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New! 2017 South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures

South Korea: Seoul, Daegu, Gyeongju • Japan: Tokyo, Toba, Kyoto

17 Days from only $6095 including international airfare

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Preserving Korea’s Kimchi

Learn about the Korean kimchi industry which has been jeopardized by the cheap cost of Chinese imports.

©2015 The New York Times
Intersection: Harajuku, Tokyo

Learn how to master Tokyo street style where colors and patterns make the best fashion statements.

Courtesy of Fritz Schumann
Valley of Dolls

Discover a literal “valley of the dolls,” where a Japanese woman has populated a town with more life-sized dolls than living residents

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Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan 1965

Turn back the clock to 1960s-era Kyoto, Japan, and stroll along garden paths lined with stone lanterns and centuries-old shrines.

Courtesy CNN
Making the Purest Sake

See how Japan combines the cleanest water and the finest rice to create some of the world’s best sake.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Announcing our NEW South Korea & Japan Adventure

Explore the ancient artifacts and modern marvels of East Asia

Experience an adventure like no other when you join us on our 2017 South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures adventure. On the only O.A.T. adventure that includes South Korea, let the clamor of urban life captivate you, the charm of the countryside delight you, and the tranquility of age-old traditions transform you.

Trip highlights

Here are some of the unique discoveries you can expect on our NEW South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures adventure in 2017.

  • Meet and enjoy lunch with the impressive “ama”—or “sea women”—who make their living free-diving for pearls, octopus, lobster, sea urchins and more in the waters off of Mikimoto Pearl Island
  • Experience two distinct cultures in South Korea and Japan, witnessing relics dating back to the Silla dynasty and exploring shrines to the Shinto gods
  • Venture into the Demilitarized Zone, the buffer area between North and South Korea established at the end of the Korean War to encourage peaceful negotiations
  • Learn how to make traditional Hwamunseok mats in Ganghwa village, using a loom to hand-weave sedge as you master an art form that is becoming as rare as it is iconic
  • Join in as Buddhist monks lead a traditional dining ceremony and candlelight meditation before spending the night at the temple in their communal living quarters
  • Visit Gyeongju, South Korea’s “museum without walls” and previous home to the Silla capital, stopping to explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Yangdong Folk Village, Bulgoksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in local culture during an evening stroll down Kabukicho Street—Tokyo’s red light district—getting a sense of how some residents unwind after work
  • Witness some of Japan’s most impressive temples, including Kinkakuji—a magnificent structure adorned in more than 100 pounds of pure, glittering gold leaf
  • Whisk through the picturesque countryside at speeds exceeding 160 mph aboard a shinkansen—Japan’s legendary bullet train

Make the most of your discoveries

Overseas Adventure Travel is committed to showing you more of East Asia for less, whether you travel with a companion or by yourself. In fact, with our NEW Best Price Guarantee, we’re sure you won’t find a better value on a comparable vacation—but if you do, we’ll match it. We’ve included in your trip price:

  • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make your own air arrangements
  • All land transportation, including bullet train, ferries, and 1 internal flight
  • Accommodations for 17 nights
  • 36 meals—daily breakfast, 12 lunches, and 8 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Lunch)
  • 24 small group activities
  • Services of local O.A.T. Trip Leaders (one in Korea and one in Japan)
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, camp staff, and luggage porters
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next O.A.T. trip—an average of $233

Plus, increase your value when you customize your trip. Perhaps you’ll join us on our optional trip extensions to Eastern China and Hiroshima. Or, get creative: you might consider arriving early in Seoul for a fresh start, or combining this with our Imperial China, Tibet & the Yangtze River adventure to extend your travels and avoid the cost and length of another international flight.

This is your chance to experience East Asia like never before. But don’t wait: Call today for the best selection of departure dates—plus the chance to SAVE up to 10%. We look forward to traveling with you in 2017, and making your travel dreams a reality.

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