2015 September Holiday in Amazing Taiwan & Japan 15 Days Tour (19SEP2015)
Day 1 - Departure from Australia 19Sep 2015: Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China Airlines CI52 22:10 to Taiwan.
Day 2 - Arrive Taiwan / Sun Moon Lake / Puli / Chiayi (L/D) 20Sep 2015:On arrival into Taipei International Airport at approx 5:55AM in the morning, you will be met by your friendly Taiwan Holidays & Travel tour guide who will greet you at the Taipei Airport lobby. You will be transfered to Nantou, where Sun Moon Lake is located. It is Taiwan's largest lake with the east side shaped like "Sun", and West side shaped like "Moon", hence the name "Sun Moon Lake". Sightseeing around the area includes: famous Wenwu Temple and Literature Warrior Temple dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, Holy Monk Shrine and Peacock Garden. After touring round Sun Moon Lake, you will be transfered to the "Taiwanese Gourmet Restaurant" to have lunch in Puli, then depart for "Nine Aboriginal Tribes Culture Village" to see the shows and beautiful garden of the theme park and Aboriginal culture village. Tonight you will stay at Chiayi City. Hotel: Hotel Hi, Chiayi (5)
Day 3 - Chiayi / Alisan / Kaohsiung (B/L/X) 21Sep 2015: After breakfast, you will depart for the "Eight Wonders of Taiwan - Alisan", which is located at the end of the Alisan Forest Railway. If the weather permits, you will be able to see the eternal sea of clouds and sunrise on Jhushan after an early morning walk through a spectacular landscapes of valleys and trails. Sightseeings around the Alisan National Scenic Area including: Cherry Blossom(Season: 15Mar-20Apr), Sister Lake, Zhaoping Park,Sochun Temple, Old Alisan Tree Site, ... just to name a few. After the experience at Alisan, you will be transferred to Kaohsiung City, where will have the City Tour of Kaohsiung, see the largest industrial harbor- Kaohsiung Harbor in Taiwan, and the second busiest harbor in Asia. In the evening, you will visit "Liuho Night Market", to taste the Taiwanese desserts and snacks. You can then visit the famous "Love River" which is now renowned for its café culture and night tour which are popular among local couples for a romantic night. Tonight you will stay at the 5 star Garden Villa Hotel, which is opposite the famous Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung City. Hotel: Garden Villa, Kaohsiung (5)
Day 4 - Kaohsiung / Kenting / Taitung (B/L/D) 22Sep 2015: After breakfast, the tour will depart for Theresa Deng Museum. She was the most popular and influential Taiwanese singer in the world. Today, the highlight for many visit Taiwan is a visit toKenting National Park, undoubtedly one of the most beautifully reserved natural forest in Taiwan. It is located in south of Taiwan with popular beach bordering on the tropical region of Taiwan where palm tree, banana trees, sugar cane and surfing beach are part of the scene. It's an excellent place for swim, surf, and dive. Other sightseeings will be visited today are the southernmost tip of Taiwan, "Maopitou" (named after the shape of cat-nose-like rock.) The coast of coral reef is worth a visit for land-reforms which strongly affected by wave erosions, efflorescence, and salt-soaking. The natural landscape like wave erosion caves, ditches, and pillars are amazing, sea view here is attractive and very enjoyable. The Oluanpi Light House will also be visited (it is the world's first military equipped light house). We then continue to Taitung via the Scenic Southern Link Highway. Overnight at Taitung and enjoy a relaxing 'water therapy spa" at the 5 star hotel in Taitung. Hotel: Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5)
Day 5 - Taitung / East Coast National Scenic Area / Hualien (B/L/D) 23Sep 2015:After Breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to "Tainan Aboriginal Beinan Cultural Village" it is the site where the BC civil human evidences have been found. Then we will drive thru the HuaTong Mt Route, where we will stop at: “Butterfly Valley”which is abundance with beautiful landscape and natural environment. It's just the perfect essence to a perfect relaxing vacation and well renowned butterfly sceneries. Here you can enjoy an unique natural experience and amazing comfortable sensation outdoor hot spring and spa in the deluxe Butterfly valley Resort. Tonight you will be overnight at Hualien City. Hotel: Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5)
Day 6 - Hualien / Taroko National Park / Taipei (B/L/D) 24Sep 2015: This morning you will depart for Taroko Gorge National Park. The Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful area of Taiwan. It is the "Seven Wonder of Asia", its narrow raving created by the Liwu River which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock rewinding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stops will be made at Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang and Marble Factory. On our way back to Taipei, we will drive pass the "Chingshuei Cliff" located on the section of the Suao-Hualien Highway that stretches between Heping and Chongde stations, is one of the most spectacular sights on Taiwan's Pacific coast. The cliff is more than 1,000 meters high and drops almost vertically into the sea. The highway snakes along its curving face more than 20 kilometers, with the sheer cliff rising on one side and a sheer drop to the ocean on the other.We will then drive back to Taipei via Su-Hua Highway and Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel (12.9 kilometers) to arrive Taipei at around 5PM, and then you will be driven to explore the vibrant night life of Taipei, e.g. Taipei 101 Building, Night Markets... etc. Tonight you will start your 3 nights accommodation at the five star hotel accommodation at Howard Plaza Hotel, which is located at the most convenient & popular & busiest shopping district of Taipei City!
Day 7 - Yeliu / Chiufen / Wulai (B/X/X) 25Sep 2015:After breakfast, we will depart for Yehliu Ocean Park. It is known for its spectacular rock formations, sculptured throughout the ages by wind and sea erosion leaving fascinating pillars, including the famous "Queen's Head" and "Fairy's Shoe". The next stop in the evening will be Chiufen Village, famous for its old mining town's charming characteristics. Many famous Taiwanese movies were shot here. Lunch will be a great variety of choices at the village's traditional shops. After lunch, you will be taking to Wulai, it is famous for hot spring, waterfall, and Aboriginal culture. There is even a cable car to whisk you up to the to top the mountain to have panoramic view of the valley. The "Wulai Old Street" will be visited, where you can taste the many famous Taiwanese gourmet and snacks. In the evening, you will be treated by the famous Taiwanese foot massage. Tonight you will visit the largest night market in Taiwan, "Shilin Night Market". In the night market, you will able to explore and see all sorts of bargains. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Day 8 - Taipei City Sightseeing / Yangmingshan National Park / Dienshuei(B/L/X) 26Sep 2015:Sightseeings for today are: Presidential Building (Pass by), Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and National Palace Museum (has the largest Chinese art and painting collection - more than 650,000 pieces). Lunch will be held at the famous restaurant - Five Dimes, which was the masterpiece of the artist Ms Hsieh. After lunch, we will visit Martyrs' Shrine. Then we will depart to Yangmingshan National Parkand Dienshuei Fisherman's Wharf. You may taste the variety of Taiwanese snacks at Dienshuei Old Street. Hotel: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei(5)
Day 9 - Taipei TAIWAN / Osaka JAPAN / Kyoto (B/D) 27Sep 2015: After breakfast, free time. You will be transferred to TPE Intl Airport forOsaka,Japan. On arrival into Osaka Kansai Airport, you will be met by friendly local tour guide. You will have dinner at Sinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka.The Shinsaibashi has developed from the arcaded streets called Sinsaibashi Shopping Street. This district has a row of large size department stores and reasonably priced shops. The Suomachi-suji Streetoffers an elegant atmosphere with stone paved sidewalks with British style street-lamps and buildings. The area is nicknamed European Village. TheWestern area of Sinsaibasi is nicknamedAmerican Villageand its symbol is the walls painted with unique illustrations. Overnight stay at Kyoto.
Day 10 - Kyoto / Kinkakuji / Kiyomizu Temple / Biwako / Shirakawago / Praying Village (B/L/D) 28Sep 2015: After breakfast, we will depart for Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion Temple), whichis officially called Rokuonji (Deer Garden Temple). Belonging to the Rinzai-Shokokuji sect, this temple stands in a scenic area at the foot of the northern mountain of the mountain range extending in a northwestern direction in Kyoto's basin with Mt. Kinugasa to the west and the left Daimonji mountain in the back.Kiyomizu Temple, famous for the expression "the stage at Kiyomizu," was opened in 778 by the monk Jonin who was visiting this region. Since the old days, the temple has been known for its beautiful cherry blossoms and crimson foliage. It is illuminated during the seasons of spring and autumn, allowing special nighttime visits. The temple is crowded all year long with many worshippers. Thereafter, transfer to Lake Biwa (Biwako), the largest lake in Japan with the size of a 670 km2.Many breathtaking views can be seen around the Lake Biwa. The "Biwako Hakkei," eight places of scenic beauty around Lake Biwa, was established to widely introduce the fine scenery around this lake. We then travel to Shirakawago, a small village that is world heritage listed. It is located in the mountains beside a pristine river. You will see the thatched roofed village by foot and local traditional Japanese ricepaper workshop. It is also where the Praying Village is located. These villages are famous for traditional home-zukuri gassho. Model-zukuri Gasshohouse, or “construction praying hands” is characterized by a sloping roof form and symbolizes the hands of people who are praying. The design of this house is very strong and has a unique roof material that maintains the robustness of the building because this village will be covered with a very thick snow in winter. Hotel: Hida Hotel or similar (4)
Day 11 - Takayama Jinya Morning Market / Old Town / Kanazawa / Kenrokuen (B/L/D) 29Sep 2015:This morning we will visit the TakayamaJinya Morning Market, where most stands sell local crafts and farm products such as vegetables, pickles and flowers. We will proceed to the Old Town to see the historical streets of the area. Then travel to Kanazawa and visit Kenrokuen, which is justifiably classified as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens” alongside Mito’s Kairakuen and Okayama’s Korakuen. The name Kenrokuen literally means “Garden of the Six Sublimities”, referring to spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views, which according to Chinese landscape theory are the six essential attributes that make up a perfect garden. Hotel: Tonami Hotel or similar (4)
Day 12 - Tateyama Korobe Gorge (B/L/D) 30Sep 2015:After breakfast, we will depart for one of the most amazing natural landscape in Japan, Tateyama Korobe Gorge. The steep cliffs of Korobe Gorge beckon nature lovers to enjoy its breathtaking scenery. This once isolated region now offers a variety of thrilling sights for adventure seekers. An exciting 80 minute train ride between Unazuki Hot Spring and Keyakidaira pierces 41 tunnels and spans 21 bridges. Atobikibashi Bridge with an awesome 60 meter drop is also worth visiting. The gorge is noted for its unexplored hot springs, but Unazuki Onsen, at the start of the train trip, offers the finest thermal waters in Toyama Prefecture. Hotel: Yatugatake Royal Hotel, Takayama or similar (4)
Day 13 - Kawagutiko / Mt Fuji / Osinohakkai / Asakusa Kanonji Temple / Sumida River Cruise / Odaiba (B/L/D) 1OCT 2015: After breakfast, we will travel to Lake Kawagutiko,has the panoramic view of the ultimate Japan symbol - Mt.Fuji.Two of the best spots are the lakeside promenade around the Kawagutiko MusicForestandthe small Ubuyagasaki peninsula next to the Kawagutiko Ohashi Bridge. Oshino Hakkai is the name given to the 8 ponds filled with melted snow water that taken more than 80 years to filter through the underground layers of Mt. Fuji. Then we will drive to Tokyo and visit Asakusa Kannon and Nakamise Shopping Street. Later enjoy a Sumida River cruise from Asakusa to Odaiba. Hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar (5)
Day 14 - Time at Leisure / Tokyo Narita Airport / Taipei Airport / Sydney, Australia(B/L/D) 2OCT 2015:After breakfast, you will have leisure time to explore the vibrant city of Tokyo.Tokyo is a shopaholic’s heaven. You can find all kinds of Japanese things at one shopping district. Roppongiisfamous as to the rich Roppongi Hills area and an active nightclubs scene. Many foreign embassies are located in Roppongi, and the nightlife is popular withlocals and foreigners alike. Midtown Tower is a mixture of shopping centreand office buildings in a complex in Roppongi area, which also has Tokyo's tallest office building. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu(pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushuto the miso ramen of Hokkaido. You will have the opportunity to taste Tokyo's famousramenat your own expense for lunch today. You can go to Akihabara (famous for electrical, computers and cameras).The Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor, and while in the middle of the city, maintains an environment of abundant greenery. The Edo Shogunate’s Edo Castle was made the Emperor’s residence in 1868, when the Emperor Meiji moved from Kyoto. About 16:00PM in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Narita Airport for flight (CI17 18:50-21:50 NRT-TPE & CI51 23:00-11:20 TPE-SYD) back to Australia via Taipei.
Day 15 - Arrive Sydney, Australia 3OCT 2015:The flight will arrive Sydney approximately at 11:20AM.
Images of Our Hotels on Tour:
Hotel Hi, Chiayi (5)
Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung (5)
Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5)
Chateau De Chine Hotel, Hualien (5)
Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei (5)
Rihga Royal Hotel, Kyoto
Tonami Royal Hotel
Tokyo Dome Hotel
Yatugatake Royal Hotel
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2015 September Holiday in Amazing Taiwan & Japan 15 Days Tour
Tour Code: TWJPG15D
Departure Date: 19Sep 2015
CI 52 22:10-05:55
Single Room Supplement:+$1200
*Child price $3480 is for child between 2-12 yr old to share bed with existing bedding (sharing with 2 adults)
*Child between 2-12 yr old to have a bed (share room with 1-2 audlts), is $ per child.