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Jun 20 - Jul 04, 2020
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Tokyo

The Best Summer in

Japan – Korea – Singapore

Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Nagoya – Nara

Kyoto (bullet train) Kobe – Osaka – Seoul – Singapore

Tour: June 20 – July 04, 2020    Price: $4,895  +  Tax

Inclusive of  International airfares & daily meals

The price applies to reservations before February 01, 2020

A family & kid-friendly tour with visits to Akihabara Electronics District, 
the Digital Art Museum, Toyota Kaikan Museum, a Ninja show & the Samsung Innovation Museum,
plus 3 days of fun activities in Singapore

MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Tokyo: Visit Sensō-ji Temple, Akihabara District, the Digital Art Museum & Toyota Kaikan Museum. Make a stop at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and see the vast urban vista of Tokyo.

Mt. Fuji: Standing at a height of 3.776m, Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan. Your tour features a visit at Camp 5 on Mt. Fuji (depending on weather conditions). We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and bathing in the onsens (thermal hot springs) that Mt. Fuji has to offer.

Nara: Japan’s first capital city. Pay a visit to Todaiji Temple, the biggest wooden temple in the world. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu and watch a Ninja performance.

Kyoto: Japan’s second capital city before the title was given to Tokyo.At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art.

Exclusively by AV Travel: Transfer from Kyoto to Kobe by the bullet train Shinkansen. Join a sake-tasting tour at a Sake brewery in Kobe.

Osaka. Visit the Osaka Castle, Dotomburi – Namba shopping mall and the well-known Shinsaibashi street.

Seoul: Visit Bukchon Hanok Village reflects 600 years of Seoul’s history and Korean traditional homes. Gyeongbokgung Palace is another highlight of your Seoul tour. Another visit place is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a buffer zone, which was established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War. Myeongdong & Dongdaemun markets, Seoul’s largest shopping district. Be prepared to part with a little money as the wide range of goods for all budgets will entice you into making a few purchases. Visit the Samsung Innovation Museum.    

Singapore: Stay at Rendezvous hotel on Orchard Road – Singapore’s major shopping street. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Los Angeles - Tokyo

Check in at LAX airport. Depart for Tokyo on a nonstop flight at night.

Day 2: Tokyo

Welcome 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 residents. Tokyo is not only the center of politics and economy of Japan, but also a center of the global economy and culture.

Day 3: Akihabara - Digital Art Museum - Senso-ji Temple

Morning enjoy your time at Mori Building Digital Art Museum: is the first permanent digital museum in the world without a map or set route, and a lack of signage, visitors are encouraged to explore the museum at their own leisure, wandering in and out of exhibits to discover new and exciting things, which test each and every sense. The museum is highly interactive and ever evolving, as your presence imprints on the digital space around you.
Visit Akihabara is a buzzing shopping hub famed for its electronics retailers, ranging from tiny stalls to vast department stores like Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba. Venues specializing in manga, anime and video games include Tokyo Anime Center, for exhibits & souvenirs.
Omotesando-dori might be well-known for hosting flagship stores from the world’s luxury brands, but nestled in between all of them is Kiddyland – a four-floor building stocked top to bottom with all manner of branded toys and merchandise. Whether it’s Studio Ghibli, Hello Kitty, Gudetama or Rilakkuma, this store has you covered with all the major Japanese characters and cartoon-themed goods you could ever want. Your tour of the city today includes the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon.
Afternoon enjoy your time at Shinjuku district. When people say that Tokyo is a city that never sleeps, they must be referring to this particular neighborhood – Shinjuku. No other place in Tokyo can match its perpetual state of wakefulness. In night times, its bright lights and maze of streets beckon crowds to enjoy its company. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Mt. Fuji

This morning, we’ll take you to Mount Fuji and to Camp 5 (depending on weather conditions), up on the mountain, to enjoy breathtaking views and the beauty that has inspired so many artists and poets. Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan. The mountain contributes to Japan’s physical, cultural, and spiritual geography. Mount Fuji is with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries, is listed as a UNESCO heritage and known as the symbol of Japan. Mt. Fuji seems even more poetic when viewed from the water.
Enjoy Kawaguchi cruise: It is a gorgeous 20 minutes’ cruising on the Lake Kawaguchiko. The view of the mountains and the scenery of town from the pleasure boat on the water are wonderful, which would change your image of Lake Kawaguchiko.

Visit Oshino Hakkai – Eight Magnificent Ponds, is a peaceful nature area around Mount Fuji. These natural ponds are crystal clear and each one is a little unique. The water in the lakes directly come from Mount Fuji, the natural pools are deep, the large fish swimming around make it feel like an aquarium. This is a very popular spot for nature lovers and it is beautiful every season.

We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). After dinner, 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)

Day 5: Nagoya

Depart to Nagoya, as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. On the way, stop to visit Magome Samurai Village. 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. Visitors can hike a portion of the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life.

Come to visit the Toyota Kaikan Museum showcases Toyota’s latest products and offers a history of the Toyota company, has a large showroom where visitors can get inside the vehicles and a number of video displays. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Nara

Morning depart to the Ninja Museum of Igaryu located in Iga, Mie Prefecture, Japan, is a museum dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. It was established in 1964.

Ninja were a type of warriors during Japan’s feudal ages, specialized in gathering information about the enemy and conducting various acts of espionage and sabotage. The Iga Ninja Museum delivers a comprehensive ninja experience: it consists of a ninja residence, two exhibition halls and a stage which hosts ninja shows. The Ninja residence looks ordinary from the outside, but within it is devised with revolving walls, trap doors and hidden compartments. The Ninja show features authentic ninja skills and real weapons, including a splendid demonstration of using throwing stars. Although the shows are held in Japanese only, they are still highly entertaining for non-Japanese speakers as most of the action speaks for itself.
Nara of Japan’s Kansai region is your next stop. Nara was the country’s first permanent capital city, and a Unesco World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Todaiji Temple housing a great image of Buddha, colorful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns, and the Deer Park. On your way to Kyoto, look out for splendid views of Mt Fuji if weather permits.

Todaiji is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was established in the early Nara Period, and its main hall was completed in 752. Todaiji served as the head temple of a nationwide network of provincial Buddhist temples and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple’s influence on government affairs. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Kyoto

Known as the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868.

Morning start to visit the Kiyomizudera (literally “Pure Water Temple) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. Part of the fun of visiting Kiyomizudera is the approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama District. The many shops and restaurants in the area have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries and products on sale range from local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, All kinds of Machas, Green tea ice creams & Mochi.
Kyoto’s most popular temple, Kinkakuji, home of the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) is one of Kyoto’s leading temples. It was built at the end of the 14th century originally as a villa for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the shogun at the time. The shining Golden Pavilion is a symbol of Kyoto. This temple has been burnt down many times in the flames of war and other conflagrations, and more recently by arson, which incident has been made famous by Yukio Mishima’s novel, Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion). However, it was restored in 1955, with major improvement work being done on it in 1987, so that all of the gold leaf has been replaced. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, Golden Pavilion is one of the historical buildings most representative of Japan.

Enjoy a kimono fashion show – in which a series are superb kimono are modeled by some extremely lovely models. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Osaka

Osaka, is widely decried as Japan’s uncouth relative. Down to earth, direct and in turns hilarious and offensive to Japanese sensibilities, Osakans spawn Japan’s comedians, maintain its economic engine. 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.

Morning visit Osaka Castle, or “Osaka-jo” in Japanese, is certainly one of the most famous landmarks in Japan, and for good reason. This five-story castle is one of the most visually spectacular creations in the country, with a history that dates back almost 450 years! One of the most fascinating features of Japanese culture is the sheer breadth of its rich history – across the country there are thousands of shrines, temples and castles dating back literally hundreds of years, each with an interesting story to tell. Year-round, travellers from within Japan and abroad make pilgrimages to many of these cultural landmarks to either pay respects, learn about Japanese history, or merely appreciate the stunningly intricate architecture for which Japan is globally renowned.
Shopping at the Shinsaibashi is a popular shopping district in Osaka which has a long history as a regional center of commerce. The entire area is named after the former Shinsaibashi bridge which was first built by Shinsai Okada in 1622. This bridge crossed the Nagahorigawa canal and was a popular local landmark until 1964 when the canal was filled in and the bridge was removed. The name remains though and has become closely associated with high fashion retailers and chic brand goods. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Kobe - Seoul

Transfer to Kobe by the Shinkansen (bullet train), a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan which can reach a speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).

Lunch: One of the most famous here is Kobe beef-which is from Tajima strain. Raise from Kobe, Hyogo Perfecture. The meat is known for its flavorful, tender, fatty & well marbled texture meat. It can be cooked as a steak, sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, teppanyaki or sashimi.
Stop to visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, a major sake brewery in Kobe. The self-guided tour through the old wooden brewery (the current, modern brewery is behind it) is a fascinating look at traditional sake-making methods: show real footage from inside the original brewery alongside old equipment. You can sample some sake at the end.
Fly to Seoul, the capital city of Korea. It is a 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. (B/L)

Day 10: Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - Seoul

Head to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which divided North and South Korea during the Korean War. DMZ: The military demarcation line was established according to the Armistice Agreement in 27 July 1953,is the place formed by the agreement that both parties should retreat 2km from the line. We’ll visit Imjingak, the park has many statues and monuments. Imjingak is where the “Bridge of Freedom” lies.

Shop at Myeongdong market, one of South Korea’s prime shopping districts. You will yourself in a paradise of skincare and beauty products of both expensive and affordable brand names. In the late afternoon, the food stalls start to open up, you’ll have a wide array of street food options to pick from such as Korean Egg Toast, Spiral-cut Potato, Grilled Scallops, Roasted Lobster with Cheese, Fried Baby Crab, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Abalone, Fruit Juices, Ice Creams and many more. Our hotel is located in a 10-minute walking distance to Myeongdong market. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Gyeongbokgung Palace - Bukchon Hanok Village - Samsung Innovation Museum - Blue House - Jeongdong Theater

Visit Gyeongbok Palace, is a royal palace, first constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. Visit Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.
Visit Blue House (photo stop) which is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic Of Korea.
Visit Samsung Innovation Museum is an electronic industrial museum run by Samsung, a major global company based in Korea. The museum mainly consists of three sections. Visitors can learn about the history of Korea’s electronic industry, as well as the past, present and future of the semiconductor, display and mobile industries, where Samsung made great achievements. The museum also runs an education facility called Children’s Display Research Institute.

Enjoy the Jeongdong Theater Korea Traditional Performance show, is a special treat as it is one of the best traditional Korean art performance centers that have been highly praised. The dynamic modern recreations of the highlights of Korea’s traditional art in dancing, instruments & folk music. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Singapore

Transfer to the airport for fly to Singapore – No 1 in Lonely Planet’s of Top 10 countries to visit in 2019, according to its influential Best in Travel Publication

We stay at Rendezvous Hotel on Orchard Road is a shopper’s haven and cosmopolitan playground set among a lush, tropical landscape that is ubiquitous in this Garden City. It is truly A Great Street!

Orchard Road – Similar to London’s Oxford Street or Hong Kong’s Tshimshatsui, this bustling boulevard got its name after the nutmeg and pepper plantations that once lined it in the 1800s. Flanked on both sides by local and international department stores, tiny boutiques, offices, spas, beauty salons, hotels, entertainment spots, restaurants, and cafes, one could spend a whole day trawling the stretch starting from Tanglin Mall on Tanglin Road down to Plaza Singapura at the lower end of Orchard Road. (B/D)

Day 13: Sentosa Island - Singapore

Morning depart to the Mount Faber cable car line links Mainland Singapore to the buzzing Sentosa Island. The colorful cable cars dot the skyline & offers the most spectacular views in all of Singapore; pass through all the stunning and iconic sights of Singapore. You can get a bird’s eye view of the world-class Singapore infrastructure, the picturesque beaches and harbor as well as renowned Singapore attractions and theme parks.
Continue to explore the city by driving round the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Next, stop at the Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Our final stop at Little India will entrance you with the scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.

Enjoy free afternoon. (B/L)

Day 14: Singapore City Tour

Afternoon depart to visit the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Have the admission for go to the Sands Sky Park, view the city skyline from the Observation Deck.

Enjoy the show of the magnificent sight of our Supertrees “Garden Rhapsody” Light and sound show.

Hop onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and Merlion Statue. (B/D)

Day 15: Los Angeles

Fly back to Los Angeles. (B)

Notes

Departure & Return

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

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip economy flights from LAX to destination countries
  • 4-5-star hotels and Ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) with dual-occupancy rooms. A surcharge of $1290 is added to single rooms
  • Daily meals as described in the Itinerary + a special treat with Kobe beef
  • Visit Camp 5 on Mount Fuji (depending on weather conditions)
  • Bathe in thermal hot springs (Onsens)
  • Visit the Akihabara District, Miraikan Museum & Toyota Kaikan Museum
  • Visit Todaiji Temple, the Ise Grand Shrine
  • Watch a demonstration of traditional pearl-diving at Mikimoto
  • Watch a Kimono demonstration
  • Visit the Ninja Museum and watch a Ninja performance
  • Sake-tasting at a Sake brewery in Kyoto
  • Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto to Osaka
  • A 4-night/3-day stay in Seoul
  • Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which extends for 2km
  • Visit the Samsung Innovation Museum
  • In Singapore: Stay at Rendezvous hotel on Orchard Road – Singapore’s major shopping street 

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person is required
  • The final payment is due 60 days prior to departure
  • A full payment is required in booking within 60 days prior to departure
  • Tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotel & 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 valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements
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