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Luxury

Ancient Kingdoms of Japan and South Korea 

Seoul to Osaka
21 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: JAS21
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in 4 locations
  • Luxury dining – a total of 47 meals
  • Try your hand at making traditional bookmarks using special gold leaf imprinting in Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Enjoy a hands-on experience crafting your very own mini gayageum, a traditional stringed musical instrument
  • Enjoy a Sarubobo-making experience, learning how to create the traditional red dolls
  • Delve into traditional Japanese culture with a special tea ceremony and kimono-wearing experience
  • Savour a special night of entertainment with a wonderful private dinner and drinks alongside a maiko or geisha

Map & Itinerary

Japan & South Korea Map 2023 JAS21
Seoul to Osaka

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Savour a special Welcome Dinner at Korea House, where you’ll experience Korean royal cuisine, a traditional performance and try local drinks including soju and rice wine.


Welcome to Korea. Be met on arrival and transferred to your luxurious hotel in Seoul. Tonight, meet your tour director and fellow travellers for a Signature Experience.

Stay: Four Nights, Seoul, Lotte Hotel

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Try your hand at making traditional bookmarks using special gold leaf imprinting in Bukchon Hanok Village.


Enjoy a full-day tour of South Korea’s vibrant capital today. Following breakfast, head to Gyeongbok Palace, the country’s largest palace and a former royal residence for five centuries. Witness the colourful changing of the guard ceremony before taking a tour of the palace. After lunch transfer to Bukchon Hanok Village for a tour and a Signature Experience. Later visit the popular Myeongdong shopping street and soak in the views at Seoul Tower atop Mt Namsan, where you’ll enjoy dinner overlooking the city.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Embark on a tour of the fascinating Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) situated on the border with North Korea. See Imjingak Park, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, Freedom Bridge, Dora Station and Dora Observatory, which offers views into North Korea. Transfer to a local restaurant for lunch before returning to Seoul to enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

In the afternoon, choose your activity from a visit to Changdeok Palace and its Secret Garden, a tour of the War Memorial of Korea or a Modern Seoul Tour.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Pick your dining experience tonight. You might like to indulge in temple food at Balwoo Gongyang, or new American cuisine at Michael’s by Haevichi.


Head to the Dongdaemun Gate area today for a soft trekking tour of the grand Seoul Fortress Wall and Naksan Park Course where you can admire panoramic views of Seoul. Return to the hotel with time to refresh before heading out for your choice of dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The Fortress Wall was constructed to protect the city of Seoul

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Learn how to make bibimbap, South Korea’s most popular dish, and enjoy your creation for lunch.


Transfer to the station this morning and take a KTX express train in a deluxe seat to Jeonju, the city of bibimbap, where you’ll take part in a delicious Signature Experience for lunch. Transfer to your hotel, then head out on a Jeonju Hanok Village Tour, soaking in visits to the Jeonju Fan Culture Centre and Crafts Exhibition Hall, Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeondong Cathedral and the Jeonju Traditional Drinks Museum, where you’ll get the chance to taste traditional alcohol from the region. Dine at your hotel for dinner tonight.

Stay: Lahan Hotel Jeonju

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a hands-on experience crafting your very own mini gayageum, a traditional stringed musical instrument.


Journey to Gayasan National Park to visit Haeinsa Temple, which is home to the Tripikata Koreana, a remarkable collection of Buddhist scriptures carved onto more than 80,000 wooden printing blocks. After lunch, transfer to Gayatgo Village for a Signature Experience before moving on to the historic city of Gyeongju. Check in at your new luxury accommodation and indulge in dinner at the hotel’s Lakeside restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Hilton Gyeongju

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore the Bulguksa Temple complex this morning, first visiting the World Heritage-listed Seokguram Grotto, a government-classified National Treasure of South Korea. Share tea time with a monk at Bulguksa Temple before traversing more of Gyeongju’s highlights including visits to the Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park and Cheomseongdae Observatory, and a moonlight walking tour of Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Dinner is at your leisure this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the Boksundoga Makgeolli Brewery for a cultural experience making Makgeolli, a traditional Korean rice wine.


Head to Ulsan after breakfast for a Signature Experience. Continue to Busan and enjoy lunch before moving on to Haedong Yonggung Temple. Visit the impressive Buddhist temple built in 1376 and take a short walking tour along the coastline. Check in to your hotel and enjoy tonight at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Paradise Busan

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Embark on an in-depth discovery of Busan today on a full-day city tour. Start at the kaleidoscopic Gamcheon Culture Village, then visit Busan Tower Observatory for scenic views of the city before lunch at a local restaurant. Experience the buzz at Jagalchi Fishery Market and later visit the moving United Nations Memorial Cemetery, the only one in the world. Return to your hotel before sharing a delicious Korean BBQ Farewell Dinner together at a local restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly to Tokyo today. Be met on arrival and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Tonight, meet your Japan Tour Director for a welcome reception at the hotel.

Stay: Three Nights, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho

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  • Breakfast
Tokyo City Skyline, Japan

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Explore Tokyo in depth on a tour of your choice. You can experience the incredible energy and efficiency of Tokyo’s vast public transport system – the most extensive and used network in in the world – as you delve into the buzzing districts of Shibuya and Harajuku, or perhaps discover the beauty of Japanese gardens at Hamarikyu and the Imperial Palace East Garden, or you might like to learn more about the history of Japan at the Tokyo National Museum.


Following breakfast, meet your guide and head to Roppongi, where you’ll visit the Tokyo City View observation deck at Mori Tower, which on a clear day provides outstanding views of the vast capital city. Next up is Tokyo’s old town of Asakusa, which is home to the city’s oldest temple, Sensoji. Visit the iconic temple and stroll through the Namikase shopping street indulging in snacks and souvenirs. Following lunch, embark on your exciting Freedom of Choice activity. Later, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a delightful Japanese restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take part in a sushi-making class and learn to prepare maki sushi (rolled sushi) and nigiri sushi (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish) before enjoying your homemade delights for lunch.


Visit Meiji Shrine this morning, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji Following your delectable Signature Experience, visit Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping district. Marvel at the presentation and diversity of the food at a local department store before the day’s touring comes to a close, with the rest of the day at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Depart for Hakone following breakfast and catch glimpses of iconic Mt Fuji if it’s a clear day. Your first stop is at Hakone Shrine, a beautiful, historic Shinto shrine nestled in the forest by the shores of Lake Ashi. Board a pirate boat for a cruise on the picturesque lake and arrive at Togendai before taking in the scenery on the way to the volcanic valley of Owakudani via the Hakone Ropeway. Follow the walking trails around the bubbling pools and steam vents and perhaps try one of the famous black eggs boiled in the area’s natural hot springs. Head to your luxury hotel, which boasts access to a naturally heated onsen, and enjoy dinner together.

Stay: Hakone, Kowakien Tenyu

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Try your hand at creating some traditional cuisine today with a soba buckwheat noodle cooking lesson and enjoy your creations for lunch.


Set out this morning to Gotemba for a Signature Experience. Following your soba noodle lunch, continue to Matsumoto and visit the spectacular Matsumoto Castle. One of Japan’s most complete original castles, the structure dates back to the 16th century. Tour the castle and its pristine grounds before being transferred to your new hotel in Takayama, where you’ll indulge in dinner tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Associa Takayama Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Sarubobo-making experience. An amulet particularly common in Takayama and the nearby Hida region, Sarubobo are red dolls with no facial features. Learn how to make the dolls and perhaps find some good luck yourself.


Start off the day with a morning visit to the Miyagawa morning market, one of the largest in Japan. All of the market’s traders are independent farmers and craftspeople from the region, so it’s the perfect opportunity to try some of the area’s best produce. Enjoy a Signature Experience, then wander along the stunning streets of the city’s old town after lunch on the way to the Festival Floats Museum, where you’ll admire the ornamental floats of the Takayama Festival. For dinner, you’ll have the chance to try the region’s famous Hida beef at a local restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Choose between Japanese or French food for your delicious dinner this evening.


Today you’ll visit the World Heritage-listed village of Shirakawa-go en route to Kanazawa. Some of the village’s famous gassho-zukuri farmhouses date back more than 250 years, and you’ll stop at Kanda House to gain a deeper insight into the traditional homes before strolling around the peaceful village. Continue to Kanazawa and visit the marvellous Kenroku-en garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Later, visit the Nagamachi Samurai district and the traditional Nomura Samurai House. Enjoy your choice of restaurant for dinner.

Stay: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take part in a gold leaf-making experience, decorating a small lacquer plate with the fragile and precious product.


Start your day in the Higashi Chaya District, Kanazawa’s largest geisha district. Enjoy a special Signature Experience before visiting the authentic Shima teahouse. Following your time in the district, be transferred to the train station to board your first-class train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, walk to your nearby accommodation and settle in before sharing dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Four Nights, The Thousand Kyoto

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Showing how traditional gold leaf is performed in Kanazawa

An exciting day of sightseeing lies ahead today. Set out for Arashiyama this morning, climbing aboard a rickshaw for a ride past the Nonomiya Shrine and the spectacular Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Following your rickshaw experience, visit the World Heritage-listed Tenryuji Temple, one of Kyoto’s five great Zen temples which was founded in 1339. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the famous Kinkakuji temple, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion for its gold-leaf-covered upper floors. You’ll then visit historic Nijo Castle before returning to your hotel and spending the evening at your leisure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Delve into traditional Japanese culture with a special tea ceremony experience. Learn all about tea varieties and the importance and process of serving tea to guests in Japan. Enhance your experience by taking part in the ceremony wearing a festive kimono, and gain a better understanding of the variety of kimonos used across different occasions.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

This afternoon, choose one of three diverse tours around Kyoto. You can embark on a Nishiki Market and sake-tasting tour, you can set out on a walking tour of Ginkakuji and Philosopher’s Path, or you can discover how whisky is made on a Suntory Distillery tour.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

For dinner, you can choose to dine on French cuisine at Fortune Garden Kyoto or enjoy local Japanese food at Tempura Endo Yasaka.


Meet your guide this morning and depart for a special Signature Experience. In the afternoon, head out on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity before returning to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy your choice of restaurant.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

A special night of private entertainment with a maiko or geisha awaits. Enjoy a wonderful dinner and drinks and have the chance to learn more about the geisha and their daily life, all accompanied by music played on a shamisen, a traditional stringed instrument.


After breakfast, board a private coach for the nearby town of Nara, once the Japanese capital for 74 years in the eighth century. Visit the incredible Todaiji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home to the country’s largest statue of Buddha. Stroll through the fascinating temple before exploring the surrounding Nara Park, which is freely roamed by a large population of friendly deer who will generally bow their heads for a treat. Next, visit Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, which was established in 768 AD. Return to the hotel and enjoy free time this afternoon before savouring a special Signature Experience for dinner.

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  • Dinner

Your tour comes to a close after breakfast this morning with a transfer to Osaka airport.

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