Spectacular Seoul and Japan

Spectacular Seoul and Japan

  • 13 Days / 11 Nights
  • CODE: RAKJ
  • From: $4000

Visit two of Asia’s most captivating countries in one unforgettable journey on this 11-night tour to Seoul and Japan. Head for Seoul, South Korea’s high-octane capital, to experience its whirl of imposing skyscrapers, neon-filled streets, and K-pop, all mingling with open-air markets, fantastic shopping, and rich, age-old culture. From there, move on to Japan to discover electrifying Tokyo, temple-dotted Kyoto, and poignant Hiroshima. In between, enjoy a visit to snow-capped Mt. Fuji and ride Japan’s famous, high-speed bullet train.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA–Seoul
DAY 2
Seoul
DAY 3
Seoul
DAY 4
Seoul
DAY 5
Seoul – Tokyo
DAY 6
Tokyo
DAY 7
Tokyo—Hakone —Mt Fuji—Tokyo
DAY 8
Tokyo—Kyoto
DAY 9
Kyoto
DAY 10
Kyoto—Nara—Kyoto
DAY 11
Kyoto—Osaka
DAY 12
Osaka—Hiroshima—Osaka
DAY 13
Osaka - USA

Make this trip a private tour

Your customized trip will draw on the expertise of our travel consultants, each of whom has a deep knowledge of the places you wish to explore.

Seoul (3 nts) Tokyo (3 nts) Hakone & mt. fujiKyoto (3 nts) NaraOsaka (2 nts) Hiroshima & miyajima
day
1

USA–Seoul

Board your international flight in the US bound for Seoul, South Korea’s capital.


day
2

Seoul

Meet your guide at Seoul airport and enjoy a convenient transfer to your city hotel. After checking in this afternoon, enjoy the rest of the day to relax and if time allows, get your first taste of this dynamic city.


accomodation:

L7 Myeongdong - ★★★★

day
3

Seoul

Seoul teams futuristic architecture and neon-lit streets with old Buddhist shrines, street markets, and a culture of long-held traditions. Today, gain an overview of this modern city on a full-day sightseeing tour. Discover the delicate pavilions of the Gyeongbokgung Palace—the former palace of the Joseon dynasty—browse Gwangjang Market, stroll along Insadong Art and Antique Street, and explore Bukchon Hanok Village, a heritage site that showcases the urban life and architecture of Korea 600 years ago. Your tour also includes a Korean lunch and a visit to the N Tower, the city’s TV tower-turned observatory that affords bird’s-eye views across the metropolis.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

L7 Myeongdong - ★★★★

day
4

Seoul

Enjoy today at your leisure, choosing to relax or venture out independently to experience more of Seoul’s sights, shops, markets, and restaurants. Alternatively, make the most of your proximity to the border with North Korea—a country closed to visitors—on our optional tour to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the buffer strip between the two nations. Learn why the DMZ is one of the world’s most tense borders, and tour some of its notable locations and installations. View military posts, gaze through telescopes into mysterious North Korea, and visit a tunnel secretly built by the North Koreans in the 1970s, all as a guide sheds light on the 1950s Korean War. Last but not least, visit Seoul’s War Memorial of Korea, a fascinating museum that chronicles the wars of the Korean peninsula through military displays, weaponry, artwork, and more. ($150 per person , min. 6 passengers to operate, shared bus tour inside DMZ).


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

L7 Myeongdong - ★★★★

day
5

Seoul – Tokyo

Transfer to the airport today to fly to Japan for the next leg of your adventure. On arrival, use airport limousine bus for transfer to your downtown hotel, and choose to either relax or start getting to know Japan’s capital on your own.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
6

Tokyo

Tokyo sweeps visitors off their feet with its neon-bright streets, cutting-edge malls, and skyscrapers, all punctuated by old temples and colorful bazaars. After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of its highlights, seeing landmarks such as the Imperial Palace Plaza, stall-filled Nakamise Street, and the Buddhist Senso-Ji Temple, the oldest of its kind in the city. After a Japanese-style lunch at the outer market of Tsukiji Fish Market, continue to fashionable Ginza, Tokyo’s flagship shopping, dining, and entertainment hub. Browse the department stores, boutiques, and restaurants of this buzzing area before enjoying a transfer back to your hotel, or opt to stay on independently to make the most of its myriad shopping opportunities. Later, join your fellow travelers for a convivial dinner at a local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
7

Tokyo—Hakone —Mt Fuji—Tokyo

This morning, enjoy a scenic coach ride to Hakone, where forested hills and lakes lie beneath Mt Fuji, Japan’s most sacred peak. Climb to Fuji’s 5th station (weather permitting)—7,555 feet above sea level—and admire the phenomenal views before riding the Hakone ropeway cable car over the Lake Ashi area. Experience a Lake Ashi cruise and after a Japanese-style lunch, return to Tokyo for an evening at leisure. If you wish, prepare one piece of luggage for our complimentary optional luggage transfer service, which will free you from carrying luggage on and off the train and deliver your luggage direct to your Kyoto hotel upon your arrival.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

day
8

Tokyo—Kyoto

Today brings an unforgettable ride on Japan’s world-famous bullet or ‘Shinkansen’ train to Kyoto, the country’s cultural capital. Settle on the train and speed through the countryside at up to 200mph, enjoying views of snow-tipped Mt Fuji en route (weather permitting). Upon arrival in Kyoto, transfer to your hotel and unwind and explore as you please this evening.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
9

Kyoto

Set off after breakfast on a sightseeing tour of Kyoto. Delve into the UNESCO-protected Nijo Castle, once home to Tokugawa shoguns; and explore the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple partially coated in gold leaf. Other attractions include the Kiyomizu Temple, sited on a waterfall; and a classic tea ceremony. After a Japanese-style restaurant lunch, spend the afternoon as you please, perhaps discovering more of Kyoto or shopping for souvenirs. Later, join your fellow travelers for a Kaseiki dinner: a gourmet Japanese meal of intricately presented dishes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
10

Kyoto—Nara—Kyoto

Enjoy a full-day outing to Nara, Japan’s ancient capital and home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. On arrival, tour the city’s Todaiji Temple, built in 752 and home to the world’s biggest bronze statue of Buddha, before exploring Nara Park, famous for its wild deer. Afterward, visit the Kasuga Shinto Shrine, known for its bronze and stone lanterns before returning to Kyoto for a Kyoto Cultural Show at the Gion Corner theater and a restaurant dinner tonight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
11

Kyoto—Osaka

Today, enjoy a coach ride to Osaka—Japan’s second largest city—for an overnight stay. Tick through its sights on a guided morning tour, seeing its upscale Shinsaibashi shopping district and the Kuromon Ichiba Market, a foodie haunt of produce stalls. Enjoy lunch independently here before continuing to the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building. Absorb the sweeping views from this open-air observatory—extended between two skyscrapers. Then, experience an exciting show at Osaka’s Samurai Cafe theater. Watch as artists in traditional samurai warrior dress perform sword duels, comedy, and dances; and join in the interactive sketches if you wish. Later, cap your the day with a savory Kobe beef dinner at a local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

accomodation:

day
12

Osaka—Hiroshima—Osaka

Travel to Hiroshima by the incredible ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train today. Famous as the target of an atomic bomb in 1945, Hiroshima is now a standard-bearer for world peace. On arrival, catch a train and boat to Miyajima, an island in Hiroshima Bay, to admire its giant torii gate—which appears to float on the water at high tide—and UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine, famous for its Shinden-zukuri-style architecture. After time for lunch, sail back to the mainland and enjoy a tour of Hiroshima, seeing its poignant Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and Atomic Bomb Dome—the latter still standing at the epicenter of the blast. Return by bullet train to Osaka tonight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
13

Osaka - USA

Travel to Osaka airport after breakfast for your return flight to the US.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

International flights from LAX -Seoul-Tokyo / Osaka-LAX on Land+Air Package . Seoul - Tokyo flight on Land Only Package

Airport group transfers on arrival and departure in Japan by airport shuttle bus on Land + Air package

11 nights’ 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation with daily buffet breakfast

5 lunches and 4 dinners including special meals (Kaseiki dinner in Kyoto, Kobe beef dinner in Osaka)

Bullet train journeys: Tokyo-Kyoto and Osaka-Hiroshima-Osaka

Luggage transport service for the bullet train journey from Tokyo to Kyoto (limit of 1 bag per person, max 50 lbs)

Sightseeing with professional English-speaking guide or assistant in S. Korea and Japan as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary

Sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima

Special entertainment / activity: Hakone Ropeway cable car ride, Lake Ashi cruise, boat ride to Miyajima Island, Cultural Show and Tea Ceremony in Kyoto, Samurai experience in Osaka

Deluxe air-conditioned coach

All airport/port taxes, hotel taxes, duties, and surcharges

Seoul: L7 Myeongdong

★ ★ ★ ★

Tokyo: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo or similar

★ ★ ★ ★

At Sheraton, we believe actions speak louder than words. That’s why we’re changing – from small touches to big shifts you’ll feel from the lobby up, all around the world. So you can experience more and make the most of your time with us. But don’t take our word for it. Come stay.

Kyoto: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

★ ★ ★ ★

Welcome to New Miyako Hotel . From Kyoto Hachijoguchi exit, 2 minutes walk to the ancient capital Kyoto.

Osaka: Osaka Hotel Granvia Osaka or similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Hotel Granvia Osaka, located in the center of the spirited and historic city of Osaka, Japan, offers guests a sophisticated retreat and direct connection to JR Osaka train lines. Guests at this Umeda hotel will experience unparalleled hospitality, fine and casual dining, spacious guestroom accommodations and the finest in services and amenities.

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