Alluring Korea and Japan

Featuring:
Korea: Seoul, Ganwon, Seoraksan, Nami Island
Japan: Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone, Kamakura, Tokyo

Starting From $2,820.00 Land Only

Duration 12 Days

KJ12-2

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Korea and Japan are doing a wonderful job of keeping their traditions and culture alive. All over Seoul you will find locals and tourist alike dressed up in their traditional clothing. The same can be said of Kyoto in Japan. Don’t let their traditions fool you though, as both are known for being very technically advanced countries. Enjoy your Alluring Korea and Japan tour today! .

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Land Only (Air is not included in Asia or from home)
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Most transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Escorted Group Tour by coach

Tour Highlights:

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Nami Island
  • Seoraksan National Park
  • Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Sake Tasting
  • Kiyozumi-dera
  • Golden Pavilion
  • Kuromon Market
  • Nara Deer Park
  • Sogano Bamboo Forrest
  • Lake Ashi Cruise
  • Kamakura Big Buddha
  • Imperial Palace
  • Bullet Train Ride
  • Sensoji Temple
  • Shibuya Street
  • Free Exploring Leisure Days
  • 20 Meals

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional Tours
    *March -May are the best times to view cherry blossoms, but we can’t guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
    *October- Dec. are the best times to view Fall Foliage, but we can’t guarantee these months as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
            *If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.
          *Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date.

          * Escorted Group Tour by coach

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Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

  • Day 1: Seoul

    Upon arrival in Seoul Incheon Airport, meet with the tour guide*** and transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.

    ** Hotel complimentary shuttle is available between the hours of 6:20am-10:20pm and runs every hour. Hotel shuttle bus stop is located in Terminal 1. For guests arriving into Terminal 2, please make your own way in between the terminals via complimentary airport termina bus or make your own way to the hotel.
    ** For guests arriving outside of the service hours, into Seoul Gimpo Airport, or making pre-extension stay, please make your own way to the hotel and check in with passport.
  • Day 2: Seoul~ Ganwon-do
    After breakfast, you will begin your journey of Seoul. First, visit the Dae Jang Geum Theme Park, the largest historical drama set in Korea. The park is a well-known filming site for movies and commercials as well as MBC dramas. It also is used by foreign broadcasting networks including NHK to shoot historical scenes about Korea. Continue to another famous Korea drama location, film site for the "Winter Sonata", Nami Island. It is also a perfect destination for anyone who wants to be away from the rapid city pace and just be within nature. Next, head to one of Seoul's newest attraction, the Soyanggang Skywalk. The skywalk is an observatory facility set up on Uiamho Lake. The walking path, comprised of transparent glass, laid 7.5 meters above, the river, creating the illusion of walking on water. Continue to the Seoraksan National Park. This park is one of the most beautiful and iconic on the entire Korea Peninsula. Designated by Unesco as a Biosphere Protection site, it boasts oddly shaped rock formations, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. Visit the Sinheungsa Temple which is situated on the slopes of the mountain. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Gangwon-do ~ Seoul
    This morning, returning back to Seoul and visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. It is one of the most iconic sights in all of Korea thanks to its long and storied history. Take a walk at the Bukchon Hanok Village, home of hundreds or traditional Korean houses, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Today, many of these operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn, and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. Make a photo stop at the Seoul Tower, built on a 262 meter peak in Namsan Park. Continue to Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Seoul. It is also the oldest market in Korea. The market, spread out over many blocks, is a dense maze of stalls, vendors, and restaurants. Namdaemun Market offers a large collection of Korean souvenirs for those tourists who want to take something unique and fun home. End our day with a visit to the Trick Eye Museum where you can blend in with 3D paintings and take epic photos. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Seoul
    Today, the entire day will be at your own leisure to enjoy or opt for an optional tour.  (B)                            
    Optional Tour: DMZ Tour
    Optional Tour: Gangnam City Tour
  • Day 5: Seoul ~ Osaka, Japan
    After breakfast, make your own way to the airport for your flight to Osaka. Departure transfer is not included. Our tour guide will provide you with assistance and instruction on where to obtain the airport limousine bus ticket. Upon arrival in Osaka, a guide will be onsite to assist you to take a train or bus to the hotel (Train or Bus ticket included). The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.

    **Airport assistance will be available for all guests arriving into Osaka Kansai Airport Terminal 1 between the hour of 11:00am to 9:00pm. If the final confirmed hotel does not have a direct airport bus shuttle transfer available from airport-hotel, you may be required to take a taxi at your own expense from the closest airport bus shuttle drop off location.
    **For guests arriving outside of the service hours or in Terminal 2 or arriving into Osaka Itami Airport, please make your own way to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.
  • Day 6: Osaka ~ Hiroshima ~ Osaka
    Today, take a full day trip to Hiroshima & Miyajima. Meet your tour guide at the hotel and then travel by train to Hiroshima. On arrival, take a ferry and cross over to Miyajima and visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site. Established in the 6th century, this shrine is one of Japan's finest, and is famous for its beautiful Shinden-zukuri style structure. Return back to Hiroshima by ferry and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum. This large-scale park was established in 1949 after the Pacific War ended, and is visited by countless visitors as a symbol of peace. The museum within the park is an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and was built to remind future generations of the terror wrought by atomic bombs. See the Atomic Bomb Dome, a symbol of the disastrous atomic bombing during WWII, the first atomic bombs used in human history, and has been preserved as it was to promote peace and elimination of atomic weapons around the world. Afterward, return back to Osaka by train. (B)
  • Day 7: Osaka ~ Nara ~ Kyoto
    This morning, make a photo stop at one of Osaka's prominent landmark, the Osaka Castle. The five story castle is one of the most visually spectacular creations in the country, with a history that dates back almost 450 years. Continue your tour and visit the Kuromon Market. With more than 190 years of history and tradition, this market is a very popular area known by locals as Gastronome and Osaka's Kitchen, and is well-known nationwide. Transfer to Nara and visit the Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. The Nara Park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, considered in Sinto to be messengers of the gods. Todaiji Temple is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples, a landmark of Nara and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main hall, which houses the colossal bronze Buddha statue within, remains the world's largest wooden building.

    In the afternoon, proceed to Kyoto and visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. The temple is best known for its wooden stage which was built without the use of nails. Take a stroll along the Sannenzaka & Ninenzaka Street, two of Kyoto's most attractive streets. Lined with beautifully restored traditional shophouses and and restaurants. Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka are a pair of pedestrian-only lanes that make for some of the most atmospheric strolling in the whole city. Afterward, transfer to the hotel and check in. (B, L)

  • Day 8: Kyoto
    This morning, leave Kyoto city for a day trip to Sagano and visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. It is one of the most beautiful and serene places in Japan. The absolutely gorgeous forest of skinny bamboo trunks is the heroin chic of wooded glades. As the wind passes through the tightly packed plants, the wood bends and creaks, the leaves rustle, and the trunks knock together, creating a peaceful sound like almost nothing else. See also the Togetsukyo Bridge, a well-known place of scenic beauty in the western hills of Kyoto. The artistic form of the bridge embodies the aesthetic sense that is at the heart of Japan artistic tradition.

    Return back to Kyoto and visit one of the most recognizable historical buildings in Japan and well-deserving of its recognition by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, the Kinkakuji also known as the Golden Pavilion. Covered in glittering gold leaf, the pavilion dazzles admirers as it shimmers in the sunlight over its mirroring pond. Next, visit a traditional Sake Brewery for tasting and learn about Japan’s famous sakes. Lastly, visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5,000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills behind the shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. (B, L)

  • Day 9: Kyoto ~ Hakone ~ Tokyo
    After breakfast, accompanied by the tour guide, take the Bullet Train to Hakone, city of the Mt. Fuji. Please note that all guests are responsible to handle their own luggage on and off the train and it will not be transferred separately. On arrival, first visit the Oshino-Hakkai, a peaceful nature area around Mount Fuji. Oshino-Hakkai means the eight seas of Oshino, which is comprised of eight ponds as its name described. These natural ponds are crystal clear and each one is a little unique. Afterward, take a Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi. Today, Lake Ashi is often pictured with Mount Fuji in the background as a symbol of Hakone. Proceed to Tokyo and make your first stop there at the Tokyo Tower for a photo stop before heading to Shibuya, one of Tokyo's busiest districts, packed with shopping, dining, and nightclubs. The Shibuya Crossing, famous for being the busiest crossing in the world, is on top of most people's must see list in Tokyo. You will have some free leisure time here to explore on your own. (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Tokyo ~ Kamakura ~ Tokyo
    This morning you will visit Kamakura. At Kotoku-in Temple, see the gigantic Buddha statue that stands approx. 13 meters high and weighs about 121 tons. The only national treasure in Kamakura, the statue of Buddha is a sight to behold not just from the outside, but also from the inside as visitors can enter inside the statue. Also visit the Hasedera Temple, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan and can be viewed in the temple's main building. Next drive back to Tokyo and enjoy city tour of Tokyo. Start by visiting the Meiji Shrine, arguably Tokyo's most popular shrine, is surrounded by a lush green forest. Head to the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most colorful & photographed temples. When approaching the temples, you will see the Karminarimon, the outer gate of the temple and the symbol of Asakusa. After lunch, make a photo stop at the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Like an island of respite at the heart of Tokyo, the Imperial Palace is surrounded by parks and gardens offering a getaway from the busy city streets. See the Nijubashi, one of the most well-known bridges in Japan. If you are looking at the bridge from the front, the two separate bridges appear as a single two storied bridge.  (B, L)
  • Day 11: Tokyo
    Today, enjoy a free day to explore and enjoy the many attractions Tokyo has to offer. Perhaps, you can visit a traditional tea house, discover culture and history at a museum or treat yourself at Tokyo’s cutting-edge stores. (B)
  • Day 12: Tokyo ~ Home
    After breakfast, make your own way to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end. Departure transfer is not included. Our tour guide will provide you with assistance and instruction on where to obtain the airport limousine bus ticket. (B)

*March -May are the best times to view cherry blossoms, but we can’t guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
*October- Dec. are the best times to view Fall Foliage, but we can't guarantee these months as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.
*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date
* Escorted Group Tour by coach
This package includes fast-paced tours featuring the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.

 

  • Howard Johnson Hotel Incheon Airport – Incheon, Korea* or similar
    2803-1 Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea

    Boasting a modern interior, the rooms best represents the style of the Howard Johnson Incheon Airport. A total of 279 rooms are designed with variable sleeping accommodations such as Double, Twin, and Family Twin, to suit the purpose of your trip. Free high speed Wi-Fi and a spacious workd esk are perfect for a business trip while the roomy Twin and Family Twin rooms provide comfortable cozy, and relaxed space when traveling with friends or family.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:    http://howardjohnsonincheon.com

  • Hanwha-Seorak Resort – Sokcho, Korea * or similar
    111, Misiryeong-ro 2983beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do

    Relax and refresh yourself with the breathtaking views that Hanwha-Seorak Resort has to offer. In addition to the view of Seoraksan Mountain and Donghae, the resort offers spa and golfing, where guests can relax and enjoy their trip. Some key amenities offered are: TV, Fridge, A/C, Laundry services, dryer, and kitchen facilities. 

    Check-In Time:      12:00pm (Peak season 3:00pm)
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm (Peak season 11:00am)

    Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

  • Sheraton Seoul Palace Hotel – Seoul, Korea * or similar
    160, Sapyeong-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

    As a hotel that is within the center of business and culture of Seoul, if offers easy access for those from traveling from abroad and around the country. It presents a spacious room for guests to relax and freshen up. Some convenient amenities include high-tech executive lounge, cable, Internet, TV, Fridge, A/C, laundry service, dryer, and a personal safe. To explore and dive into Korea's culture is easy at this hotel due to attractions such as Seorae Village, Itaewon ,and Garosu-gil. During the night time, guests can witness the beautiful view by Hangang River. 


    Check-In Time:      03:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/

  • Sheraton Miyako Hotel – Osaka, Japan * or similar
    6-1-55 Uehommachi, Tennoji-ku

    Set above Kintetsu Station and connected to a department store, this Tennoji-area hotel is 50 meters (50 yards) from a metro station and 1 km (less than a mile) from Shitenno-ji, one of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples.

    The hotel's top-floor restaurant serves up panoramic city views and buffets of up to 130 items for lunch, dinner, and dessert; 10 other restaurants and lounges are located throughout the hotel.

    Each of the 579 guestrooms is outfitted with cable TV, plus traditional touches such as deep soaking tubs, slippers, and complimentary green tea.

    Check In Time:      03:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website: www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/

  • New Hankyu Kyoto Hotel – Japan* or similar
    579 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shiokojidori, Shinmachi Higahi iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture

    Guest rooms were renovated in July 2015. It features the Kyokarakami paper and the unique pattern of Nishijin textile used for a kimono sash to produce the elegant atmosphere of the ancient city, Kyoto.

    Check in: 3:00pm
    Check out: 12:00pm

    Website: https://global.hankyu-hotel.com/new-hankyu-kyoto/

     

  • Tokyo Prince Hotel – Tokyo, Japan* or similar
    3 Chome-3-1 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-8560

    Enjoying views of the Tokyo Tower, which is just a 3 minute walk away, Tokyo Prince Hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, pampering spa treatments and an on-site shopping arcade. Air-conditioned rooms come furnished with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

    Tokyo Prince Hotel is a short one minute walk from Onarimon subway station. Daimon Station and JR Hamamatsucho Station are less than a 10 minute walk away. It is a 5 minute drive from Roppongi.

    Featuring large windows and modern decor, the spacious rooms all feature an electric teakettle and a personal safe. Private bathrooms come stocked with a hairdryer and toiletries.

    Guests can spend afternoons singing karaoke at Petrea Karaoke Room, or visit Yamano Beauty Wellness Trinity Spa for a massage. The hotel also provides car rentals, a flower shop and a convenience store.

    Restaurant Porto serves Western dishes, while Shimizu Japanese Restaurant offers sushi and hot tempura. Other dining options include Marronnier Chinese Restaurant and Garden Islands Beer Restaurant. Drinks are available at Windsor Main Bar and Pikake Tea Salon. 

    Minato is a great choice for travelers interested in cleanlinessfriendly locals and culture.

    Hotel Website - http://www.princehotels.com/tokyo/ 

  • Hotel Conditions
    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

    *All Hotels are subject to change until final confirmation

    *All rooms are based on standard Run of House and room type cannot be guaranteed

    *Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

    *For travelers with their own pre or post tour arrangements:
    In the event of any hotel changes, transportation to the confirmed hotel must be arranged on your own expense

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Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  “Land Only” rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destinations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee rate.  All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another or similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.  We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip.
No visa is required for U.S. passport holders

This package includes fast-paced tours featuring the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.

Email us at [email protected] for Air Rates

*All Hotels are subject to change until final confirmation

*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

* Escorted Group Tour by coach

*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide

*For travelers with their own pre or post tour arrangements:
  In the event of any hotel changes, transportation to the confirmed hotel must be arranged on your own expense.

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