8 days / 7 nights
Dynamic yet steeped in tradition, Korea is the epitome of modern Asia. This itinerary offers an overview of Seoul, the fascinating capital city, Gyeongju, the ancient, beautifully preserved former capital and the bustling major sea port of Busan. A glamorous, world-class metropolis, Tokyo offers an unlimited choice of shopping, cultural attractions, entertainment and fabulous dining. Magnificent Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi are included with a ride on the Hakone Ropeway.
Day 1 - Arrive Korea
Arrive in Seoul this evening. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to the hotel. Founded as the capital of the Chosun Dynasty, Seoul is Korea’s commercial, financial, and political hub.
Day 2 - Seoul Sightseeing
Enjoy a morning city tour of Gyeongbok Palace (built in 1394), the Folklore Museum with its insights into traditional Korean life, the Blue House and the massive Jogyesa Temple. (Tour on Seat in Coach basis). The
afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 3 - Seoul / Gyeongju
Early morning transfer to the train station to board your express train to Gyeongju, the spiritual and cultural capital of Korea. Gyeongju served as the capital of the Shilla Kingdom, which united the peninsula in 676 AD. Designated by UNESCO as one of the world’s ten most historic sites, it is known as the “Museum Without Walls.” You are met and transferred to the hotel. Your afternoon tour of Gyeongju includes the Bulgulska Temple with its lovely pagodas and bridges, Seogguram Grotto (one of Asia’s most magnificent Buddhist shrines) and the National Museum. (Tour on private basis). (B)
Day 4 - Gyeongju / Busan
In the morning, travel by express bus to Busan (1hr 30 mins), Korea’s main port and second largest city. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Your afternoon tour includes Taejongdae Park with its vast rock outcrops and sweeping sea vistas and the UN cemetery, Jagalchi fish market, the International market and Yongdusan Park. (Tour on private basis) (B)
Day 5 - Busan / Seoul / Tokyo
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Seoul. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the International airport for your flight to Tokyo, with you previous memories of marvelous Korea. Arrive at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita Airport). You are welcomed and transferred by airport limousine bus to your hotel. (B)
Day 6 - Tsukiji Fish Market* / Tokyo Sightseeing
This morning make your way to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal for your excursion to Tsukiji Market. The largest marketplace in Japan, Tsukiji is busy and bustling even before the sun comes up. Your assistant will stop by at several places at the market, after the visit to the Tsukji Fish market, you will be escorted to the sushi restaurant Try your hand at sushi-making using seasonal seafood ingredients. This fun workshop is led by a sushi chef who teaches participants how to make sushi.
Afternoon enjoy your Seat in Coach (SIC) tour of Tokyo. The tour includes visit to the Seaside Top Observatory deck, Imperial Palace Plaza, drive through Ginza, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade and cruise up the Sumida River. The tour disbands at Tokyo Station. (B)
*The Tsukiji Fish Market tour is applicable for the tours arriving in Tokyo on Sun, Mon and Tue only. This option is not applicable when Tsukiji Fish Market is closed.
Day 7 - Mt. Fuji & Hakone excursion
Travel this morning by deluxe Coach to Mt. Fuji. Drive halfway up Japan’s highest mountain to enjoy a spectacular view from a height of 2,300 meters. Following lunch, you will be transferred to Hakone. Enjoy boat cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (may be omitted due to traffic conditions). Later transfer to Odawara station to take train back to Tokyo. Tour disbands on arrival at Tokyo Station. (BL)
Note: If driveway up to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station is closed in winter due to heavy snow, tour of Fujiyama Museum would be provided instead.
Day 8 - Tokyo /Home
This morning you will be transferred by bus back to the airport for your flight home. (B)