Study Tour Shift will leave on September 22nd 2018 for about three weeks of travelling through South Korea and Japan. The first week of the tour will be located in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. After this, we will continue our tour to South Korea's second-largest city, Busan, which is an important port city. Next, we will head for Japan, visiting Osaka, Kyoto (Japan's former capital for more than a thousand years) and its current capital city, Tokyo. The tour will end on October 14th.
Seoul, South Korea
September 23 - September 29
Seoul is the heart of the Seoul Capital Area (which includes Incheon and Gyeonggi as well), an area that altogether is home to half of the country's population, making Seoul one of the most populated cities in the world. Located only 50km from the border with North Korea (known as the Demilitarized Zone), the Greater Seoul Area has almost 23 million inhabitants of which 10.3 million are residents of the Seoul city itself. Therefore, the Greater Seoul Area is the second most populated metropolitan area in the world, following only Greater Tokyo. Because of Seoul's relatively small area it is also one of the densest cities in the world.
Busan, South Korea
September 29 - October 2
Bursting with mountains and beaches, hot springs and seafood, South Korea’s second-largest city is a rollicking port town with tonnes to offer. From casual tent bars and chic designer cafes to fish markets teeming with every species imaginable, Busan has something for all tastes. Rugged mountain ranges criss-crossing the city define the urban landscape, while events such as the Busan International Film Festival underscore the city’s desire to be a global meeting place.
October 2 - October 5
If Kyoto was the city of the courtly nobility and Tokyo the city of the samurai, then Osaka (大阪) was the city of the merchant class. Japan's third-largest city is a place where things have always moved a bit faster, where people are a bit brasher and interactions are peppered with playful jabs – and locals take pride in this. Above all, Osaka is a city that loves to eat: it's unofficial slogan is kuidaore ('eat until you drop'). It really shines in the evening, when it seems that everyone is out for a good meal and whatever may come after that.
October 6 - October 8
Kyoto is the old capital of Japan: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons. Although ravaged by wars, fires, and earthquakes during its eleven centuries as the imperial capital, Kyoto was spared from much of the destruction of World War II. It was removed from the atomic bomb target list, which resulted in Kyoto being one of the best preserved cities in Japan.
October 8 - October 14
Greater Tokyo is the world's most populous metropolitan area and is the center of Japanese culture, finance, and government. A bustling cosmopolitan city, Tokyo is also a major transportation hub and a world economic and industrial center. The city boasts a large number of world-class institutions of higher education, the highest concentration of universities in Japan. Tokyo's neon-lit streetscapes still look like a sci-fi film set, and since Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, dining here is an amazing experience.