KOREA WITH JAPAN

KOREA WITH JAPAN
Price starting at 275999

Overview

A surprising nation in many senses, South Korea is a joy to explore for travellers with a keen interest in both ancient and modern history, culture and cuisine. With ten World Heritage Sites and a climate that creates beautiful colours in the spring and autumn, the country has many similarities with its neighbour, Japan.

Seoul is the capital of Korea and 
It takes about 7.5 hours to reach Seoul from New Delhi by a direct flight.   It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. It is a world-class city with numerous amenities and shopping districts. Seoul is also a heaven for passionate foodies and a shopping paradise. 

South Korea has four distinct seasons: 1. Spring, which is a great time of year to be in Korea. The many hills in Korea come alive with soft pink cherry blossoms, 2. Summer, which starts with a dreary rainy season in June and turns into a steambath in July-August, with extreme humidity and the temperature heading as high as 35C (95F). 3. Autumn, starting in September, is perhaps the best time to be in Korea 4. Winter, which is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping. However, January and February can be bone-biting cold due to Siberian winds from the north. Snow is fairly common.


Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. It has 21 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara.

The Japanese are proud of their four seasons but the tourist with a flexible travel schedule should aim for spring or autumn.

Spring is one of the best times of year to be in Japan. The temperatures are warm but not hot, there's not too much rain, and March-April brings the justly famous cherry blossoms (sakura) and is a time of revelry and festivals.
Summer starts with a dreary rainy season in June and turns into a steambath in July-August, with extreme humidity and the temperature heading as high as 35C.
Autumn, starting in September, is also an excellent time to be in Japan. Temperatures and humidity become more tolerable, fair days are common and fall colors can be just as impressive as cherry blossoms. However, in early autumn typhoons often hit the southern parts of Japan and bring everything to a standstill.
Winter is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping, but as some buildings lack central heating, it's often miserably cold indoors. 

Japan's unique culture and startling contrasts make it a captivating holiday destination. From the modern, high-tech capital of Tokyo, with its futuristic neon-lit streets, Michelin-starred restaurants and quirky pop culture, to the timeless traditions, evocative geisha districts and beautiful temple gardens of the ancient imperial city of Kyoto; the tranquil beauty of the Japanese Alps and the haunting history of Hiroshima, this rich country offers an abundance of vibrant cities, cultural treasures and natural beauty.



Day 1

Seoul Arrival + Han River Evening Cruise and Gwangjang Night Market Tour

Arrive Incheon Airport and transfer to your hotel in a shared coach. Check in to your hotel. Later in the evening we would take you to enjoy Han River Evening Cruise and Gwangjang Night Market Tour (4 hours approx.) After hotel pickup in the early evening, travel by coach to the dock for your first activity, a 1-hour cruise on the Han River. Board the large ferry and hear informative commentary from your guide as you watch the city light up for the evening. See landmarks like Jeoldusan Park, the 63 City Building, N Seoul Tower and the Seoul Olympic Stadium (Jamsil Sports Complex), built for the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 10th Asian Games. As your boat passes under some of the city’s 27 bridges, note how some of them glow with colorful light displays designed by artists. Once you have seen the city from the river, disembark the ferry and head with your guide to Gwangjang Market, one of Korea’s largest traditional markets. For more than 100 years, locals have shopped at Gwangjang for housewares, clothing and hanbok (traditional Korean dress), but the market is best known for its mouthwatering array of freshly prepared dishes made by food vendors on the first floor. Follow your guide inside, walking under the market's arched glass roof and along lanes lined with food stalls. Watch the action as chefs cook up sizzling snacks in open-air kitchens, and take a seat at the counter of a favorite vendor to try bindaetteok — a thick pancake made of mung bean batter with meats and vegetables, then dipped in soy sauce seasoned with green onion and pepper. Savor the pancake with a glass of makgeolli (rice wine) for a classic Korean street food combo at your own cost. After your snack, you have some time to check out other parts of the market before re-boarding your coach for hotel drop-off. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul.

Day 2

Seoul - Full Day Seoul City Tour - Old & New

Your tour of Seoul begins with hotel pickup in a shared coach and then you will head to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the northern part of Seoul. After it burned and was abandoned for almost three centuries, it was reconstructed in 1867. It is the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Afterwards, we'll proceed to the National Folk Museum, which is located inside the palace. The museum presents over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of the local people. Afterwards, we will head to N Seoul Tower which sits atop Namsan Mountain. The letter "N" stands for the tower's "new look" since it was remodeled in December of 2005. Ride the elevator up to the observation deck, a major attraction that opened to the public in 1980. You’ll have about an hour to take in the 360-degree views of Seoul and the surrounding area from the 774-foot-high (236-meter) tower, which includes an outdoor terrace. The tower, standing at 236.7 meters, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Seoul and its surrounding areas. You can enjoy a budget food court at the ground floor or try Western cuisine at the revolving N Grill Restaurant on your own. We will then continue to the traditional village of Namsan Hanok Village where you'll see five restored Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule among others. Take a leisurely stroll around the area and see antique items and furniture. After that we will go to Tongin market. Tongin Market dates back to June 1941 when it was a public market set up for Japanese residents near the Hyoja-dong neighborhood when Korea was still under Japanese rule. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul. Next, we will visit Seoul Trick Eye Museum. The name Trick Eye comes from the shortened form of the term Trick of the eye and refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into Three-dimensional images. Through the use of optical illusions, three-dimensional paintings on the surfaces of the museum walls, floors and ceilings come alive. The museum offers various themed galleries where visitors are invited to take part and are more than welcome to explore with their eyes, hands and cameras too. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul. Note: Gyeongbokgung Palace & Namsan Traditional Village are closed on Tuesday, in which case you'll visit other places instead.

Day 3

Full day Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Today after a hotel pickup in a shared coach, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the world’s most protected border, dividing North and South Korea since the Korean War. Visit Imjingak Pavilion to see the artillery that was used during the Korean War. Walk to the Freedom Bridge and learn about the nearly 13,000 POWs/soldiers who crossed it on their path to freedom in South Korea. See the Third Infiltration Tunnel, one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea. At the DMZ Museum, take a look at the photographs and war artifacts on display. Then head to the Dora Observatory to look across the DMZ into North Korea and learn about life on the other side. After a stop at the restored Dorasan Station, the railway station that once connected North and South Korea, proceed to the Unification Village to see what life is like in this small farming community. Later visit Paju Premium Outlet, a luxury shopping complex in Paju to the northwest of Seoul. This three-storey building is home to 220 outlet stores, with a mixture of international and designer brand names, plus local retailers. The complex is known for its discounted products, with everything from designer clothing and accessories to homeware and gifts offered at a reduced cost – sometimes with up to 70% off the usual retail price. Here, you can find individual brand stores such as Lacoste, Calvin Klein, CP, Theory, Stone Island, Wacoal, Venus, and many more that offers luxury items like luxurious leather and bags, designer fashion, sportswear & shoes. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul.

Day 4

Seoul Departure and Tokyo Arrival

Morning after breakfast check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport (Incheon or Gimpo) to take onward flight to Tokyo. Arrive in Japan – The Land of Rising Sun. Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, receive the warm welcome. Transfer to the hotel on seat in coach basis and Check in to your Hotel. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. A heaving city of dizzying dimensions and flashing neon lights where gleaming skyscrapers tower over a swirling sea of people but tranquil gardens and serene temples lie just around the corner, Tokyo launches an exhilarating assault on the senses. Technology stores spill over with the latest gadgets and Harajuku girls parade the latest eye-catching fashions, yet the city’s roots are firmly placed in history with ancient shrines and the world’s oldest continuous hereditary monarchy. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tokyo.

Day 5

Full Day Tokyo City Tour

Breakfast at hotel & after breakfast proceed for full day Tokyo city tour. (07:30 – 08:30) Gather at designated locations to board the bus bound for Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. The tour proceed from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal, Visit -Tokyo Tower (Climb to the main observatory 150m (476ft) high for a panoramic view from Japan's second tallest structure) and then visit Happo-en Gardens. Later enjoy Japanese style (Veg/Non-Veg) lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch proceed to Imperial Palace Plaza, Niju-bashi Bridge, Sumida River Cruise, Asakusa Kannon & Shopping at Nakamise, Ginza (drive-by). Later drop at Tokyo station Marunouchi South Exit 17:00 – 17:10. 2nd Drop at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal 17:30 – 17:30, Head to Hotel on your own. The Tokyo Tower- With 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power, and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. Happo-en Gardens &Tea ceremony - View nature from every angle at the garden of eight views, which has carefully preserved the beautiful Edo ambience throughout the centuries and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Imperial Palace Plaza - The current Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. We will have access to East Garden Only. Sumida River Cruise-Pass beneath a total of 12 bridges on the journey down the historically significant Sumida River, starting at Hinode Pier and ending at Azumabashi on Tokyo Bay. Asakusa Sight Seeing - Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple. Nakamise Shopping Street- The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. It is lined by more than 50 shops, which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. Ginza (Drive by)- Drive through Tokyo's most uptown, classy, and luxurious shopping district, filled with towering department stores and a vast variety of brand name shops. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tokyo.

Day 6

Tokyo Tea Ceremony & Shopping

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast, proceed to enjoy the Tea Ceremony Experience with English speaking guide in Tokyo. Your pick up will be from a designated point where you would have to reach on your own. Around 08:50 am-09:00 am head to Tokyo City i on the 1st basement floor of the Kitte building, outside Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit & 09:30 Enjoy the tea ceremony at Koomon Tea house for 90 min. 11:00 tour ends. Lunch your own. Day free for shopping & relaxing. Come back to the hotel on your own and overnight stay at the hotel in Tokyo.

Day 7

Tokyo – Mt. Fuji- Lake Ashi

Enjoy a yummy breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast check out and proceed for Mt. Fuji & Hakone, 07:30-08:30 Gather at designated hotels in Tokyo. 9:00 Depart from Hamamatsu Cho Bus Terminal & Head to Mt Fuji by Bus. Upon arrival to Mt. Fuji (Subject to Weather Conditions) start with Fuji Visitor Center, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and Lake Ashi Cruise. (Lunch – Enjoy Japanese Style (Veg/Non-veg). After lunch enjoy Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. Depart Hakone (Depart from Hakone to Odawara by bus and 17:00-19:30 Tour disband at Odawara Station) from where have to reach hotel on your own. Upon arrival Check in hotel. Dinner at your Own & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Hakone. Hakone- Hakone is part of Shizouka Prefecture, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo. Mt. Fuji 5th Station- Mount Fuji (Fujisan) is with 3776 meters Japan's highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people. Lake Ashi Cruise- Lake Ashi or Hakone Lake, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji and its numerous hot springs. A number of pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers. Mt. Komagatake Ropeway- The Central Alps Komagatake Ropeway, which opened in 1967 as Japan’ s first mountain ropeway line, runs up to the Senjojiki Cirque directly below Mt. Hokendake. Chuo Alps Kanko celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. From the top of Mt. Komagatake (elevation: 2956 m, 9698 f t.), the main peak of the Central Alps, you have access to exquisite views of not only Mt. Fuji but also of the Southern Alps, Mt. Ontake, Mt. Norikura, and the Northern Alps. The area is also famous for being home to a treasure trove of different rare alpine flowers and other alpine plants. Take a ride on the Central Alps Komagatake Ropeway and enjoy experiencing one of the greatest expanses of natural scenery in Japan. Onsen at the hotel. An onsen is a Japanese hot spring and the bathing facilities and inns frequently situated around them. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsens scattered throughout all of its major islands. Onsens were traditionally used as public bathing places and today play a central role in Japanese domestic tourism. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hakone.

Day 8

Hakone to Kyoto

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, check-out at around 09:00 am & come to Odawara station by own. Proceed to Kyoto by bullet train (2:15hrs journey). After your arrival walk and check in to hotel Kyoto. Evening Proceed for Kyoto Night Tour. 17:00 – 17:30 Depart from hotel & Visit Gion Corner, Gion Historical Preservation District, Tea Ceremony and Dinner at Yoshi-ima Ryokan (70 min), this tour disband at listed hotels in Kyoto. Kyoto-Formerly known as Meaco, is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. One historical nickname for the city is the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Gion Corner-Gion Corner is a place where you can take in seven kinds of performing arts, most notably kyo-mai dance performed by maiko dancers. Here you can see Japan's traditional performing arts in 'digest' form all on one stage. Located in Yasaka Hall next to the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, the spot has a very international flavor, as it is popular with Japanese and foreign tourists. Gion Historical Preservation District Take a stroll around the Gion Historical Preservation District while heading to the Yoshi-ima Ryokan from Gion Corner. Enjoy exploring the narrow streets with many old ochayas (Japanese-style teahouse providing meals and performances of maiko girls and geiko women). Yoshi Ima Inn - "Yoshi-Ima" is one of the traditional Japanese style Inn (government registered international tourist hotels) located in a very central part of the city of Kyoto. This place has a history started from 1747 and now exists as a Japanese style inn. It is a fine artistic wooden structure and facing the historical preserved district in “Gion” area where many of them were high-ranked teahouses in former days. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kyoto.

Day 9

Kyoto – Kimono Wearing Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, at around 10:00 am head to Saganokan Shijo Main Store. Upon arrival select Kimono & get dressed for 30min, Commemorative Photo Shoot (30min), 11:30 Sightseeing in Kimono & back to Saganokan Shijo Store at 17:00. Return to hotel by own & Overnight at Kyoto. Kimono - The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. The word "kimono", which actually means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"),[2] has come to denote these full-length robes. The kimono is always used in important festival or formal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kyoto.

Day 10

Full Day Kyoto & Nara Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, leave for full day excursion to Kyoto & Nara. 08:15 Depart from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit by bus. Visit Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Enjoy – Japanese Style (Veg/Non-Veg). After lunch proceed for Nara by bus, Visit – Todaiji temple, Nara deer Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine & Nara Nagomikan. 18:30 – 19:30 Return to Kyoto station, head to hotel on your own. Dinner at your own. Nijo Castle- A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Kinkaku-ji Temple - World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake. Kyoto Imperial Palace- Rich in tradition, Kyoto Imperial Palace preserves the look and ambiance of the Palace as it had been in the time of Japan's ancient imperial dynasties. The current Palace was rebuilt in 1855 and comprises several structures--including the Shisinden, the Seiryoden, the Kogosyo, the Ogakumonjyo, and the Otsunegoten--that reflect the architectural styles of various periods. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine- This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons. Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple- This is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold. Kasuga Taisha Shrine- This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers. Nara Nagomikan- The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kyoto.

Day 11

Kyoto Departure

Today our trip ends. Post breakfast at the hotel at around 10:00 am, check-out from the hotel and board shared coach for transfer to Kansai (KIX) airport to take your flight back to home. Bring sweet memories home. We wish to serve you again.

Date & Price

Select Hotel Category

Holiday Price

Room Type Total Price(INR) Validity
Adult on Twin/Double Sharing basis 275999.00 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

Accommodation

City Name Hotel Name
SEOUL Sotetsu The Splaisir Seoul Myeongdong or similar
TOKYO Courtyard By Marrriott Tokyo Ginza or similar
KYOTO New Miyako Hotel or similar
Note : Hotels are subject to change due to availability reasons, and may be substituted with others of similar category and star rating.

Inclusions

  • 3 Nights stay at Seoul with Breakfast in a good 4-star hotel
  • 03 Night Stay at Tokyo with Breakfast in a 4-star hotel
  • 01 Night Stay at Hakone with Breakfast in a 4-star hotel
  • 03 Night Stay at Kyoto with Breakfast in a 4-star hotel
  • Airfare from Delhi to Seoul in economy class
  • Airfare from Seoul to Tokyo in economy class
  • Airfare from Osaka to Delhi in economy class
  • Airport return transfers on Seat in Coach Basis
  • Evening 4 hours Han River Cruise and Gwangjang Night Market Tour
  • Full day Full Day Seoul City Tour - Old & New
  • Full day Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour
  • Full Day Tokyo City tour with Japanese lunch
  • Tea Ceremony experience in Tokyo
  • Mt Fuji Hakone tour with Japanese lunch (Start from Tokyo & disband at Odawara station)
  • Hi-Speed ride in Nozomi Shinkansen from Odawara to Kyoto
  • Kyoto Gion Night Tour
  • Kimono Wearing tour
  • Full day Excursion Kyoto & Nara with Japanese lunch
  • All Tour and transfers are based on Seat in Coach basis

Exclusions

  • Any service not mentioned under Inclusions
  • GST
  • In Japan -Station to Hotel transfer & Vice versa
  • Local transfer to pick up point for SIC tours
  • Expense of Personal nature like - tipping, laundry & telephone calls, beverages.
  • Porter at the airport and hotel
  • Visa & Insurance

Cancellation Charges

No of days prior to departure Charges Applied On
0-7 Days 100 % Package price per person
8-14 Days 75 % Package price per person
15-29 Days 50 % Package price per person
30-45 Days 25 % Package price per person

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