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11 Days Best of Korea & Japan

Japan Small Group Tours 535
TOT: 11 Days Best of Korea & Japan
Tour Type: Fixed Travel Date, a guaranteed departure, all prices listed below are per person in US dollars based on double occupancy
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned bus
Highlights:
  • Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Nami Island.
  • A perfect spot to view the stunning Fuji Mountain. And visit Oshino Hakkai
  • We shall go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Kiyomizu-Dera and The Imperial Palace
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Itinerary
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Day 1  Arrive Tokyo & Airport-Hotel Transfer

Pick-up service available throughout the day at Narita and Haneda Airport, and please provide us your flight details when booking. There is a shuttle bus to the hotel aboutevery hour. Your private local tour guide will meet youat the airport exit and assist you to the hotel, and check into the hotel after 3pm.

Accommodation:Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Narita-Airport

Hilton-Hotel-Narita.jpg

Day 2  Tokyo Sightseeing - Hakone

After breakfast, transport to the Imperial Palace - the residence of the royal familyof Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace Out Gardens, and the view of the famousNijubashi Bridge is highlight of the garden. Then proceed to Senso-jiBuddhist Temple in historic Asakusa district. Nakamise-Dori Street is the mainapproach to this ancient temple, and all along the road are traditional shopfronts for souvenir items and snacks. Next, View the tallest standing tower inthe world – Tokyo Skytree from afar. Then transfer toHot Spring Hotel near Mt. Fuji Area and enjoy Japanese-Style hot spring andcuisine.
Specialadding spots in Spring (Departure date 18th Mar-22nd Apr): Chidorigafuchi Park,Shinjuku Gyoen Garden.
Specialadding spots in Autumn (Departure date 21st Oct-18th Nov): Yoyogi Park,Rikugien Garden.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Fujisan Garden Hotel or similar

Imperial-Palace-Tokyo

Ginza-Tokyo

Day 3  Mount Fuji- Nagoya

After breakfast, we will head toward the foothills of Fuji Mountain. Enjoy the scenic landscape at Mt. Fuji 5th Station. If the weather is unpleasant, we will visit Mount Fuji World Heritage Center instead. Next visit the Five Lakes District. Visit Oshino Hakkai, a historic natural attraction comprising eight ponds that are all that remains of a former sixth lake dried up several hundred years ago. Next proceed on to Gotemba Peace Park. Afterwards, transfer to Nagoya and stroll on the famous Osu Shopping District. Dinner is onyour own arrangement. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Keihan Nagoya or similar

Five-Lakes-District

Fuji-Mountain

Day 4  Nagoya - Kyoto

After breakfast, visit the Nagoya Castle, which was the heart of one of the most important castle towns in Japan. Then,we will visit a jewelry workshop and see the work of the craftsmen. Then drive to Kyoto, proceed to Nishijin Textile Center to learn about the history and technology of the industry. Later, we will visit the Yasaka Shrine, one of the most influential shrines in Kyoto. Next, we will proceed to Gion. Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, it is filled with shops, restaurants, and ochaya (teahouses). The most popular area of Gion is Hanami-koji Street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple. The street and its side alleys are lined with preserved machiya houses many of which now function as restaurants.
Special adding spots in Spring(Departure date 18th Mar-22nd Apr): The Philosopher's Path
Special adding spots in Autumn(Departure date 21st Oct-18th Nov): Arashiyama Area-Togetsukyo Bridge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Gracery Kyoto Sanjo or similar

Golden-Pavilions-Kyoto

Gion-Kyoto

Day 5  Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

After breakfast, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kiyomizu-dera a Buddhist temple founded in 778AD. In the afternoon, we will proceed to Fushimi-Inari Taisha. Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. Next visit Nara Deer Park, where you can interact with hundreds of deer inhabited in the area. Then visit Kasuga-taisha, a traditional shrine surrounded by plants. We will arrive at Shinsaibashi in Osaka for some shopping. Dotonbori filled with theaters, restaurants bars, cafe and night is nearby please enjoying at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport or similar

Todai-Ji-Nara

Shinsaibashi-Osaka

Day 6  Osaka (KIX) - Seoul (ICN)- Gangwon-do

After breakfast, our guide will assist you on the airport shuttle to Kansai International Airport, where you will depart on your flight to Seoul. After breakfast, fly to Incheon airport from Osaka. Upon arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer to Gangwon-do, visit Korean Folk Village on the way, it introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs and others. Then, enjoy dinner and check in hotel in Gangwon-do. Lunch is on your own arrangement.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hanwha-SeorakResort Hotel or similar

Osaka-Airport-Bus

Osaka-Airport

Day 7  Seoul - Gangwon-do

After breakfast, proceed to the Korea Folk Village. With extensive ancient architectures and artifacts preserved intact, the village does not only reproduce the life of the late Joseon period but also vividly shows the culture and lifestyle in different social classes.  Next, we will visit Lake Skywalk to catch a stunning view of nature. Then Seoraksan National Park, known as one of Korea’s, most beautiful mountains. Within your stop at Seoraksan, we will visit the Sinheungsa Temple. After our adventures, we will head back to the hotel, where you may enjoy the rest of the day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hanwha-Seorak Resort Hotel or similar

Dae-Jang-Geum

Sinheungsa-Buddha-Temple

Day 8  Gangwon-do - Seoul

After breakfast, go to Seoraksan National Park (cable car excluded), which is one of the eastern peaks of South Korea located in a famous tourist attraction in Gangwon-do. Also known as snow-capped mountains, each year it snows early and remains there for a long time. Afterwards, visit Shinhungsa Temple. Then, transfer to Nami Island, where the Korean drama “Winter Sonata” was recorded. The island is full of meadows and walking trails. The island is where the two main characters begin and end their dramatic love story. Soyang Skywalk is a recently emerged attraction located in the middle section of the pedal lane. It is not only a beautiful viewing platform but also a good place for a photo stop. Skywalk is a transparent glass about 12 meters high from the water surface. The platform allows the illusion of walking on air and falling into the water, giving people a thrilling sensation. Later on, transfer to Seoul and check in hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Four Points by Sheraton Josun Myeongdong  or similar

Seoul-Tower

Namdaemun-Market

Day 9  Seoul Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit the Imperial Palace of the Joseon Dynasty-Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Museum of Folklore. Then, go to Bukchon Hanok Village. It is a well-preserved 600-year-old Korean traditional residential area in Seoul. The village is best known for its eight views of Bukchon. Next, transfer to Ewha Mural Village, a modest neighborhood decorated with public art murals. Afterwards, visit National Museum of Korea here houses a vast collection of over 420,000 artifacts from ancient times to the modern era in a wide range of topics, including art and culture have a photo stop at the N Seoul tower. Enjoy yourself in Cheonggyecheon Area and watch the amazing The Painters Show. Dinner is on your own arrangement.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: FourPoints by Sheraton Josun Myeongdong or similar

Seoul-Sheraton-Hotel

Seoul-sheraton-room

Day 10  Seoul Sightseeing

After the breakfast, visit the War Memorial of Korea, exhibitsand preserves materials related to the Korean War and serves as a nationalmoral educational venue. Then, proceed to Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, acharming museum exhibits traditional and modern art works by Korean andinternational artists. Next, enjoy your time in Insa-dong, located in the heartof the city, with alleys of galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, andcafes. And don’ miss the Apgujeong Rodeo Street, a popular high-end fashion andshopping street located in the upscale district of Gangnam. Later on, visit theNamhansanseong Park. The park is situated on Namhansan Mountain and isalternately recorded as being the royal fortress of King Onjo of the BaekjeKingdom. As one of the most vibrant traditional markets in Seoul, GwangjangMarket is home to a number of clothing and food stalls, offering tourists ataste of traditional Korean cuisine. Dinner is on your own arrangement.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: FourPoints by Sheraton Josun Myeongdong or similar

Seoul-Airport

Seoul-Airport-Hotel

Day 11  Leave Seoul

After breakfast, transfer to airport on your own expense (taxi around $30/per way) for the homebound flight.

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Price Includes.
    • Domestic flight tickets from Osaka-Seoul,including one 15-kg luggage. 
    • Deluxe accommodations, Hotel taxes and service charges.
    • Hakone 1 night: Fujisan Garden Hotel or similar.
    • Tokyo 1 night: Shinjuku Granbell Hotel or similar
    • Nagoya 1 night, Keihan Nagoya or similar.
    • Kyoto 1 night, Gracery Kyoto Sanjo or similar
    • Osaka 1 nigh Sheraton Miyako Hotel or similar
    • Gangwon-do 1 night, Hanwha-Seorak Resort or similar
    • Seoul 3 nights, Four Points by Sheraton or similar
    • Due to limited room availability, in that case, we may use other similar standard hotels.
    • All transfers, sightseeing per itinerary in air-conditioned motor coach.
    • English-speaking tour guide for the entire portion of your scheduled trip.
    • 19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Administration & Entrance fees as per itinerary.
Price Excludes.
     
    • International flights airline taxes & fuel surcharges.
    • If your tour includes taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) , you would carry your own luggage. If you wish to check in your luggage and ship to the next city, the fee is $25.00 USD per luggage.
    • Children no bed 80%. Child fares apply to children 2-11 years old. Child without extra bed has to share room with 2 adults. Child without extra bed does not include breakfast.
    • Optional tours and Extension Tours. Personal expenditure.
    • Travel Insurance
Japan Small Group Tours FAQ
  • How are the hot spring hotels we will stay in Japan?
    For the group tours from Tokyo to Osaka, you will enjoy a night at a hot spring hotel. Unless upon special request, we will not arrange the traditional hot spring hotel with Tatami bed. Instead, we will arrange modern hot spring hotel. If you want to stay in a traditional Japanese Onsen, please inform your representative in advance and we will try to accommodate your need.
  • Are Japan hotel rooms we will stay for group tours small?
    Japanese hotels are generally smaller compare with American and European type hotels. A typical room of 4-stars Japanese hotel is about 22 to 29 square meter (or 240 to 310 square foot).
  • What type of meals will be provided for small group tours?
    The breakfasts offered by hotels are in buffet styles. Other meals are traditional Japanese cuisine. If you have requested vegetarian meal, Japanese style vegetarian meals will be served. Vegetarian meal in Japan is simple and has to be arranged and ordered in advance. We currently don't serve Indian vegetarian meal.
  • Do we need to pay extra for the attractions in Japan?
    Any attractions listed on the itinerary are included in the tour price without additional charge. You do not have to pay extra for admission tickets unless specified, for example the admission to Tokyo Tower. Some small group tours offer optional tours and additional fees apply.
  • Do we need to pay for the meals in Japan?
    The tour includes some of the meals, and they are indicated as Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner on the itinerary. Listed meals will be provided without additional cost. For the meals that are not included, our tour guide will recommend local restaurants and you may dine at a restaurant of your choice at your own expense.
  • Can we select the bus seat in advance for my elderly mom?
    Usually, seat selection is not allowed. However, considering your mom' situation, you may inform your group travel consultant in advance, so the tour guide can help to reserve a convenient seat for you.
  • Can we stay behind in Japan after the group tour ends?
    We can help to arrange the hotel for an extended stay. However, because we have a fix rate with the hotel, sometimes you may find cheaper deals online.
  • What will be provided on the vegetarian meal during Korea tour?
    Because of the special diet in Korean Culture, the cuisine usually includes grilled pork, side dishes, and rice. If you request vegetarian meal for your Korean tour, we can only provide mixed vegetables, kimchi, rice, and soybean paste stew. Because most of the meals will be arranged at barbeque restaurants, they do not offer a large variety of vegetarian food. If you want vegetarian food other than the simple vegetarian meal provided, you may consult the tour guide on the local vegetarian restaurants available.
  • How many people will be in each tour group?
    Usually there are 15 to 20 people on a tour group, and about 10 people during low season. However, during peak season like Cherry Blossom season, a tour can reach above 15 people.
  • Do I have to pay a single room supplement if I join in the tour group by myself?
    If you are traveling alone, single supplement fee will apply because you will have your own room. The single supplement fee is the additional charge to compensate for half of the room price. Because tourists are with different cultural backgrounds and habits, we do not pair up single travelers.
  • How to book a Japan group tour? How much is it cost?
    Please refer to our Booking Procedure page for details. Additionally, the price for each group tour is explicitly listed on the product pages. The price depends on the tour as well as the season.
  • May I book a hotel by myself if I join in the group tour?
    You need to book the same hotels as those used by the tour group. Since our finalized hotel list will be sent to you about 10 to 12 days before departure date, it will be late and very hard to book the hotels on your own.
  • Is there any age limit for participating in the group tours?
    Though there is no age limit for participating in the group, we recommend travelers are in good health condition because there will be about a 3-4 Km walk daily for sightseeing. Also, travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • Do I need to give tips to the drivers and local guide?
    Because of the particular culture in Japan, tour guides and drivers generally do not prefer taking tips directly from travelers. Thus, we collect tips in advance and later distribute to them along with their basic salary. However, if you like the service they offered, and you are welcome to give extra tips, preferably in an envelope.
  • Are we guaranteed to get the hotels listed on the itinerary?
    The listed hotels are contracted with our company. According to different tour itineraries and dates, we book the hotels in advance. However, in case we cannot book the same hotels, we reserve the right to arrange similar hotels for our group tours. The finalized hotel list with contact information will be provided to you on the final confirmation.
  • What happens if my flight to Narita Airport is delayed?
    Our local guide and staffs will be monitoring your flight and they will greet you at the exit gate of terminals of Narita Airport.
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