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Autumn Leaves – Japan & Korea

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15 Days
Availability : Oct 29 - Nov 12, 2018
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
Seoul
Tour Details
Tokyo – Nikko – Mt. Fuji – Nagoya – ISE – Nara – Kyoto
Kobe – Osaka – Namiseo Island – Seoraksan National Park – Seoul

Tour:  Oct 29  –  Nov 12, 2018      Tour Price: $4,395  + Tax

 

Special Highlights

  • Japan: Colorful leaves (Kyoto) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous koyo spots both in the mountains and in the cities. During the autumn season in Japan, the leaves of the maple trees and ginkgo trees turn red and yellow in concert presenting you with beautiful scenery at every turn. Joining this tour, you can take a walk down historical streets and enjoy the autumn colors, and in some places you can take in a panoramic autumn view while soaking in a hot spring. There are many ways to enjoy the autumn leaves
  • Korea: Once the rains have passed, South Korea is bathed in the most stunning shades of orange and red as the autumn leaves start to bloom. With mild temperatures, low rainfall and a wealth of unadulterated natural beauty, autumn (September to November) is a close rival to spring with regards to being the best period to visit South Korea. Autumn is also a season of beautiful falling leaves. Ginkgo trees and maple trees throughout Korea change their hues to yellow and crimson. Mountains and famous autumn foliage spots around Seoul are bustling with people during this time of the year. Autumn is also the season of bountiful harvest, with rice, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, and jujubes ripening all around the capital. Known for its beautiful scenery all year round, Seoraksan National Park is the starting point of fall foliage in Korea. Located in the northeast of Korea, the park spreads across Gangwon Province. By the end of October,  the foliage will reach its peak in the park, boasting magnificent views of the mountains with the hiking routes blanketed in a canvas of yellow, reddish-gold and orange

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

     

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip economy tickets: LAX – Seoul & Osaka – LAX
  • Fly with Airbus A380
  • 4-5 star hotels or Ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) with dual-occupancy rooms. A surcharge of $1,290 is added to single rooms
  • Deluxe coach between cities
  • Daily meals (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner) as shown in the itinerary
  • International travel insurance
  • Experience the signature Kobe beef
  • Visit Asakusa and Sensō-ji temple
  • Visit Kegon Waterfall and Chuzenji Lake in Nikko
  • Visit the monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha in Kamakura city
  • Bathe in onsens (thermal hot springs) in the Mt. Fuji area
  • Visit Camp 2-5 on Mt. Fuji (depending on weather conditions)
  • Visit the Ninja Museum and watch a Ninja performance
  • Enjoy a special treat with Kobe beef
  • Visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Deer Park in Nara
  • Visit Ise Grand Shrine
  • Visit The Wedded Rocks in Ise
  • Visit Mikimoto Pear Island, where you’ll be watching women divers demonstrate the traditional method of diving for pearls
  • Entrance ticket to Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto
  • Visit The Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
  • Watch a Kimono performance in Kyoto
  • Visit the outside of Osaka Castle and take souvenir photos
  • Go shopping in the busy Namba & Shinshibashi district in Osaka
  • Visit the Samurai village Magome-juku
  • Visit Nami Island, the filming location of the Korean drama “Winter Sonata”
  • Visit Seoraksan National Park, covered with a rich palette of red, orange and yellow
  • Professional English, Japanese and Vietnamese speaking tour guides

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300/per person is required 
  • Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure
  • Tour fare not include: Gratuity to drivers & tour guides, Porterage at hotels & Personal expense 
  • Tour participants are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months before the return date. It is
  • the responsibility of the tour participants to submit a valid and proper travel documents
  • Non U.S. citizens should check with AV Travel for visa requirements
Itinerary

Day 01

Check in at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Depart for Seoul, Korea on a non-stop flight on an Airbus A380. An AV Travel tour leader will assist and escort travelers throughout the trip.

Day 02

Fly across the Pacific.

Day 03

Arrive in Seoul in the early morning. Depart for Nami (or Namiseom) Island. If you have heard or seen the famous Korean drama “Winter Sonata”, you’ll already be familiar with this romantic island. One of the most special characteristics about this beautiful island is that it showcases a different, yet equally amazing, scenic experience each season, making it the perfect day trip from Seoul at any time of the year. As a fall foliage destination, Nami Island will not disappoint you. The autumn colors arrive in South Korea around late October to early November. The shades of red and orange paint the island in intense bright hues. It’s hard not to fall in love with Nami Island. (B/L/D)

Day 04

This morning, we’ll ride on cable cars to Seoraksan National Park. Cool temperatures and colors change from the vibrant greens of summer to a rich palette of red, orange and yellow, signaling the arrival of autumn. Though many areas across Korea offer brilliant displays of autumn leaves, the mountains are still considered the quintessential destination. When it comes to autumn destinations, the first mountain that comes to mind for most is Seoraksan Mountain. A feast for the eyes throughout the year, rich colors make Seoraksan a main attraction in autumn.

Drive to Seoul, Korea’s capital city, a tourist destination for a host of activities to enjoy, ranging from traditional royal palaces to trendy shopping districts. (B/L/D)

Day 05

This morning we’ll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The palace has also been recognized as a UNESCO heritage.
Next, you’ll join us in a walking tour around the area of Bukchon Hanok Village, the only place in Seoul where hundreds of traditional Korean houses, or hanoks, are clustered together. It is an important area for culture and the arts, with its number of museums, craft workshops and historic landmarks. The village reflects 600 years of Seoul’s history.

Visit Blue House, which is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic Of Korea. The Blue House is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements.

Continue to Myeongdong shopping street, the fashion trends start here in Korea. Enjoy a traditional Korean performance in the Jeongdong Theater. It is one of the best traditional Korean art performance centers that have been highly praised. (B/L/D)

Day 06

Fly to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a population of over 13 million residence. Tokyo is not only the center of politics and economy of Japan, but also a center of the global economy and culture. (B/D)

Day 07

Begin your journey to Nikko – a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa leyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s. Visit Nikko Tosho-guis a Shinto shrine, which is part of the “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, initially built in 1617. Continue to visit Futarasan Shrine stands next to Toshogu. Much older than its more lavish neighbor, Futarasan Shrine was founded in 782 by Shodo Shonin, the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko. Futarasan Shrine is dedicated to the deities of Nikko’s three most sacred mountains: Mount Nantai, Mount Nyoho and Mount Taro. (B/L/D)

Day 08

Journey to Tokyo. Your sightseeing tour begins with a visit to Asakusa district, which is famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. Visit the City Hall, where you can see the vast urban vista of Tokyo from its observation floor. (B/L/D)

Day 09

This morning we’ll visit the monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha, called The Great Buddha of Kamakura. The statue was built in 1252 in Kamakura city.

Carry on to Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. On a clear day, the Fujisan’s perfectly shaped volcano slopes can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama. If you’re inspired by the beauty of the Japanese landscape, you’ll enjoy the crisp mountain air and Mt Fuji views. Throughout the history of Japan, people worshipped Mt. Fuji as a mountain where the god lives. In Autumn, the red an orange leaves make the mountain’s blue more beautiful.

Overnight stay in the Mount Fuji area. We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). After dinner, you can enjoy bathing in the onsens (thermal hot springs) that Mount Fuji has to offer, and have all of your tiredness after a long day rinsed out. (B/L/D)
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Day 10

Depart to Nagoya, an important industrial hub, the city home of many companies such as Honda Motor Company, Roland Corporation, Kawai Pianos, Yamaha, Sony, Suzuki Motor Company….Visit Samurai Magome-juku. A walk though Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago. The area is known internationally as a place that retains the particular atmosphere of old Japanese posting stations. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life. (B/L/D)

Day 11

This morning, enjoy taking the ferry to Ise, formerly known as Ujiyamada, located on the eastern Mie Prefecture on the island of Honshu. Ise is home to the Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan; thus, it’s a very popular tourist destination. Ise’s history is directly linked to the Ise Grand Shrine and has a long-standing nickname Shinto, which means “The Holy City”. Ise Grand Shrine is separated into two main parts: The Inner Shrine and the Outer Shrine. Despite the names, these are actually two physically separate shrines approximately six kilometers apart. Make a stop at the Wedded Rocks (known as Meoto Iwa in Japanese). The two rocks represent a married couple who, according to Shinto mythology, created Japan and the spirits that exist in people, places, and objects. The rocks were featured in the movie Sayonara co-produced by Japan and the U.S. (B/L/D)

Day 12

We’ll move on to Nara, Japan’s first capital city. Pay a visit to Todaiji Temple, once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and still houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We will also stop by Nara Deer Park before moving on to Kyoto.

Kyoto was Japan’s capital city from 794 to 1868 before the title was given to Tokyo city. For 12 centuries in history, Kyoto witnessed all the rise and fall of Japan.

At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art. Gion is the most charming in the early evening, when the lanterns are lit and Geishas and Maikos flit about the back streets on their way to their appointments. (B/L/D)

Day 13

Known as the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. It is probably the most popular and crowded spot but still it worth the visit. Places such as Kiyomizu Temple & Golden Pavilion will be surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage. You’ll see the main highlights of the wonderfully rich cultrue of Kyoto. Your guide will also introduce you to Kyoto’s most popular temple, Kinkakuji, home of the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion. (B/L/D)

Day 14

Enjoy bullet train from Kyoto to Kobe, the scene of the worst earthquake in the living memory of most Japanese, has rebuilt and revitalized to form one of the most delightful and peaceful cities you can wish to visit. Historically, due to its port, Kobe has a long history of foreign contact, which has imbued its people with a very global outlook and attitude. Enjoy lunch with Kobe beef. Stop at Sake factory for a try. Drive to Osaka, is widely decried as Japan’s uncouth relative. Down to earth, direct and in turns hilarious and offensive to Japanese sensibilities. With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is Japan’s third largest and second most important city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries. (B/L/D)

Day 15

This morning, we’ll visit Osaka castle, was built by the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century, on the site of a temple called Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The construction work began in 1583 and most buildings such as the castle tower were completed in 1585. Visit Abeno Harukas, standing at 300 meters, where you can see Osaka city from an observation deck. Enjoy shopping in Shinsaibashi district before going to the airport and flying back to Los Angeles. (B/L)

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