TOKYO and Seoul are two cities that are often favorite destinations for many people while on vacation abroad because they have beautiful panoramas in every season.
With the reopening of tourism corridors to Japan and South Korea, this is an opportunity especially for K-Pop, K-Drama, and Anime lovers to visit their dream country. The following are recommendations for popular tourist attractions in Tokyo and Seoul that can be used as inspiration,
The Garden of Morning Calm, South Korea
If you want to enjoy a wonderful blend of Japanese Larch, Korean winter hazel, ginkgo, katsura and maple trees, schedule a visit to The Garden of Morning Calm. Not only spacious, this place is also beautiful because it is planted with almost 5,000 species of plants and 22 diverse themes.
The Garden of Morning Calm was founded by Professor Han Sang-kyung and opened on May 11, 1996 as a private garden. An idea came to create a world-class garden that celebrates the beauty of Korea.
According to the official website of “The Garden of Morning Calm”, the name of the tourist spot comes from an Indian poet named Rabindranath Tagore who called Korea the “land of morning silence”.
The garden design focuses on curves, space, and asymmetrical balance, as well as the unique beauty of Korea to express classic elegance and majesty.
Haneul Park, South Korea
Haneul Park is famous for the Seoul Silver Grass Festival, where Pampas Grass is in full bloom. Therefore, make sure to visit this destination in October.
Previously, this location was a garbage dump containing more than 92 million tons of waste. However, the Seoul Metropolitan Government chose to turn this place into a large-scale environmental and ecological park.
Instead of waiting in long queues for the shuttle bus to the top of Haneul Park during autumn, tourists can climb the 291 steps of Haneul Park Stair. These stairs are quite popular and are the fastest way to reach the top on foot.
The top of Haneul Park has 22 vantage points, including an observation deck that is so artistic that it provides tourists with stunning views of Seoul and its main attractions, including Namsan Seoul Tower, Bukhansan Mountain, and the Han River.
Dumulmeori, South Korea
This place is a shooting location that is often used for Korean dramas, commercials, and pre-wedding.
As the location of the confluence of two rivers, Dumulmeori has a very stunning beauty and is able to compete with other locations in Korea. There’s a willow tree, an old-fashioned ferry dock and a 400-year-old Zelkova tree that’s just so mesmerizing.
There are three options to reach this ecotourism destination: bicycle (10 minutes), on foot (30 minutes), or by taxi (6 minutes).
Apart from Dumulmeori, tourists can also visit other no less beautiful locations, such as Semiwon Park, Bukhangang Railway Bridge, one of the many local strawberry plantations, and Yangsuri Traditional Market.
Todoroki Valley, Tokyo, Japan
The Todoroki Valley is about 20 minutes from Shibuya Station and is a great tourist destination for picnics and sightseeing.
Todoroki Valley is a beautiful narrow valley in the densely populated area of Setagaya that offers an interesting experience. According to the Japan Guides page, several points of interest can be seen along the trail, including several bridges, remains of tunnel tombs, and viewpoints of geological rock strata. At the other end of the valley stands Todoroki Fudo, an atmospheric shrine.
The cool air and gurgling streams will distract from the stresses of everyday life in a bustling city. This place is also home to birds and other species.
Mount Takao, Japan
Mount Takao is one of the closest and easily accessible natural attractions from Tokyo City, which is only half an hour (train) from Shinjuku. The route can be taken via the Chuo or Keio lines.
To climb, tourists can choose one of ten hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. If you don’t want to climb, Mount Takao is also provided with a cable car to climb to the top and enjoy the food above.
You can also see other attractions such as monkey park, hot spring (Onsen), a museum that provides activities before and after the hike. Mount Takao is the most visited mountain by tourists in the world with 3 million tourists coming to the mountain every year.
In addition to these five tourist destinations, you can also explore trendy destinations such as Myeong-dong, Gang-nam district, Hongdae area in Seoul, or Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, to Ginza in Tokyo.
While on vacation, you can search for hundreds of hotels according to the available budget to enjoy a comfortable stay experience.
In Japan, you can try staying at Asakusa View, Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku, and Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo. While in South Korea, accommodation options that you can choose from include Royal Hotel Seoul, Grande Walkerhill Seoul, and Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong. [antaranews/photo special]