Crossing borders: Korea to Kyushu 10 days

Besides close geographical proximity South Korea and Japan share many similarities and make natural holiday partners. Both are countries rich in ancient history, where deep-rooted traditions are balanced by contemporary culture and technological sophistication. Natural wonders and scenic beauty can be found throughout the two, as can a distinctive cuisine and friendly people. This ten day itinerary offers a teasing taster of both destinations.

The first five nights are spent in South Korea where you will travel from the sprawling metropolis of Seoul to the southern seaside city of Busan, via the cultural heart of the country, Gyeongju.

After your whistle-stop introduction to South Korea take the ferry across the Sea of Japan (just a 3.5 hour journey) to Fukuoka which sits on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Spend five leisurely days visiting temples and beautiful gardens, eating ramen at the yatai stalls and soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.

This is a fast-paced holiday designed to show you what can be done in a short space of time. If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.


  • Discover Seoul the city where K-pop and palace dynasties unite.
  • Visit Busan the little known beach destination of South Korea.
  • Journey to the top of Mount Inasa by gondola and enjoy the night views of Nagasaki harbour.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class$3,153$2,502$2,034

Crown Park Hotel

The Crown Park is a hotel with the feel good factor, as part of its profits are reinvested in providing scholarships for Korean students, through the Kwanjeong Educational Foundation...
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The Suites Hotel Gyeongju

With the majority of Korean hotels towering high and featuring room numbers stretching into the 400’s, it’s refreshing to find a property offering comfort on a much smaller scale, without sacrificing...
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Ibis Ambassador Busan

This is an ideal choice if your goal is to get out and explore the city of Busan. It’s reasonably priced and centrally located, without all the bells and whistles of the more costly city hotels...
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Dormy Inn Hakata Gion Natural Hot Spring

A very convenient hotel in Fukuoka, this property is smart and reliable, and situated within easy reach of JR Hakata station and the centre of town...
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Grand Ambassador Seoul

The Grand Ambassador enjoys a convenient location in the upmarket Jung-gi district of Seoul with shopping, sightseeing, dining and entertainment options right on the doorstep...
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Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju

If securing a room with the best views over Lake Bomun is high on your agenda, then look no further than the Hotel Hyundai. Situated on the very edge of the lake, the hotel boasts commanding stunning vistas...
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Haeundae Grand Hotel

When the Busan International Film Festival kicks off in October this is where the stars choose to stay, and it’s easy to see why. There certainly is more than a dash of luxury here...
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Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

A very short walk from Hakata station, the Hotel Nikko is a convenient and well-equipped choice for accommodation in Fukuoka, with a good range of dining options on the premises...
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Grand Hyatt Seoul

The Grand Hyatt occupies a lofty setting at the foot of Mount Namsan, surrounded by landscaped gardens – an oasis away from the busy Seoul metropolis that is just 10 minutes downhill...
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Hilton Gyeongju

What makes the Hilton Gyeongju stand apart from its competition is its focus on art. The expansive lobby showcases a dramatic Miró canvas stretched right across it; artworks grace the walls ...
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Park Hyatt Busan

Arguably the best hotel in Busan, the Park Hyatt enjoys an enviable location overlooking Busan Marina and the iconic Gwangan Bridge, within walking distance of Haeundae Beach. It really couldn’t be better placed...
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Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Embedded in Canal City - a smart complex in central Fukuoka - the Grand Hyatt is an impressive property all round...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note:South Korean hotel contracts are extremely seasonal in comparison to most of their Asian counterparts and therefore you should expect surcharges at various times of the year, including weekends, not just festive periods. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • Any train journeys listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
  • International flight reconfirmation.

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note: All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.


We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.


You will not require a visa to enter South Korea or Japan. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.


Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.


You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Crossing borders: Korea to Kyushu