay: Matsumoto, Hotel KagetsuDaily :
Dive deeper into Japan’s alpine region with a visit to Oku-Hida region, where you’ll board the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway to an observation deck that is elevated to 2,156 metres. Later arrive in the picturesque mountain town of Takayama. On a guided walking tour, see sights including the Old Jinya House and Kami Sannomachi. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. Tonight, perhaps discover the famous Hida beef, a variety of Wagyu beef which is arguably more tender, during a special select dining experience (additional expense).
Stay: Two Nights, Takayama OuanDaily :
Take part in an o-sembei making workshop, where you will learn to shape, flavour and roast your own rice crackers.
Up here in the mountains makes for perfect sake-producing conditions. It’s only fitting you visit a sake brewery and enjoy a tasting.
This morning, visit the Miyagawa Morning Market. Afterwards, enjoy two Insider Experiences. The afternoon is at leisure, where you might like to explore further.Daily :
Following breakfast, head to Kanazawa, stopping en route at the alpine village of Shirakawa-go, made famous by its collection of original gassho-zukuri style farmhouses. Continue to Kanazawa and join a walking tour through the geisha and samurai districts.
Stay: Agora KanazawaDaily :
In Kyoto this evening, keep on the lookout for beautiful geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha) as you enjoy a stroll through the city.
Begin your explorations with a visit to Kenrokuen Garden. Stroll across bridges, passing tranquil ponds and fountains, and admire a landscape dotted with Japanese pines, cherry trees and maples. Afterwards, continue to Kyoto.
Stay: Three Nights, Noku KyotoDaily :
Enjoy a walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, where towering green bamboo stalks give off an otherworldly feel.
Today your Kyoto explorations begin at the Heian Jingu Shrine. Walk under the giant red torii gates and stroll across the shrine’s court. After, visit Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and its stunning Japanese garden. Visit Nijo Castle before spending the rest of the day exploring Kyoto your way. Or you may choose an optional tea ceremony experience (additional expense).Daily :
Rise early this morning and follow the path marked by thousands of scarlet torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine. You’ll then board your coach for a day trip to Nara. Immerse yourself in Nara culture with a visit to Todai-ji Temple. You’ll also head to Nara Park to see the friendly wild deer, and Kasuga Shrine, whose countless lanterns have been donated by worshippers. Tonight, there is an opportunity for a special select dining experience with a geisha (additional expense).Daily :
Travel to Osaka, where you will visit the Umeda Observatory in the iconic Umeda Sky building. Afterwards, admire Osaka Castle before heading to Dotonbori, a hotspot for street food. Your final night is celebrated with a Farewell Dinner at a local sukiyaki restaurant.
Stay: Osaka Excel Hotel TokyuDaily :
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.