Seoul: city tour & DMZ; Mt Seorak: craggy peaks, waterfalls, forests, hiking trails, mysterious temples; Haeinsa Temple: Buddhist treasure; Gyeongju: royal tombs, temples, palace sites, fortress ruins; Kamakura: Great Buddha; Bullet Train to Hakone; Hakone Outdoor Museum; Kyoto: Temples & shrines; Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Park

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 14 Oct 2015Tue 03 Nov 2015 $7890
Tue 29 Mar 2016Mon 18 Apr 2016 $7890
Wed 12 Oct 2016Tue 01 Nov 2016 $7890

Optional Single Supplement: $1527 (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

This highly rewarding 20-day tour through South Korea and Japan kicks off in fine style in the ancient city of Seoul, Korea, which is today one of the most populous and dynamic cities in the world. Our city tour encompasses the presidential residence, the palaces and the museum, and we glean an even better understanding of the history of the city with a visit to the Korean Folk Village, wherein inhabitants lead traditional lifestyles and practice traditional customs. Heading to the Mount Seorak area, we take the opportunity to ascend the mountain by cable car to enjoy stunning panoramas and remote temples and hermitages. Haeinsa Temple is one of the most important Buddhist treasures in Korea and the UNESCO-designated depository of the Tripikata Koreana lets us gaze upon a section of millennia-old Buddhist scripture. Sightseeing in Gyeongju includes visiting temples, grottos and ancient tombs and in Busan we browse stalls in the local fish markets. Heading to Japan, we first stop off in Tokyo to see the largest wholesale market in the world, the Imperial Palace and the finest collection of Japanese art in the entire country. Aboard the 'bullet train' we make headway through beautiful countryside to the mountainous Hakone region, where we see castle towns and national parks and take a funicular to marvel at magnificent views farther up the mountainside. In the Hida area, we find a people whose long isolation due to geographic conditions has resulted in an evolution of lifestyle and culture unlike any other region in the country. Kyoto and Hiroshima round off the Japan leg of our adventure and bring our tour to a climactic close.

Regions visited: Central Asia And Far East
Countries visited: South Korea and Japan