2015 Easter Holiday in Japan & Korea in 12 Days

Day 1 - Departure from Australia 
April 2015: Depart flight from Sydney, Australia with China Airlines CI52 22:10 to Osaka, Japan via Taiwan.

 
Day 2 - Arrive Taipei / Osaka, Japan / Osaka Castle Park / Shinsaibashi / Kyoto (B/L/D) 
April 2015: Arrive Taipei International Airport at approx 4:30AM. Transfer to Osaka Japan by CI156 (TPE-OSA 08:30-12:00). On arrival into Osaka Kansai Airport, you will be met by friendly local tour guide. You will be taken to the Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle was built in 1583, with a five-layer Dijon as its core, on a lawn park that stretches for about 60,000 square meters. Osaka's north gate, Umeda, has a gigantic stretch of underground mall that houses many restaurants, fashion and sundry goods stores. In contrast to Kita with Umeda as its core, Minami is an area with core cities Namba, a popular business and shopping district, and Dotonbori with many restaurants on both sides of Dontonbori-gawa River. In recent years, the development of Osaka's new showplace, the waterfront, is taking place. Tenpo-zan Harbor Village, which has 112 meter-high ferries-wheel, shopping mall and Suntory Museum, a complex of culture facilities, and ATC (Asia-Pacific Trade Centre), Japan's largest outlet mall, are also poplar. We will visit the largest shopping district in Osaka, Sinsaibasi, where many boutiques and specialty shops are gathered. 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 Street offers an elegant atmosphere with stone paved sidewalks with British style street-lamps and buildings. The area is nicknamed European VillageTheWestern area of Sinsaibasi is nicknamed American Village and its symbol is the walls painted with unique illustrations. Overnight stay at Kyoto.
Hotel: Rihga Royal Hotel, Kyoto or similar (55  Stars)


Day 3 - Kyoto / Kinkakuji / Kiyomizu Temple / Biwako / Shirakawago / Praying Village 
(B/L/D) 
April 2015: After breakfast, we will depart for Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion Temple), which is 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 Gassho house, 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 (45  Stars)

Day 4 - Takayama Jinya Morning Market / Old Town / Kanazawa / Kenrokuen 
(B/L/D)  
April 2015: This morning we will visit the Takayama Jinya 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 (45  Stars

Day 5 - Tateyama Korobe Gorge 
 (B/L/D)
April 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 (45  Stars

Day 6 - Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea  (B/L/D) 
April 2015: After breakfast, a day of excitement awaits you at Tokyo Disneyland. Armed with your Disneyland Passport for unlimited rides, explore Toontown, World Bazaar, Adventure Land, Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land or Critter Country. or venture into the mystical and romantic world of Disney Sea where adventure and imagination set sail. Enjoy the millions of lights at the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade at night for the magical moments with your favourite Disney characters.
Hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar (55  Stars

Day 7 - Tokyo Narita Airport / Seoul / Gyeongbok Palace / National Folklore Museum / Jogyesa Temple / Bukchon Hanok Village / Itaewon Shopping Street (B/X/D) 
April 2015: After breakfast, you will be transferred to Narita Airport for flight (OZ101 12:30-15:00 NRT-ICN) to Seoul. On arrival into Incheon International Airport, you will be met by Korea local tour guide who will greet you and take you to the half day Seoul tour. We will go to Gyeongbok Palace, a main palace during Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910), is at the heart of Seoul and deemed extraordinarily auspicious according to the traditional practice of geomancy. The Palace is particularly charming tourist spot representing a colorful and turbulent aspect of the Capital's 500-year-old history. Next stop will be National Folklore Museum, which is located on the compound of Gyeongbok palace. It shows you the traditional life of both the ordinary people and aristocracy. It has exhibits from all parts of Korea. There are displays of traditional farming methods, hunting, weaving, cooking and other housekeeping chores. Jogye Temple is chief temple of the Jogye order which represents the Korean Buddhism. It promotes embodiment of society where people live together and Bodhisattva's spirit. Also, the temple is a historic site that has lived through the turbulent modern history of Korea. Later the afternoon, you will be taken to Bukchon Hanok Village, Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses called 'hanok' that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name, 'Bukchon,' which literally translates to 'northern village,' came about as the neighborhoods that the village covers lie to the north of the two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse in Korean traditional culture. Itaewon shopping street is the most exotic place in Seoul to spend a day of shopping, dining and hanging out. It is a very popular shopping district for tourists that some even tend to say, "People know about Itaewon, even if they don't know about Seoul." There is an enormous variety of shops, entertainment venues and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. Itaewon is a leader in providing exotic fashion, bars and clubs in Korea. Most stores in this area are branded with English signs and now with the recent influx of Chinese and Japanese tourists, Itaewon has become one of the Korea's International hubs.
Hotel: Benikea Marigold Hotel, Seoul or similar (55  Stars


Day 8 - Seoul / Blue House / Korea Culture Experience / Insadong Antique Alley / Myeongdong Shopping Street (B/L/D)
April 2015: The Blue House (Cheongwadae, literally ‘pavilion of blue tiles’) is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea. The unique buildings CheongWaDae are comprised of the Main Office, Yeongbingwan (Guest House), Chunchugwan (Spring and Autumn Pavilion), Nokjiwon (Green grass), the Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) Valley, and the Seven Palaces. You can walk along the Nokjiwon and the Mugunghwa Valley. The Mugunghwa Valley has colorful flowers, a fountain, and a phoenix statue, which makes it perfect for taking pictures. It is said that to really understand a country’s culture, you must experience its food. Today you will have Korea culture experiences like making a Kimchijeon, experiences in wearing hanbok and tea ceremony. Next stop will be Insadong, which has long been home to dozens of art galleries and antique shops. Over forty percent of the nation's antique stores are in Insadong. The antique shops sell quality products such as old paintings, ceramics, woodcrafts, metal ware, old furniture and many other items. Ceramics are to be found in particular abundance. Later in the afternoon, you will be taken to Myeongdong, one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeongdong. In addition, several major department stores include Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeongdong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices. Tonight you can enjoy an optional show NANTA Show (surcharge applies). NANTA is a non verbal performance of reckless rhythms that dramatize customary Korean Percussion in a strikingly comedic stage show. Integrating uniquely Korean traditional tempos with a western performance style.
Hotel: Benikea Marigold Hotel, Seoul or similar (55  Stars



Day 9 - Namsan Hanok Village / Namsan Peak Cable Car / Seoul Tower / Namdaemun Market / Dongdaemun Market / Korea Four Season Water Park Spa & Sauna (B/L/D)
April 2015: After breakfast, we will depart to Namsan Hanok Village, which is very popular with those who want to discover the charm of a village of traditional Korean houses. You can learn about what the lives of their ancestors was like. You can experience the daily life of commoners in the old days of Korea by trying out such activities as ironing clothes, embroidery, spinning a weaving wheel, making tofu and so forth. You can also learn about tea culture while tasting traditional teas at the houses. A demonstration of making traditional liquors is shown daily in the village square. Then we will take the Namsan Cable car which runs from the base of Namsan Mountain up to the Namsan Seoul Tower, one of the most representative tourist attractions in Seoul, loved by tourists and residents alike. In the afternoon you will be taken to Namdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Market. Since opening in 1905, Dongdaemun Market has constantly been one of the hottest shopping zones in the country. Specializing in wholesale clothing sales, it has grown steadily larger to encompass more than 20 shopping malls. A full range of fashion items from head to toe can be found here at low prices. Namdaemun Market is the country's biggest traditional market. It has children's clothing, men and women's clothing, daily goods, kitchenware and local and imported products. Later today we will go to Four Season Water Park to enjoy spa and sauna. All the water here is from a natural hot spring at an average temperature of 49-Celsius degrees, which will improve your health and beauty. 
Hotel: Benikea Marigold Hotel, Seoul or similar (55  Stars

Day 10 - Seoul / DMZ / Mt Seorak National Park / Cable Car to Gwongeumseong Fortress / Shinheungsa Temple (B/L/D)
April 2015: After breakfast, we will depart to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which is a strip of land serving as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, the most heavily armed border in the world. Highlights: Imjingak Park, Unification Bridge, DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dorasan Observation, Dorasan Station, pass by Unification Village. Then we will drive to Mt. Seorak National Park, designated as a natural monument preservation area and as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. You can take a cabel car to Gwongeumseong Fortress which is the site of a fortress ruins, located on the steep stone Mountain of Mt. Seorak. At the plateau of Gwongeumseong Castle there are 80 sections of rocks and you can see the East Sea and city of Sokcho. Also, to the west, you can see all kinds of fantastic rocks and stones which make up the Seorak Mountains. On the path to Shinheungsa temple, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine. Past the bridge there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door, and you can enter the temple. 
Hotel: Benikea Marigold Hotel, Seoul or similar (55  Stars

 

Day 11 - Changdeok Palace & Huwon / Incheon Airport / Return Sydney, Australia via Taipei (B/L/X)
April 2015: After breakfast we will visit Changdeok Palace, which is the second royal villa. The garden is kept as natural as possible. The most beautiful time to see the garden is during the fall when the autumn foliage is at its peak and the leaves have just started to fall. About 13:00PM in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Incheon Airport for flight (CI9039 16:10-17:55 ICN-TPE & CI51 23:00-11:20 TPE-SYD) back to Australia via Taipei.


Day 12 - Arrive Sydney, Australia
April 2015:  The flight will arrive Sydney approximately at 11:20AM. 

Images of Our Hotels on Tour: 

   
Rihga Royal Hotel, Kyoto
Hida Hotel
Tonami Royal Hotel  Tokyo Dome Hotel
Yatugatake Royal Hotel


 
 Benikea Marigold Hotel 
 

 
Cherry Blossom in Taiwan 



Cherry Blossom in Japan 

 


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Price guide

 

Easter Holiday in
Japan & Korea
in 12 Days 

Tour Code: JPKE12D
Departure Date: Apr 2015

  Adult Price $4800
  Child Price*  $3880
  Land Only  $3300
  Single Room Supplement: $1200


*Child price $ 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.

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Inclusions

  • Return international economy airfare with China Airlines
  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation (4-5 star hotels) 
  • Return Airport / Hotel Transfers
  • Meals as specified
  • Admission and Entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide 
  • Tour Insurance (inside coach and hotels only)

BONUS Inclusions

  • FREE Hot Spring in Japan
  • FREE Japanese Festival & Food
  • FREE Korea Spa & Sauna
  • FREE Korea Culture Experience
     

Exclusions

  • Airport & Government Taxes 
  • Passports & Visa (if applicable)
  • Taiwan
  • Drinks & Food not mentioned in your itinerary
  • All other items of a personal nature. 

Remark

  • All prices are in AUD, and based on PER PERSON TWIN SHARE. Prices are indicative only and are subject to change at anytime due to currency fluctuations.
  • During Public Holidays or Special Events surcharges may apply. Please always check with our consultants for more details.
  • Child Price is available from 2-11 years old (inclusive)  with bed & meal, but must sharing room with 2 Adults or would be charged same rate as Adults.
  • Child who is under 2 years old (no bed & no meal) we would charge 10% of adults price.
  • Minimum 10 passengers per group is required.

B= Breakfast, L=Lunch. D=Dinner

Chinese Itinerary 中文行程
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Images of the Japan Tour:
Cheery Blossom at Mt Fuji
Japan Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom Nagoya Castle
Japan Cherry Blossom at Nagoya castle
Biwako

Genkyu Garden

Takayama

Jinya Morning Market

Praying Village, Shirakawago

Asinoko Cruise, Hakone

Asakusa Kanonji Temple

Meiji Shrine

Sumida River Cruise