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13 Days
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Tour 1: March 26, 2019 - April 07, 2019
Tour 2: April 01, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
Tokyo

Cherry Blossoms in Japan & Korea 2019

Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Nagoya – ISE – Nara – Kyoto (bullet train)

Kobe – Himeji Castle – Osaka – Seoul

    Tour 1:  March 26, 2019  –  April 07, 2019      Price: $4,395  + Tax 

       Tour 2:  April 01, 2019  –  April 14, 2019         Price: $4,395  + Tax   

Korean Girls dressed Hanbok in traditional dress walking in Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea.

Itinerary

Day 01

Check-in at Los Angeles Airport

Day 02

Arrive Tokyo. The capital city of Japan, is the largest metropolitan area 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 the center of the global economy and culture. (D)

Day 03

Tokyo sightseeing tour begin with an visit the impressive Imperial Palace East Garden (outside ). Once was the ground of an old Edo castle, where you can savor the splendid view of the moats and walls around the seat of Japan’s imperial household. In Asakusa, you will have fun browsing through many colorful stores lining along the Nakamise walkway that leads up to the Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), which is the oldest and most popular Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Visit the City Hall, where you can see the vast urban vista of Tokyo from its observation floor. Enjoy sightseeing in Tokyo night time. (B/L/D)

Day 04

Depart to visit 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. Most people in Japan think that Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan. Throughout the history of Japan, people worshipped Mt. Fuji as a mountain where the god lives. In Autumn, the red an orange leaves makes the mountain’s blue more beautiful. Visit Oshino Hakkai is a touristy set of eight ponds in Oshino, a small village located between Lake Kawaguchiko & Lake Yamanakako on the site of a former sixth lake that dried out several hundred years ago. The eight ponds are fed by snow melt from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji that filters down the mountain through porous layers of lava for over 80 years, resulting in very clear springwater that is revered by the locals. Enjoy a cruise on lake Kawaguchiko. (B/L/D)

Day 05

This morning, you will board the ferry boat to Ise, formely 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 destination for tourists. Ise’s history is directly linked to the Ise Grand Shrin 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. Located at Futami Okitama Shrine in northeastern Ise is the Wedded Rocks, a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan. They are joined by a shimenawa and are considered sacred by worshippers at the neighbouring Futami Okitama Shrine. According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the creator of kami, Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. (B/L/D)

Day 06

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 with 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.(B/L/D)

Day 07

Known as the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. You’ll see the main highlights of the wonderful lyrich cultrue of Kyoto, including the residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, Nijo Castle. The castle was built in 1603 and is noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interior. 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. As part of the Kyoto sightseeing tour, you will also get a chance to view the ancient Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the Imperial family, which reflects the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and calmness. Once you’re at the Imperial Palace, you should also visit the Shishinden Imperial state chamber where the enthronement ceremonies took place. Kyoto, the old Imperial capital, has an imperial heritage of the amazing Emperor’s palace, ancient temples, old Gion Geisha town, and a cultural background said to include the most refined manners and language in Japan. (B/L/D)

Day 08

Enjoy bullet train from Kyoto to 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, and feed you some of the best cooking. 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. Osaka was formerly known asNaniwa. Before the Nara period, Naniwa was the first capital city of Japan under Emperor Kotoky in 645. (B/L/D)

Day 09

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. (B/L/D)

Day 10

Visit Himeji castle, which is Japan’s foremost historic castle, was built in the 17th century, and became the first site in Japan to be registered in the World Cultural Heritage listings in 1993. The stunning appearance, and high level of detail of this wooden architectural masterpiece have made Himeji Castle known the world over, and it is also a designated national treasure of Japan. In March 2015, as the 5 year renovation of the main keep was completed, and the white plaster walls, which are one of Himeji Castle’s main features, were repainted, its brilliant white walls make this rejuvenated Himeji Castle one of the must-see sights in Japan. Furthermore, the castle is surrounded by Japan’s famous cherry blossom trees. Each spring, the trees flower simultaneously, enveloping Himeji castle in a sea of beautiful pink blossoms. Early April is the one chance each year to see Himeji Castle with its cherry blossoms in full bloom, one of Japan’s truly beautiful and iconic sights. The sight of this amazing scenery will live long in the memory as a memento of your visit to Japan. Flight to Seoul, capital city, is a tourist destination to a host of activities to enjoy, ranging from traditional royal palaces to trendy shopping districts. (B/L)

Day 11

Begin your day with a walking tour takes you 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. Visit Gyeongbokgung 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 Blue House, 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 enjoy shopping on Insadong Antique Street, you’ll find interesting antique shops, calligraphy shops, quaint tea houses and lots and lots of art galleries. Proceed to Myeongdong shopping street, the fashion trends start here in Korea. Don’t think the fun ends here; we will take you the Namdaemun Market where you can apply your bargain skills over prices for the souvenirs for your friends and relatives. 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 and songs. (B/L/D)

Day 12

Depart to Nami island or Namiseom Island, is a half moon-shaped isle near Seoul. 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, any time of the year. . The shades of red and orange paint the island in intense bright hues. It’s hard not to fall in love with Nami Island. Visit Samsung Innovation Museum. (B/L/D)

When the cherry blossoms flourish in South Korea, Nami island becomes a heaven for cherry blossom fanatics. In front of the Water Stages Swimming Pool, the Cherry Tree Lane transforms into ravishing pink. Each year, the flowers bloom typically sometime around March and April and last just a few weeks.

Day 13

Flight non-stop 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

  • International airfares from Los Angeles – Tokyo & Seoul & Los Angeles
  • 4-5 star hotel or Ryokan Japanese style hotel with dual occupancy rooms. Additional charge for single occupancy is $950
  • Deluxe coach between cities
  • Daily meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • A special lunch with Kobe beef
  • Enjoy the delicious ginseng chicken porridge of South Korea
  • A DVD of your trip filmed by AV Travel
  • International travel insurance & Luggage insurance
  • Bathe in thermal hot springs (Onsens)
  • Ticket to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo
  • Visit Camp 2~5 on Mount Fuji (depending on weather conditions)
  • A boat trip on Lake Kawaguchi for a stunning view of Mt. Fuji during the sakura season
  • Visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Deer Park
  • Visit the Ise Grand Shrine
  • Watch a demonstration of traditional pearl-diving at Mikimoto
  • Watch a Kimono demonstration
  • Visit the “Pure Water Temple” Kiyomizu-dera
  • Visit the Ninja Museum and watch a Ninja performance
  • Sake-tasting at a Sake brewery in Kobe
  • Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto to Osaka
  • Visit Nami Island, which served as a filming location for the Korean drama “The Winter Sonata”
  • Watch a Korean traditional performance
  • Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
  • Visit Samsung Innovation Museum
  • All entrance sightseeing fees
  • Professional English, Japanese and Vietnamese speaking tour guides

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person is required
  • The final payment is due 45 days prior to departure
  • A full payment is required in booking within 45 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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