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    Japan & South Korea 10 Days (Jul.-Dec.) (code: DK10E-1)

Duration:   10 Days 9 Nights
Cities:   Tokyo-Hakone-Hamamatsu-Kyoto-Osaka-Seoul-GangwonDo
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   Land tour only
Hotels(local):   4 stars
Deal:   From AU$2385 per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival at Narita Hotel:Hilton Narita Hotel or International Garden Hotel Narita or similar ( 4 stars )  

Upon arrival of Tokyo Narita International Airport, take free shuttle bus from the airport to hotel. A local staff will wait at Tokyo Narita International Airport (Terminal 1 & 2) from 10:30am to 21:30pm. He/she will assist you to find the shuttle bus.
Important Information:
1. Please let us know your flight details at least one week ahead of the arrival day.
2. Hotel check-in is available after 3PM. 
3. Passengers arriving at other time can take free shuttle bus to the hotel on their own. The last free shuttle  bus departs at 22:30pm.  If you cannot catch it, please take taxi to hotel on your own. (Taxi fare, approx.AUD32 per way, is on your own account.) 


Day 2: Tokyo ( B + L ) Hotel:Shinjuku Granbell Hotel or Henn na Hotel Tokyo Asakusa Tawaramachi or Toshi Center similar ( 4 stars )  
After breakfast, visit Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and definitely a must-visit for tourists to Tokyo. In front of the temple is Nakamise Dori - a narrow street flanked by stands selling a variety of souvenir.   View from afar the world’s tallest free-standing tower - Tokyo Skytree. 
Enjoy barbecue lunch.  Then proceed to Imperial Palace Outer Garden. Meander around  this scenic area  highlighted by the visit to Nijubashi Bridge, which is widely regarded as the emblem of Tokyo.  The last stop today is Ginza Tokyu Plaza, a new landmark in the bustling Ginza area. 

Additional tours (free) for groups in autumn between 16th Oct and 27th Nov: 
1. Icho Namiki Avenue of Meiji Jingu Gaien: ginkgo trees flanking the avenue blaze bright yellow in autumn     
2. Yoyogi Park: vibrant maple leaves in autumn
3. Rikugien Garden: in Edo-period style, offers amazing seasonal hues in fall foliage season 


Day 3: Tokyo-Hakone-Hamamatsu ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Hamanako Hotel or Hiranoya Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  
Head for Mt.Fuji in  the  morning. The bus would stop at Mt.Fuji 5th Station.  At an altitude of 2305 meters,  it is said to be an perfect place to view the mountain top in a distance. 
After the mountain trip, proceed to Oshino Hakkai for distinctive Japanese countryside view. Spend some leisure time at Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (Park of Peace).  Japanese people built parks across the country in the name of peace to express their determination to uphold peace after devastating World War II. Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park stands out with a white stupa which is a gift from Indian government. 
Check in a hot spring resort hotel. Why not take a hot spring bath to refresh yourself!


Important Information:
If it’s not accessible on bad-weather day, Mt.Fuji 5th Station  will be replaced by Mt.Fuji World Heritage Centre.

Day 4: Hamamatsu-Kyoto ( B + L ) Hotel:Henn na Hotel Kyoto or Daiwa Roynet Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  
Go shopping at a jewelry store. Step back in time at  Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the oldest temple of Kyoto.  Standing on the its veranda,  you could have a commanding view of Kyoto city.  
Do not skip Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka on the way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. They are two  narrow streets lined with shops of souvenirs and snacks.  At the other end of the streets is Gion,  an entertainment district, particularly famous for geisha performance. With lovingly preserved scenes, Gion is also an ideal place for visitors tracing past times. Stroll along Hanami Lane at dusk, you might run into geishas passing by. 
 The nearby Yasaka-jinja Shrine is the most revered shrine among the over 3000 Shinto shrines across Japan, attracting a large number of devout worshippers praying for good fortune.
Dinner is on your own. You are recommended to try a traditional dining at a townhouse on Hanami Lane.

Additional tour (free) for groups in autumn between 16th Oct and 27th Nov:   Togetsukyo Bridge of Arashiyama 

Day 5: Kyoto-Osaka ( B + L ) Hotel:Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka or Hotel Hanshin or Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport or similar ( 4 stars )  
In Japan, a third of shrines worship Inari, a god in charge of farming and business. This  morning you will visit  Fushimi Inari Taisha, the head of all these roughly 9000 Inari shrines. The imposing Senbo Torri clearly tells the shrine’s popularity among worshippers praying for good harvest and prosperous business. 

Proceed to Nara Park and interact with free-roaming tame deer, believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods.  Walk through the park, you will arrive at KasugaTaisha Shrine.  Four gods enshrined attract devotees, while photographers are enthralled by its ancient architecture in harmony with natural surroundings. 
Go shopping at a duty free shop  and aslo famous Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka.
Dinner on your own. Try to find what make your mouth water at Dotonbori Food Street , the paradise for Japanese food lovers. 

Day 6: Osaka -> Incheon ( B ) Hotel:Howard Johnson Hotel Incheon Airport or similar ( 4 stars )  
After breakfast, take hotel shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport on your own. Board the flight to Incheon, South Korea. Upon arrival, guests will be picked up by a guide and proceed to check in hotel.  Free for the rest of the day!
We will have a local staff at the airport. He/she will assist to find the bus for passengers arriving between 10:30am and 21:00pm. For passengers arriving at other time, or who miss the last shuttle bus departing 22:20, they need to make their own way to hotel. Taxi fare costs about AUD16 from airport to the  group’s hotel.

Day 7: Seoul-Gangwon Do ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Hanwha-Seorak Resort Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  
After breakfast, proceed to Korean Folk Village and experience traditional culture of the late Joseon period. Wander around  Nami Island, the filming place of the Korean hit drama “Winter Sonata” . The island is full of meadows and walking trails.  Step on Soyang Skywalk, overlooking through glass floor the water 12 meters below your feet. Continue to Seoraksan National Park, which is said to have the most enchanting natural scenery of South Korea. Afterwards, visit Shinhungsa Temple, one of the most revered temples in South Korea. Check in hotel after dinner. 
Day 8: Gangwon Do -> Seoul ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Grand Hilton Hotel Seoul or similar ( 4 stars )  
After breakfast, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the imperial palace of Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910), which is also named as National Museum of Folklore. Watch the changing of the guards ceremony.  Later, go to Bukchon Hanok Village, a well-preserved Korean traditional residential area with a history of over 6 centuries. The village is best known for its eight views of Bukchon. Afterwards, visit the N Seoul Tower (photo stop only; no admission). Afterwards, visit one of Korea's most representative spots- Namdaemun Market for shopping. Check out the Trick Eye 3D Art Museum before dinner.  Check in hotel after dinner. 
Day 9: Seoul ( B ) Hotel:Grand Hilton Hotel Seoul or similar ( 4 stars )  

Free day at your own leisure. No guide or transfer or meal.

Day 10: Leave Seoul ( B )   
Hotel check-out before 12:00 noon time. Make your own way to airport.
FYI, shuttle bus to Incheon Airport costs around AUD25/p and the bus time is suitable for flights with departure between 10am and 20:30pm.