Arrive Seoul approximate 11AM, you will be met by your friendly driver who will greet and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Seoul. The remaining day will be at your own leisure time. You may refresh at your hotel first or you may want to explore yourself nearby the hotel in Itaewon Shopping Street: 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.
Day 3 Seoul City Tour / Korean Folk Village / Jogyesa Temple (B/L)
Visit Jogyesa Temple, pass by the Presidential Blue House, Sarangchae, Changing of the Guard Ceremony, Gyeongbok Palace (Deocksugung Palace on Tue), National Folk Museum- Lunch (included) – Korean Folk Village (Traditional Performance – weather permits).
GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE: built during the reign of king Taejo, founder of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910) which was the final kingdom in Korea, but it was destroyed in the Japanese invasion of 1592 and reconstructed in 1868. It has 4 gates including the southern main gate, Gwanghwamum.
NATIONAL FOLKLORE MUEUME: 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 ae displays of traditional farming methods, hunting, weaving, cooking and other house keeping chores.
ISA-DONG ANTIQUE &ART: Authentically decorated tea houses serving an intriguing array of traditional teas, high-end antique galleries and delicious and innovation restaurants in Seoul. Insa-dong is a favorite stop for tourists who know that this is the place to find a perfect gift to take back home.
Korean Folk Village: is home to numerous collections of Korean cultural artifacts, providing an opportunity for Korean children to experience and learn the culture of their ancestors firsthand. The site provides a venue to promote traditional Korean culture to both domestic and international visitors, and provides an open-air learning place for succeeding generations. The village has been developed to convey the wisdom and the spirits of our ancestors to both domestic and international tourists
Day 4 Changdeok Palace / Secret Garden / Bukchon Hanok Village / Nanta Theater Performance (B)
Visit CHANGDEOK PALACE & SECRET GARDEN, & BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE, at around 13:00.
Enjoy for your leisure after the tours.
Meet with our guide at 19:00PM @ HOTEL LOBBY and transfer to the NANTA THEATER. Enjoy the non-verbal fantastic show. Back at hotel at 22:00PM
TheDEMILITARIZED ZONE (DMZ)is a strip of land serving as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, the most heavily armed border in the world. Visit the BRIDGE OF FREEDOM, IMJINGAK PARK and UNIFICATION VILLAGE, DORA STATION & OBSERVATORY & the 3rd TUNNEL, drop off at MYEONGDONG SHOPPING STREET, rest of day free.
After breakfast, time at leisure at your own before transfer to Incheon International Airport for your your flight to Tokyo JAPAN. Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, meet and transfer to your hotel in Tokyo. You will have free time to explore nearby area like the ramen, restaurant, and shops of Tokyo by yourself.
Day 7 Imperial Palace East Garden / Asakusa Kannon Temple / Nakamise Shopping Centre Arcade / Tokyo Tower / Meiji Shrine / Ginza / Hama Rikyu Garden / Sumida River Cruise / Asakusa / Nakamise / Kappabashi / Ueno Park / Akihabara (B/L)
Enjoy a pleasant walk in the EAST GARDEN of the IMPERIAL PALACE.TOKYO TOWER - Enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform. MEIJI SHRINE - Take in a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture, nestled in a peaceful, picturesque area. AKASAKA GUEST HOUSE (drive by) magnificent Western-style palace built in the baroque architecture style. Japanese LUNCH included today. Other photo opportunities are GINZA, KAPPABASHI, UENO & AKIHABARA. Afternoon visit to : HAMA-RIKYU GARDEN, SUMIDA RIVER CRUISE, ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, and NAKAMISE SHOPPING STREETS.
Day 8 Mt Fuji / Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani Valley / Lake Ashi Pirate Ship Cruise (B/L)
Enjoy scenery of rural Japan driving along to MT. FUJI and panoramic view from the 5th STATION (approx. 8,000 ft. altitude) and also double-wired GONDOLA (HAKONE ROPEWAY). Visit OWAKUDANI BOILING VALLEY where you can smell sulfurous fumes and enjoy the CRUISE across the peaceful LAKE ASHI. Tonight, you will be able enjoy the hot spring in the hotel. Hakone has been one of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts for centuries.
Day 9 Haokone / Kyoto / Kiyomizu Temple / Kodaiji Temple / Yasaka Shrine / Gion District / Kyoto (B)
This morning experience the Bullet Train: Tokyo to Kyoto (150 min) & ancient capital - Kyoto.KIYOMIZU TEMPLE: unique temple has a main hall on a steep slope with a wooden platform supported by pillars, from which a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed. KODAIJI TEMPLE: commemorates Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great general in 16th century. It was founded by his widow. YASAKA SHRINE: Well known as the central site for the Gion-Matsuri Festival, held in summer. GION DISTRICT: Gion is one of the famous entertainment and geisha quarters, with traditional restaurants and tea-houses. In the Edo Period, ochaya (geisha houses) were built in this area. It still retains its tranquil, old-fashioned charm.
Day 10 Nara / Tondaiji Temple / Great Buddha / Nara Deer Park / Kofukuji Temple (B)
Nara, the Imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century – TONDAJI TEMPLE: The temple has an enormous bronze Buddha image within its Daibutsuden Hall, one of the largest wooden structures in the world. NARA DEER PARK: Walk among the 1,100 or so tame deer roaming about the park. KOFUKUJI TEMPLE: transferred from Kyoto in 710, has a five-story pagoda, the second highest in Japan. At the end of the tour, you will the opportunity to buy souvenirs at NARA NAGOMIKAN SOUVENIR SHOPS.
Day 11 Nijo Castle / Golden Pavilion / Kyoto Imperial Palace / Heian Shrine / Sanjusangendo / Kiyomize Temple (B)
Today travel by BULLET TRAIN from Kyoto to HIROSHIMA (110 min). HOTEL GRANVIA has been awarded 3 Michelin for its excellent facilities and central location. You may visit many of the places near the hotel which you can easily access by walking (within 10 minutes) in your own leisure time: SHUKKEIEN GARDEN, HIROSHIMA CATLE, HIROSHIMA GARDEN.
Hotel: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (5 *) or similar
Day 12 Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Itsukushima Shrine / Peace Memorial Park Bomb Dome / Hiroshima (B)
Today we will explore World Heritage sites in HIROSHIMA and MIYAJIMA in one day.
Miyajima (literally 'shrine island') has been celebrated as a sacred island and one of Japan's three most scenic views. It is most famous for ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, which, together with its large wooden TORI GATE, stands in the ocean during high tide. DEER move around the island freely, and so do monkeys on top of Misen, the island's highest mountain.
HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK was built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and to promote a peaceful world. It is located in the area around the atomic explosion's epicenter, and houses the Peace Memorial Museum and many other related monuments.
The Peace Memorial Museum graphically displays the atomic bomb's horrible effects on the city and its inhabitants. A visit is naturally depressing. In the museum's east building, Hiroshima's militarist past and the process leading to the dropping of the bomb are documented. Audio guides are available in more than a dozen languages.
The ATOMIC DOME DOMEis one of the few buildings around the explosion's epicenter that partially survived the blast, and the city's only remaining bomb damaged building. Between the museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome stands the Memorial Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims. It contains a list of all the people who were killed by the explosion or died due to the bombing's long-term effects such as cancer caused by radiation. The Statue of the A-Bomb Children and the Cenotaph for Korean Victims are some of many more monuments found in the park.
Hotel: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (5 *) or similar
Day 13 Hiroshima Airport JAPAN / AUSTRALIA (B)
After breakfast, you will have full day free to explore Kyoto by yourself. After breakfast, time at leisure until your pre-arranged transfer time to airport for onward flight back to AUSTRALIA.
Day 14 Arrive AUSTRALIA
The flight will arrive Sydney approximately before 11AM.
Your Highlight of tour to Korea & Japan will end here, and hopefully the trip brings you wonderful memories in the 2 Asia countries.
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Highlight of Korea & Japan
14 Days Tour
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