Japan & Korea Overview Tour

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  • 13 Days
  • Group Tour
  • English
  • Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Kyoto, Seoul, Busan, Andong, Pyeongchang

Japan and Korea 13 Days is specialized with most popular itinerary which covers the major cities in South Korea and Japan. Taking you to all the hidden treasures around the countries, this tour will give you a deep insight of the culture and rich history of two countries.

Departure

Departs on Tuesdays, except major national holiday and some blacked out dates.

Pick up from Tokyo airport.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival, local staff meet at airport and assist with prearranged transfer to hotel.

* Free arranged pickup service from 8AM – 8PM.

Day 2Tokyo city full day tour (B, L)

Day tour visiting Tokyo highlights such as Tokyo Tower, SKYTREE, Tokyo Bay and Meiji Jingu Shrine, a fine example of Japanese Shrine architecture, Drive by Akasaka Palace, also known as Government State Guest House, and National Diet Building. Afterwards, enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace.

After lunch, visit Hamarikyu Garden, a typical Daimyo garden in the Edo period and then enjoy a short cruise on the Sumida River to see the harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. After cruise, explore the local handicrafts and local delicacy in streets of Nakamise. Head to Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most important Buddhist temple. After the tour, transfer back to hotel and passing through Kappabashi, Ueno and Akihabara on the way.

Day 3Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (B, L)

* Luggage transfer from hotel in Tokyo to Hotel in Kyoto. Please leave your luggage at hotel front desk by 7:30AM. 1 Luggage per person only.

Morning transfer from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji area by bus (2.5 hrs). Take cable car up to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, 7500 ft above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds. After Japanese style lunch, take sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi which formed from volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles. Afterwards, enjoy the Hakone Ropeway ride and transfer to hotel in Hakone for overnight.

Day 4Hakone - Kyoto - Nara (B, L)

Transfer to Odawara Station and take bullet train to Kyoto. Transfer to hotel and enjoy lunch. Afternoon, tranfer to Nara by car and and visit the Todaiji Temple, symbol of Nara and one of the world’s largest wooden structures. Then tour Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Nara Nagomikan handicraft center. Return back to Kyoto in early evening.

Day 5Kyoto (B, L)

Highlights:

  • Nijo Castle – UNESCO site, was a home for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple – UNESCO site, a wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold.
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace. (Closed on Mondays)
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha – the head shrine of 40,000 inari-jinja shrines.
  • Sanjusangen-do Temple – world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size Buddhist statues.
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple – Enjoy the Kyoto city view and the historic shopping street.

Day 6Kyoto (B)

Day free in Tokyo.

Optional Tours:1-day Osaka walking tour and 1-day Hiroshima tour available upon request.

Day 7Kyoto - Seoul (B)

Free till transfer to Kansai (KIX) airport for flight to Seoul, Korea.

* Flight to Korea not included in tour cost. If book on own, please arrange flight between 11:30AM – 10PM

Upon arrival in Seoul, driver pickup and transfer to hotel for self check-in. Rest day free.

Day 8Seoul - Busan (B, L, D)

Morning tour visit Jinjuseong Fortress which is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Afterward, transfer to Busan and visit Igidae Park, the coastal walking path, famous for its panoramic view of Marine city and Gwangan Bridge. Rest of the day is free for you to explore Haeundae Beach known for its modern feel. You may spend fantastic night time at cafes and pubs. Also you can enjoy watching busking along the shoreline as well as Haeundae Market. After dinner, check in hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9Busan - Ulsan - Gyeongju

Transfer to Ulsan and pass through the world’s largest single automobile plant. Visit Daewangam Park, littered with rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean. Next, explore Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in Gyeongju. And then visit Gyeongju National Museum and Daereungwon Tomb Complex. Before you head to Chomseongdae Observatory, choose your preferred Hanbok, Korean National Costume and make a special memory wearing Hanbok with your companions. Lunch and dinner will be served en route at local restaurants. After hotel check in, rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10Gyeongju - Andong - Wonju - Pyeongchang (B, L, D)

Morning transfer to from Gyeongju to Andong and visit Andong Hahoe village, home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and well-known for its traditional houses. Then, transfer to Wonju and visit Hanji Theme Park where you can get a chance to experience the Hanji making process. Then, transfer to Pyeongchang. After hotel check in, rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11Pyeongchang - Gangneung - Yangyang - Seoul (B, L)

Morning stop by Ski Jump Tower for Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 and then explore Jumunjin Seafood Market, including a variety of fresh seafood caught on the East Coast. For the next stop, transfer to Yangyang for a short hiking at Jujeongol of Mt. Seorak to enjoy the nature.

Transfer to Seoul and drop off at hotel. Rest day free.

Day 12Full day Seoul city tour (B, L)

Day tour visit Gwanghwamun Gate, the main gate founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Next, explore Gyeongbokgung Palace (Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesday), arguably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces and also visit National Folk Museum of Korea. Then pass by Blue house, the presidential residence. Then you will visit Insadong-gil, inter-connected alleys that lead deeper into the district, with modern galleries and tea shops, Jogyesa Temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Afterward, head to Myeongdong, one of the busiest places in Seoul and among Korea”s premier shopping destinations and have a lunch at a local restaurant. Then explore Namsangol Hanok Village (Bukchon Hanok Village on Monday) where there are five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. Next, visit N Seoul Tower, offering panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas. After the tour, transfer to hotel.

Day 13Seoul - Departure (B)

Free till transfer to airport for departure.

Accommodation

4 star hotels

Price Includes

  • Domestic land or train transfer
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Meal as mentioned (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Admission
  • Mentioned local and airport arrival/departure transportation

Price Excludes

  • International flight
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Japan and Korea Visa (if required)
  • Optional tour, service and admission not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tipping to guide and driver
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