11 DAYS KOREA-JAPAN TOUR

Code: KOJ11
11 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS
  • Dae-jang-Geum
  • Dae Jang Geum Theme Park
  • Namiseom
  • lake skywalk
  • Seoraksan National Park
  • Sinheungsa Temple
  • Jeongneung Royal Tomb
  • Gwangmyeong Cave
  • Demilitarized Zone
  • Imjingak Peace Park
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • National Folk Museum
  • Cheong Wa Dae
  • Shinsaibashi
  • Tōdai-ji
  • NARA PARK
  • NARA PARK 1
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Atsuta Shrine
  • Magome-juku
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Lake Kawaguchi
  • Heiwa Park
  • Two ladies in front of the Imperial Palace
  • Senso-ji
  • Nakamise-dori
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Kamakura
  • Shinto shrines 1
  • Shinto shrines 2
  • Red Brick Warehouse
  • Yamashita Park

From modern mega cities to ancient wonders, Eastern Asia has an incredible array of unique architecture, culture and history, waiting to be discovered. Explore the best of Eastern Asia on this itinerary, traveling between neighbor countries Japan and South Korea by discovering the beautiful and famous attractions of them. Filled with mesmerizing sights, fascinating history and enticing cultures, South Korea and Japan harmoniously blend their historical past with contemporary culture. Visit historical sites and palaces, experience unique cultures and shop at the shopping meccas of these Eastern Asian countries.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Incheon International Airport/Tokyo Haneda or Narita International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED

Accomodations Transportation
Professional guide Meals specified in itinerary
NOT INCLUDED

Airfare Guide gratuity
Entrance fees Meals not specified in itinerary

We cater to single travelers, couples, families and extended families with curated professional tour services. All of our tours and services are tailored to your specific needs. You get to chose how you want to travel and make arrangements on your terms. Each tour is carefully planned by our travel designers so that you have the best possible time while travelling. Your safety and comfort are the first priority. We provide only the best licensed English speaking guides. Let’s go with Vietnam Travel to explore the best of Korea-Japan tour package!

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Day 1: Seoul

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 the airport. The tour guide will assist you to take the bus to the hotel.

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Day 2: Seoul – Gangwon Do (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit The Dae Jang Geum Theme Park, a recreated historical village used as a set for the 2003 hit K-drama “Dae Jang Geum.” The park’s facilities and historical detail will have you feeling like you are traveling through time.

Then, head to Namiseom, a half-moon shaped island formed as a result of the Cheongpyeong Dam. The island’s beautiful scenery and perfect harmony of nature and culture allowed it to become the set of another hit K-drama, “The Winter Sonata”.

Next, you will visit the Lake Skywalk is an observatory facility set up to catch a stunning view of nature. Tempered glass is laid 7.5 meters above the river and the glass floor is on 4 centimeters thick, creating the illusion of walking on water.

Visit Seoraksan National Park which is listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a tentative World Heritage site and one of Korea’s most beautiful mountains. It is located in the relatively remote north-east of the country, the Seoraksan National Park covers an area of 400 km² and is known as the backbone of Korea, and offers a great deal of scenery with its mountains, cliffs and waterfalls. The mountains have multiple hiking courses, valleys, and cultural artifacts hidden in each valley, and are internationally renowned as a habitat for rare plants and animals. UNESCO designated the region in 1992 as a Biosphere Reserve.

Within your stop to Seoraksan, visit the Sinheungsa Temple which is the head temple of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism made around the mid-1st century. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high.

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Day 3: Gangwon do – Seoul (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit the Yeongneung Royal Tomb of King Sejong, the 4th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, and his wife, Queen Soheon. The tomb is the first joint royal tomb. King Sejong was the third son of the 3rd ruler, King Taejong, and his wife Queen Wongyeong. He came to the throne at the age of 22. During his 32-year reign, he was very influential in the development of Korean culture. For example, King Sejong created the Korean alphabet, which he called Hunmin Jeongeum, and set up the Hall of Worthies (Jiphyeonjeon, 집현전), an association of the kingdom’s brightest scholars. He also used Confucian principles to administer state affairs. Under the reign of King Sejong, therefore, many sectors including politics, economy, society and culture flourished. In fact, King Sejong the Great is regarded as making some of the most brilliant achievements in Korean history.

Then, head to the Gwangmyeong Cave, a huge theme cave park full of unique experiences. You can experience the winery, Aqua World, Gold Falls, a horror experience, underground lake, lighting exhibition and plenty of other fun things. Don’t forget the cave itself is another marvelous sight to discover.

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Day 4: Seoul (B/L/D) (optional)

After breakfast, you will visit The DMZ. (The Demilitarized Zone) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. It is established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The DMZ is a border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953. The DMZ is 250 kilometers (160 miles) long, and about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) wide. Within the DMZ is a meeting point between the two nations in the small Joint Security Area (JSA) near the western end of the zone, where negotiations take place. There have been various incidents in and around the DMZ, with military and civilian casualties on both sides.

Then, stop by Imjingak Peace Park, established in 1972 as a memorial of the Korean War and a symbolism of Korea’s wish for peace.

Next, explore Gyeongbokgung Palace which is inarguably one of Korea’s most fascinating palaces. Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the most iconic sights in all of Korea thanks to its long and storied history. Construction on Gyeongbokgung Palace was completed in 1395 at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty during the reign of King Taejo. Gyeongbokgung, which means “palace greatly blessed by Heaven,” was built in the heart of Seoul surrounded by Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan.

Within the visit, stop by the National Folk Museum that displays historical artifacts that illustrate the daily lives in the past. The museum has three main exhibition halls, with over 98,000 artifacts: History of Korean People features materials of everyday life in Korea from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910; Korean Way of Life, which illustrates Korean villagers in ancient times; and Life Cycle of the Koreans, which depicts the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture and how this ideology gave rise to most of the culture’s customs. The museum also features open-air exhibits, such as replicas of spirit posts where villagers used to pray, stone piles for worship, grinding mills, rice storage shelters and pits for kimchi pots.

After that, head to Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential residence also known as “the Blue House”. The Blue House is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea, and is located in the capital city of Seoul.

Then, enjoy shopping in the Korea Ginseng Corp. and The Shilla Duty Free Shop. After your tour, enjoy a Hallyu Show, then head back to your hotel.

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Day 5: Seoul – Osaka (B)

After breakfast, Vietnam Travel Centre staff will meet participants at the airport and assist in boarding a pre-reserved shuttle bus. You will be welcomed by our tour guide and driven to check in your hotel. Take a well-earned rest today as you enjoy great views of famous Tokyo and its traditional taste of foods.

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Day 6: Osaka – Nara – Kyoto (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will enjoy shopping in the Shinsaibashi which is bustling shopping district featuring a wide range of high-end tax-free shops with airport delivery.

Then, take a trip to Nara to visit the Todaiji, the world’s largest wooden structure It is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu.

On the way make a stop at a jewelry shop for some quick Japanese shopping and lunch time. Then, visit the Nara Park to have fun with deer in Nara Park. It is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Nara’s deer are surprisingly tame, although they can be aggressive if they think you will feed them. Deer crackers are for sale around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.

After, drive to Kyoto and visit Kiyomizu-dera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was founded in 778, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure.

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Day 7: Kyoto – Magome Juku – Shizouka (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit the Atsuta Jingu which is a Shinto shrine traditionally believed to have been established during the reign of Emperor Keikō located in Atsuta-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture in Japan. The shrine is familiarly known as Atsuta-Sama or simply as Miya. The shrine’s Bunkaden, or treasure hall, houses over 4,000 relics, which include 174 Important Cultural Properties and a dagger that is a designated National Treasure of Japan.

Then, you will head to the Magome Juku, which was the 43rd of the 69 stations of the Nakasendō, an ancient road that connected Kyoto and Edo during the Edo period. It was also the last of eleven stations along the Kisoji, which was the precursor to a part of the Nakasendō, running through the Kiso Valley.

Lastly, visit Ena-kyo valley to be amazed by nature and the formation of strange rocks on the cliff. Then, enjoy a Kaiseki Cuisine for dinner.

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Day 8: Shizouka – Tokyo (B/L)

Today, you will head to Mt. Fuji which is located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 meters (12,389 ft.). Fuji Mountain 5th Station, a perfect spot to view the stunning Fuji Mountain.

Next, you will visit Lake Kawaguchi which is located in the border Fujikawaguchiko and Minobu, southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and is located at the lowest elevation.

Last, you come to Heiwa Park which is a public park is located in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya in central Japan and a Japanese ornamental garden full of horticultural flowers. The spacious park on the eastern side of the city has an area of around 150 hectares. It is dedicated to peace.

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Day 9: Tokyo (B/L)

After breakfast, you first head to the Imperial Palace of Tokyo – the residence of the royal family – and visit the “double bridge” (Nijubashi) over the moat. The bridge is a symbol of the Palace.

Then you proceed to Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. The Nakamise-dori is a street on the approach to the temple, which housing many traditional shops for souvenirs, supported by human kindness and stores unique to the downtown as well as the picture scrolls of Asakusa.

Lastly, you will visit Meiji Shrine was built in dedication to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The original shrine was destroyed during World War II; the current one was re-built in 1958. This area is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees of 365 different species, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established.

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Day 10: Tokyo – Kamakura – Yokohama – Tokyo (B) (optional)

Explore two of Japan’s most captivating cities on a full-day Kamakura and Yokohama trip from Tokyo. After being picked up from your Tokyo hotel, travel southwest by coach to Kamakura which is a seaside Japanese city just south of Tokyo. The political center of medieval Japan, modern-day Kamakura is a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. Its most recognizable landmark is the Kotoku-in Temple’s Great Buddha, a roughly 13m-high bronze statue still standing after a 15th-century tsunami. Yuigahama Beach on Sagami Bay is a popular surfing spot.

You will visit Shinto shrine (jinja, archaic: shinsha, meaning: “place of the god(s)”) is a structure whose main purpose is to house (“enshrine”) one or more kami. Its most important building is used for the safekeeping of sacred objects, and not for worship.

Next, you will continue to Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city to see the Red Brick Warehouse, where early-20th century custom buildings now house stylish shops and a historical building that is used as a complex that includes a shopping mall, banquet hall, and event venues.

Then, you will stroll down waterside of the  Yamashita Park which is a public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama’s waterfront. The park is about a hundred meters wide, and consists mostly of open green space. It was constructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

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Day 11: Tokyo (B)

After breakfast, tour guide will assist you with taking the airport shuttle (On Own Expense) to airport for your flight back home.

Finish the fantastic tour.

 

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