Spring Break 2013 – East Asia!


More details to come, but excited to share that I  just booked travel for Spring Break to East Asia!

Spring Break 2013

March 9-13: Japan (Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto)

March 14-16: Hong Kong

March 17-24: South Korea (Seoul, Uslan, Busan, DMZ)

Guidebooks are ordered, now time to do some research!  Recommendations and suggestions are welcome.


Filed under Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Travel (General)

3 responses to “Spring Break 2013 – East Asia!

  1. Troo – Freelance Writer, Artist, Photographer, Traveller.

    Are the flights themselves booked? Otherwise you could save significant travel time by doing HK first or last, rather than in the middle.

    I’d recommend:
    Hong Kong:
    – Lantau Island / Ngong Ping 360 / Tian-Tan Buddha
    – Victoria Peak (and there are tourist tat shops up here which are cheaper than the street markets no matter how good your haggling)
    – Temple Street Night Market (and surrounding area for restaurants)
    – Langham Place, Mongkok, for a peaceful shopping mall
    – The Temple of 10,000 (ugly fibreglass) Buddhas

    – Sengakuji, Tokyo
    – Meiji Shrine / Harajuku, Tokyo
    – Nakano Broadway, Tokyo (better than Akihabara for geek shopping)
    – Sensoji, Tokyo
    – Suijobus river cruise on the Himiko or Hotaluna ships, Tokyo
    – Ginkakuji, Kyoto (less visited than Kinkakuji, but I think the gardens are far more beautiful)
    – Nijo Castle, Kyoto
    – Kiyomizudera, Kyoto
    – Sanjusangendo, Kyoto
    – Himeji Castle, Himeji
    – Ryoanji, Kyoto (If you only have time for one place in Kyoto, I highly recommend this)
    – Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
    – Ninja Museum, Iga-Ueno (long trip to reach from Kyoto, easier from Nara)
    – Deer Park, Nara
    If you intend to travel from Tokyo -> Kyoto -> Tokyo, obtain a JR Pass before you travel, because it’s cheaper than the Shinkansen tickets otherwise.

    South Korea:
    – Gyeongbokgung, Seoul
    – Changdeokgung, Seoul
    – Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon
    – Beomeosa, Busan
    – Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan
    – Bulguksa, Gyeongju
    – Dosan Seowon, Andong


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