Seoraksan is one of the highest mountains in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon Province in eastern South Korea. It is located in a national park near the city of Sokcho. Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea, attracting visitors from all over the world to see the beautiful red autumn leaves. The most visited part of the mountain is the main entrance valley to the National Park, a fifteen minute drive from Sokcho fishing village. The valley runs west to east with a paved road leading up to the park’s entrance gate. This valley contains many beautiful sites and is well worth a day visit. In August 1983, Seoraksan was listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve and the 171st National Park in 1965. Seoraksan offers its visitors hiking trails, natural preservation areas, gardens, waterfalls, parks and camping grounds to enjoy at their leisure.
Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace sites for the Crown Prince and an important palace for national events and important visitors. After the fall of the Silla Kingdom the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as “Anapji” during the Goryeo and Joseon periods. During the 1980s, pottery was found in the lake with the letters Wolji carved into it, revealing the true name of the pond. After the discovery, the site was renamed to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. It is established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. The demilitarized zone (DMZ) is a border between the North Korea and South Korea separating them into two. It was created by an agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations of 1953. In this territory you will be able to see the Propaganda Village, the People’s School and Gaeseong City, once the old capital of the Goryeo Kingdom as well as the North Hall which contains displays of North Korean villages, old tanks and planes from the Korean War.
Atomic Bomb Dome is the remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This building promotes Hiroshima’s local industries and has become a significant reminder of Hiroshima’s past history and a memorial to all the people who were killed in the atomic bombings. During the nuclear bomb explosions the Atomic Bomb Dome was one of the few buildings that still remains standing today. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the A-Bomb Dome is a tangible link to Hiroshima’s history and a reminder of the fight to get rid of war, nuclear weapons and bringing peace to the world.
Todaiji (The Great Eastern Temple) was built in the beginning of the 8th century by the order of Emperor Shomu who tried to spread Buddhism throughout Japan. Inside Todaiji temple you will be able to view the largest bronze statue of the Buddha in the world with it being placed at the centre of the temple. You will also be able to see a range of Buddhist iconic features and if you are game enough you can try to sneak your way through one of the pillars of the temple. This massive wooden structure is Nara’s most popular tourist attractions.
Mount Fuji (Fuji san) is located in Chubu region about 2 or 3 hours away from Tokyo. Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is covered in snow about 5 months of the year. In the Mount Fuji region there are 25 locations that have been recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites and has ‘inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries’. Mount Fuji has been the subject of Japanese art, literature and poems throughout the Edo period. One of the most famous artists Hokusai produced a wide range of ukiyo-e paintings featuring Mount Fuji. It is definitely a jaw dropping and picturesque place that you should visit on your travels in Japan.
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Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to South Korea.
Welcome to Seoul, South Korea! Upon arrival at Seoul Airport, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, make your way down to the arrival area where you will meet your friendly tour guide. Your guide will transfer you to your hotel.
Seoul is the largest city in South Korea and one of East Asia’s financial and cultural epicentres. It is the centre of fascinating ancient traditions, cutting edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high pressure education system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend setting youth culture, extraordinary architecture and endless rows of grey apartment buildings. Seoul is filled with a mix of traditional and modern elements attracting visitors from all over the world.
Seoul Mt. Seorak (B, L, D)
Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mt Seoraksan National Park is one of Korea's most famous national parks. This morning, tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress to see the castle ruins and the spectacular views of the mountains and land within Seoraksan National Park. Continue to Sokcho fishing village known for its famous seafood and cuisine, this afternoon.
Mt. Seorak Andong Daegu (B, L)
Today, head to the traditional village of Andong, known for its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performances. Continue to Mabijeong Mural Village, where you can hear about the local tales of the Mabijeong legend and visualise it on the mural walls. After that relax in Dongseongno Shopping District, one of the major fashion districts in Daegu
Daegu Gyeongju (B, L)
Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647 A.D), Gyeongju National Museum home to many Silla Kingdom stone relics, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto: UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating back to 700 AD with Buddhist stone temples that feature cultural relics such as pagodas, bridges and Buddhist figures and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Gyeongju National Park, a palace complex of the ancient Silla kingdom and beautiful luscious national park.
Gyeongju Seoul (B, L)
Today we will visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. An entire infantry division can move through the tunnel in an hour. Visit the Imjingak Resort’s Unification Park and North Korea Centre to gain an insight into the Korean War and their prayers for the unification of the country. View North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People’s School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom, from the Dora Observation Platform. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle, and the Exhibition Hall houses old tanks and planes from the Korean War.
Seoul (B, L)
Blue House otherwise known as Cheong Wa Dae, the residence of President Cheong Wa Dae is an iconic beauty against the back drop of Bugaksan Mountain, visit here and then make your way to Gyeongbokgung Palace one of the most beautiful and largest of the five palaces as well as the world famous Amethyst store. After that stroll the heart of the city down the streets of Isa-dong one of the historical enterntainment districts. Step back in time to the Joseon Dynasty in Bukchon Village and walk along the elevated sky garden at Seoullo 2017.
Seoul Osaka (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport for your flight to Osaka. On arrival, you tour guide will transfer you to your hotel.
Osaka Himeji Hiroshima (B)
After breakfast we make our way to the moving city of Hiroshima. Largely destroyed when the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this terrible devastation. Enroute, we stop in Himeji to visit the white elegant castle, Himeji castle. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fine example of a prototypical Japanese castle this outstanding castle and its grounds is a never to be missed place within Himeji city. Enjoy your day here before boarding coach for Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Osaka (B)
Today we begin with the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb used in WWII. Then visit the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima, where you can see the torii gate on the water at high tide. After we make our way back to Osaka.
Osaka Nara Kyoto (B)
This morning we drive to the town of Nara and visit the Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous temples. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is standing next to two Bodhisattvas. View the Nandaimon Gate, a large wooden gate watched over by two fierce looking statues. The two Nio Guardian Kings statues are designated national treasures along with the gate itself.
After the Todaiji Temple we wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara's nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city.
We then continue to the city of Kyoto. We begin with the UNESCO World Heritage, Kinkaku-ji Temple, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion. A Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen.
Kyoto Shizuoka (B)
This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. After we relax in the Arashiyama District, visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto for over four hundred years. Then stroll through Bamboo Grove, one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.
Later, we board the Shinkansen Bullet train from Kyoto to Shizuoka. Travelling at speeds up to 280km/h it provides an incredible experience as the Japanese countryside zips by. On arrival into Hamamatsu you will be transferred to the hotel.
Shizuoka Mt Fuji Tokyo (B)
This morning we make our way towards the Mount Fuji area. First up, we will visit Mount Fuji 5th station, which is 2,300 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views of the Fuji Five lakes area below. After that we will continue on to Oishi Park where you can view Lake Kawaguchiko and see another angle of the breathtaking Mount Fuji.
Today we drive to Hama-Rikyu, a beautiful landscape garden in central Tokyo featuring seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. Then we relax on a Sumida River cruise. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples before browsing for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Your last stop today is Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building for panoramic views of Tokyo before heading to your hotel.
Tokyo Australia (B)
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.
Arrive home today.