Tokyo, Seoul & Hong Kong City Explorer
- 13 Days
- 13 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 5,165
FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the iconic culture, food, and neon-drenched nightlife of three of Asia’s most exciting cities. Explore temples and go behind-the-scenes of sumo wrestling in Tokyo, sample Korean favourites and shop ’til you drop in Seoul, and cruise the famous harbor of Hong Kong in between food tours and tram rides.
This 13-day East Asian vacation showcases three of the great cities of Asia: Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. It features first-class accommodation and mostly private tours.
Begin your trip to Japan in Tokyo, the Japanese capital that combines futuristic infrastructure, neon-bathed pop-culture, and some of the world’s most stunning temples and traditions. A city tour will showcase some highlights, from the fish and kitchen stalls of the Tsukiji Outer Market to Senso-ji Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the city, to the famous scramble crossing of Shibuya and, finally, the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the former emperor. Head on a day trip to Kamakura to get a sense of Japan circa the 12th century. Tour the former capital and visit some of the country’s most acclaimed shrines and temples. Back in Tokyo, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of sumo training with a tour that includes practice sessions as well as insight about sumo rituals and traditions.
Fly to Seoul to begin your trip to Korea. Seoul is at the forefront of a global revolution in food, music, fashion, and pop culture. You’ll dig into Korea’s past and present with a city tour that takes you from royal palaces and folk museums to the iconic Namsan Seoul Tower and the bustling shopping center of Namdaemun Market. Connect north for a day trip to the DMZ to see the security zone separating the two Koreas. You’ll even enjoy a glimpse into North Korea at the Dorasan Observatory. Back in Seoul, enjoy a delicious introduction to Korean cuisine with a food tour through Gwangjang Market and Myeongdon Street, tasting bibimbap, bunsik, pancakes, and other Korean specialties.
Fly to Hong Kong for the final leg of your East Asian vacation. Hong Kong is one of the world’s great city states and a food paradise. A tour of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon will introduce you to some of the city’s most famous sites. Ride the Peak Tram for unbeatable skyline views, enjoy dim sum in Kowloon, and do some street shopping in the flower market, Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, and Goldfish Street. Sample dumplings, noodles, and other Hong Kong favorites on a walking food tour through Sham Sui Po. Then ride the ferry to Lamma Island to enjoy sunset views of Victoria Harbor, dine at Rainbow Restaurant, and watch the impressive sound and light show over the harbor. On your final day in Hong Kong, experience the great outdoors on a hike of the Dragon’s Back, which takes you through wet markets to bamboo groves and verdant hillsides, rewarding you with epic views of the island coastline.
At the end of your Asian vacation, head to the airport for onward travels.
- 13 Days
- 13 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 5,165
Itinerary View Trip Map View Trip Special
Arrive at Haneda International Airport, meet Goway's local representative and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Tokyo at your own pace.
Full Day Tokyo Highlights Tour with Tsukiji Outer Fish Market
Day 2: Full Day Tokyo Highlights Tour with Tsukiji Outer Fish Market
This is the perfect introduction tour to Tokyo. Start the day with a visit to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo`s oldest Buddhist temple. After visiting the temple grounds, take time to stroll along Nakamise shopping street to look for souvenirs. Then continue to Tsukiji Outer fish market (many shops are closed on Sundays and on some Wednesdays). Along the market streets you will find different types of food stalls selling fish, seafood, vegetables, fruit, dried goods, as well as kitchenware shops. Stroll through the market with your guide and choose to sample food from the food stalls or visit one of the small restaurants for lunch (hint hint...this is the place to try the freshest sushi and sashimi so we recommend you go to a restaurant). After lunch, hop back on the train to travel across the city to Shibuya Crossing, the largest pedestrian crossing in the world. This will be a short visit to walk across the busy crossing, see the neon signs and cross it off the bucket list. While there you will also visit Hachiko Square. Then take a short train ride to Meiji Shrine. Meiji Shrine is a Shinto Shrine surrounded by Meiji Jingu forest and it will suddenly feel like you are no longer in metropolitan Tokyo. Walk through the peaceful shrine grounds and if you are lucky, you may see a Shinto priest. After visiting the shrine, stop for a latte or green tea break at a café in Harajuku, the pop culture neighborhood (time permitting). We suggest an art café that specializes in 3D foam art. The rest of the day is free for you to explore bustling Harajuku or the upmarket Omotesando Avenue.
Full Day Kamakura Excursion from Tokyo
Take a day trip to Kamakura, the former capital of Japan during the Kamakura Period (1185 – 1333). At that time Kamakura was the largest city in Japan, however the Kamakura of today is a small, sleepy seaside town with numerous temples, shrines and other attractions. Visit Kotokuin Temple, home to the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha that stands (or rather, sits) 13.35m high. Also visit Hasedera Temple, a part of the Jodo sect, which is most famous for its statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The statue shows Kannon with eleven heads, each representing a characteristic of the goddess. The 9.18-meter-tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculptures in Japan. Continue to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, the spiritual heart of Kamakura and one of its most popular attractions. The shrine was originally founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, then enlarged and moved to its present site by the first shogun of the Kamakura government in 1180. Your day will end with shopping for local souvenirs and delicacies along Komachi Street.
Sumo Training Experience
Early this morning, a guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to a "sumo beya" or sumo stable. Here, you will have a peek behind the scenes at the world of sumo beya. All rikishi (wrestlers) belong to heyas, or sumo stables, where they live, train and eat. You will be able to visit one of these heyas to get up close and personal with these giant men and watch their asa geiko (morning training). The day begins in the early morning when the lowest-ranked men wake up and put in some practice before going about their assigned duties, which include cleaning the building and preparing the food for the main meal of the day. Higher ranked sekitori appear at a more reasonable hour, and they begin a practice session that runs from about 7 am until about 10 am. After several hours of warm-up and technique practice, the wrestlers play an exciting "King of the Castle" game where one wrestler stays in the ring fighting bouts without any rest until he is defeated.
The rest of your day is at leisure to explore Tokyo.
Tokyo to Seoul
Day at leisure in Tokyo until your pickup and transfer to the airport for your flight to Seoul.
Arrive at Incheon International Airport, meet Goway's local representative and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to relax.
Full Day Classic Seoul Tour
Take a full day exploration of South Korea's vibrant and historical capital city. Begin with a visit to Jogyesa Temple, the center of Korean Buddhism. Then visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Also visit the National Folk Museum of Korea, located on the palace grounds. Continue to Changdeokgung Palace, the second royal villa, and the most well preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. Next visit Namsan Seoul Tower, an iconic landmark of Korea offering unobstructed city views. Your last stop is Namdaemun Market where you can explore and shop the various stalls selling a variety of items including clothing, kitchenware, fine arts, flowers and ginseng.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Lunch|
Full Day DMZ Excursion from Seoul
In the early morning transfer to the DMZ, the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Your first stop is Imjingak Park where "Freedom Bridge" is located. The Bridge of Freedom crosses the Imjin River and connects with the North-South railway, but no one crosses this bridge now. Then pass Unification Bridge and continue to the DMZ theatre and exhibition hall to view a video explaining the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and other tunnels as well as the history of the division of Korea. Your next stop is the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel which was discovered by South Korea in 1978. It spans over 1,635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour. The scale is similar to the 2nd Tunnel, but it was thought to be more threatening as an invasion tool than the 1st and 2nd Tunnels. Continue to Dorasan Observatory, where you can look over at North Korea at various locations including Gaeseong, Songaksan and the Kim Il-Sung Statue. Return to Seoul in the late afternoon.
Evening Seoul Tasting Tour
Today is free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.
This evening, experience the real taste of Korea. Walk through Gwangjang Market and along Myeongdong Street stopping to taste traditional dishes along the way such as Bibimbaq (bowl of rice with mixed meat and vegetables), and popular snacks such as bunsik (meaning food made from flour) and different types of Korean pancakes. Enjoy sampling five types of dishes along the way.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Seoul to Hong Kong
Day at leisure in Seoul until your pickup and transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong.
Arrive at Hong Kong’s International Airport, meet Goway's local representative and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to relax.
Full Day Hong Kong Island & Kowloon Tour
Start the tour on Hong Kong Island with a ride on the world’s steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram. Once at the top of The Peak, you’ll be amazed by the spectacular skyline views. Then visit the celebrated Man Mo Temple and take a short walk through Graham Street wet market to see how the local people shop for groceries. Ride across Victoria Harbor on the iconic Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and enjoy views of the skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of other boats on the harbor. Once in Kowloon, stop for Dim Sum lunch and then stroll through Jade Market, where around 400 stalls sell accessories made from the revered green stone. Continue to Tin Hau Temple, a declared historical monument and then visit the colorful Flower Market, the center of Hong Kong’s retail and wholesale flower business. Walk along Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, a tranquil scene of men and their bird cages and finally a visit to Goldfish Street to see the brightly colored tropical fish, an intriguing site
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Lunch|
Kowloon Foodie Tour & Lamma Island Seafood Dinner
Explore Sham Shui Po, one of Hong Kong’s most fascinating neighborhoods on a food trail walking tour. This region in old Kowloon houses a plethora of foodie hot spots, from decades old eateries serving Hong Kong’s most beloved dishes, to specialty food stores with delicacies that give Cantonese food its subtle yet rich flavors. Along the tour visit a Hong Kong style café, a soy specialty store, a dumpling house and a noodle restaurant for food tastings. This area is a chef’s hidden heaven! The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening, board a ferry to cruise to Lamma Island. Along the way enjoy the sunset view of Victoria Harbor. Upon arrival on Lamma Island, proceed to the fisher folk village where you can learn about the local fishing culture. Then enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the award-winning seafront Rainbow Restaurant, a quaint, no-frills restaurant offering fresh seafood and a low key atmosphere. On the return ferry to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon watch the symphony of lights show, the world’s largest permanent light and sound show that combines interactive lights and showcases 33 buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The light show is a nightly 15 minute spectacle
Dragon’s Back Hike
Dragon’s Back is one of Hong Kong’s most popular hikes. Start the tour with a walk through Shau Kei Wan wet market where you will see the daily life of Hong Kong residents before heading to the start of the trail. The hike begins along a lovely path that takes you through shady bamboo groves and lush woodland. Emerge into the open hillside that is often covered with wild azaleas or rose myrtle. Walk along the winding trail and rolling ridge to trace the ‘dragon’ and enjoy the breathtaking views of the coastline. See the distant Nine Pins Islands, Big Wave Bay, Tai Tam Harbor, Stanley and the Red Hill peninsula. Return to central Hong Kong in the late afternoon.
Hong Kong Departure
Day at leisure until your pickup and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
*sumo stable visits are not possible during the sumo tournament held annually in Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep & Nov
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Tokyo (Haneda), Seoul & Hong Kong
- 4 nights in first-class accommodation in Tokyo
- 4 nights in first-class accommodation in Seoul
- 4 nights in first-class accommodation in Hong Kong
- Private Full Day Tokyo Highlights Tour
- Private Full Day Kamakura Excursion from Tokyo
- Shared Sumo Training Experience (max 20 guests)
- Private Full Day Classic Seoul Tour
- Shared Full Day DMZ Excursion from Seoul
- Private Evening Seoul Tasting Tour
- Private Full Day Hong Kong Island & Kowloon Tour
- Private Half Day Kowloon Foodies Tour
- Shared Lamma Island Seafood Dinner (max 40 guests)
- Private Full Day Dragon's Back Hike in Hong Kong
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Travel insurance
- International, domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
- Optional excursions
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees, if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
3 Dec 2023