Japan,South Korea

Cherry blossom season in Japan and the best of South Korea

Japan,South Korea
Cherry blossom season in Japan and the best of South Korea
Price
$3371
+ flight to Osaka and from Busan back home
Duration
22 day
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The best time to visit Japan and South Korea is spring, when cherry trees are in bloom. We will join the tradition of hanami, or welcoming of spring, visiting the most famous spots where locals gather to enjoy blooming trees. And among all this beauty are ancient temples and super modern districts, traditional villages and hot springs.

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Osaka. We will check into a capsule hotel and explore a five-story samurai castle. We will walk along the Dotonbori area, known for restaurants and cafes and enjoy Japanese cuisine.
  • Day 2
    We go to Kyoto (about 1 hour on the way). We check into a hotel and visit the city's famous temples - Fushimi Inari shrines, the famous Golden Temple of Kinkakuji, Reanji, and the Taizo-in traditional stone garden. We will also visit several best spots for enjoying sakura blossom.
  • Day 3
    Arashiyama Bamboo forest, the mountain with macaques, temples of Tenryuji with a magnificent garden and Otagi Nenbutsuji with thousands of statues of Arhats - we continue to explore the pearls of Kyoto! In the evening we attend a geisha performance with a traditional tea ceremony.
  • Day 4
    In the morning we visit the famous temple of Kiyomizu-dera with a view of Kyoto, then we go to Himeji (40 min by train) to visit the famous White Egret Castle.
  • Day 5
    In the morning we go to Nara (about 2 hours) to feed famous deers in parks. We will also visit Kasuga-taisha shrine, known since the year 768, and the biggest wooden structure in the world - the Buddhist temple of Todai-ji. On the way back, we will stop in the town of Uji, known as the home of Japanese matcha tea.
  • Day 6
    We go to Arima-onsen, one of the most famous villages with hot springs in Japan, and spend the night in the traditional house.
  • Day 7
    In the morning we leave for Hiroshima by bus and train (approximately 2.5 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and explore the memorial Peace Park, located on the territory of the former district of Nakajima, completely destroyed by the atomic bombardment. We take a ferry to the island of Miyajima, famous for its iconic torri, Japanese symbolic gateway, in the water. We will also take the cable car to the top of the mountain and visit a temple.
  • Day 8
    In the morning we take the ferry to the cozy Naoshima Island (3 hours), turned into an art object. Here we get acquainted with modern art in numerous museums and make memorable pictures with original sculptures located throughout the island. Night in the hotel.
  • Day 9
    Ferry and train to Okayama (1 hour), a city known for one of the three most beautiful gardens of Japan - Koraku-en. We will also visit the neighboring town of Kurashiki with picturesque canals and the largest Japanese museum of Western art. Night in the hotel in Okayama.
  • Day 10
    On Shinkansen (high-speed train) we leave for Tokyo (3.5 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and explore different areas of the capital: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku and Asakusa, visit the Meiji Dzinggoo shrine, and the Sensoji temple. We will also visit the park where locals come to enjoy views of the blooming sakura. In the evening we will enjoy the view of the city from the top of one of one of the skyscrapers.
  • Day 11
    We leave for Kamakura, one of the oldest cities in Japan (1.5 hours on the way). Here we will see one of the symbols of the country - a 13th century bronze statue of the Buddha. We will also visit the famous shinto shrine of Tsurugaoka Hatimangu, built in the 11th century. If we have time, on the way back to Tokyo we'll look into the modern Yokohama to see the famous Port of the Future. Night in Tokyo hotel.
  • Day 12
    Two hours drive from the capital - and we are in the wonderful resort town of Fujikavaguchiko. Here we will ride a retro bus and a cable car, as well as ride boats on the lake, admiring the views of the famous Mount Fuji. We will also visit the museum of traditional houses Iyashi no-sato. Back to Tokyo for the night.
  • Day 13
    Free day in Tokyo.
  • Day 14
    Flight to Seoul. Checking into a traditional Korean house - hanok. Walk in the historic center.
  • Day 15
    We begin in 15th century Changdeokgung palace with a secret garden. Then visit Insa-dong neighbourhood, famous for galleries, art shops and tea shops. We will also observe the city from the 236 meters tall N Seoul Tower. In the evening we visit Dongdaemun Design Plaza - a major urban development landmark.
  • Day 16
    In the morning we take off to the city of Sokcho (2,5 hours on the way). Here we will do an easy trek in Seoraksan National Park. It is also possible to use a ropeway instead.
  • Day 17
    Morning bus ride to Danyang, a town near the lovely Sobaeksan national park (4,5 hours on the way). We will enjoy tranquil nature, visit carst caves.
  • Day 18
    We explore huge Buddhist Guinsa temple situated in the middle of national park. Here we will learn about Korean Buddhism and enjoy traditional food. Then we visit Gosu Cave - so large and lovely it is known as an underground palace. Bus to Andong.
  • Day 19
    Andong is known for it`s open-air heritage museums. In one of traditional villages we will visit a face mask festival.
  • Day 20
    Just one hour from Andong - and we are in the former capital of ancient Silla kingdom, Gyeongju. Here we will visit Bulguksa temple of 6th century and Seokguram grotto.
  • Day 21
    One hour bus ride to Busan-megapolis on the bank of Korea Strait. This city boasts ultra modern architecture, rich cultural life, parks and beaches.
  • Day 22
    We will visit Gamcheon culture village, ropeway in Geumgang park, a fort and Seokbulsa temple, known for it`s amazing stone carvings. Flight back home.
Trip code: JSMS
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At a Glance
Buddha Kamakura, Mount Fuji, Temples of Kyoto, Bamboo forest Arashiyama, Arima-onsen, Walk through the mountains of Soraksan, Caves, Traditional masks show, The ancient capital of Gyeongju
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Dates Availability
2020
31.03 - 20.04 Available for booking
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31 March - 20 April Available for booking $3371 $1371 Rus. Book
Departures 31.03.2020 - 20.04.2020
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Price $3371
Deposit $1371
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Group size 12 persons.

The best time to visit Japan and South Korea is spring, when cherry trees are in bloom. We will join the tradition of hanami, or welcoming of spring, visiting the most famous spots where locals gather to enjoy blooming trees. And among all this beauty are ancient temples and super modern districts, traditional villages and hot springs.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of light level of physical grade. It includes walks in cities and parks and short (up to 4.5 hours) trips by trains, buses and ferries. We will also walk in national parks and hike up the 1950 meters tall mountaint for 5-7 hours. (It will be possible to change this hike for one of the easier ones in the same area). We will also travel by cable car and take short boat trips. This trip also includes three short flights. Accommodation in twin/double rooms of tourist class hotels. All will have wi fi internet. One night will be spent in the capsule hotel.

The price of the trip includes:

  • Two domestic flights in Korea;
  • All transportation, including trains, metro, buses, ferries, boats and cable cars;
  • Accommodation throughout the trip;
  • Professional guiding services.

To be paid separately:

  • Flight to Osaka and from Busan back home;
  • Insurance (mandatory);
  • Entrance tickets to parks, museums and other attractions along the route (from $200);
  • Visa;
  • Food (approximately $20-50 per person per day).
At a Glance
Buddha Kamakura, Mount Fuji, Temples of Kyoto, Bamboo forest Arashiyama, Arima-onsen, Walk through the mountains of Soraksan, Caves, Traditional masks show, The ancient capital of Gyeongju
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Dates Availability
2020
31.03 - 20.04 Available for booking

The best time to visit Japan and South Korea is spring, when cherry trees are in bloom. We will join the tradition of hanami, or welcoming of spring, visiting the most famous spots where locals gather to enjoy blooming trees. And among all this beauty are ancient temples and super modern districts, traditional villages and hot springs.

Have a question?
Ask us.
Dates Availability
2020
31.03 - 20.04 Available for booking

South Korea and Japan are visa free for citizens of most countries.

Citizens of some countries do need visa which should be applied for in the country of residence before the trip.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients. 

At a Glance
Buddha Kamakura, Mount Fuji, Temples of Kyoto, Bamboo forest Arashiyama, Arima-onsen, Walk through the mountains of Soraksan, Caves, Traditional masks show, The ancient capital of Gyeongju
Have a question?
Ask us.
Dates Availability
2020
31.03 - 20.04 Available for booking