Highlights of East Asia: Japan, South Korea, and China

Resort: Highlights of East Asia: Japan, South Korea, and China
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Japan
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Hit all the hot spots of East Asia on this 24-day tour through Japan, South Korea, and China. Start with stunning mountain temples, shrines, and torii gates before heading to the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea and venturing to Beijing’s monumental highlights (Great Wall, Forbidden City). Along the way, you’ll experience destinations like the locals do overnights in a Japanese Ryokan (complete with onsen baths and tatami floors), a local temple in Busan, and indulging in street eats to get a true understanding of day-to-day life in China.

Itineraries

Day 1
Osaka

Arrive at any time.

Day 2
OsakaKyasan

Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Day 3
KyasanHiroshima

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.

Day 4
Hiroshima

Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.

Day 5
HiroshimaKyoto

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour.

Day 6
Kyoto

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto’s many temples with free time.

Day 7
KyotoHakone

Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.

Day 8
HakoneTokyo

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Day 9
Tokyo

Explore this exciting day with a free day.

Day 10
TokyoSeoul

Catch a flight to Seoul, South Korea’s capital city.

Day 11
Seoul

Enjoy a walking tour in the bustling metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples and street markets. Visit Gyengbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, Jogyesa Temple, Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong alley.

Day 12
Seoul

Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War.

Day 13
SeoulGyeongju-si

Travel to Gyeongju and visit the UNESCO-listed sites of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour.

Day 14
Gyeongju-siBusan

Take a day trip to Yangdong Folk Village, a UNESCO site, before continuing to Busan to visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and relaxing with a trip to Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island (APEC House).

Day 15
Busan

Visit the bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gukjesijang market, and Yongdusan Park, before an overnight in a local temple.

Day 16
BusanSeoul

Enjoy a final morning in Busan before returning to Seoul by train. Visit the Namdaemun Market and N Seoul Tower in the afternoon, then have some free time for your final evening in Seoul.

Day 17
SeoulBeijing

Board a flight to Beijing, China.

Day 18
Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.

Day 19
BeijingXi’an

Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later, board a fast train to Xi’an.

Day 20
Xi’an

Visit one of Chinas greatest archaeological treasuresthe Terracotta Warriors. After, the day is yours to explore as you wish.

Day 21
Xi’anShanghai

Say goodbye to Xi’an this morning and hop on the fast train to the bustling city of Shanghai.

Day 22
Shanghai

Train to Suzhou today for a day exploring in the city. Admire Suzhou’s classical gardens, canals, bridges and museums.

Day 23
Shanghai

After an orientation walk along Shanghai’s famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights of this modern Chinese city. In the evening, head to the theatre for an intense acrobatic performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Day 24
Shanghai

Depart at any time.

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