13 DAYS TAIWAN-JAPAN TOUR

Code: TAJ13
13 DAYS - 12 NIGHTS
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  • National Palace Museum
  • National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine
  • Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area
  • Ali-Mountain Eternity Suspension Bridge
  • Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
  • Chengcing Lake Scenic Area
  • Duo Liang Train Station
  • Chii Lih Museum
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  • National Taroko Park
  • Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum
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  • Yehliu Geopark
  • Longshan Temple
  • Taipei 101
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  • Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
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  • Two ladies in front of the Imperial Palace
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Senso-ji
  • Nakamise-dori
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Oshino Hakkai
  • Shizuoka Peace Park
  • Atsuta Shrine
  • Magome-juku
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Tōdai-ji

Taiwan is an old country with deep roots, high hopes, diverse influences, and a fresh modern face. This island nation offers a wealth of travel experiences that even well-seasoned travelers may not realize. Japan is irresistible all over the world with the ancient and modern are in such harmony that futuristic trains buzz by kimono-clad ladies, temples stand in the shadows of neon lights, stunning castles, mountain skyscrapers and major streets bustle with activity.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Taoyuan International Airport/Osaka 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 Taiwan-Japan tour package!

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Day 1: Taoyuan 

Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Taoyuan means “peach garden” in Chinese, since the area used to have many peach trees. The city is home to many industrial parks and tech company headquarters. You will have rest of the day at your leisure.

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Day 2: Taoyuan – Taipei – Nantou (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit the National Palace Museum. With collections of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, it is also called “The Treasury of Chinese Culture” and has become one of the most popular museums in the world.

Then, you proceed to National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine. This building was designed based on the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing Forbidden City. The changing ceremony of the honor guard will take place hourly here so visitors can watch the military show of the Republic of China.

After lunch, you will head to Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area, which is one of the top 8 attractions in Taiwan. Surrounding a tiny island called Lalu, the Sun Moon Lake is shaped as a Sun at the north side and shaped as a moon at the south side; hence the name Sun Moon Lake. In addition, it is home to the Thao tribe, one of the aboriginals in Taiwan so we will experience the local cuisine, the Feast of Puli Shao- Xing, during dinner.

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Day 3: Nantou – Chiayi – Kaohsiung (B/L)

After breakfast, we will head to Ali-Mountain Eternity Suspension Bridge. It is believed that a couple ca stay together forever after passing through the bridge together. Ali-Mountain is one of the most appropriate places to grow tea in Taiwan, so we will stop by the tea shop.

Then you will proceed visit Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Kaohsiung. This is a Mahayana Buddhist cultural, religious and educational museum with both traditional and modern architectural features. Here you will find a huge golden statue of Buddha Amitabha, which show this place is the Buddhist center of South Taiwan.

Last, you will visit the diamond center in Kaohsiung city and experience the local food at after night market at night.

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Day 4: Kaohsiung – Taitung (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit the pearl center and head to Chengcing Lake Scenic Area. With good natural conditions, it is not only surrounded by trees and flowers but also a peaceful atmosphere.

At noon, you will have lunch at Din Tai Fung, which has been selected within the “Top 10 Restaurants in the World” by the New York Times and has won the Michelin Star Restaurant five times. Guests can experience a classic taste of Taiwan.

After lunch, you can enjoy watching the beautiful ocean around Taiwan long the South-Link Highway. Even more, you will stop by the Duo Liang Train Station to overlook both the view of Pacific Ocean and passing train.

At the end of the day, you will experience the Hot Spring at Chihpen, eastern Taiwan. The hot spring here, which is different from most, is colorless and odorless. With good qualities, it is referred as the “Beauty of Love”. (Swimming suit and cap must be prepared on your own.)

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Day 5: Taitung – Hualien (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit the Chii Lih Museum was established in 2013, with an aim to help people knows more about gemstone coral. In Chinese history, a coral represents an honorable status and symbolizes happiness and eternity. The museum displays different seascapes with a variety of coral gemstones and exhibits many works created by internationally renowned masters. Among them is the world’s largest red coral. It was harvested in 1985 from Taiwan’s offshore waters and then purchased by a Japanese buyer.

Then, you will proceed to Mr. Brown Avenue, which is Taiwan’s nature heaven. A scenic cycling and walking route in northern Taitung County nearby Chishang Township, Mr. Brown Avenue is a road running through golden rice fields with a beautiful picturesque settings. Described as a “green road of paradise”, this long open road is a favourite for cyclists and visitors wanting to ride comfortably through peaceful fields with a beautiful mountain view. Along route 197 and surrounding area are the shops where visitors can rent bicycles and other equipment to explore this area. The road was first made by Takeshi Kaneshiro in a series of advertisements for Mr. Brown Co.

The lunch will be the famous Chishang lunch box.

After lunch, you will visit National Taroko Park. It is famous of its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. It’s a ropy series of switchbacks and hairpin bends, tunnels, overhangs and jagged drops that come in thrilling succession. The park’s main attractions can be reached via precarious bridges, tunnels and narrow twisting trails. Eternal Spring Shrine, perched on a hill, is a majestic monastery built to commemorate the 226 workers who were killed building the Central Cross-Island Highway. A bell tower and a sacred cave devoted to Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, can be found at the back of the temple.(If the roads are blocked due to typhoons or heavy rain, the attraction will be rescheduled into Qixingtan Beach.)

Lastly, you will visit the Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum, where a series of marble structures are exhibited. It is located inside Hualien Cultural Park with expansive views. The park has a spacious recreational grassy area, library, performance hall, cultural relic hall as well as various green parks, bicycle trails, tourist hotels and restaurants serving fine food on its periphery. It is a great place to enjoy Hualien’s leisurely pace of life. The stone sculpture museum is close to the city center; everything needed for living is within easy reach and public transport is convenient. Why not take a short Hualien cultural trip and soak up the beauty of art on Taiwan’s Pacific east coast at your leisure.

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Day 6: Hualien – Taipei (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will head to an aboriginal shop and then take a train to Su’ao. This Train Journey not only avoids the dangerous Suhua Highway but also gives you a special experience in enjoying Taiwan.

After arriving in Su’ao, you are going to take a transit bus to Yehliu Geopark. Yehliu is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan. It’s known for Yehliu Geopark, a landscape of honeycomb and mushroom rocks eroded by the sea. Well-known formations named for their shapes include the Queen’s Head and Dragon’s Head. The park is also home to birds such as ospreys and little egrets. In the village of Yehliu, the elaborate, 19th-century Baoan Temple was built using materials from an abandoned boat. Yehliu Geopark is the place where you can learn the development process of a mushroom rock and witness the appearance of a ginger rock, cleavage, pothole, melting erosion panel, etc. At the end of the day, visit the souvenir shop.

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Day 7: Taipei (B/L)

After breakfast, you will visit Longshan Temple, which is one of the most famous temples in Taiwan. It displays not only the beauty of traditional temples but also the value of traditional art.

After that, you will proceed to Liberty Square, originally called C.K.S. memorial hall. This archway is established in memory of Mr. Chiang Kai-shek, the earlier president of Taiwan. You can learn the history of Taiwan heading to the Presidential Office.

You will proceed to Taipei 101 which is ranked as the Top 9 tallest financial building in the world; in addition, it is also a famous green building.

Then, you will move on to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall which is a memorial to the Republic of China’s National Father. It also has a multi-purpose social, educational and cultural center for the public. At the end of the day, visit one of the most famous night markets in the world.

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Day 8: Taipei – Tokyo (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 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.

Afterwards you go to the Tokyo Skytree. With a height of 634 metres, it is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida.

Then you proceed to Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. The Nakamise-dori is a street on the approach to the temple, which housing many traditional shops for souvenirs.

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 – Shizouka (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you 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.

Then you will visit Oshino Hakkai, a touristy set of eight ponds in Oshino on the site of a former sixth lake that dried out several hundred years ago. The eight ponds are fed by snow melt from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji that filters down the mountain through porous layers of lava for over 80 years, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals.

Next, you will visit Lake Kawaguchi before going to Shizuoka Peace Park – which commands a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji and houses the chalky stupa. The stupa, the symbol of the park, keeps the Buddha’s ashes presented by late Indian Prime Minister Nehru. 4 golden images of Buddha are also housed.

Tonight we either enjoy the famous Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, or King crab buffet. Enjoy all facilities in the hotel and all kinds of hot spring spa.

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Day 11: Shizouka – Kyoto (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you head to Atsuta Shrine 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 proceed to 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.

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Day 12: Kyoto – Osaka (B/L)

After breakfast, you shall go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kiyomizu-dera. 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.

Enjoy lunch before going to Tōdai-ji in Nara. Tōdai-ji 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.

Afterward we shall spend some times for shopping at the duty free and Shinsaibashi, and enjoy all kind of delicious cuisines in the nearby Dotonbori at your own expense.

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Day 13: Osaka (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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