Tokyo – Mt.Fuji – Nagoya – ISE – Nara – Kyoto (bullet train) Kobe – Osaka – Bali – Seoul
Tour: Apr 01 – Apr 16, 2018 Price: $4,795 + Tax
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Two geishas walking through orange gates called torii at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
Check-in at Los Angeles Airport. Depart for Tokyo on a non-stop flight.
Welcome to Tokyo, one of the busiest cities in the world day and night. Here we’ll visit the Buddhist statue of Ushiku Daibutsu. It stands a total of 120-meter height, including the 10m base and 10m lotus platform. The statue was built with 6,000 copper pieces and weighs over 4,000 tons. (D)
Start our cherry blossom (Sakura)-viewing trip by visiting Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, the most beautiful place for sakura-viewing in Tokyo. The Garden is divided into 3 areas, each of which is influenced by the English, French or traditional Japanese style. The Shinjuku Garden features more than 2000 sakura trees of over 60 varieties with numerous colors, including green. Cherry blossoms are fragile and only last for 2-3 weeks (normally from late March until mid-April). During this time, not only the Japanese but people from all over the world also come to Japan to enjoy the delicate flower.
Continue to visit Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon.
Our next stop is Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo’s administrative center at a height of 235m (700f ft). On the observation deck, behold a panoramic view of the city with Mount Fuji in the distance. Enjoy sightseeing in Tokyo night time. (B/L/D)
This morning, we’ll take you to Mount Fuji and to Camp 5 (depends on weather conditions), up on the mountain, to enjoy breathtaking views and the beauty that has inspired so many artists and poets. Mt. Fuji, with its 3,776-meter height, is listed as a UNESCO heritage and known as the symbol of Japan.
Visit the old village Oshino Hakkai which bears Japanese traditional architecture and sits at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
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)
Transfer to Nagoya. Visit the Samurai Museum. (B/L/D)
Depart for Ise Peninsula by ferry. Ise is home to Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shintō shrine in Japan. The city has a long-standing title: “The Holy City”. During the Edo period, Ise Grand Shrine used to be a popular destination for pilgrimages. Purportedly the home of the Sacred Mirror, the shrine is one of Shinto’s holiest and most important sites. Especially, the shrine’s buildings are made of Japanese cypress wood. Every 20 years, the old shrines are torn down and new ones, which look exactly the same as the old, are built nearby so that the buildings will be forever new, forever ancient and original.
During our journey in Ise Bay, we will take you to the world-famous Mikimoto Pear Island, where you’ll be watching women divers demonstrate the traditional method of diving for pearls. (B/L/D)
You will get to know the Ninja martial art by visiting the Ninja Museum and watch a Ninja performance. Our local tour guide will tell you the stories of the Ninjas in the ancient times, about how they protected their chiefs (Shogun), disguised themselves and excellently hid their weapons at ordinary places.
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)
We’ll visit Kiyomizu Temple. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site, and is known for Otowa-no-taki waterfall, where visitors drink sacred waters that is believed to bestow health and longevity. Food vendors are available along the road that leads to the temple. You’ll find these foods Kyoto-authentic, from the flavorful cinnamon rolls to the soft and sweet mochis.
Depart from Kyoto for Kobe by high-speed bullet train with a velocity of 300 kph. (B/L/D)
Enjoying Sakura at Osaka Castle would be a fantastic moment during your sightseeing in Osaka. The castle and trees are beautifully lit up in the evening, and you can enjoy a memorable boat cruise along the moat that surrounds the castle and mirrors the delicate trees.
Start your journey in Kobe city. Kobe, 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. It is also home to the famous Kobe Beef, which is known for its tenderness, sweet flavor, and fine texture. Dine at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat!
After dinner, we’ll transfer to Bali, an Indonesian island known by so many names. (B/L/D)
Bali island is known for its evergreen volcanic mountains, iconic beaches and coral reefs. It is famous for the art of craft, sculpture, painting and music that are Balinese-authentic. Every year, Bali is ranked as the best island for tourism by the American magazine Travel & Leisure.
Bali is known by many names: The Island of the Gods, the Land of Thousand Temples, The Sunrise of the World or Tropical Paradise. It has been one of the most visited destinations in Asia. (D)
This morning we’ll begin our Bali trip. Explore the mystical temple of Tanah Lot., a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography. Legend has it that, in the 16th century, a Hindu traveler came here to facilitate Hinduism. He fell in love with the island’s setting so much that he decided to settle there. Some local people saw him, and brought him gifts. Later he urged people to build a shrine on the rock, for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods. Tanah Lot is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.
Watch the sunset by Kuta Beach and have a delicious seafood treat for dinner. It’s difficult not to breathe in the scenic beauty and splendor here. (B/L/D)
A day of leasure: Explore yourself with the local visit and enjoy the beaches on the island. Crystal clear water and white sand make Nusa Dua beach a perfect place for relaxation & enjoyment. As the tide falls, it will reveal exquisite coral reefs in various shapes and colors. (B/D) Let your stress melt away as you spend your day at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. (B/D)
Transfer to Seoul, the capital city of Korea. It is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets – a perfect combination of modern and traditional values. Korea’s cherry blossom (Sakura) season usually comes later than that of Japan.
Our Korea trip features a visit to Nami Island which was a filming location for the Korean soap-opera “Winter Sonata”. (B)
Visit Nami Island, known as a romantic paradise in Korea. Its surroundings are undoubtedly poetic and elegant, so much that one could hardly want to leave. The island is beautiful in all four seasons. Only by visiting Nami island can you understand why its nature has inspired filmmakers that much.
Return to Seoul in the late afternoon for a Korean traditional art performance at the Jeongdong Theater. (B/L/D)
This morning we’ll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, a UNESCO heritage. Visit Bukchon Hanok Village which got its name from to hundreds of traditional Korean homes with tiled roofs and stone floors, called “hanok.” The village reflects 600 years of Seoul’s history. Take a walk in the small alleys lined up with hanok here.
Stop by the Blue House – the office and residence of the President of the Republic of Korea. Shopping in Myeongdong Market is another activity in today’s schedule. (B/L/D)
Fly back to Los Angeles, USA.