15-day Japan and Korea

Including Tokyo, Mt. Fuji & Hakone, Kyoto, Uji, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima

This route will cover not only spectacular spots with unique history and splendid culture, tasty domestic foods, but also the amazing natural landscape.

Day 1 Tokyo Arrival

You are free to stroll around and have a good rest today.

Day 2 Tokyo City Tour with History/Local Market/Landmark

You will have Tokyo city tour to know more Japanese history and cultural. You will visit the Imperial Palace Plaza which is the residence of Japanese imperial family. Strolling along the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and visit Sensoji Temple. Last, you will have the overview of Tokyo at the Floor 350 which is the main observatory of Tokyo Skytree.

Day 3 Mt Fuji World Cultural Heritage

You will go to Mt Fuji area. Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain in the hearts of the Japanese people. Many visitors see Mt. Fuji 5th Station as a must-see on their way to Mount Fuji. Looking up at the snow-capped peak from the observation deck, shopping malls for letters, or buying a few postcards at the post office and sending them to distant relatives and friends with commemorative badges are all classic experiences not to be missed. Then you will enjoy the beautiful landscape by riding on Lake Ashi cruise, and exploring Owakudani which is the Hakone volcano about 3000 years ago, and try its black egg and other specialties.

For your better experience, we specially arranged your Ryokan experience, you can also relax and recover from the natural onsen.

Day 4 Shinkansen from Hakone to Kyoto and Arashiyama Tour

In the morning will ride the Shinkansen from Hakone to Kyoto to have your west Japan tour which mainly consists of history, foods and cultural experience.

In the afternoon, you will go to enjoy Arashiyama which is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto. You will enjoy a relaxing walk through Sagano Bamboo Grove. For your better experience, we specially arranged Yakatabune experience to enjoy the scenery set against a backdrop of mountains, Togetsukyo Bridge and ponds. Later, you will watch Geisha Show.

Day 5 Learn More History and Visit Some UNESCO Sites in Uji and Nara

In the morning, you will go to Uji to have tea related experiences. Except for the historical and architectural tour in Byodo-in Temple, I specially arranged tea ceremony. Uji tea making method is the mainstream of tea making method and is the secret of Uji tea making inherited by many local tea masters. Please enjoy the tea culture here!

In the afternoon, you will have Nara and Osaka tour. In the morning, you will go to Nara.As an ancient cultural city, Nara boasts numerous ancient temple shrines and historical relics. It enjoys the title of “the Capital of shrine” and is regarded as the “spiritual hometown” by the Japanese people. One of the birthplaces of ancient Japanese culture. You will not only visit the UNESCO sites Todaiji Temple, but also get close to the deer in the Nara Park. If you like, you can feed the deer with the deer food.

Day 6 City Tour of Osaka

You will have a city tour of Osaka. Osaka is known for its takoyaki, yakitori, sushi, and fugu dishes. Please feel free to taste multiple domestic Japanese foods in Dotonbori and go shopping at Shinsabashi. Learn more history in Osaka Castle and have an overview of Osaka by riding the Hep Five Ferris Wheel.

Day 7,  Tour of Miyajima and Hiroshima

In the morning, you will take Shinkansen to Hiroshima. Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima, best known for its “floating” torii gate. The harmoniously arranged shrine buildings in the property are located on the sea and the scenery, with a trinity composed of the man-made architecture in the centre, the sea in the foreground, and the mountains in the background, and have become recognized as a Japanese standard of beauty. In the afternoon, you will go to Hiroshima for a historical tour. Hiroshima was the first city in the world to be bombed by a nuclear bomb. So the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was built at the site of the atomic bombing to pray for eternal peace.

Day 8 Hiroshima to Osaka by Shinkansen, flying from Osaka to Busan

After the tour, you will ride the shinkansen to Osaka and get ready to fly to South Korea

Day 9 Busan

You will have a tour of Busan city. You will visit Taejongdae Resort Park which was named after the 29th King of the Silla Dynasty, King TaeJong, who enjoyed shooting arrows off the cliffs. It is a must see for anyone traveling to Busan, Korea. The southernmost tip of Yeongdo-gu offers beautiful views of the ocean, cliffs, and on clear day’s people can even spot Daema, or Tsushima, Island of Japan. Moreover, you will go to Gamcheon Culture Village is scattered between the rows of colorful houses set against a mountain backdrop. You can visit Haneul Maru observatory for 360-degree views. Moreover, Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest seafood market in South Korea. You can indulge in a fresh array of spiced crab, fish-cake soup, or even live octopus.

Day 10 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1995

You will go to Daegu for the famous Haeinsa Temple which was registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1995. And you will learn more Buddhist scriptures from Tripitaka Koreana. Moreover, you will visit another UESCO site Dodong-seowon Confucian Academy. The seowons illustrate a historical process in which Neo-Confucianism from China was adapted to Korean conditions.

Day 11 Jeonju is also one of the UNESCO designated gastronomic cities

You will have 1-day Jeonju tour. Jeonju is also one of the UNESCO designated gastronomic cities. Bibimbap, a representative Korean food, was born here, along with Hanjeong, which has more than 30 dishes, and rice with bean sprouts, which has a history of more than 100 years. You will walk in the famous Jeonju Hanok Village and taste street food in the village. In the afternoon, you will stroll at Nambu Traditional Market for different kinds of interesting goods. Then, we specially arranged Jaman Mural Village which is different as the traditional villages as you see during this trip. Jaman Mural Village has dozens of colorful murals line the streets and small alleyways. At last you will head up to the Omokdae viewpoint to have an overview of Jeonju Hanok Village.

Day 12 Driving to Seoul and visit Mt. Maisan on the way

On the way to Seoul, you will drop by Jinan for the wonderful view of Mt. Maisan. Also, visiting Tapsa Temple the unique stone pagodas. For your better experience, we specially arranged Nanta Show which is welcomed by domestic and international people for all age. Nanta Show is a non-verbal performance that integrates Korean traditional rhythm, Samul-Nori (Korean traditional musical instruments), with comedy and drama in the kitchen. You can search “Nanta Show” on Youtube for more videos.

Day 13 Seoul City Tour

You will have a Seoul city tour. You will have a brief idea of Korea history, culture and architecture. You will visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace which is the most beautiful palace in South Korea and Bukchon Hanok Village where is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty. Then you can eat through Gwangjang Market which is one of the oldest markets in Seoul for different kinds of traditional food. Moreover, you will stroll along Samcheongdong which consists of modern arts and traditional culture and you can find various goods. At last, we specially arranged the Hangang River Ferry Cruise, so you will enjoy the scenery around Hangang River that flows through Seoul including small islands, Jeodusan Park, 63 Park, 63 Square, N Seoul Tower, Jamsil’s Sports Complex and so on.

Day 14 DMZ tour

You will visit DMZ tour which was related to the Korean War. You would not only discover the tunnel which was dug during the war, but also overlook North Korea. Then you will visit Gamaksan Suspension Bridge which is over 220m long and 10m high is presently the longest suspension bridge in South Korea. The suspension bridge is accessible to get to and does not require a hike.

Day 15 You will fly back home

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