27 days Seoul to Osaka
27-day South Korea & Japan Tour
Start your epic tour travelling through the major regions, epic sites and hidden gems of South Korea, before jetting off to explore Japan’s rich culture, unique history and natural beauty.
Tick incredible destinations off your bucket list and go off-the-beaten-track to parts of South Korea you never knew you needed to see, every single day you’re there.From neon-lit metropolises to rolling countryside hills, long sandy beaches to temples in the mountains, and even a visit to the historic Demilitarized Zone. Fly across the sea to bustling Tokyo where you’ll continue your unforgettable adventure. Our adventure leaders will take you to the best spots in town and have you living life like a local. Find more details below or use the chat on the right hand of your screen to speak to one of our experts!
Including hostels, bath houses, temples & 1 night in a Ryokan
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each city
All transport within Japan & South Korea as well as the flight between them.
Itinerary & map
If you would like to travel to Japan first and then South Korea, this is possible on the dates 18th June 2020 and the 1st October 2020. Just get in contact for more information!
Day 1 – Seoul:
Get ready to start your South Korean adventure by meeting your guide at the hostel and listening to a pre-departure brief as you find out everything you need to know about your trip. For dinner, enjoy a feast of Korean barbecue food!
After a delicious meal, make your way to the top of Namsan Mountain, where you can admire spectacular views of Seoul lit up at night. Recognised as the most popular location in Seoul for couples, wander through the “padlocks of love” locked at the base of Seoul N Tower, representing visitors’ endless love! If you want an even better view of the city, you can head to the top of the Seoul N Tower.
Later, hop on public transport back to the district of Hongdae where your accommodation is. Enjoy some time to stroll around and explore the hip area or get an early night ready for your first full day tomorrow!
Day 2 – Seoul:
Today, you will visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Climb aboard a bus, taking you an hour north of Seoul to Imjingak, where you’ll have the chance to grab some breakfast. Continue your journey to Dorasan Station, the northernmost train stop in South Korea that was once intended to connect the country with North Korea. While there, you can buy a commemorative train ticket!
Pay a visit to Dora Observatory where you can see the nearest North Korean villages through binoculars. If you’re lucky, you might even see some people in the streets. Next, descent into the 3rd Tunnel created by North Koreans, taking you as close as 170m to North Korea!
After, you will begin your journey back to Seoul and make the most of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk to a North Korean defector on the bus. Back in Seoul, why not hit up Myeongdong for a lunch with the rest of the group or explore the surrounding area with visits to the Myeongdong Cathedral or a quirky cat café?
Enjoy a free evening to explore the city as you please. For some evening entertainment, watch a traditional Nanta Show (a comedy cooking performance), explore Itaewon, best known for its endless restaurant and bar options, or head over to the ritzy Gangnam district.
Day 3 – Seoul:
Today, you’ll wake up nice and early for a day exploring the ancient side of Seoul. Hop on the metro to Gyeongbokgung Palace where you’ll have the chance to watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, before entering the palace groups itself.
After, make your way to Bukchon Hanok Village, stopping by the Blue House, which is the White House of South Korea, on the way. This is the official residence of the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in.
In Bukchon Hanok Village, you can change into hanbok, traditional Korean clothes, to walk around the historical village. After a jam-packed morning, enjoy a group lunch with your fellow travellers at Tongin Market, or grab something yourself from the nearby area.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a walk down the Cheonggyecheon stream, an area of tranquillity and relaxation restored during an urban renewal project. Afterwards, prepare to be inspired by the Insadong Art Street where you can take part in an optional Kimchi Tasting session at Museum Kimchikan.
In the evening, you will have some free time to explore Seoul further. Walk around Ikseon-dong Hanok Street, immerse yourself in local life with a group dinner at pojangmacha – soju or head back to Hongdae Street for a night out on a pub crawl!
Day 4 – Seoul & Sokcho:
Check out of your accommodation and depart for day-trip to Sokcho, in the north-eastern part of the country. Arrive at Seoraksan National Park in the late morning and pay a visit to Sinheungsa Temple. Embark on a hike to Ulsanbawi Rock for spectacular views over the national park. For those looking for a less challenging hike, you can hike the well-signed waterfall trail and board a cable car to another peak.
Refuel with some lunch back at the entrance of the park before taking the bus to Sokcho town. Here, you’ll travel on a gatbae to cross the river to Abai, a small village of North Korean refugees. Explore the historical village before climbing to the Lighthouse Observatory for incredible views of Seoraksan Mountain, the East Sea and Sokcho.
In the evening, enjoy a dinner with the rest of the group in and around the local fish markets. We’d recommend one of the most famous Korean fried chicken restaurants in the area, Manseok, known for its sticky sweet and sour boneless fried chicken. Head back to Seoul and check into your accommodation for the night, a jjimjilbang – a traditional Korean bath and sleeping house. Explore the multi-storey abode, with sex-segregated onsen baths, meditation rooms, saunas, ice rooms and even an entertainment floor!
Day 5 – Gyeongju:
After a night of relaxation and rejuvenation, check out of your accommodation and walk to Seoul station. Grab some breakfast before taking the train to Singyeongju Station near the city of Gyeongju.
After checking into your hostel, enjoy lunch at Seongdong Traditional Market or one of the many surrounding restaurants.
Get ready for an afternoon exploring Gyeongju by bike! First up, explore Cheonmachong Ancient Tombs, part of the Daereungwon Tomb Complex in Tumuli Park. Then, make your way to Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in East Asia. Head to Gyerim Forest and pay a visit to Hyanggyo Confucius School on the way. If you’re thirsty, stop for a cup of tea at a 300-year old tea house nearby.
Want to experience authentic Korean food? Have dinner at Dosol Maeul, a local restaurant serving traditional Korean set meals in an equally authentic environment! Later, why not take a stroll around to Anapji Pond for some amazing night time views of the palace? Be sure to pack your cameras because the lights are stunning.
Day 6 – Gyeongju:
Start the day early with a visit to Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Cultural Asset, or take the opportunity to have a lie-in. Grab a bite to eat for lunch in the city before transferring to Golgulsa Temple, where you’ll experience an overnight temple stay.
Upon arrival, check into the temple and start the day’s activities with a meditation class. Want an afternoon with more action? Why not take part in archery, horse riding or training classes. Afterwards, watch a breath-taking traditional arts performance and Sunmudo demonstration before lending a hand to the temple’s communal work.
Enjoy a simple Buddhist dinner of vegetables, rice and fruit with the other temple visitors. Take part in the evening chanting service and meditation before learning the basics of Sunmudo yourself!
Day 7 – Busan:
Wake up with the sunrise and take part in the morning chanting service and meditation, followed by starting the day right with a traditional breakfast. Next, enjoy a fantastic opportunity to talk to a Buddhist monk over tea, where you’ll have the chance to ask whatever you want!
After a relaxing morning, take part in your final Sunmudo training lesson to master your skills. Have a delicious lunch before taking the bus back to the city. Then, make your way to Gyeongju bus station where you’ll start your journey to Busan. Arrive in the late afternoon and head straight to your accommodation.
Check in and make yourself comfortable before heading out for dinner. Grab some amazing food at tables along the beachfront. Want to explore the thriving nightlight of Busan? Hit the town for a night out along the Haeundae beachfront!
Day 8 – Busan:
Head out for a day exploring Busan. First up, make your way to Jagalchi Market, the biggest seafood market in South Korea. Wander through the bright and colourful stalls showcasing a huge variety of the day’s fresh catch. Pick the best of the bunch for a tasty lunch before heading to Nampo-dong, the city’s famous movie district and home to the annual Busan International Film Festival.
Want to step into another dimension? Take part in a cutting-edge Virtual Reality gaming experience! Alternatively, spend the afternoon exploring the real world further. Treat your taste buds to Busan-style hotteok, a fried pancake filled with brown sugar and various seeds from a street food vendor.
Afterwards, head to Songdo Beach where you’ll hop on the Marine Cable Car and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the city in the distance. If you’re lucky, your car might have a glass floor! Follow a path along the cliffs back down to the beach or return by cable car.
Take the metro to Gwangan Beach and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. Try the Korean delicacy, jokbal, or hit up Slice of Life for the best New York-style pizza around. Once the sun sets, be sure to admire the light show on Gwangan Bridge.
Day 9 – Busan:
Enjoy a free morning to explore Busan.
Venture out on your own or take part in some of our suggested activities. For example, you can join a cooking class and learn to make the Korean dishes you’ve tried throughout your trip. Alternatively, visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a Buddhist temple nestled in the coastline’s cliffs, take a day trip to the colourful Gamcheon Culture Village, or embark on the Igidae Coastal Walk and Oryukdo Skywalk.
Feeling in need of some more rejuvenation? Head to Spa Land in Centum City, located in Busan’s largest shopping complex! Make the most of South Korea’s high-quality jjimjilbang while you’re here and treat yourself to saunas, cold rooms, jacuzzis and more.
Later, you will collect your belongings from the hostel and make your way to the port where you’ll catch an overnight ferry to Jeju Island. Catch a great view of the city from the top deck as you pull out of the port. Chill out with your fellow travellers in the lounge areas or head to bed ready for an early start in the morning.
Day 10 – Jeju Island:
Arrive in Jeju early in the morning after eating breakfast onboard the ferry. Head to a section of the coastline to take part in a Haenyeo Divers Experience, where you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to go out with the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage women divers of Jeju. Learn how to catch fish using just a knife while holding your breath!
Once back on dry land, have lunch before taking part in a traditional liquor making experience. You’ll learn how it’s made and get to sample different types. Later, hike to the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a unique formation that was formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions over 5,000 years ago!
On your way back to the hostel, witness a performance by the Haenyeo Divers by the beach in the shadow of the peak. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. If you’re looking for an epic view this evening, head to Seopjikoji Viewpoint at sunset.
Day 11 – Jeju Island:
In the morning, depart by private transfer on a day trip to Jeongbang Waterfall. Start the day at the waterfall, the only one of its kind in Asia, which flows directly into the ocean. Then, embark on a day-long trek along the Jeju Olle Trail.
Take a break and refuel with lunch in Seogwipo city before continuing your trek to Oedolgae Rock. Take in the gorgeous natural scenery along the way, from the volcanic cliffs to the bright yellow fields of canola.
Return to the hostel in the early afternoon and enjoy some well-deserved rest time! Relax on the beach or chill in the hostel before your final night’s celebrations. If you’ve still got some energy, head out on to the water a try your hand at surfing or paddle boarding.
In the evening, kick back with a barbecue by the beach! Eat delicious food, watch the sun go down and if you want, party into the night by the seashore. Make the most of your time with your fellow travellers, as you’ll be saying goodbye in the morning.
Day 12 – Jeju Island & Seoul:
Today, you will fly back to Seoul and have your final full-day in South Korea.
Customers starting on the 7th May 2020 will at this point fly to Tokyo where they will immediately join their group and begin the Japan section of their adventure.
Day 13 – Seoul & Tokyo:
Today you will fly from South Korea to Japan.
Day 14 – Tokyo:
Your first full day is free to use as you wish. You will not be meeting the rest of your group until tomorrow, read our guide for some amazing things you can in Tokyo before you start your Japan adventure!
Day 15 – Tokyo:
Today, you will meet your Adventure Leader in the lobby of the hostel at 10am, where you’ll drop off your luggage, have a briefing, discuss the itinerary and get to know the group.
Then, you will visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and have a chance to take in Tokyo’s stunning skyline. Enjoy a full view of Tokyo from 202 meters above the ground! This building houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs the 23 wards of Tokyo.
For lunch, you will feast on the freshest sashimi you’ve ever eaten! This will take place at Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji Outer Market, where you’ll also be amazed by the variety of fish on offer and catch a glimpse of the famous blue-fin tuna.
After lunch, you’ll head to Asakusa to visit the Sensō-Ji temple. Sensō-Ji is an ancient Buddhist temple, which became independent after World War II. You will also explore the charming streets of Asakusa, this area retains the vibe of an older Tokyo, with traditional craft shops and street-food stalls along Nakamise Street. You will have the option to experience one of Japan’s national obsessions – baseball, at a local batting cage.
At the end of the day, you will have the option to kick back and relax with a drink or bathe with the locals at a nearby bathhouse.
Day 16 – Tokyo:
In the morning, you’ll discover the Japanese art of sushi-making with an unforgettable lesson from a sushi chef, and then sample your creations for lunch!
Afterwards, you will visit Akihabara – Japan’s ‘electric town’ and hub of Anime and Manga, and also home to Japan’s most famous J-pop group, AKB48. Venues specializing in manga, anime and video games include Tokyo Anime Center, for exhibits and souvenirs, and Radio Kaikan with its 10 floors of toys, trading cards and collectibles. Staff dressed as maids or butlers serve tea and desserts at nearby maid cafes.
If you’re up for something fun and different, you’ll have the option to bring your favourite video game to life with MariCar! This activity allows you to choose a costume and race through the streets of Tokyo! (Please note: to participate, you must secure an international driver permit valid in Japan before the start of the trip).
In the evening, you can head to Golden Gai and experience Japanese nightlife!
Day 17 – Tokyo:
Start the morning with a trip to the unmissable Tokyo Imperial Palace: a wealth of gardens and galleries, with guided tours and castle ruins. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is surrounded by parks and gardens offering a getaway from the busy city streets. Surrounding the home of the Emperor, the grounds are perfectly maintained and are one of the top destinations for visitors to the capital. Here, you’ll learn more about why Japan’s Imperial Family is so unique.
It’s another afternoon of traditional-modern contrast in the Harajuku area of Tokyo. Your first stop will be Harajuku, which is Tokyo’s fashion district, you will encounter French maids, punks, goths, technicolour hair – anything goes in Harajuku. Take in the industrial vibes and if you want, grab some hair dye and get involved!
After this, you will make your way to Shibuya to visit the Meiji Shrine. Meiji Shrine is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
Then, you’ll head to the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and iconic landmark, Shibuya Crossing. This is where you will find the Hachiko Statue. After, why not stop by the Cat Café MoCHA to make some furry friends while enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake?
If you want to experience some more nightlife, you can explore the streets of Roppongi. If not, you can have a relaxing evening at the hostel.
Day 18 – Tokyo:
First thing in the morning, you will head to Ryōgoku to discover Tokyo’s fascinating history at Edo-Tokyo Museum. If you want, you will also have the option to visit the Sumo Museum, as Ryōgoku is known as Tokyo’s Sumo District. Why not learn about the history of the Japanese sport?
In the afternoon, you’ll have the option to learn the ancient art of Samurai and have a chance to see a live sword demonstration in Tokyo’s Samurai Museum. The Samurai Museum has quickly become popular with foreign visitors – as well as exhibits of samurai swords, armor and other weapons including guns, visitors can try on samurai armor and try their hands at samurai themselves!
If you’re into the latest technology, you will also have the option to experience a Robot Show in the evening.
Day 19 – Tokyo & Kamakura:
Off to a new destination: Kamakura! After brunch in Tokyo, it’s time to say goodbye to the modern capital and hop on a train to Japan’s medieval capital. Kamakura is a seaside Japanese city just south of Tokyo. As the political centre of medieval Japan, modern-day Kamakura is a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. Its most recognizable landmark is the Kotoku-in Temple’s Great Buddha, a roughly 13m-high bronze statue still standing after a 15th-century tsunami. Yuigahama Beach on Sagami Bay is a popular surfing spot.
Upon arrival you have the option to rent a surfboard and head to the beach, as the hostel is moments away from the coast, or you can make the most of this opportunity to sunbathe. There are many beachside bars where you can relax, enjoy a drink, and watch the sunset later on.
You can also check out some of the town’s many ancient shrines, and then hike over to Kotoku-in Temple to marvel at the Great Buddha statue, which stands at nearly 45ft tall and is made of solid bronze. Later, you can embark on a hike to the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine, where people go to wash their money in the shrine’s spring.
Day 20 – Hakone:
Say goodbye to Kamakura as you hop on a series of trains and buses to Hakone station. When you arrive you will hike along the Old Tokaido and enjoy lunch near Moto-Hakone. Hakone used to be an important checkpoint to control traffic along the Tokaido, the highway which linked Tokyo with Kyoto during the feudal Edo Period. Today, a short, cedar lined passage of the old Tokaido and a reconstruction of the Hakone Checkpoint are located between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi along the shore of Lake Ashinoko.
Later, you can climb aboard a sightseeing cruise with a twist – it’s a pirate ship! From the deck of this ship, you’ll cross the Lake Ashi’s clear blue waters and, on a cloudless day, get an unforgettable view of the famous Mount Fuji.
You’ll take the Hakone Ropeway for an epic cable car journey that drops you at Owakudani, an active volcanic zone where you can try black eggs – a local delicacy coloured by the sulphuric water they’re boiled in.
Spend the evening soaking in the sulphuric water of a traditional Japanese outdoor bath, called an ‘Onsen’. (Those with tattoos may not be able to enter an ‘onsen’ in Japan).
Change into your kimono after a long hot bath ready to learn about the art of Japanese rice wine during a Sake tasting session! You’ll listen to an introduction about how sake is made, the different varieties and top it off with tasting opportunities to truly understand the art.
Day 21 – Kyoto:
Next, you’ll be off to Kyoto via bullet train. You’ll zoom across the country, covering around 440km in little more than two hours, leaving plenty of time to experience Kyoto later in the day and evening.
In the afternoon, wander the hillside streets to the stunning Kiyomizu Dera temple. The city is famous for its history, temples, shrines and – of course – stunning geishas. It also has a large student population and a thriving music scene… We recommend that you start in Kawaramachi, as there are bars, jazz clubs and plenty of Izakaya pubs.
You’ll have the option to attend a live geisha performance, which also features a tea ceremony, puppet show, traditional music and more. For something quintessentially Kyoto, you can wander through Pontocho alley, full of lanterns and intimate wood-panelled restaurants – quietly sip on sake and look out for geishas wandering past!
Day 22 – Arashiyama, Kyoto:
You’ll start the day with a two-hour boat trip down the Hozugawa River. In a traditional wooden raft, driven by guides, you’ll cruise through rocky ravines and experience the rush of rapids as you meander through the Arashiyama Hills. Later, you’ll head across to the Arashiyama Monkey Park. It’s a tough climb up, but at the top, you can feed monkeys or simply enjoy the panorama of Kyoto below.
After, you’ll visit the Tenryu-Ji Temple, one of the most important Zen temples. With this, you’ll walk around the temple’s gardens, that were designed in the 14th century and are a real show-stopper. Finally, you’ll hike through Arashiyama’s famous Bamboo Forest.
In the evening, take part in a calligraphy class as you learn the art from a master. For dinner, enjoy one of Japan’s signature dishes, Ramen! You will also have the option to participate in Japanese karaoke and sing your heart out – as part of the price, you’re able to drink as much as you like!
Day 23 – Kyoto:
You have a free day to enjoy as you please!T ake a breather and relax your vocal cords after the previous night’s exertions. If you have the energy, we would suggest taking a look at the majestic temples that adorn the Philosopher’s path. Alternatively, you could check out the International Manga Museum.
You can also head to Fushimi Inari Shrine where you will see torii and more torii. This is a truly remarkable place where a beautiful hiking trail will take you through a corridor of thousands of bright red gates.
Day 24 – Kyoto & Hiroshima:
Today you will cycle around Kyoto like a local! First, you’ll ride over to a Zen temple where you can discover your inner peace with meditation led by a Buddhist monk.
After your journey of tranquillity, admire an iconic image of Kyoto: The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-Ji. Walk around the mirror pond and prepare to be mesmerised by the shimmering golden reflection of the pavilion on the water.
After lunch, jump on your bike and cycle around to the Imperial Palace, before bidding farewell to this magical city. In the afternoon, you’ll take another bullet train and venture further west for Hiroshima.
Day 25 – Hiroshima:
Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that was left standing near ground zero. Here, you will find out how this city came to suffer the consequences of the world’s first atomic bomb, but you will also learn that Hiroshima is now the standard bearer for a peaceful and nuclear-free world.
After a train ride and a short ferry trip to Miyajima Island, you’ll reach the Itsukushima shrine. To avoid angering the gods on the island, the main temple buildings were built on stilts on the shores of the island. Just offshore, you will see an enormous torii gate standing in the sea. At low tide, you can walk across the sand to take a closer look.
Make your way back to the hostel and enjoy a free evening to relax.
Day 26 – Osaka:
Today, another bullet train will take you to Osaka – you’ll arrive in time for lunch in the Shinsaibashi area.
After enjoying your typically Japanese lunch of yakitori, ramen, sushi or whatever takes your fancy, it’s a short subway ride to the Osaka Castle. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Take a stroll around the castle that rises above the enormous moat, and then check out the nine-level dungeon.
You have the afternoon free! You can choose to explore more of Osaka on your own, have the ultimate Japanese shopping experience in Shinsaibashi or have a rest.
Your evening can begin however you’d like: you can start the night off by being the Dragon Trip Arcade Challenge Champion, or eat, drink, game and enjoy the endless Dotonbori and Namba night scenes.
Tonight, you will sleep at a capsule hotel – small, intimate, private and quintessentially Japanese.
Day 27 – Osaka:
You’ve reached the end of your Dragon Trip, say goodbye to Japan and catch a flight to your next destination!
South Korea Included Activities:
- Welcome dinner of Korean barbeque (Seoul)
- Enjoy the great views of Seoul from Namsan Mountain (Seoul)
- Visit the Demilitarized Zone and have the chance to talk to a North Korean defector (Seoul)
- Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace (Seoul)
- Walk around the historic Bukchon Hanok Village (Seoul)
- Pay a visit to Insadong art street (Seoul)
- Visit Seoroksan National Park, Sokcho town, Abai Village via a cable pulley boat, then walk to the Lighthouse Observatory for breathtaking views (Sokcho)
- Spend the night at Jjimjilbang the traditional bathhouses (Sokcho)
- Take a cycling tour of Gyeongju (Gyeongju)
- Overnight stay at Golgulsa Temple: take part in meditation and chanting services, traditional arts performance and Kunmudo lesson, drink tea with a Buddhist monk and enjoy traditional Buddhist meals (Gyeongju)
- Ride Busan’s Marine Cable Car (Busan)
- Take part in a Haenyeo Divers Experience (Jeju)
- Traditional Liquor Making Workshop (Jeju)
- Hike to the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong (Jeju)
- Witness a Haenyeo Divers performance by the beach (Jeju)
- Day trek along the Jeju Olle Trail (Jeju)
- Enjoy a BBQ party by the beach (Jeju)
- Airport transfer and domestic flight from Jeju Island to Seoul
- Airport transfer and international flight from Seoul to Tokyo
- All accommodation in between tours
Japan Included Activities:
- Airport bus ticket into Tokyo
- Panoramic city views from the Metropolitan Government building (Tokyo)
- Tsukiji Outer Market (Tokyo)
- Asakusa district and Sensoji Temple (Tokyo)
- Shinjuku Batting Cages (Tokyo)
- Sushi-making class (Tokyo)
- Explore Akihabara (Tokyo)
- Tokyo Imperial Palace Nijubashi Bridge (Tokyo)
- Imperial Palace East Gardens (Tokyo)
- Head to Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)
- Visit the famous Shibuya Cross and Hachiko statue (Tokyo)
- Edo-Tokyo Museum (Tokyo)
- Sumo Museum (Tokyo)
- Samurai Museum (Tokyo)
- Visit the Daibutsu Buddha located in the Kotoku-in (Kamakura)
- Hike to Zemiarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine (Kamakura)
- Hike along the Old Tokaido (Hakone)
- Take the Hakone sightseeing cruise from Moto-Hakone to Togendai (Hakone)
- Ride the ropeway to Owakudani (Hakone)
- Sake tasting session, only for travellers aged 20+ (Hakone)
- Kiyomizu Dera (Kyoto)
- Watch a Geisha show (Kyoto)
- Take a cruise down the Hozugawa River (Kyoto)
- Visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park (Kyoto)
- Tenryuju Temple (Kyoto)
- Walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Kyoto)
- Take a calligraphy class (Kyoto)
- Cycling city tour (Kyoto)
- Daisen-in Temple: Meditation class (Kyoto)
- Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji (Kyoto)
- Visit the Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
- Day trip to Miyajima island (Hiroshima)
- The Great Torii (Hiroshima)
- Osaka Castle (Osaka)
Find our extra optional activities here.
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.
If you would like to travel to Japan first and then South Korea, this is possible on tours departing either 18th June 2020 or the 1st October 2020.
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Japan and South Korea tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our Japan and South Korea tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.
The price of a single room upgrade for the trip is £1080 and a double room upgrade is £490 per person. Please note that for one night the room in Osaka is “private” but in a capsule hotel.
If you would like to travel to Japan first and then on to South Korea, this is possible on the starting on the 18th June 2020 and the 1st October 2020. Just get in contact for more information!