See Japan and Korea by coach! This 13-day tour visits the the major historic sites of Korea and Japan on a guided coach tour. See Seoul, Jeonju, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Mt.Koya, Kyoto and Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until October 2017.

 

This coach tour visits the highlights of Korea and Japan, including small towns which are not easily accessible by other means. An English-speaking guide accompanies the group throughout.

Visits:

Tour departures:

April 2017 – March 2018  (see “Departure dates” tab)

Day 1 : Leave UK

Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Seoul, Korea.

Day 2 : Arrive Seoul

Arrive at Seoul (Incheon) airport and take coach to the hotel, where we meet our guide. In the late afternoon, take a trip with the guide on Seoul’s modern, efficient subway to the City Hall building, and walk in the Myeongdong district, a centre for shopping and leisure.

Day 3 : Seoul

Today’s sightseeing of Seoul visits Changdeokgung Palace, a World Heritage site, and Bukchon Hanko Village, a traditional historic neighbourhood with tiny houses. Continue to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395 and the largest and arguably the most beautiful of Seoul’s five palaces.
Lunch is included.
Afternoon free in Seoul.

Day 4 : Seoul - Suwon - Jeonju

Travel onwards to Suwon, a remarkable walled city, former capital of Korea and now a World Heritage site. Visit the Hwaseong Haenggung summer palace. Before leaving the city, we will stop at the Samsung Innovation Museum to learn the history of this famous tech company. We continue to Jeonju, and see its traditional Hanok Village of tiny houses, traditional chops and art galleries.
Lunch is included.

Day 5 : Jeonju - Haeinsa - Busan (overnight on ferry)

The next stage of our journey takes us through wonderful mountain and forest scenery to Haeinsa, a Buddhist Temple build in 802, which houses the Tripitaka, the most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures engraved on more than 80,000 wooden tablets. After visiting the Tripitaka Museum, a vegetarian lunch is included at the temple. Continue to Busan, a modern port city. We will spend some time in the bustling fish market before getting ready to embark on the ferry for a night crossing to Japan.

The itinerary for the night crossing may be occasionally modified due to availability or weather conditions.

Day 6 : Shimonoseki - Iwakuni - Miyajima - Hiroshima

We dock at the port of Shimonoseki at 07:30 (breakfast not included) and pass border formalities into Japan. Depart for Iwakuni, for a brief stop to see the historic Kintaikyo Bridge. Continue to Miyajima, to take the short ferry ride to the island with its picturesque Itsukushima Shrine, built partly over the sea. Here we have time to visit the temple, stroll through the town and have lunch (not included). Then continue the short distance to Hiroshima, visiting the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.
Dinner is included on this day.

Day 7 : Hiroshima - Matsuyama

Today we take the ferry across Japan’s “Inland Sea” to the major island of Shikoku. Landing at Matsuyama, visit the impressive castle, and Ishiteji, a beautiful Buddhist Temple and place of pilgrimage. After lunch (included), visit Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest onsen hot springs in Japan, with a history stretching back over 1,000 years. The main building in the movie Spirited Away was modeled on the present building of the Dōgo Onsen public bathhouse.

Day 8 : Matsuyama - Kotohira - Takamatsu - Tokushima

We depart for Kotohira, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the god of sailors and a place of pilgrimage. The shrine stand on Mt. Zosu and is reached by climbing 785 steps. Then in Takamatsu we will visit the Ritsurin Garden, one of the best traditional gardens in Japan. After lunch (included), continue to the bridge across the Naruto Strait, where large tidal whirlpools can be seen from the glass windows in the floor of the bridge 45m above. Arrive at Tokushima, famous as the home of one of the most notable festivals of Japan with its Awa Odori dances. Admission to a dance performance is included.

Day 9 : Tokushima - Kobe - Osaka - Mt Koya

Travelling to Kobe we visit Kawasaki World, a museum showcasing the technological prowess of Kawasaki in building motorbikes, planes, high-speed trains and construction technology. After a stop in Osaka for lunch, continue to Mt Koya, one of Jpaan’s sacred mountains and the centre of Shingon Buddhism. We will visit Okuno Mausoleum, an immense cemetery in the wilderness with more than 200,000 graves, and – remaining daylight permitting – Kongobuji Temple, built in 1593. We stay overnight at Buddhist monastery accommodation. The monks offer a Zen meditation session. Dinner is included (monk’s food, vegetarian). Accommodation is modest, with tatami mat flooring and communal bathrooms.

Day 10 : Mt Koya - Kyoto

There is a prayer ceremony at the temple early in the morning for those who wish.
After a simple Japanese breakfast, leave for Kyoto, to spend the whole day in the city which was the nation’s capital from 794 to 1868. We will see the Shinto shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji (the “Golden Pavilion”) with its wonderful gardens.
Free time in the city before a visit to Gion, a busy traditional quarter famous for its geisha.

Day 11 : Kyoto - Tokyo

After breakfast, transfer to Kyoto station to take the Bullet train to Tokyo (just over 2 hrs). In the late afternoon,  travel by metro to the Shinjuku area of Tokyo; a visit to the top of the Metropolitan Government Building is included, for great views of the city and Mt.Fuji beyond, weather permitting. Shinjuku is an area with lively nightlife and plenty of restaurants; dinner is included this evening before returning to the hotel.

Day 12 : Tokyo

A full morning’s sightseeing of Tokyo with local guide. Pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife. Visit the Yasukuni Shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese who lost their lives in World War II. Pass through Akihabara, the “electric town” full of electronics, anime and manga merchandise, and Kokugikan, the sumo stadium. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, and the shops of the Nakamise Arcade.
Lunch is included.

Afternoon free.

Day 13 : Tokyo - Narita - UK

After breakfast and checkout, free time in Tokyo until departure.
A transfer is provided to Narita Airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.

£ 3,313

per person sharing twin room

Single Supplement: £ 786

Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability of flights on the specified airline in the required class of travel. Different airlines may be offered, at different package prices, depending on availability on your selected dates of travel.

Included

  • Return flights from the UK in Economy class on Asiana London - Seoul, Tokyo - London
  • Day2 - 13: group tour by JTB/Europamundo, including:
  • - English-speaking meeting assistant at Incheon airport on arrival, and transfer to hotel in Seoul
  • - English-speaking guide throughout
  • - Accommodation on room & breakfast basis at the hotels indicated or similar - 2nts Seoul, 1nt Jeonju, 1nt Hiroshima, 1nt Matsuyama, 1nt Tokushima, 1nt Mt Koya with dinner included, 1nt Kyoto, 1nt Matsumoto, 1nt Takasaki or Nagano, 2nts Tokyo.
  • - 10 meals (lunch on days 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,12. Dinner on days 2, 6, 9, 11)
  • - Full sightseeing programme including entrance fees
  • Transfer Hotel - Narita Airport (NRT) on Day 15.

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals, beverages, accommodation or travel arrangements not shown in the itinerary
  • Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
  • Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)

These tours operated by JTB/Europamundo have found great success in the Latin American market, and are guaranteed to operate on all the following dates.

Dates refer to flight departure from the UK, in order to join the group tour the following day. 

2017 Apr 10, 24
May 08, 22
Jun 05, 19
Jul 03, 17, 31
Aug 14, 28
Sep 11, 25
Oct 09

 

Tour ref: 13426

Hotels used for this tour are Superior grade throughout (Japan has no star rating system, but these are equivalent to 4-star). The exception is the monastery accommodation at Mt.Koya, which is basic with shared facilities.
Actual hotels confirmed are subject to confirmation for each particular group, but are expected to be:

SEOUL: Courtyard Times Square

JEONJU: Hotel Le Win or Pungnam Hotel

HIROSHIMA: Grand Prince Hotel or Gran Via Hiroshima or ANA Crowne Plaza

MATSUYAMA: Candeo Hotel or ANA Hotel Matsuyama

TOKUSHIMA: Hotel Clement or Daiwa Roynet Hotel

MT KOYA: Hojoin Monastery or Fukuchi-in

KYOTO: New Miyako Hotel or Hotel Kyoto Tokyu or Hotel Nikko Nara

 

TOKYO: Shinagawa Prince or Courtyard Marriott Ginza

This trip involves visiting several shrines and temples accessible by long flights of stone steps. So although the distance of walking is not long, please be aware that a certain level of mobility and stamina is required, and flat shoes suitable for walking are recommended.