12 Day Classic Japan-Korea Group Tour

Japan: Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka; South Korea: Seoul

Tour Code: TAT-Japan-GT-04

Tour Type: Group Tour

Price from: US$2580 Free Inquiry

Tour Feature

  • A super-value small group Japan & South Korea tour (maximum 18 pax)
  • Private coach door-to-door service ensures you a worry-free trip
  • Uncover the beautiful nature and unique culture of Japan and South Korea
  • Visit well-known destinations, i.e. Mt Fuji, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara & Seoul



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Day 1 Arrival Tokyo Nata

Met by local guide, take shuttle bus to hotel

Hotel: Hotel Nikko Narita or similar
Meals: No meal


Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, you will meet your guide with a name board at the airport exit. Then you will be transferred to the hotel by shuttle bus for check-in. After check-in, you will be free at leisure on your own.



1. Guide will meet you at the airport with a name board and assist you to board the shuttle bus
2. Hotel check-in time is from 15:00. If you arrive at the hotel in the morning, luggage can be stored at the hotel when you explore the city on your own.
3. We suggest you fly to Tokyo Narita International Airport. If you fly to Tokyo Haneda Airport, it will be cause separate transfer fee. Please advise us in advance.

Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View


Day 2 Tokyo

Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Shrine, Serene Gardens, Tokyo Tower

Hotel: Hotel Monteray Lasoeur Ginza or similar
Meals: Hotel breakfast


Today you will meet other group members and enjoy an exciting day in Tokyo.

Your local guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel to start your Tokyo city exploring trip.

Firstly, we will go to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind (local experience). Then visit Meiji Shrine, a key 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. Last enjoy the sweeping views of this vast city at the Observations deck at the famous Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo.

Tour ends by driving back to the hotel with your guide.


Note: Lunch is on your own arrangement. Your guide will make recommendations for your preference.

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine


Day 3 Tokyo

Enjoy your free time in Tokyo for personal exploration

Hotel:  Hotel Monteray Lasoeur Ginza or similar 
Meals: Hotel breakfast


Enjoy a free leisure day in Tokyo, to discover the city on your own.  

Or you could choose to take an optional Tour to Kamakura (NOT INCLU. COST AT USD80/P.P.)


Kamakura Optional Tour Details:

Following breakfast, head to Kamakura. Stop at Kamakura-kokomae Station to admire a scenic view of Pacific Ocean and Mt Fuji. Snap photos of the famed railway crossing by the sea—a must-see spot for fans of the Japanese basketball manga "Slam Dunk."

After that, head to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura's most important shrine dedicated to Hachiman. Admire the torii gates and visit the museum featuring swords and masks. Stroll around the garden filled with peonies and cherry blossoms.

Then, spend your leisure time on Kamakura's Komachi Street. Find souvenirs such as kimonos and ceramics as you delight in street snacks like hydrangea soft serve ice cream and sausages. Behold Kamakura’s famed Great Buddha, the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in the country which measures over 11 meters. Visit the scenic island of Enoshima, a prominent tourist spot. Head to Enoshima Shrine which was built in honor of Benten, the goddess of good fortune and wealth. Afterward, watch visitors wash their money at the shrine's pond.

After the tour, drive back to Tokyo for an overnight stay.

Kamakura Kokomae Station
Kamakura Kokomae Station


Day 4 Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Nagano

Mt. Fuji, Fujisan World Heritage Center, Lake Kawaguchiko Cruise

Hotel: New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Hotel breakfast


After breakfast in your hotel, please check out and meet your guide at the hotel lobby.

You will start the exciting tour to visit Mt. Fuji. Drive for about 150 minutes, and we arrive at Mt. Fuji 5th Station, from which we could enjoy a panoramic view for about half an hour. then you will be amazed by the spectacular and breathtaking views from above the clouds.

Following the 5th station, we will make a stop at the Fujisan World Heritage Center, the center takes the lead in providing information on Fujisan’s outstanding universal value to many people visiting the World Heritage site Fujisan. Afterward, continue onwards to Lake Kawaguchiko Cruise, you can enjoy the magnificent Mt. Fuji and the panoramic 360-degree view. The rear section of the boat is covered by the canopy.

Then, continue to drive for 2 hours to Nagano for an overnight stay and enjoy an evening at leisure.


1. Tokyo – 5th Station- Lake Kawaguchiko Cruise: 135Km, 2h30m drive
2. Lake Kawaguchiko Cruise – Nagano: 141Km, 2hrs drive

Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji


Day 5 Nagano - Takayama - Shirakawako - Tokai

Takayama Jinya, Shirakawa-go

Hotel: Gifu Miyako Hotel or similar
Meals: Hotel breakfast


After breakfast in your hotel, please check out and meet your guide at the hotel lobby. We will drive for 1.5 hours to our next stop --- Takayama.

In the morning, you travel to Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of Edo Bakufu. Afterward,  you will visit the historic villages of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time. These villages with their Gassho-style houses survived on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. Both are examples of a traditional way of life that is perfectly adapted to the environment and the people’s social and economic circumstances. Enjoy a walk among the incredible houses.

Finish the visit and drive for 2 hours to the Tokai area and stay overnight there. Enjoy the beautiful view on the way.

1. Nagano - Takayama: 85km. 1.5hrs drive
2. Shirakawako - Tokai area hotel: 121km, 2hrs drive



Day 6 Tokai - Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Hotel: Hotel Vischio Kyoto by Granvia or similar
Meals: Hotel breakfast

After breakfast in your hotel, please check out and meet your guide at the hotel lobby. 

Depart the hotel to Kyoto (135km & 2 hours), which is the former capital of Japan that holds priceless historical values. Upon arrival, you will first visit Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine is famous for its thousands of stunning vermilion torii gates that are lined along a 4km long tunnel, which was even featured in the film "Memoirs of a Geisha". This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that consists of mountains, streams, and ponds, making it the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. Then, visit Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), known for its two top floors covered entirely in 18-carat gold leaves.  Continue the visit to Arashiyama, known for its natural scenery and Bamboo Forest, and is particularly popular during the spring and fall seasons. 

Finish the tour and drive to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your free leisure evening exploring this ancient city. 


1. Tokai - Kyoto:135 km, 2 hrs drive

Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple

Day 7 Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Nara Park

Hotel: Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower or similar
Meals: Hotel breakfast

This morning, visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868 when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park, an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace. Next, we will visit Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, literally "Pure Water Temple, is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

In the afternoon, drive for 40mins to Nara and visit the famous Nara Park, home to hundreds of free-roaming deer - you can feed them deer senbei (crackers), which can be purchased at stalls throughout the park for 150JPY a pack.

After that, drive for half of hour to Osaka and overnight there. 


1. Kyoto - Nara: 45km, 45 minutes drive
2. Nara - Osaka: 33km, 34 minutes drive

Nara Park
Nara Park


Day 8 Osaka

Enjoy your free time in Osaka for personal exploration

Hotel: Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower or similar
Meals: Hotel breakfast


Enjoy your free leisure day in Osaka today to explore the city on your own. You may walk around for shopping some souvenirs as gifts for family or friends.

Or you could choose to take the Optional Tour to Hiroshima (NOT INCLU. COST AT USD290/P.P.).


Optional Hiroshima Tour Details:

This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka Train Station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible velocity during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima. On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train then board a boat traveling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. A landmass hailed as one of Japan's most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included).

Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city's regenerative recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack.

Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Miyajima Island
Miyajima Island

Day 9 Osaka – Seoul

Check out and depart for Osaka Kansai Airport on your own, Fly to Seoul, Airport Pick-up

Meals: Hotel breakfast
Hotel: Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan or similar


After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am. Please make your own arrangement for Osaka Kansai Airport. Your guide will share with you the necessary information about how to get to the airport. 

Farewell to Japan and start your exploring trip of South Korea. Your local tour guide will be met you at the exit of the airport by holding you’re the signboard. You will be transferred to check in hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day. 


1. We will arrange the airport transfer to hotel together in South Korea. You will need to wait for a while if your flight arrive at Seoul earlier.
2. If you prefer a private airport transfer, please advise in advance to check the extra fee. 

Seoul City View
Seoul City View


Day 10 Seoul

Nami Island, Chuncheon Samaksan Lake cable car, Uiamho Lake Skywalk, Hongdae

Meals: Hotel breakfast
Hotel: Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan or similar


Enjoy your leisurely breakfast in the hotel, then meet our guide at your hotel lobby. You will start your Seoul experience tour by visiting Nami Island first.


Nami Island, with the concept of “Fairy Tale Village and Song Village,” provides various cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, and more to give children dreams and hopes, couples' love and memories, and artists a space for creativity. Tourists can enjoy facilities including Song Museum, Picture Book Playground, MICE Center, and various activities such as Charity Train, Story Tour Bus, Bicycle, etc..


Chuncheon Samaksan Lake Cable Car is the longest cable car in Korea with a length of 3.61km that connects Samaksan Mountain across Uiamho Lake from Samcheondong. Create new experiences and memories at the Chuncheon Samaksan Lake Cable Car, a new landmark in Chuncheon where mountains, lakes, cities, and culture coexist.


Uiamho Lake Skywalk, one of the two largest skywalks in Chuncheon along with Soyanggang Skywalk, connects with the water bridge section of the bike path, Uiamho Lake Skywalk consists of a 10 m-long straight section and a 10 m-diameter circular section, located 12 m above the water. standing on the skywalk, you will encounter a picturesque view of Samaksan Mountain and Uiamho Lake.


Hongdae is a neighborhood known for its youthful ambiance, with shops selling everything from clothing and cosmetics to living goods and books, as well as unique cafés and restaurants. The streets are also filled with buskers and dance performances, making a walk here quite entertaining.

Nami Island
Nami Island


Day 11 Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace, The National Palace Museum , Seochon Village, Seoul Namsan Park, Namsan Seoul Tower

Meals: Hotel breakfast
Hotel: Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan or similar
After your breakfast at the hotel, we will start our South Korea History and Culture tour. Our first top is the Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, is commonly referred to the Northern Palace because its location is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces in Korea.
The National Palace Museum of Korea is located outside of Heungnyemun Gate, on the eastern side of Hyangwonjeong Pavillion of Gyeongbokgung Palace. It presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. You can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Seochon Village, literally meaning west village, is named in reference to its location west of Gyeongbokgung Palace. The old hanok houses lining the long alleys well harmonize with newly emerging shops and stores. Walking through the alleys that resemble a big maze, you will be nicely surprised by murals and adorable pictures. Today you will have a chance to wear a hanbok for photos and experience making Korean rice roll. 
Seoul Namsan Park opened in 1968 as a public park and went through a renovation in 1991 to better serve the public as a nature-friendly rest area in the middle of the city.
Namsan Seoul Tower was the first multipurpose tower to be established in Korea, effectively incorporating a sightseeing observatory to a broadcasting tower. For the past 40 years, Namsan Seoul Tower has served as an iconic landmark of Korea and a representative tourist attraction. The tower's observatory offers an unobstructed view of the whole city. 
Enjoy a Korean Barbecue dinner before transferring back to the hotel.  
Namsan Seoul Tower
Namsan Seoul Tower

Day 12 Departure Seoul

Transfer to airport together

Meals: Hotel breakfast


Free at leisure before transfer to the airport to catch your homebound flight.


1. We will arrange for the group to the airport together. If you prefer a private transfer, please advise in advance to get the extra fee caused.
2. The hotel check-out is requested before 11:00 a.m. Please arrange your time properly. 


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Price & Departure Date


Price Includes

  • Airport pick up by local guide and hotel shuttle bus
  • Private door-to-door transfer on the tour days
  • Experienced English-speaking guide service
  • Superior hotel accommodation with daily breakfast as specified
  • All attraction entrance fees as specified
  • Gratuities to tour guide and driver
  • The internal flight from Osaka to Seoul is based on economy class


Price Excludes

  1. International air tickets or train tickets for arrival in Japan and departure from South Korea
  2. Visa fee
  3. Optional tours, meals, activities, and services
  4. Transfer service from Osaka hotel to the airport on the last day
  5. Meals (Lunch & dinner) 
  6. Personal expenses
  7. Comprehensive personal travel insurance



- It is a small group tour. The maximum number of the group is 18 pax
- Group tour has a fixed itinerary. If you have your own tour interests, please do not hesitate to let us know to customize your own Japan tour.


What our clients say

4.9/5.0 | Excellent


Jill Drew


Jun 28 ,2022

The trip was very good. The local guide went out of her way to make the tour enjoyable for all. Food was varied and adventurous at time. Transport was good. The pace of the tour was good with a few tweaks extras were added which filled the gaps.


Karel Mom


Jun 13 ,2022

An amazing time in Korea, getting a great taste of Seoul, Busan and Jeju. Our guides Olia and Damien were amazing and made sure we had an excellent time on the trip.


José A. Bonilla


May 16 ,2022

South Korea - a fascinating snap shot

This is a different and wonderful country which is very misunderstood. It has a lot to offer from the busyness of Seoul, and the beauty of the National Parks to the amazing volcanic island of Jeju. I thought this country would be a mixture of Japan and China yet it is quite different. The culture is fascinating - when they are into something (such as coffee shops, or hiking), they are into it big time yet the battle between tradition and western influence is fascinating to witness and observe in different areas in Seoul and in the rest of the country. Each area specializes in a different type of food (Kimchi always included) and this trip gives a great snapshot into different parts of South Korea from the cities (Seoul and Busan) to the DMZ to the countryside (national park and folk villages). This is not a very active holiday and there are not any long trips.


David Jaeger


May 18 ,2020

In case I don’t get a chance to say it in person, I want to thank you personally for a wonderful introductory trip to Japan. I know that I speak for the four of us when I say that we have thoroughly enjoyed this trip from start to finish and we are very grateful for your personal service and the extreme care that you took at every turn. Miki was the best guide we could have wished for – so knowledgeable and so candid – a delightful person.
We will be very happy to recommend Top Asia Tour to our friends, acquaintances, and colleagues in the Canadian civil service.
Many thanks again and I hope that we will have the opportunity to travel with you again in the future.


Jessa s.


Mar 26 ,2020

The Japan trip was fantastic! Due to the virus, we were only 4 girls + our amazing tour guide and we had a blast! A lot of the tourist places were empty which made our trip easier and more relaxing. A huge thank you to our tour guide, Becca, for all of the great memories, advice, and laughs.


Peter A. Garza


Mar 15 ,2020

This has been one of the best tours I've been on, and despite being in Japan during the Corona pandemic Brooke our tour guide managed to make it the best tour ever. There were so many things we saw that normally would have been swarming with people but we had it all to ourselves. It was so amazing especially, with the Senso-Ji Temple in Tokyo, it was nothing short of magical seeing the temple and wandering around with so few people around, it was magical. And the pattern kept repeating itself throughout the tour it really was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure(pun most definitely intended). This tour exceeded all of my expectations and I'm so happy that I chose to go on this adventure.  I'm grateful that I had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Japan.


Jayne McIlroy


Feb 14 ,2020

An Unknown Country

There are very few British tourists visiting this lovely country and this trip with the tour operator was a good way of understanding the Past and the Present state of Korea. A visit to the DMZ gives you an understanding of the conflict between the South and the North. The gardens and ordinary road-side trees are beautiful and the people are charming. There was absolutely no hassle from the local people or officials.


Janice Bulmer


Feb 07 ,2020

It was so amazing, the guide was super nice and great. She helped me with my Korean whenever I had questions as well and very well informed she would do her best to make sure my trip was amazing. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there was many cancellations, so it ended up being me my mom and one other girl. In all it was very safe nonetheless hotels were fantastic accommodation were all there, no issues at all I am very pleased and can’t wait for my next trip 100% will recommend traveling with TAT. Safe travels to everyone have a wonderful time if your planning anything soon


Mircea Ardelean


Jan 19 ,2020

Rebecca was excellent. She gave clear daily itineraries. She was very organized and friendly! The tour was good. I especially liked the sushi and calligraphy classes and the monkey park. The shrines and palaces; as well as the hikes on the old highways, gave me a historical background for me. I also enjoyed the natural beauty of Japan. The steam vents of the volcano and Mt. Fuji! Rebecca exposed us to different restaurants allowing us to try different foods. All were fantastic!


Belinda koh


Jan 12 ,2020

Saw a lot of Korea in a short time so it was exhausting at times, but overall was great fun


Amritpal Singh


Jan 03 ,2020

I did this tour in Nov/Dec and had an absolutely amazing time. Japan is a fascinating country and we visited a mix of urban and rural areas. As a keen walker, the highlight for me was walking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route on the Kii peninsula walking through the mountain valleys between the 3 holy shrines. The train journey from Osaka to Tanabe on the Kii peninsula is stunning. Another highlight was walking part of the Nakasendo trail an ancient route between Kyoto and Tokyo that is now a walking route in the Kiso valley visiting the old post stations (juku) such as Magome and Tsumago. At Kawaguchiko we were lucky to have a perfectly clear view of Mt Fuji. Travel was mostly by train including bullet trains and buses in some mountainous areas that the train does not go to. Our accommodation was a mix of western-style hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagoya and ryokan(traditional Japanese style) in the rural areas. We had private guides in nearly all the locations we went to. Each day of walking was followed by a delicious Japanese-style dinner and soaking in the onsen - pure bliss. I would highly recommend this tour if you enjoy walking and would like to see a lesser-known part of Japan.


Nadine Engonge


Nov 28 ,2019

What a great trip. There were some changes needed due to a typhoon arriving the first day...however, Pablo did a great job of adjusting schedules and accommodating everything!


Ken Bauer


Nov 02 ,2019

This was a great experience and the information provided by our guide Samart about his country was of great value in the overall enjoyment of our trip. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? Never having been to Asia before Bangkok


Rosemary Hawley


Oct 22 ,2019

Great tour that showed the Korean culture and history very well. The night temple stay was great and I learned so much doing it.




Sep 15 ,2019

Great way to see the major sights & experience traditional food & culture.
Wow!!! Our Japan and Korea tour has a good balance of historical, traditional, and contemporary sights or experiences. TopAsiaTour managed the logistics of getting around cities and countries which made this effortless for us. The guide was incredibly helpful and always went that extra mile for the group. The size of the group was good and ensured you never missed anything.


Anila Ruparelia


Aug 21 ,2019

We did this tour for our honeymoon and it was fantastic! I'd recommend this trip to everyone. Our tour guide made Japan extra special. She went above and beyond to find information and recommendations for anything not included on the tour. She was polite, accommodating, and very informative and was one of the main reasons our experience was so very special. We look forward to visiting Japan again and would love to have Lily as our host again. 


Lana de Bruyn


Jul 26 ,2019

Great way to explore South Korea
South Korea is more than what it seems, and this tour is a great way to find out. Really enjoyed all the cultural inputs, the food, and the overall itinerary. Don't miss out on all South Korea has to offer.


Sabina Sapkota


Jun 18 ,2019

Every aspect of planning our trip to China was seamless. Joyce has been amazing. She responds to any and every request immediately and has been incredibly informative about every aspect of our trip. I would definitely recommend the Top Asia Tour team


Helen Garcia


May 17 ,2019

Enjoyable trip, great people both on tour and the locals we met, excellent food - loved Seoul and very glad I went. It is really a great holiday experience.


Dale Tyler


Nov 12 ,2018

The Tour was excellent, surpassing my expectations. Our guide Yumi was so knowledgeable, attentive, and caring that we learned so much about Japan, its people, and culture than we ever would have done as independent travelers.

Touring is tiring, You pack so much in but the tour had ample free time for further exploration or resting for those who needed it.

I would certainly recommend Top Asia Tour and would use it again. 


Anat Segal


Oct 10 ,2018

The tour was very enjoyable. Pablo, our Guide was superb in providing information regarding Japanese culture and history. The fact that he is passionate about the subject and his job made the tour great.


Hari Chaturvedi


Dec 05 ,2017

One of the best trips I have done. Our tour guide, Hana, was exceptionally knowledgeable in local culture, places to eat, activities and optional activities, local transportation, etc. Her natural caring for people has shown throughout the trip. She always reassured each member of the group that they are enjoying the time and don’t feel left out. The tour was very well planned and I feel I have learned a lot more about the culture and people of this country. I would strongly suggest anyone do this tour.


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