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South Korea & Western Japan: Ancient Connections & Modern World Heritage

12 May — 28 May 2017 | Tour Director: Simon Kaner

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Simon Kaner , MA, PhD

archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1245 on British Airways for overnight flight.

Day

2

Arrive Seoul 0730 and transfer to hotel for three nights. Introductory lecture.

Day

3

Seoul: Jongmyo Ancestral Shrine, Namsangol Hanok Maeul (restored traditional Korean houses), Changdeokgung Palace, National Museum of Korea.

Day

4

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, Jogyesa Temple, Myeongdong Cathedral.

Day

5

Via Suwon Hwaseong Fortress to Gongju (Baekje sites). National Museum, replica Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, Gongsanseong Fortress. Overnight stay in Cheongju.

Day

6

Via Beopjusa Temple to Andong area: Byeongsan Seowon Confucian Academy, Hahoe Folk Village, Bongjeongsa Temple, Dosan Seowon Confucian Academy. Two nights in Gyeongju.

Day

7

Gyeongju (Silla sites): National Museum, Donggung Palace with Wolji Pond, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto.

Day

8

Transfer to Busan for flight to Fukuoka, Japan. Three nights in Fukuoka.

Day

9

Sites associated with the sacred island of Okinoshima: Munakata Taisha Shrine, Oshima Island viewpoint, Uminomichi Museum.

Day

10

Whole-day excursion to Takachiho Gorge and Manai Falls, returning via Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Free evening.

Day

11

Izumo Grand Shrine, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Two nights at a traditional ryokan, Matsue.

Day

12

Matsue: Matsue Castle, Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Adachi Museum of Art.

Day

13

Transfer by coach to Nara. Todaiji Temple (colossal bronze Buddha), deer park, and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Two nights in Nara.

Day

14

Whole-day excursion for Ikaruga: Horyuji Temple, Hokkeji Temple, Horinji Temple, Ikaruga Shrine.

Day

15

Transfer to Kyoto for Nijo Castle, Nanzenji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple (The Golden Pavilion). Farewell dinner and overnight stay in Kyoto.

Day

16

Uji and Fushimi: Byodoin Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine (thousands of vermillion torii gates). Afternoon transfer by bullet train.

Day

17

Depart Tokyo 1235, arriving London 1710.

Tour Dates

12 May — 28 May 2017

Days

17

Cost

£4950

Tour Code

SKWJ-17

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch in Japan, 13 dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £775.

 
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