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Stroll along ancient streets to visit the Buddhist Hōkan-ji Temple Pagoda, Kyoto, Japan
Discover the colourful houses of Seoul's Bukchon Hanok Village, South Korea
Japan's most iconic landmark is the snow-capped volcano Mount Fuji
Lively Dotonburi Street is a neon hub of entertainment and street food, Osaka, Japan
Aerial cityscape of Busan's brilliant Gwangan Daegyo Bridge, South Korea
Discover Tokyo's very busy Shibuya crossing and shopping district
Join an optional tour to visit Kyoto's thousand red Tori of Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan
Marvel at the UNESCO-listed gassho-zukuri village of Shirakawa-go, Japan
Discover an unknown king's royal Sky Horse tomb at Daereungwon, Gyeongju, South Korea
Japan's delicate art of tea ceremony is a serene experience dating back thousands of years
Indulge with Bibimbap, one of Jeonju's UNESCO-listed delicacies, Jeonju, South Korea
Explore the delightful tastes of Kaiseki, Japanese haute cuisine
Contemplate history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on an optional excursion to Hiroshima, Japan
Step back in time to Japan's Edo period in Kyoto's authentic Gion district
Visit a traditional Hanok and learn about Kimchi at Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju, South Korea
Five Storied Pagoda, Osaka's Shitennoji Temple
Learn about traditional paper making techniques at the Hanji Museum, Jeonju, South Korea
Admire the extraordinary colours of Busan's Gamcheon Culture Village, South Korea
See the natural beauty and magical reflections of Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan
Two geishas in traditional colourful kimono stroll towards Tokyo's Sensoji Temple, Japan
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Japan & South Korea Highlights

Operated by TripADeal
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Busan, Jeonju, Seoul & beyond
Discover iconic Mt Fuji & the serene Lake Kawaguchiko
Indulge in UNESCO-listed Jeonju’s masterful cuisine
Dates: 19 Aug - 18 Nov 2024
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service flights
12 nights 3 to 4-star hotel accommodation
Enjoy 13 meals including daily breakfast
Return airport transfers
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Overview

Explore a captivating blend of ancient traditions with iconic landmarks and awe-inspiring landscapes that make Japan and South Korea truly unique. Unforgettable experiences await on a journey through vibrant cities and cultural treasures of Tokyo, Kyoto, Busan, Jeonju, and beyond.

Tokyo’s boundless energy will captivate you with its futuristic skyline, busy Shibuya Crossing and simple serenity of Meiji Shrine to Imperial Palace. You’ll discover snow-capped Mount Fuji, panoramic views from the 5th station, and the exceptional natural beauty of Lake Kawaguchiko.

Explore the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses of UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go, then immerse yourself in Takayama's Old Town as you stroll beside centuries-old traditional homes on Sannomachi Street. Continue on to reveal Kyoto’s timeless beauty and ancient culture with an optional tour to the red torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine before heading to lively Osaka to indulge in an amazing street food culture.

Fly to Busan to embrace the innovative spirit of South Korea as you explore the beach-side charm of Busan’s skyscrapers alongside the colourful, artsy Gamcheon Culture Village. Discover Gyeongju-si, known as the museum without walls, from UNESCO-listed Bulguksa temple to Daereungwon’s royal tombs and more.

Journey on to Jeonju, UNESCO-listed for its traditional home cooking that has been handed down through the generations. Try Korean food at its best as you roam around Jeonju’s Korean-style village, nearby Jeonju Hanok Village and the Hanji Paper Museum.

Seoul is next, where an international flair combines seamlessly with a centuries-old cultural history. Spend a day enjoying the cutting-edge fashion of Dongdaemun markets, the majesty of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the ancient alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village. As your journey to Japan and South Korea comes to a close, look back on a whirlwind of stunning landscapes, iconic landmarks and an unforgettable blend of experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Your adventure includes return international flights, an international flight from Osaka, Japan to Busan, South Korea, 12 nights 3 to 4-Star hotel accommodation, 13 meals including daily breakfast, local English-speaking guides, and so much more.

Want more? Extend your tour when you choose Itinerary 2, including a Jeju Island extension. Arrive early in Tokyo, and Stay Behind in Seoul packages are also available.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • See panoramic views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station and cruise upon stunning Lake Kawaguchiko
  • Explore the cultural capital of Kyoto and shop in Osaka’s famous Dotonbori
  • Visit Tokyo’s Imperial Palace and most prominent shrine - Meiji Shrine
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawa-go, famous for unique traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses
  • Enjoy 360° views of the city of Busan and surrounding islands from the 120-metre high Busan Tower
  • Tour the century-old historical Gyeongju City which was the capital of the Shilla Dynasty
  • Explore Seoul’s impressive Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum and Dongdaemun market
  • Taste Jeonju’s famous Korean food and explore traditional architecture
  • Visit the Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Korea and a popular 'must-go' tourist destination in Busan
  • Walk through the Instagram-famous Gamcheon Culture Village, featuring colourful houses built on the foothills of a coastal mountain
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple, also known as 'The Buddhist Country Temple'
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class), departure city surcharges may apply
  • 1 international flight from Osaka, Japan to Busan, South Korea
ACCOMMODATION
  • 6 nights of 3 star hotel accommodation in Japan
  • 6 nights of 3 to 4 star hotel accommodation in South Korea
DINING
  • Enjoy 13 meals including daily breakfast
ESSENTIALS
  • Local English-speaking tour leaders in Japan and South Korea
TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by air-conditioned private vehicles
TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers
JEJU ISLAND EXTENSION

Itinerary 2: Japan & South Korea Highlights with Jeju Island Extension includes all of the above, plus:

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy time at leisure on Jeju Island
  • Visit Seongeup Folk Village, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone on a full-day tour of Jeju Island
  • Visit Ilchul Land including Micheon Cave, a large lava tunnel
  • Enjoy a demonstration by some of Jeju Island's famous female divers

FLIGHTS

  • 2 internal flights in South Korea (Seoul - Jeju Island - Seoul)

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 additional nights in 4 star centrally located hotel accommodation

DINING

  • Enjoy 3 additional meals
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers).
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers).
  • Stopover Packages: Break up the long-haul flight with a stopover at a fantastic location. (See checkout for details ).
  • Optional Tours: Optional experiences and tours are available to add to your itinerary. (See checkout for details).
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details).
  • Guaranteed Airline: Fly with a guaranteed airline. (See checkout for details).

Please note: Extra charges may apply. See the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details.

Itinerary 1
Japan & South Korea Highlights
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) – Tokyo, Japan

Today fly from Australia (or New Zealand) to one of the most captivating cities in the world - Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival be transferred to your hotel in Tokyo.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2 Tokyo sightseeing

After breakfast, discover Tokyo’s must-see landmarks on an introductory morning tour. First, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Then visit the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. A world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this calm green oasis covers an impressive 1.15 square kilometres in the central Chiyoda Ward.


The tour will end at around lunchtime and you’re free to explore this amazing city at your own leisure in the afternoon.


Overnight: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo Free Day

Today enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Lake Kawaguchiko - Nagano Region

After breakfast, embark on a journey of approximately 300km, starting with a drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, Mt Fuji’s 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who do not intend on climbing the mountain, and it features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops.


Afterwards, continue to Lake Kawaguchiko, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Nagano Region this afternoon, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.


Overnight: Tabino Hotel Lit Matsumoto or similar, Nagano Region

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Nagano Region – Takayama – Shirakawa – Osaka

Today is a fun day travelling approximately 380km. Discover Japan's charming countryside to see how the local's live, including a visit to famous Shirakawa-go, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, and its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.


Afterwards, step back in time in Takayama Old Town and stroll along the well-preserved Sannomachi Street, showcasing many traditional Japanese homes, shops, and restaurants. Takayama was once a bustling hub drawing expert artisans, farmers and merchants from throughout the surrounding area, and Sanmachi, as well as Oshinmachi, preserve the traditional aesthetic of the Edo period. Finish the day in Osaka where you will check into your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome or similar, Osaka

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Osaka

This morning head to Nara Park to spot more than a thousand deer which are considered the messengers of the gods. These deer have become a symbol of the city and have been designated natural treasure status. Deer crackers are for sale around the park and you'll find that some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.


You'll then visit the famous Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in AD 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples in Japan.


Afterwards travel to near by Kyoto for some free time at leisure to explore the ancient capital or take part in an optional Kyoto sightseeing tour. Finish the day back in Osaka.


Optional Kyoto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: 5,500 JPY

The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto which has gold leaf covered floors on the top two floors. The last stop of the tour is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto's top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome or similar, Osaka

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Osaka, Japan to Busan, South Korea

Today transfer to the airport and depart Japan for Busan, South Korea. Upon arrival in Busan you will be met and transferred to your centrally located accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Please note:

- Standard check-out time is 12:00 and luggage storage is available at the front desk for those with later fights.


- Standard check-in time is 15:00 and luggage storage is available at the front desk for those who arrive in Busan before then.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Busan City Tour

This morning you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Busan.


Start by visiting the Yongdusan Dragon Head Park – it is called Yongdusan because the shape of the mountain resembles a dragon’s head emerging from the sea.


Then go to the iconic Busan Tower, a 120-metre high structure that provides a stunning bird’s eye view of the entire city of Busan, including islands and ships dotted in the distant seas.


From there visit the Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Korea and a popular 'must-see' site for tourists in Busan.


Afterward, travel to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the northeastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shoreline (most temples in Korea are located in the mountains).


Next, continue onwards to the Instagram-famous Gamcheon Culture Village. The village is formed by houses built in staircase fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning the nickname 'Machu Picchu of Busan'. Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.


Finish the day back at your accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Busan - Gyeongju - Jeonju

This morning transfer to Gyeongju, the century-old historical Gyeongju City and 1,000-year-old capital of the Silla Dynasty. The Gyeongju Historic Areas were designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2000. The protected areas encompass the ruins of temples and palaces, outdoor pagodas and statuary, as well as other cultural artifacts left by the Silla Kingdom. The historic areas are also known as one of the largest outdoor museums in the world.


Start your city tour from Bulguksa temple, also known as 'The Buddhist Country Temple'. Alongside the neighbouring Seokguram Grotto Hermitage, Bulguksa Temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 1995. Lastly, visit Daereungwon, also known as Tumuli Park which has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Silla Period. Pass by Chomsongdae Observatory, constructed as the lunar calendar, and Tumuli park exhibiting the Royal tombs.


In the afternoon you will proceed to the celebrated village of Jeonju, an important tourist centre that is famous for its Korean food and historic traditional buildings. In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. This honour recognises the city's traditional home cooking handed down through generations over thousands of years, its active public and private food research, its system for nurturing talented chefs, and its hosting of distinctive local food festivals. Check into your accommodation on arrival and enjoy the evening at leisure


Optional Activity - Jeonju Bibimbap Dinner - $30 AUD per person

Jeonju is the birthplace of the famous Korean dish Bibimbap (rice with vegetables & meat). In 2011, it was ranked 40th on the World's 50 most delicious foods readers' poll, compiled by CNN Travel. This dinner includes transportation to and from your hotel and a Bibimbap dinner (drinks are not included).

Overnight: Best Western Plus Jeonju Hotel or similar, Jeonju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Jeonju - Seoul

This morning vist the Hanji Museum (Korean traditional mulberry paper). As Korea’s first museum specialising in paper, it has an extensive collection of 3000 artifacts and a database documenting the long history and superiority of Hanji.


Additionally, you will have the opportunity to make Korean paper with wooden tools and bring it back home.

Then enjoy a walking tour of the Gyeonggijeon pavilion, the symbol of Jeonju’s Korean-style village. Gyeonggijeon is especially beautiful in the autumn. Historical dramas and movies use the surrounding landscape as a background.


Afterwards, take a tour of Jeonju Hanok, the largest Korean village with various traditional cultural facilities in the downtown area and then visit Jaman Mural Village, situated on the hillside next to the Jeonju Hanok Village. Jaman Village used to be one of Jeonju’s poor hillside villages or shantytowns. Now, thanks to the murals drawn by the talented local artists, Jaman Village, or ‘Jaman Mural Village,’ has become one of the most popular attractions in Jeonju.


The tour will then depart for Seoul, South Korea’s bustling capital. Your accommodation is located in Insadong, the heart of the city, and one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul. There is one main road in Insadong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes.


The galleries are the heartbeat of Insadong. There are hundreds of them in the area offering every example of traditional Korean fine art, from paintings to sculptures. The most famous are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the centre of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Centre.


The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. They are hidden deep within the twisting alleyways, making it feel like a treasure hunt. The shops in Insadong are very popular among all age groups providing a unique experience for every taste.


Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Seoul City Tour

This morning begin a Seoul city tour at the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace to experience the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty (more than 500 years old).


Afterwards, visit the National Folk Museum to learn about the country's unique culture and how Koreans used to live in the olden days.


Continuing onwards, enjoy a quick stop to witness the Traditional Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and the Presidential Blue House before arriving at the famous Bukchon Hanok Village.


Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history, located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of many alleys and hanoks, preserved to showcase its 600-year-old urban environment. Here you will enjoy a guided walk and marvel at beautiful traditional homes.


After visiting the Bukchon Hanok village, you will take part in a cooking class preparing Korea’s number one staple dish - kimchi. During this class you will also have the opportunity to take photos in the Korean traditional outfit, called a 'hanbok'.


Finish the day with some time at leisure at the Dongdaemun open market, the largest of its kind in the Orient. Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district of traditional markets and shopping centres that covers the entire area around Dongdaemun Gate, a prominent landmark in Korea. It is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district, featuring 26 shopping malls, 30000 specialty shops and 50000 manufacturers.


Return to your accommodation, where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Seoul Day at Leisure - Optional DMZ Tour

Today is a free day to explore Seoul at leisure, or join the below optional tour (not included).


Optional Tour: Korean DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) Tour ($130 AUD per person)

Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarised Zone, or DMZ.

Located on each side of the 38th parallel, this infamous border was established at the end of the war in 1953 at the signing of Panmunjom’s armistice in order to separate North and South Korea.


This morning head north towards the North Korean border. Upon arrival at the DMZ take the Gondola to give a perfect bird's eye view of the Demilitarised Zone. Then enjoy a tour of Imjingak Resort. Imjingak Resort has various war-related artefacts as well as spacious Pyeonghwa Nuri Park. The resort preserves the Freedom Bridge and Imjingang rail bridge from the Korean War to remind people of the past, along with a Memorial Hall, memorial monuments, the Bell of Unification, Last Train Out, The Bridge of No Return, and Dokgae Bridge symbolises the pains of war and separation. The skywalk experience will be divided into three themes: past, present, and future. 


Proceed to Bunker Beat 131, A military underground bunker constructed during the Korean War has been changed into a unique exhibition space. You can feel the atmosphere of a military facility from the entrance. The shape of an anti-tank mine put on the stairs on the way down to the basement will make you feel frightened and nervous instantly. Walking down the stairway, you will see the situation room of the command during wartime.Followed by a short introduction at the United Nations camp.


We finally visit Odusan Unification Observatory (Closed Every Mon. - will be replaced by Imjingak Peace Observatory).


After receiving a brief and listening to the precautions, you can watch a 3D film about the war, and then we can vividly see the North Korean villages, people working, and their daily lives.


Finish the day back in Seoul where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Seoul, South Korea - Australia or (New Zealand)

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.


Please note: Only one group airport transfer is included in this package, and, for this reason, some travellers may have more time at Incheon Airport before their departure flight than others, depending on their flight time. Fortunately, Incheon Airport is constantly voted one of the best in the world and can provide hours of entertainment amongst its various shops. Luggage storage options are also available at the airport.


Please note: If you have an evening transfer, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception after check in and prior to your departure.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 14 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may depart Seoul on day 14 and arrive on day 14.

Itinerary 2
Japan & South Korea Highlights with Jeju Island Extension
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) – Tokyo, Japan

Today fly from Australia (or New Zealand) to one of the most captivating cities in the world - Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival be transferred to your hotel in Tokyo.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2 Tokyo sightseeing

After breakfast, discover Tokyo’s must-see landmarks on an introductory morning tour. First, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens surrounding the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Then visit the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. A world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this calm green oasis covers an impressive 1.15 km<sup>2</sup> in the central Chiyoda Ward.


The tour will end at around lunchtime and you’re free to explore this amazing city at your own leisure in the afternoon.

Overnight: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo Free Day

Today enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Lake Kawaguchiko - Nagano Region

After breakfast, embark on a journey of approximately 300km, starting with a drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, Mt Fuji’s 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who do not intend on climbing the mountain, and it features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops.


Afterwards, continue to Lake Kawaguchiko, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Nagano Region this afternoon, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.


Overnight: Tabino Hotel Lit Matsumoto or similar, Nagano Region

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Nagano Region – Takayama – Shirakawa – Osaka

Today is a fun day travelling approximately 380km. Discover Japan's charming countryside to see how the local's live, including a visit to famous Shirakawa-go, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, and its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.


Afterwards, step back in time in Takayama Old Town and stroll along the well-preserved Sannomachi Street, showcasing many traditional Japanese homes, shops, and restaurants. Takayama was once a bustling hub drawing expert artisans, farmers and merchants from throughout the surrounding area, and Sanmachi, as well as Oshinmachi, preserve the traditional aesthetic of the Edo period. Finish the day in Osaka where you will check into your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome or similar, Osaka

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Osaka

This morning head to Nara Park to spot more than a thousand deer which are considered the messengers of the gods. These deer have become a symbol of the city and have been designated natural treasure status. Deer crackers are for sale around the park and you'll find that some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.


You'll then visit the famous Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in AD 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples in Japan.


Afterwards travel to near by Kyoto for some free time at leisure to explore the ancient capital or take part in an optional Kyoto sightseeing tour. Finish the day back in Osaka.


Optional Kyoto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: 5,500 JPY

The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto which has gold leaf covered floors on the top two floors. The last stop of the tour is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto's top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome or similar, Osaka

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Osaka, Japan to Busan, South Korea

Today transfer to the airport and depart Japan for Busan, South Korea. Upon arrival in Busan you will be met and transferred to your centrally located accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Please note:

- Standard check-out time is 12:00 and luggage storage is available at the front desk for those with later fights.


- Standard check-in time is 15:00 and luggage storage is available at the front desk for those who arrive in Busan before then.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Busan City Tour

This morning you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Busan.


Start by visiting the Yongdusan Dragon Head Park – it is called Yongdusan because the shape of the mountain resembles a dragon’s head emerging from the sea.


Then go to the iconic Busan Tower, a 120-metre high structure that provides a stunning bird’s eye view of the entire city of Busan, including islands and ships dotted in the distant seas.


From there visit the Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Korea and a popular 'must-see' site for tourists in Busan.


Afterward, travel to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the northeastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shoreline (most temples in Korea are located in the mountains).


Next, continue onwards to the Instagram-famous Gamcheon Culture Village. The village is formed by houses built in staircase fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning the nickname 'Machu Picchu of Busan'. Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.


Finish the day back at your accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Busan - Gyeongju - Jeonju

This morning transfer to Gyeongju, the century-old historical Gyeongju City and 1,000-year-old capital of the Silla Dynasty. The Gyeongju Historic Areas were designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2000. The protected areas encompass the ruins of temples and palaces, outdoor pagodas and statuary, as well as other cultural artifacts left by the Silla Kingdom. The historic areas are also known as one of the largest outdoor museums in the world.


Start your city tour from Bulguksa temple, also known as 'The Buddhist Country Temple'. Alongside the neighbouring Seokguram Grotto Hermitage, Bulguksa Temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 1995. Lastly, visit Daereungwon, also known as Tumuli Park which has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Silla Period. Pass by Chomsongdae Observatory, constructed as the lunar calendar, and Tumuli park exhibiting the Royal tombs.


In the afternoon you will proceed to the celebrated village of Jeonju, an important tourist centre that is famous for its Korean food and historic traditional buildings. In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. This honour recognises the city's traditional home cooking handed down through generations over thousands of years, its active public and private food research, its system for nurturing talented chefs, and its hosting of distinctive local food festivals. Check into your accommodation on arrival and enjoy the evening at leisure


Optional Activity - Jeonju Bibimbap Dinner - $30 AUD per person

Jeonju is the birthplace of the famous Korean dish Bibimbap (rice with vegetables & meat). In 2011, it was ranked 40th on the World's 50 most delicious foods readers' poll, compiled by CNN Travel. This dinner includes transportation to and from your hotel and a Bibimbap dinner (drinks are not included).

Overnight: Best Western Plus Jeonju Hotel or similar, Jeonju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Jeonju - Seoul

This morning vist the Hanji Museum (Korean traditional mulberry paper). As Korea’s first museum specialising in paper, it has an extensive collection of 3000 artifacts and a database documenting the long history and superiority of Hanji.


Additionally, you will have the opportunity to make Korean paper with wooden tools and bring it back home.

Then enjoy a walking tour of the Gyeonggijeon pavilion, the symbol of Jeonju’s Korean-style village. Gyeonggijeon is especially beautiful in the autumn. Historical dramas and movies use the surrounding landscape as a background.


Afterwards, take a tour of Jeonju Hanok, the largest Korean village with various traditional cultural facilities in the downtown area and then visit Jaman Mural Village, situated on the hillside next to the Jeonju Hanok Village. Jaman Village used to be one of Jeonju’s poor hillside villages or shantytowns. Now, thanks to the murals drawn by the talented local artists, Jaman Village, or ‘Jaman Mural Village,’ has become one of the most popular attractions in Jeonju.


The tour will then depart for Seoul, South Korea’s bustling capital. Your accommodation is located in Insadong, the heart of the city, and one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul. There is one main road in Insadong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes.


The galleries are the heartbeat of Insadong. There are hundreds of them in the area offering every example of traditional Korean fine art, from paintings to sculptures. The most famous are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the centre of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Centre.


The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. They are hidden deep within the twisting alleyways, making it feel like a treasure hunt. The shops in Insadong are very popular among all age groups providing a unique experience for every taste.


Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Seoul City Tour

This morning begin a Seoul city tour at the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace to experience the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty (more than 500 years old).


Afterwards, visit the National Folk Museum to learn about the country's unique culture and how Koreans used to live in the olden days.


Continuing onwards, enjoy a quick stop to witness the Traditional Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and the Presidential Blue House before arriving at the famous Bukchon Hanok Village.


Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history, located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of many alleys and hanoks, preserved to showcase its 600-year-old urban environment. Here you will enjoy a guided walk and marvel at beautiful traditional homes.


After visiting the Bukchon Hanok village, you will take part in a cooking class preparing Korea’s number one staple dish - kimchi. During this class you will also have the opportunity to take photos in the Korean traditional outfit, called a 'hanbok'.


Finish the day with some time at leisure at the Dongdaemun open market, the largest of its kind in the Orient. Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district of traditional markets and shopping centres that covers the entire area around Dongdaemun Gate, a prominent landmark in Korea. It is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district, featuring 26 shopping malls, 30000 specialty shops and 50000 manufacturers.


Return to your accommodation, where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Seoul Day at Leisure - Optional DMZ Tour

Today is a free day to explore Seoul at leisure, or join the below optional tour (not included).


Optional Tour: Korean DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) Tour ($130 per person)

Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarised Zone, or DMZ.

Located on each side of the 38th parallel, this infamous border was established at the end of the war in 1953 at the signing of Panmunjom’s armistice in order to separate North and South Korea.


This morning head north towards the North Korean border. Upon arrival at the DMZ take the Gondola to give a perfect bird's eye view of the Demilitarised Zone. Then enjoy a tour of Imjingak Resort. Imjingak Resort has various war-related artefacts as well as spacious Pyeonghwa Nuri Park. The resort preserves the Freedom Bridge and Imjingang rail bridge from the Korean War to remind people of the past, along with a Memorial Hall, memorial monuments, the Bell of Unification, Last Train Out, The Bridge of No Return, and Dokgae Bridge symbolises the pains of war and separation. The skywalk experience will be divided into three themes: past, present, and future. 


Proceed to Bunker Beat 131, A military underground bunker constructed during the Korean War has been changed into a unique exhibition space. You can feel the atmosphere of a military facility from the entrance. The shape of an anti-tank mine put on the stairs on the way down to the basement will make you feel frightened and nervous instantly. Walking down the stairway, you will see the situation room of the command during wartime.Followed by a short introduction at the United Nations camp.


We finally visit Odusan Unification Observatory (Closed Every Mon. - will be replaced by Imjingak Peace Observatory).


After receiving a brief and listening to the precautions, you can watch a 3D film about the war, and then we can vividly see the North Korean villages, people working, and their daily lives.


Finish the day back in Seoul where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Seoul - Jeju Island

Today you will be transferred to Gimpo Airport for your domestic flight to Jeju Island. On arrival, make your way to your nearby centrally located hotel (a taxi will be approximately $15 AUD) where you can check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Jeju-do, Korea’s largest island, has long been the country’s favourite domestic holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush countryside and seaside hotels designed for rest and relaxation.


There’s plenty on Jeju-do to appeal to those who prefer to be active. Hike up South Korea’s highest mountain, Hallasan, or climb the incredible tuff cone Seongsan Ilchulbong, rising straight from the sea, to watch the sun rise from the ridge of a crater.


For a less-demanding nature experience, meander along one of the Jeju Olle Trails and explore tangerine-trimmed country roads, jagged coasts and narrow lanes dotted with cottage-style homes made from black lava rock.


The ocean is never far away, so plunge into blue seas to view coral as colourful as the sunsets, and dig into Jeju-do’s unique cuisine, including seafood caught by haenyeo (female free divers). 

Overnight: Gloucester Hotel or similar, Jeju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Jeju Island Tour

Today, head out on a full-day tour of this amazing island.


First stop will be Seongeup Village. Located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture over a wide period of time from 1410 to 1914.


Cultural properties in the folk village have been handed down from generation to generation, with treasures including residential houses, Confucian shrines, schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or ox), fortress ruins, and stone monuments. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage. Several zelkova and nettle trees that are hundreds of years old stand at the centre of the village, preserving the dignified atmosphere of a bygone era.


Afterwards, enjoy a demonstration by some of Jeju Island's famous female divers. As of 2011, there were about 5000 female divers on Jeju Island, South Korea. Most of them are over 50, and some are even 70 or 80 years old. While these women divers have long been the main contributors to the island’s economy, their role is a great transition. Nowadays, they’re mostly performers and are a symbol of Jeju island. This diving activity has its roots in ancient times when the men went to the sea, and many did not return, so the women at home alone raised their children, taking care of household tasks.

(Please note: the diving demonstration is subject to weather conditions)


Next up visit the impressive Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone which rises 180 metres above sea level due to a magma flow under the sea over 5000 years ago. It was originally a separate island, but a build-up of sand and soil has connected it to the main one. A large crater, formed by the hot lava mixing with cold ocean water, is located at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone. The crater is about 600 metres in diameter and 90 metres deep. It has been featured in films, and was originally used for agriculture, but has now been given over to a field of silver grass.


The final stop of the tour is the Manjanggul Lava Tube which is part of the Geomunoreum Lava Tube system. The lava tube stretches roughly 7400 metres, with a maximum height of 25 metres and width of 18 metres, making it one of the largest in the world. Manjanggul holds great value for science and conservation studies, having well-maintained formations despite being formed over one hundred thousand years ago.


Finish the day back at your hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Gloucester Hotel or similar, Jeju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Jeju Island - Seoul - Incheon

Today, enjoy a morning at leisure before making your way back to nearby Jeju Island Airport for your afternoon flight. On arrival in Seoul you will be met and transferred to your accommodation near Incheon Airport.


Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Overnight: Days Inn & Suites Incheon Airport or similar, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Depart South Korea

Today take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Incheon airport for your return flight home.


Please note: If you have an evening flight, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception after check in and prior to your departure.

Overnight: Days Inn & Suites Incheon Airport or similar, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 17 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may depart Seoul on day 17 and arrive on day 17.

Important Info

Booking information 

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase. Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY 
Covid-19 Booking Policy  
TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website. 
 
​​​Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with. You are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance with Covid-19 protection after purchase. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 
 
Offer essentials
 
This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 18th November 2024.
 
This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement  
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:
• 14-Day Package: $1,050
• 17-Day Package: $1,400
Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability. 
 
Departure Dates 
2024 
April: 17, 22
May 1, 8, 15, 20, 22, 27
June: 3, 12
July: 8*, 22^
August: 5, 19
September: 2, 9^, 23*
October: 7^, 14^, 21, 28
November: 4, 11, 18
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability. 
 
Surcharges  
Please note:
• Dates/months with a ^ incur a high season surcharge of $100 per person.
• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $350 per person. 
 
Departure Cities  
Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, *Perth or *Auckland. 
 
Departure City Surcharges  
• *Brisbane, *Adelaide: $300 per person
• *Perth: $100 per person
• *Auckland: $500 per person 
 
Flights


Full-Service Airline(s) Used
 

Cabin class: Economy class 

• Airlines (Australia to Tokyo and Seoul to Australia flights): Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Thai Airways, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, Vietnam Airlines, China Eastern, Royal Brunei, Korean Air, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand and partners. 

• Airlines (Osaka to Busan & Jeju Island flights): Air Busan, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines, Jin Air, Korean Air, Peach Aviation, T'way Air and partners (subject to availability).

Please note: TripADeal cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.  

 
Missed Flights 
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you will miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 
 
Preferred Airline surcharge
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Qantas Airways: $400 per person 
• Singapore Airlines: $400 per person 
Please note: 
• Preferred airlines are subject to availability. If we are unable to fulfil your request, the above extra cost will be refunded.
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed, subject to aircraft configuration.
• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased preferred airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the preferred airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.
• Preferred airline refers to the marketing carrier and could include codeshare partners.
 
Arrive early in Tokyo



Priced between $300 and $700 AUD per person, subject to availability



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



01/12/2023 - 09/02/2024



18/03/2024 - 30/04/2024



01/06/2024 - 14/08/2024



23/09/2024 - 20/10/2024



06/12/2024 - 31/01/2025



 



Stay behind in Seoul, South Korea



Priced between $300 and $700 AUD per person, subject to availability



Please note:



• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.



• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.



• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.



• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.



• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):



01/12/2023 - 09/02/2024



18/03/2024 - 30/04/2024



01/06/2024 - 14/08/2024



23/09/2024 - 20/10/2024



06/12/2024 - 31/01/2025 



 



Stopover Packages 



* Singapore 



Twin share: $1200 per person/one way



Solo Traveller: $1800 one way



 



Includes:



• 2 nights in 4-star accommodation



• Daily breakfast



• Return airport transfers 



Please note: 



• When a pre and post-tour stopover is chosen, the same stopover location must be chosen each way, due to the airline used.



• When selecting an Arrive Early or Stay Behind in conjunction with a Stopover Package, the stopover will take place after the departure date you select for your Arrive Early or Stay Behind.



• Stopover packages are subject to availability.



• In the event that a purchased stopover package and a purchased guaranteed airline upgrade are not compatible, you will have the option to receive a refund for the guaranteed airline upgrade or be offered an alternative stopover city option, e.g if you choose to fly with Singapore Airlines you cannot stopover in Dubai.



• Blackout dates apply to flights departing between the below date ranges:
• 1st March 2024 - 10th March 2024
• 18th September 2024 - 24th September 2024



 



Flight Class Upgrades



Business Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.



 



Please note: 



• Business Class upgrade will not be applicable for the internal flight between Japan & South Korea and will only apply to flights too and from Australia.



• Flight upgrades are subject to availability (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).



• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed; subject to aircraft configuration.



 



Accommodation


Accommodation Used



3 & 4-Star Properties



• Tokyo: Hotel Lumiere Kasai or similar, Tokyo



• Nagano: Tabino Hotel Lit Matsumoto or similar



• Osaka: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome or similar



• Busan: Asti Hotel or similar



• Jeonju: Best Western Plus Jeonju Hotel or similar, Jeonju



• Seoul: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar



• Jeju: Gloucester Hotel or similar (Extension package only)



• Seoul: Days Inn & Suites Incheon Airport or similar (Extension package only)



 



Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.



 



Extra Nights



Not available at check-out. 



 



Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights of accommodation pre or post-tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 4-6 weeks before departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel, please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 



 



Maximum Room Capacity



2 people.



 



Child Policy



• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.



• Valid for children 8 years old and over.



Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.



 



Triple Share



Not available



 



Bedding Configuration



Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).



 



General information


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 36 per vehicle.



 



Optional Tours/Activities



• Day 6: Optional Kyoto half-day sightseeing tour: 5,500 JPY (payable on tour in local currency)



• Day 9: Jeonju Bibimbap Dinner - $30 AUD per person (payable at checkout prior to travel)



• Day 12: Korean DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) tour - $130 per person (payable at checkout prior to travel)



 



Please note:



• Prices are based per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable directly to the tour operator in the currency specified or at checkout 



• Some tours require minimum numbers to operate. 



 



Exclusions


• Visa fees and requirements 



• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer



• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer



• Recommended gratuities/tipping 



• Optional activities/tours 



• Personal expenses



• Travel insurance



 



Other important information


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER



Tour Guide



Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 



 



Tour Leader



An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined. 



 



Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 



 



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES



Tokyo



Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Here is some climate information for Tokyo:



 



Spring (March to May):



Spring in Tokyo is mild and often considered the most pleasant season.



Average temperatures range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) in March and gradually increase to 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) in May.



It is generally dry, although occasional rain showers occur.



 



Summer (June to August):



Summers in Tokyo are hot, humid, and can be uncomfortable.



Average temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and high humidity levels make it feel hotter.



July and August are the rainiest months, and occasional thunderstorms and typhoons occur during this time.



 



Autumn (September to November):



Autumn in Tokyo is characterised by mild temperatures and comfortable weather.



Average temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) in September and gradually decrease to 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) in November.



It is generally dry and less humid, with clear skies and beautiful autumn foliage.



 



Winter (December to February):



Tokyo experiences relatively mild winters compared to other parts of Japan.



Average temperatures range from 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F) in December and January, gradually increasing to 8°C to 13°C (46°F to 55°F) in February.



While snowfall is infrequent in Tokyo, occasional light snow or flurries can occur.



 



Seoul



Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Here is some climate information for Seoul:



 



Spring (March to May):



Spring in Seoul is generally mild and pleasant.



Average temperatures range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) in March and gradually increase to 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) in May.



It can be a bit chilly in March, but by May, the weather becomes more comfortable and enjoyable.



Spring is known for cherry blossoms, which usually bloom in early to mid-April, attracting many tourists.



 



Summer (June to August):



Summers in Seoul are hot, humid, and can be quite muggy.



Average temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), with high humidity levels making it feel hotter.



July and August are the rainiest months, with frequent showers and occasional thunderstorms.



Seoul experiences some heatwaves during the summer months, with temperatures occasionally soaring above 30°C (86°F).



 



Autumn (September to November):



Autumn in Seoul is considered the most pleasant season with mild temperatures and clear skies.



Average temperatures range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) in September and gradually decrease to 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) in November.



It is generally dry, and the foliage displays beautiful autumn colors, especially in October.



 



Winter (December to February):



Winters in Seoul can be cold and dry.



Average temperatures range from -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F) in December and January, gradually increasing to 0°C to 8°C (32°F to 46°F) in February.



Snowfall occurs, but it is generally light to moderate, with occasional heavy snowfalls in January or February.



 



FLIGHTS



Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points



At TripADeal, we do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.



 



Passport Validity



Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.



 



COACH TOUR



Meals



Some meals are included in the 18-day package and 19 in the 21-day package. For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements.



 



Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.



 



Luggage



You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of bags from the vehicle.



 



OTHER



Mobility



If you would love to travel with TripADeal and require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.



 



Fitness Level Required



An easy/low level of fitness will be required. 



Easy/low is described as light walking on well-maintained surfaces, occasional climbing of stairs and ability to get on and off vehicles without assistance and stand for a minimum of 30 mins in hot/humid conditions.



 



Please note: If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



 



Yellow Fever



A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate upon arrival.



 



You must check with your doctor well before leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.



 



Gratuities/Tipping



Japan



Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is 900 JPY (approximately $10 AUD) per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 



 



South Korea



Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $4 USD or 5000 Korean Won (approximately $6 AUD) per person per day where tour services are provided. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected whilst on tour. 



 



Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.



 



Sightseeing



Please note: If the entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).



 



Shopping



Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts.  



Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. 



Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.



 



Visas


Japan



A tourist visa is not required for Australian or New Zealand citizens visiting Japan for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include remunerative activities.



 



South Korea



Australian & New Zealand travellers no longer need to apply for a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA), under a temporary exemption being put in place from 1 April 2023 until 31 Dec 2024.



 



Travel insurance


Embarking on your next trip is exciting, and while you hope the unexpected does not happen, it is best to be prepared. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when making your booking. Whether it’s a potential medical emergency, a flight cancellation, a delayed suitcase, or an unforeseen event, it's important to ensure you're adequately protected. For more information or advice visit https://www.tripadeal.com.au/travel-insurance



Schedule of fees


Voluntary Changes



Includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue. 



• Changes - $100.00 per booking and additional charges from the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.



 



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error



• If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100.00 per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.



 



Supplier Fees



In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are unavailable from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. If TripADeal cannot obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.