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Add:150 Colborne, Unit A3 

  Brantford, ON N3T  2G6  Canada


15-day Japan & Korea


Day 1:Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be met and escorted to the airport bus for transfer to the Keio Plaza Hotel.

Day 2:Tokyo (B/L)
A full day tour introduces you to some of the intriguing sights of this fascinating metropolis. Starting with the iconic Tokyo Tower, you marvel at skyscraper views of Japan's capital city. Explore beautiful Meiji Shrine and Imperial Palace East Gardens (or plaza). Visit the Hama-rikyu Garden before cruise along the Sumida River to Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest and most popular temple in the city with a harmonious melding of design and spirituality. Return to your hotel late afternoon.
Day 3:Tokyo (B)
Full day is free at your leisure or take optional tours.
Day 4:Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (B/L)
Travel to picturesque Hakone and drive up to Mt. Fuji, where you will enjoy a panoramic vistas of Mt. Fuji with its perfect, snow-capped conical shape. Continue your sightseeing in Hakone area including a boat cruise on peaceful Lake Ashinoko. Overnight at Yomoto Fujiya Hotel or Hakone Hotel Kowakien nested in forested mountains. Enjoy "Onsen" - an outdoor dip in a hot spring.
Day 5:Hakone - Takayama (B)
Travel by bullet train to beguiling Takayama, a treasure chest of Japanese architecture and traditions. Discover this fascinating town's myriad of narrow streets, shrines and sake stalls. See the Yatai Kaikan Hall, Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum and historic wooden houses in Kami Sannomachi Street of Japan's most atmospheric towns. Overnight at Hida Hotel Plaza.
Day 6:Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa (B)
Wander the morning market and soak up the atmosphere of the old town followed by a drive through Lake Miboro. This after-noon, travel by vehicle to Shirakawago and visit Gassho-Zukuri - large thatch roof dwellings, a unique architectural style which is a UNESCO World Heritage. Then move on to Kanazawa and stay at Rihga Royal Hotel.
Day 7:Kanazawa - Kyoto (B)
A former castle town and samurai headquarters, Kanazawa is also home to one of Japan's most famous gardens – Kenrokuen. You will explore the garden and visit Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln, Higashi geisha district and the interesting old Samurai Residence. Travel by train to Kyoto and stay at Rihga Royal Hotel.
Day 8:Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto (B/L)
Morning sightseeing includes visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle noted for its gorgeous interiors and Kyoto Imperial Palace (On Sat, Sun & national holidays: visit Higashi Honganji Temple instead). Lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre. After lunch, continue to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple that houses a great image of Buddha and the colorful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns.
Day 9:Kyoto - Busan (B)
Transfer by Airport Limousine to Osaka Airport (either Kansai or Itami) for your onward flight. For passengers continuing to Korea, take a short flight to Busan.
Day 10:Busan (B)
Busan is the second largest city and the principal port of Korea with a myriad of sea routes offering gateways to Japan and to the rest of the world. Half day city tour of Busan includes visits to the Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fishery Market which represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. Continue to visit the Nampodong Shopping Street, UN Cemetery, Busan Municipal Museum and the Busan Haeundae Beach.
Day 11:Busan - Gyeongju (B)
Transferred to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla Kingdom for almost a thousand years. Known as a museum without walls, the Gyeongju Historical District has been designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit Gyeongju National Museum, Anapji Pond, Tumuli Park, Cheomseongdae, an astronomical observa-tory. Stay at the Gyeongju Kolon Hotel.
Day 12:Gyeongju - Golgulsa Temple Stay (B/D)
Visit Bulguksa Temple - a master piece built during the glorious period of Silla Kingdom and its architectural design constrained dignity and peaceful harmony and still remains as one of the most remarkable achievements of the ancient Far East while Seokguram Grotto remains as one of the Asia's finest Buddhist shrines. These monuments capture the essence of Korean history and Buddhist culture and remain a source of intense pride for Koreans everywhere. Afterwards, transfer to the Golgulsa Temple for a temple stay experience. Enjoy a vegetarian dinner followed by an orientation. Overnight at Golgulsa Temple.
Day 13:Golgulsa Temple - Seoul (B/L)
Join the morning chanting and meditation before breakfast. Watch and learn Sunmudo - Monks' Martial Art followed by tea time and lunch. In the afternoon, join more meditation or archery and do some community work before departure for Seoul and on arrival, stay at the IP Boutique Hotel.
Day 14:Seoul (B)
Enjoy a tour of Seoul's most famous landmarks today. After driving around Blue House - the presidential residence of Korea, visit the beautifully ornate Gyeongbokgung Palace which served as the main palace of Joseon Dynasty. Proceed to National Folk Museum, which provides a fascinating insight of Korean culture and history. Visit Jogyesa Temple and adjacent Insadong, an alley lined with art galleries, shops of antique, handicrafts. Make a final stop at Seoul Tower a spectacular view of the city.
Day 15 Seoul - Onward flight (B)
Transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.
Departure & Tour Cost (Min 2 pax)

Departure CUR Price
Every Sun & Tue (Jan, Feb, Dec 2012) / Every Sun, Tue & Thu (Mar - Nov, 2012) CAD $5550
USD $5690