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; Hakone Outdoor Museum; Kyoto: Temples & shrines; Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Park; Aso-Kuju National Park: five cone volcano; Nagasaki: feudal castles, samurai houses, Meiji-era villas, smoking volcanoes

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 10 Nov 2015 $9080
Tue 29 Mar 2016Mon 25 Apr 2016 $9080
Wed 12 Oct 2016Tue 08 Nov 2016 $9080

Optional Single Supplement: $1590 (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

For almost an entire month, we journey through the myriad landscapes and fascinating cultures of South Korea and Japan, leaving no stone unturned in our mission to glean an understanding of the sociological and ethnographic inner workings of these two unforgettable destinations. In Seoul, South Korea, our city tour takes us to the presidential residence, the National Folk Museum and a couple of the beautiful Joseon Dynasty palaces and then we head off the beaten path to spend time in a traditional village, where buildings, dress and lifestyles are throwbacks to a long distant past. Glorious countryside of rugged peaks, forests and waterfalls act as an idyllic backdrop to the mysterious temples and remote hermitages that we happen upon as we journey in the foothills of Mount Seorak and via quaint fishing villages, we travel to Gyeongju, a city recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's most important ancient cultural cities. Temples, grottos and mounded royal tombs are but a few of the archaeological sites of interest that lie strewn about this abundant area that was once the heart of the former Silla Kingdom. Jetting over to Japan, we begin our next leg of the tour exploring the bustling marketplaces, palaces and beautiful gardens of the capital city, Tokyo. Truly an assault on the senses, Tokyo is a destination that is certain to leave a lasting impression. The 'bullet train' whisks us off to the Hakone region, a beautifully picturesque area of deep glens and ravines and as we venture into the Hida region, we find a land and people whose nature and lifestyles have remained unchanged for centuries. Our tour of Kyoto yields the opportunity to see Sanjusangendo Temple and the 1,001 life-size statues of the Buddhist teacher Kannon and in Hiroshima, we experience the sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis that rose from the ashes of the devastation of five centuries ago to become one of Japan's most emerging cities. We tour centuries-old castle towns, see one of the world's most active volcanoes (from a safe distance), peer into one of the world's largest calderas, and saunter the streets of Nagasaki -- one of the country's most rewarding and exotic locations.

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


Jack V. (Queens Village, NY, US)

Stephen Scrogings made the tour outstanding. His knowledge about Japan, about the culture, the history, the sites made the trip so special. He is a treasure.Whether it was in organzing our Bullet Train experience, telling us what we would see, arrnanging our meals, he was the best tour leader I have ever met.