Essence of Japan with South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Escorted Group Tours

Combine two incredible Asian destinations for an experience-rich trip you’ll never forget. To start, we’ll follow the route of our bestselling Essence of Japan tour. Tokyo’s skyscrapers, Kyoto’s teahouses, snow-tipped mountains, steamy hot springs - we’ll see them all as we journey between cities, hill towns and riverside hamlets by coach and bullet train. Then, it’s time for South Korea. Visit Seoul and Busan, explore palaces and shrines, browse antique stores and art galleries, and tour the DMZ separating north and south. We’ll also tap into Korea’s foodie heritage with a cooking masterclass and a traditional barbecue. Our Japan and South Korea tours depart in spring and autumn, to make the most of the cherry blossom and leaf-peeping seasons in both countries.

Included with every escorted tour

  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Knowledgeable tour managers
  • Included excursions
  • Selected meals and international flights


21 meals

  • 17 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners


17 nights in hotels and 1 in flight


Travel in destination by coach

Excursions and visits

  • City tours of Tokyo, Kanazawa (including Kenroku-en Garden), Kyoto, Busan and Seoul
  • Mount Fuji Visitor Centre
  • Visits to Matsumoto Castle, Shirakawago Village, Miyajima Island and Nara (including Todaiji Temple and Nara Park)
  • Sake tasting at a traditional brewery
  • Walking tours of Takayama and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Three journeys on the bullet train
  • Traditional tea ceremony
  • Lake Ashi cruise
  • Cable car to the Owakudani Valley and hot springs
  • Excursions to Gyeongju Historic Area and the DMZ
  • KTX bullet train journey
  • Korean cooking class


  • 18 nights

  • Asia . Japan . Tokyo . Kyoto . South Korea . Seoul

  • London Heathrow Airport

  • Multiple

  • Escorted tour moderate

From £7,575 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required


Duration: 19 days



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