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🌸 Temples, Castles, and Palaces: A Journey through Japan and South Korea

Hemant Singh

Hemant Singh

8 Mar 2024

Embark on a 15-day adventure to Toki, Kyoto, Ōsaka-jō, and Seoul. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Japan and South Korea as you visit stunning temples, majestic castles, and magnificent palaces. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with ancient marvels and captivating experiences.

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Day 1Tranquility and Golden Splendor
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$25

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$ 4

Byōdō-in Temple
Tours are offered of this iconic temple with a scenic pond & garden, plus a building with artifacts.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$13
54 - 65 min

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Kinkaku-ji
Historic, tranquil temple with a gold-leaf facade set amid landscaped gardens & a reflecting pond.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$13
Day 2Sacred Trails and Vermilion Gates
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$0

Fushimi Inari Taisha
Mountainside Shinto shrine dating from 711 A.D. featuring a path with hundreds of traditional gates.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
Day 3Royal Residences and Panoramic Views
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$45

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$ 4

Nijō Castle
Built in 1603, this cypress-wood castle with extensive gardens was a home for the shogun Ieyasu.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$20
15 - 18 min

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Kiyomizu-dera
Iconic Buddhist temple on Mount Otowa known for the scenic views afforded from its sizable veranda.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$25
Day 1Tranquility and Golden Splendor
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Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street
Bustling shopping district featuring a wide range of high-end tax-free shops with airport delivery.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
4 - 6 min

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Dotonbori
Lively entertainment district known for its soaring illuminated billboards, restaurants & theaters.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Free
Day 2Sacred Trails and Vermilion Gates
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$63

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
One of the world's biggest aquariums, with exhibits ranging from Arctic to tropical marine life.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$63
Day 3Royal Residences and Panoramic Views
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$38

Osaka Castle Park
Vast green space offering gardens with cherry blossoms, athletic fields, open-air theaters & more.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$13
3 - 4 min

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Osaka Castle
Revered castle dating to 1597 & since rebuilt, featuring gardens & a museum with varied exhibits.
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$25
Day 1Tranquility and Golden Splendor
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$0

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$ 3

War Memorial of Korea
Museum charting Korea's conflicts, with exhibition rooms, monuments & an outdoor vehicle display.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
14 - 17 min

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Deoksugung Palace
Historic palace in the heart of Seoul offering a popular Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony.
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Free
Day 2Sacred Trails and Vermilion Gates
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$38

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$ 3

N Seoul Tower
Opened in 1980, this iconic tower offers panoramic views of the city & a revolving restaurant.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$32
16 - 20 min

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Gyeongbokgung Palace
Free guided tours are offered of this large 14th-century royal palace with a museum & gardens.
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$6
Day 3Royal Residences and Panoramic Views
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$94

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$ 3

DDP │ Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Architectural-landmark events venue with futuristic design, a design market & food vendors.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
26 - 32 min

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Lotte World
Theme park rides, water flumes & marine life exhibits in a family centred 3-in-1 adventure park.
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$94