Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour

23 day Japan & South Korea tour including return flights, accommodation, breakfast daily plus bonus dinner, bullet train ride, in-depth sightseeing and more. Cherry Blossom dates available.

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23 days | per person twin share | | Typically $15,863!
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  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • 23 Day Japan & South Korea Encompassed tour
  • I had a tremendous holiday, even with the weather against us on a few days. The days were long but enjoyable. Susan C
  • A fabulous trip. Value for money. Our guide was fantastic and really I found nothing to complain about. All Aussies on board so a guarantee of fun!! Sandra H
  • Great trip! All the sites for an affordable price
  • We had the best time. Everything went according to plan.
  • Enjoyed our trip away . Pleased with Nexus, would recommend to other travellers. Elizabeth C
  • We really had a great time and experience on your tour, the whole process very organised from the beginning to the end.

Highlights

 

Travel through Japan and be instantly inspired by the stunning natural beauty, meticulous efficiency, incredible cuisine, traditional culture and big city life. 

Experience the pride of South Korea’s age-old culture that seamlessly combines with a modern way of life to delight and inspire travellers both young and old. 

You’ll be intrigued by Japan and South Korea’s fascinating history and marvellous sights; places that never stop evolving can never be dull. Experience it all for yourself with a 23 day Japan and South Korea tour

Discover Mount Seoraksan National Park, Korea’s most famous national park, learn about the history of Hiroshima, feed friendly deer in beautiful Nara Park, explore the excitement of Kyoto and see the Higashi Chavagai district in Kanazawa.      

Visit Takayama‘s highlights, see the famed Matsumoto Castle, the city’s most famous site, travel to marvellous Mt Fuji and so much more.

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily plus bonus dinner, bullet train ride, in-depth sightseeing and more. Cherry Blossom travel dates available! 

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Seoul

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to South Korea.

Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.

Day 2: Seoul

Welcome to South Korea! Upon arrival at Seoul Airport, please make your own way to your accommodation. 

Day 3: Seoul (B)

Today is a free day to enjoy the many sights of Seoul at your own pace.

Day 4: Seoul – Mt Seorak (B)

This morning we leave Seoul for the Seoraksan National Park. Enroute we visit Sokcho Fishing village. The residents of the village consist mainly of refugees originally hailing from Hamgyeong Province in North Korea who escaped south during the Korean War. The village is now famous for its seafood and cuisine. After, we continue to the Mt Seorak region. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mount Seoraksan National Park is Korea’s most famous national park. Tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gweongeumseong Fortress to experience the beautiful natural landscapes on offer.

Day 5: Mt Seorak – Andong – Gyeongju (B)

Today, visit the traditional village of Andong, with its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performance. The UNESCO Village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well-known for its traditional houses. Birthplace of renowned scholars of the Joseon Period such as Gyeomam Ryu Un-ryong and Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, the village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited on April 21, 1999.

We then, travel to the Gatbawi Shrine. The Gatbawi statue is an imposing statue of the Buddha of Medicine that stands six metres tall, and it dates back to the 800’s. A wide flat rock sits on its head. This hat is called a “gat,” and it was traditionally worn by Korean men. After, continue we continue on to the southeast city of Gyeongju which was the capital of the 1,000-year-long Silla dynasty and is known for its extensive historical remains.  

Day 6: Gyeongju (B)

Today we explore the many archaeological sites and temples of this ancient city. We begin, by visiting the Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647A.D). After, visit the Royal Tumuli Park, scattered with unique earthen mounds which are tombs of kings and nobles. Enjoy Gyeongju National Museum, home to many Silla Kingdom relics. Visit both the Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto Temple both UNESCO sites, both dating back to 700 A.D and considered a national treasure.

Day 7: Gyeongju – Busan (B)

Today, we leave Gyeongju behind us and make our way to the port city of Busan. On arrival, afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Busan – cruise-icon – Fukuoka (B)

Today, we board the ‘Beetle’ high-speed ferry to Japan. The journey takes approximately 3 hours across the Sea of Japan. The ferry is an ultra-modern Hydrofoil making the trip fast and smooth. Welcome to Japan! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Fukuoka. The rest of the day is then free at leisure in Fukuoka.

Day 9: Fukuoka –train-icon – Hiroshima (B)

Today, we leave the south of Japan and begin our trip north to the city of Hiroshima. Largely destroyed when the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. On arrival the rest of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace.

Day 10: Hiroshima – Himeji – Osaka (B)

We begin with the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima, where you can see the torii gate on the water at high tide. Then visit Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb used in WWII. After we make our way back to Osaka. Enroute, visit Himeji Castle.

Day 11: Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B, D)

This morning we get to know this neon powerhouse starting with a visit to Osaka Castle. Built in 1583, the castle is an outstanding representation of Japan’s feudal period. After Osaka Castle we continue on to Dōtonbori, which exemplifies Osaka’s vibrant food culture. After we travel to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas. Along the approach to Todaiji stands the Nandaimon Gate, a large wooden gate watched over by two fierce looking statues. Representing the Nio Guardian Kings, the statues are designated national treasures together with the gate itself. After the Todaiji Temple we wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city.

Day 12: Osaka – train-icon – Kyoto (B)

This morning, we board on the Japan famous Bullet Train Shinkansen to Kyoto. We begin with the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall. The water is said to have a different benefit, namely to cause longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life. The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and has spectacular views over Kyoto. After we visit the Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show. Kimono’s are still used for important festivals or formal moments in Japan until this day.

Day 13: Kyoto (B)

Today is a free day to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Kyoto attracts millions of visitors every year and it’s no wonder. With over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, who wouldn’t want to visit? You might be luck enough to spot a Geisha in the old district.

Day 14: Kyoto – Kanazawa (B)

This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It is then on to Kinkakuji, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion. A Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. We finish with a visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. We then continue to the city of Kanazawa

Day 15: Kanazawa (B)

We begin with a visit to the Higashi Chayagai district famous for its teahouses built in traditional Japanese design. We then continue to the Kenroku-en Garden – from its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan and has been maintained over generations. After the gardens we make our way to the Nagamachi Buke Yashiki district. Nagamachi was a samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families used to reside. The area preserves a historic atmosphere with its remaining samurai residences, earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals. We finish our tour with a visit to the Omicho Market and sample some local food. Afternoon free at leisure

Day 16: Kanazawa – Shirakawa Go – Takayama (B)

Today after breakfast we make our way to Takayama. Enroute, we visit Shirakawa. Shirakawa is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri. After, we continue on to Takayama.

Day 17: Takayama (B)

Today we visit some of Takayama’s highlights. We begin our day with the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the region. After, we continue to the Matsuri-no-mori museum which showcases the key aspects of the Takayama Festival, which takes place for two days each spring and autumn. After learning about the Takayama Festival we head to San-machi Suji. Sanmachi Suji is a collection of three streets that make up Hida Takayama’s famous historic district. The area located in the centre of Hida Takayama served as a bustling merchant town in the past. Today it is easily recognized with its distinctive old wooden architecture and charm, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya. A small 3 lane area is filled with old wooden buildings consisting of sake breweries, small boutiques and some larger merchant houses which are now museums.

Day 18: Takayama – Matsumoto (B)

Today we leave Takayama for the city of Matsumoto. On arrival we make a visit to Matsumoto Castle, considered in the top 3 feudal castles of Japan and arguably the city’s most famous site. You will have time to stroll through the former merchant district of Nakamachi, lined with well preserved old buildings where you can find lovely local crafts, treasures and great restaurants

Day 19: Matsumoto – Mt Fuji (B,D)

Today we leave Matsumoto behind us and travel to Mt Fuji.

While you still have a few days to enjoy, tonight’s dinner allows you to farewell your fellow travellers before enjoying some free time in Tokyo over the next couple of days.

Day 20: Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mt Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji through porous layers of lava resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Later, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mt Fuji before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, Savour the numerous delights of nature in the Hakone region. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among the Japanese looking for a break from Tokyo.

Day 21: Tokyo (B)

Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy the Japanese way of life in one of the World’s greatest cities.

Day 22: Tokyo – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Spend the day at your own leisure before being transferring to the airport for your homeward flight.

Day 23: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

 

 
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What You Get

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline, including 23kgs checked luggage.
  • 20 nights standard 3* twin share accommodation throughout
  • Breakfast Daily, plus a memorable dinner in Kyoto and Mt Fuji.
  • Travel on the high-speed hydrofoil ‘bettle’ Ferry between South Korea & Japan
  • Ride the bullet train from Fukuoka – Hiroshima / Osaka – Kyoto
  • Professional tour guide throughout
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Cherry Blossom dates available!

Highlights:

  • See the best of South Korea including Mt Seorak and the region of Gyeongju
  • Take a high-speed ferry between South Korea and Japan
  •  Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites by getting up close to Kyoto
  • Visit Nara Park where over 1,200 wild deer are considered sacred and roam the park
  • Experience the technological marvel that is the Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • Step back in time in Takayama and observe the traditional Japanese wooden house still used to this day
  • Travel to Shirakawa, one of the best preserved rural villages in Japan
  • Visit one of the 3 great feudal castles of the Edo Period, and considered a Japanese national treasure – Matsumoto Castle
  •  Marvel at the picture perfect Mt Fuji and the surrounding Hakone area 
  • Experience all Tokyo has to offer and be mesmerised by one of the World’s great cities

 
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Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book at least 90 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your final payment is made.
  • Final Payment is due 60 days after initial deposit. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 90 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: 
    https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • PLEASE NOTE: No flight, staybehind or special requests will be actioned until your 2nd instalment payment is made.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 60 days after purchase or 90 days prior travel whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with China Southern (or similar) departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
  • Adelaide and Perth a $300 per person interstate surcharge applies. You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click “Buy Now” or by clicking here
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days. 

Single Supplement:

23 day tour – $2,299 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 10 – 40 people

Children: Minimum age 2 years. Same price as adults.

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

Seoul: Co-op Residence or similar
Mt Seorak: Daemyung Resort or similar
Gyeongju: Commodore Hotel or similar
Busan: Homers Hotel Busan or similar
Fukuoka: Richmond Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin or similar
Hiroshima: Hiroshima Grand Intelligent Hotel or similar 
Osaka: Hotel Plaza Osaka or similar
Kyoto: Kyoto Plaza Hotel or similar
Kanazawa: Hotel Route-Inn Kanazawa Ekimae or similar
Takayama: Washington Hotel Plaza Takayama or similar
Matsumoto: Dormy Inn Matsumoto or similar
Mt Fuji: Hotel Alexander Royal Resort Yamanakako or similar
Tokyo: Apa Hotel Asakusa or similar

Please note: We have chosen central hotels to ensure you can easily experience the Japanese culture. Unlike western hotels, Japanese rooms can seem small in size. 

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

Flight Variations: 

If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

 A $250 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference.

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

PLEASE NOTE: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your final payment has been made. After this time our Flight specialists will contact you in relation to your request. Payment of the breakaway fee and any applicable fare and tax difference must be paid at time of quotation in order to confirm your flights. 

Flights are booked in departure date order and we endeavour to send you this information 60 days before departure, if not sooner. 

Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, a $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. Only the return date can be altered. 

Extending your trip: 

If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided.

Land Only: To purchase this deal land only (no flights) please click here 

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates

6 March 2018^ – Early Cherry Blossom season
20 March 2018^ – Cherry Blossoms
3 April 2018^ – Cherry Blossoms
1 May 2018
19 June 2018
17 July 2018*
14 August 2018
25 September 2018*
23 October 2018#
30 October 2018#
13 November 2018

^ Cherry Blossom Dates – $500 surcharge per person. Please note: Cherry Blossoms are highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates. Please refer to historical bloom dates here: http://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/index.php 

* Peak Season Dates – $500 surcharge per person applies on these dates.

# Koyo/Maple Season Dates – Best time to view Koyo season. Please note: Koyo season is seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view change in colours, but we can’t guarantee autumn foliage.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • Standard 3* twin share accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus a memorable dinner in Kyoto & Mt Fuji
  • Travel on the high-speed hydrofoil ‘bettle’ Ferry between South Korea & Japan
  • Ride the bullet train from Fukuoka – Hiroshima / Osaka – Kyoto
  • Professional tour guide throughout
  • Cherry Blossom dates available!
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