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An ultimate bespoke touring experience, explore the delights of Japan from bustling Tokyo to
its sacred temples and castles, with its isolated history and rich culture. Venture on to the hidden gems of South Korea with its land of ancient ruins, romantic legends, natural wonders, extraordinary landscapes and packed modern cities.
Our Highlights of Japan and Korea itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Upon arrival into Narita or Haneda Airport, board a shared transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.
This morning make your own way to Tokyo station where you will board your bullet train to Nagoya. Change trains in Nagoya to the scenic Hida Wideview Express for your continued journey to Takayama. Upon arrival in Takayama you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The reminder of the afternoon is free at leisure. (B)
Embark on a walking tour of the city. Travel to the Miyagawa morning market, where you can wander amongst the stalls selling local crafts and local produce. Continue to the Takayama Jinya, which once served as a local government office until 1969 but is now open to the public as a museum. Explore Takayama’s beautifully preserved Old Town, with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period, when the city thrived as a wealthy merchant town. End the day stopping in at a sake brewery, where you can taste the differences between the various kinds of sake. (B,L)
In the morning visit the Takayama Festival Floats Museum, which displays the floats from the famous Takayama Festival. Your guide will explain to you the traditions and symbolism associated with the festival. Travel to Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri (‘praying hands’) farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Continue on to Kanazawa, a city that has many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. Make your way to your hotel, where the reminder of the day is free at leisure. (B,L)
Today with your Local Guide discover the city of Kanazawa. Stroll through Kenroku-en, one of Japan's three best landscape gardens and considered the most beautiful of them all. Visit the Nagamachi Samurai district, Kagayuzen Sangyo Kaikan Silk Center which offers demonstrations of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique, and the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home with tea-ceremony room, an interior courtyard garden and artefacts from the Edo period.
In the afternoon, make your way to Kanazawa station where you will continue by train to Kyoto. (B)
Enjoy today free at leisure to explore Kyoto. (B)
Fly to Busan. Upon arrival you will be met at Busan Gimhae airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. (B)
Enjoy a halfl-day tour of this lively port city, including a visit to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Nurimaru APEC House, Busan Tower, BIFF Square, Jagalchi Fish Market and Kukje Market. (B,L)
Today you will explore Gyeongju on a full-day tour with a local English-speaking driver-guide. Your first stop will be Bulguksa Temple the most important Buddhist temple complex in Korea, which contains numerous relics from the former Silla Kingdom. Later visit the National Museum, which houses a permanent collection of over 3,000 artefacts of the Silla Kingdom's most valuable treasures. Your final stop today is Cheomseongdae the oldest existing observatory in Asia, constructed of stone during the reign of Queen Seon-deok. (B,L)
After check-out this morning, you will be transferred to the Busan Gimhae airport for your onward flight. (B)
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