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10 Days Best of Korea & Japan

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TOT: 10 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 Yeongneung Royal Tomb of King Sejong 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

Arrival into Tokyo Narita International Airport, where the representative of Japanholiday will collect and deliver you to the hotel (hours of shuttle operation 10:30-21:30). Your local guide will be present to assist with the hotel check in. If you miss the last shuttle (departs at 22:30), please proceed to the hotel at your own expense. For guests arriving at Haneda Airport, please make own arrangement to the hotel.
How to find our representative at Narita Airport Tokyo:
(Terminal 1) Our representative location: South Exit S1,If you arrive at the North Exit, you should go to the South Exit S1.
(Terminal 2) Our representative location: Exit B, If you arrive at Exit A, you should turn to your right-hand side and go straight until arriving at Exit B.
Accommodation: Hilton Narita Hotel or similar

Narita-Airport

Hilton-Hotel-Narita.jpg

Day 2  Tokyo Sightseeing

After breakfast, transport to the Imperial Palace - the residence of the royal family of Tokyo. Visit the Nijubashi Bridge (which means the double bridge). Then proceed to Senso-ji Buddhist Temple in historic Asakusa district. Nakamise-Dori Street is the main approach to this ancient temple, and all along the road are traditional shop fronts for souvenir items and snacks. Next, visit the Tokyo Sky Tree. We will conclude the day's tour with a visit to the Ginza where Tokyo's most famous department stores, entertainment district, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs, and cafes.
During the autumn season (10/16/2020 -11/27/2020), special features of Ginkgo Avenue in Meiji-Jingu Gaien Park, autumn foliage in Yoyogi Park, and Rikugien Garden will be added to the itinerary.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Shinjuku Granbell Hotel or similar

Imperial-Palace-Tokyo

Ginza-Tokyo

Day 3  Tokyo - Hakone - Hamamatsu

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, where we will dine on the local delicacies of the traditional multi-course Japanese dinner/buffet. Enjoy all the facilities of the hotel and the varieties of hot springs spa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: The Hamanako Hotel or similar



Five-Lakes-District

Fuji-Mountain

Day 4  Hamamatsu - Kyoto

After breakfast, 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.
During the autumn season (10/16/2020 -11/27/2020), the special feature of autumn foliage in Arashiyama and Togetsu-kyo Bridge will be added to the itinerary.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Henn na Hotel Kyoto 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 - Seoul

After breakfast, our guide will assist you on the airport shuttle to Kansai International Airport, where you will depart on your flight to Seoul. (If you purchase flight tickets on your own, please arrange your transportation to the airport at your own expense) After arriving at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, a professional English-speaking tour guide will be awaiting you at Gate 12 on the 1st floor of the arrival hall of Terminal 1. Our tour guide will assist you and guide you to the bus. Hotel check-in is after 2:00PM. Relax on your own for the remainder of the day. If you purchase flight tickets on your own and miss the last shuttle (depart at 10:30PM), please proceed to the hotel at your own expense.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Howard Johnson Hotel Incheon Airport 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, you will visit the Yeongneung Royal Tomb of King Sejong. Then, head to the Bukchon Hanok Village. You will visit the beautiful presidential residence and join a walking tour at Bukchon Hanok Village. Then go back to Seoul to visit the Seoul Tower (Excludes the Admission Fee). After, you will proceed to the Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Seoul with over 10,000 vendors and 600 years of history. Most of the market is outdoors with stalls lining both sides of the pedestrian streets and sometimes in the middle of them.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Hilton Seoul or similar

Seoul-Tower

Namdaemun-Market

Day 9  Seoul

Today, enjoy a free day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Hilton Seoul or similar

Seoul-Sheraton-Hotel

Seoul-sheraton-room

Day 10  Seoul - Home City (Service End)

After breakfast, the guide will assist you on the airport shuttle to Incheon International Airport (shuttle fee is at your own expense, around $15 USD), where you will depart on your flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast

Seoul-Airport

Seoul-Airport-Hotel

Departure Date& Price
Price Includes.
    • Domestic flight tickets from Osaka-Seoul
    • Deluxe accommodations, Hotel taxes and service charges.
    • Narita 1 night: Narita Hilton Hotel or similar.
    • Tokyo 1 night: Shinjuku Granbell Hotel or similar
    • Shizuoka 1 night, Hamanako Hotel or similar.
    • Kyoto 1 night, Henn na Hotel Kyoto or similar
    • Osaka 1 nigh Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport or similar
    • Incheon 1 night, Howard Johnson Airport or similar
    • Gangwon-do 1 night, Hanwha-Seorak Resort or similar
    • Seoul 2 nights, Grand Hilton Hotel Seoul 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.
    • 18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Administration & Entrance fees as per itinerary.
Price Excludes.
    • Service Fee and tips of tour guide and driver will be collected upon reservation is made, USD130.
    • 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.
    • Airport Shuttle transfer are NOT included in the itinerary.
    • Travel Insurance
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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