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Journey to Japan and South Korea

17 Nights featuring Seoul, Jeju Island, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: September 20, 2025
(Sailing September 23, 2025)

About This Journey

An immersive experience awaits you on this Journey to South Korea and Japan, where tradition and innovation take center stage. Meet your guide and fellow travelers in Seoul at a welcome dinner of mouthwatering Korean barbeque. Over the next few days, we will explore South Korea’s grand palaces and ancient temples, stopping along the way to peruse local markets and admire panoramic skyline views. You will then embark the Celebrity Millennium for an unforgettable cruise to South Korea’s Jeju Island and Japan’s cultural capitals. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of historic Kyoto and the volcanic landscapes of Nagasaki and Kagoshima. Learn about Japan’s profound history in Hiroshima and sample culinary delights in Kochi and Kyoto before setting your sights on the towering Mt. Fuji. Then, arrive to bustling Tokyo, where a new set of exciting experiences await you! Stroll through Tokyo’s famous gardens and temples, learn culinary secrets from a sushi chef and try your hand at Taiko drumming during a demonstration. This captivating Journey will immerse you in the vibrant tapestry of these two nations, offering a profound appreciation for their timeless charm and dynamic evolution.

Celebrity Cruises, Seoul, Gyeongju, Seokguram Grotto, Busan, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Kyoto (Osaka), Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Jeju Island, Kagoshima, , Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Tokyo

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Itinerary

Start Date: September 20, 2025
(Sailing September 23, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Seoul – Transfer to Hotel; Welcome Dinner
2 Seoul – Cultural and City Tour
3 Seoul – Cultural and City Tour
4 Seoul – Transfer to the Port for Embarkation 5:00 PM
5 At Sea
6 Jeju Island, South Korea 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
7 Nagasaki, Japan 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
8 Kagoshima, Japan 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Hiroshima, Japan 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 Kochi, Japan 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 Kyoto (Osaka), Japan 9:00 AM
13 Kyoto (Osaka), Japan 8:00 PM
14  At Sea
15 Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 Tokyo, Japan – Disembarkation and City Tour 6:30 AM
17 Tokyo – Cultural and City Tour
18 Tokyo – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Seoul

Korean Barbeque

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. This evening, join your fellow travelers and start your Journey with a welcome dinner of traditional Korean barbeque. (D)

Note: if you wish to arrive early and enjoy an extra day to relax and get over jet lag, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the one-night optional hotel extension in Seoul.

Day 2 – Seoul

Bongeunsa Temple

After breakfast, embark on a comprehensive full-day tour of Seoul and discover the city’s fascinating highlights. We will start the day with a visit to the Bongeunsa Temple, a renowned Buddhist temple that holds great cultural and historical significance. A tranquil respite amidst the bustling city, Bongeunsa Temple is a harmonious blend of spirituality, culture and architectural beauty. Then, we will visit Seoul Sky, an observatory where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling cityscape, iconic landmarks and the enchanting Han River below.

 

Herbal Medicine Footbath

Our day continues with an Herbal Medicine Footbath Experience at the K-Medi Center, an oriental medicine complex. Feel the healing of your body and mind by dipping your feet in warm water with seasonal medicinal herbs. After delighting in a local lunch, we will finish our day by witnessing the dynamic energy of the Gwangjiang Market, a bustling and historic marketplace offering a vibrant sensory experience. From textiles and traditional crafts to mouthwatering street food, we will explore the lively alleys and immerse ourselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Seoul. Return to the hotel for an evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 3 – Seoul

Geyongbokgung Palace

Today we will continue our exploration of Seoul and its cultural heritage at the Geyongbokgung Palace, where you will be transported back in time as you marvel at the grand architecture, serene gardens and intricate details that define this iconic palace. Next, we will visit the National Folk Museum for a deeper dive into Korea’s rich history and folklore. The Museum exhibits showcase traditional artifacts, costumes and customs from the past.

 

 

Bukchon Hanok Village

After lunch, we will continue to the charming Bukchon Hanok Village, where you’ll enjoy a pedicab ride through its narrow alleys and pass by beautifully preserved traditional houses. Conclude your day with a hands-on activity at Insadong Street, where you’ll create a traditional souvenir under the guidance of skilled artisans. This day tour promises a delightful blend of history, culture and creativity, leaving you with cherished memories of Seoul. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 4 – Seoul Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Millennium for a 12-night cruise to Japan. (B)

Day 5-15 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Millennium (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 16 – Tokyo Disembarkation

Japanese Taiko Drum

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Millennium and set off on your tour of Tokyo. Begin the day with a visit to Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Travel back in time as you enter through the iconic gate at the entrance, stroll through the sacred grounds, explore the enormous temple and marvel at the intricately carved five-story pagoda. Then, head to a special venue to learn about Taiko, a traditional Japanese drum which has been used in festivals for over 2,000 years. You will learn how to play Taiko from a professional performer while learning about its origin and influence on Japanese culture.

 

Sensoji Temple

After lunch at a local restaurant, board a river boat and enjoy an afternoon cruise along the Sumida river, providing you with a new perspective from which to appreciate the ancient and modern aspects of the city. We will then take a stroll in the peaceful setting of a traditional Japanese garden. In the evening, visit the Roppongi Hills Observatory to take in a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Then, finish the night with a special dinner with savory Japanese food. (L, D)

Day 17 – Tokyo

Sushi Meal

This morning we will start our tour at the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Japan’s most famous Shinto shrine. Nestled within a lush forest in the middle of the city, this peaceful oasis will make you forget that you’re in bustling Tokyo. Back in the city, we will witness Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing and explore the upscale Aoyama district. Our next stop is a renowned culinary studio, where you’ll try your hand at making traditional Japanese sushi. After this fun, interactive experience, sit down to a delicious lunch of your own creations. We will then visit Ginza, Tokyo’s upscale shopping and entertainment district, before returning to the hotel to enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 18 – Tokyo

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B).

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island, South Korea: The mystique and folklore of Jeju Island follows you no matter where you go on the largest island in South Korea. Once a honeymooner’s island ideal for rest and relaxation, Jeju Island now offers a mix of seaside lounging and active adventuring for visitors. Whether you’re exploring its majestic caves and waterfalls or its quirky attractions like the Teddy Bear Museum, you’re sure to enjoy your stop at Jeju Island.

Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki, Japan: While on a Nagasaki, Japan cruise, it’s easy to get swept up in the lure of this glittering city. Nagasaki is known for its nature and closeness to the sea, making it both an important harbor city for trade and a seaside destination. Filled with history and a commitment to world peace following the atomic bombing, Nagasaki is a city of charm and character with a rich history and a must-see stop.

Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima, Japan: Sunny Kagoshima lives in the shadow of Sakurajima, an active volcano that last erupted in 2016. Kagoshima balances an air of mystery with a seaside approachability thanks to its location in Southern Japan along the coast and proximity to Sakurajima. In addition to being the capital of the Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan, the city is home to ancient castles and traditional Japanese Gardens that delight locals and visitors alike.

Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima, Japan: Hiroshima quickly rebuilt after an atomic bombing in 1945 during World War II and history buffs will be fascinated by Hiroshima’s enduring resilience in the face of tragedy. Monuments like Peace Park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial are a testament to the region’s history and remind us to never forget the loss of life that happened as a result of the bombing.

Kochi, Japan

Kochi, Japan: Not the typical Japanese city, small and compact Kochi has gained a well-deserved reputation for its exuberant, easy-going spirit and vibrant food scene. The city is the birthplace of the legendary samurai Sakamoto Ryoma, who created an alliance that eventually brought down the Tokugawa shogunate and is now commemorated in a memorial museum. In the city center, don’t miss the well-preserved hilltop Kochi Castle to explore the grounds where the city was established in 1601. You might continue your downtown explorations at one of the many pedestrian shopping arcades or at a restaurant to try Kochi’s most famous dish–katsuo-no-tataki, a savory dish of grilled, ponzu-marinated skipjack tuna or bonito fish.

Kyoto (Osaka), Japan

Kyoto (Osaka), Japan: On a Kyoto cruise, discover the fascinating cultural capital of Japan, where countless temples, traditional geishas, Zen gardens and majestic castles await. Explore Kyoto’s ancient architecture, including the stunning Golden Pavilion and the mystical red torii gates of the Fushimi Inari shrine. Savor the city’s culinary scene, from hole-in-the-wall ramen joints to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan

Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan: Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most enduring and famous sights. Not only is it Japan’s highest mountain, but it’s also an active volcano and considered sacred to the area’s residents. The surrounding areas like Tokyo and Yokohama will give you a faraway glimpse of Mount Fuji, but you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with the mountain.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 3-night pre-cruise land program in South Korea
    • Seoul, South Korea: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day city tour
      • Full-day cultural tour
  • 2-night post-cruise land program in Japan
    • Tokyo, Japan: 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Full-day cultural tour
  • Tour Leader in South Korea and Japan land programs and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Millennium
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks and Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
    • Ask a Personal Vacation Manager about how to receive special amenities onboard your Celebrity cruise!
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 4/30!
    • Sail with up to $1,650 Onboard Credit and up to a $200 Visa Gift Card with Exclusive Tips on 2024 Sailings + Drinks and Wi-Fi—All Included. Learn More ➤

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 5 Out of 5

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

This Journey includes historical, cultural and culinary experiences throughout South Korea and Japan. In South Korea, you will explore temples, delight in cultural experiences and taste traditional cuisine. In Japan you will learn about another unique culture, including a variety of traditional and cultural activities during your tour in Tokyo. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Ends 4/30!

Sail with up to $1,650 Onboard Credit and up to a $200 Visa Gift Card Exclusively from Us.

Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises. 2024 departures also receive Exclusive Tips from Enrichment Journeys!

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires April 30, 2024 or when sold out.

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1-night Seoul Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Seoul a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $195 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Seoul with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

 

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Dates & Prices
09/20/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Obstructed – Veranda – Partial View (V3) $11,065 $8,299 $2,766 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (V2) $11,132 $8,349 $2,783 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $11,999 $8,999 $3,000 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $12,799 $9,599 $3,200 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Houston Intercontinental $350 Philadelphia $450
Boston $450 John F. Kennedy $400 San Francisco $300
Chicago $450 Los Angeles $0 Seattle $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Miami $450 Washington – Dulles $450
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
Lotte Hotel Seoul

30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 04533 Korea

Tel: +82-2-771-1000

LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL, Korea’s premier luxury business hotel, boasts 1,015 rooms and is located in Sogong-dong, Seoul. The hotel’s optimal location makes it easily accessible from Seoul’s major sightseeing spots such as Myeong-dong, Euljiro, and Cheonggyecheon. In addition, LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL provides high-end venues for family gatherings, luxury weddings, large-scale international conferences, and business events, as well as the finest restaurants that are optimal for serving state guests and other VIPs.

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel

Tel:+81 3-5500-6711
2-6-1 Daiba, Minato 135-8701, Tokyo, Japan

Located not far from both the Haneda Airport and the heart of Tokyo, the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel is conveniently located and has all the amenities a traveler could want. Lounge by the pool, make an appointment at the spa, or take a run at the gym during your down time. The Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba also has a beautiful view of the Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge. It’s only a few miles from the center of Tokyo and the Imperial Palace.

Celebrity Millennium

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous—high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of contemporary spaces that are at once coolly sophisticated and warmly inviting. Where the culinary experience is influenced by global cuisines and designed by their Michelin-starred chef. Where their staff provides seamless and intuitive service that’s both personal and unobtrusive. Where everything is designed to provide an unparalleled Relaxed Luxurysm resort at sea experience. Celebrity’s 15 award-winning ships offer unique experiences in more than 300 destinations on all seven continents.

Ship: Celebrity Millennium®

Celebrity Millennium® is making even more waves in the cruise world with its breathtaking upgrades, and now as one of the first cruise ships in the world to receive a Four-Star Rating by Forbes Travel Guide. From adding brand new staterooms and elevating design concepts and technology across the ship to adding The Retreat®, an exclusive experience including The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge, the change is phenomenal. These new venues combined with our award-winning Luminae are sure to please. Slip into new eXhale® bedding featuring Cashmere™ Mattresses that will surround you in luxury—literally. Marvel at completely new bathroom modernizations. Wine and dine in reimagined restaurants and lounges, including the main dining room, Oceanview Café, Sunset Bar, and Rendezvous Lounge. Surrender your senses in the newly redesigned spa. Shop in new retail boutiques. Change the way you experience the world aboard Celebrity Millennium.

Celebrity Millennium is sailing with Starlinkthe world’s most advanced broadband satellite internetto bring you high-speed connectivity for a better onboard experience.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100–240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

South Korea uses the Korean Republic Won (₩), currency code KRW

Japan uses the Japanese Yen (¥), currency code JPY

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

It is not customary to tip in East Asia (including South Korea and Japan) and may even be considered an insult. Your tip may be politely refused, or end with a staff member chasing you down the street because they thought you forgot your change. In the hospitality industry (hotels, etc) it is sometimes acceptable, however if you would like to tip a bellman or other hotel staff member it is best to do it discreetly (preferably in an envelope). Tipping a tour guide is more accepted and probably the only occasion where you will provide a tip.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F  5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C =  95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Seoul 35/19 40/24 50/33 62/43 72/54 79/64 83/71 85/72 78/62 68/49 53/36 40/24
Tokyo 50/36 51/37 57/42 66/51 73/59 78/66 85/73 88/76 82/70 72/59 63/50 55/41
Jeju Island 47/38 50/39 56/43 64/50 72/58 76/66 85/74 86/76 79/69 71/60 61/50 51/41

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some keywords and phrases:

Japan: Japanese

  • Yaa (Yah): Hi
  • Sayōnara (Cy-o-na-ra): Good Bye
  • Hai (Hi): Yes
  • Īe (E-yah): No
  • Onegaishimasu (O-neg-I-she-mas): Please
  • Arigatou (Ah-re-ga-to): Thank you

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/japanese/ for more phrases with sound.

South Korea: Korean

  • Yeoboseyo (Yo-bo-sa-yo): Hello
  • Annyeong (ann-yong): Goodbye
  • Ye (Yay): Yes
  • Ani (Ah- Nee): No
  • Budi (Boo-Dee): Please
  • Gomabseubnida (Kam-sa-ham-ni-da): Thank you
  • Ban-gap-sum-ni-da: Nice to meet you
  • Jam-shi-man-yo: Excuse me/just a moment
  • Chway-seong-ham-ni-da: I’m sorry
  • Hwa-jang-shil o-di-ye-yo: Where is the bathroom?
  • Ol-ma-ye-yo: How much is it?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/korean/ for more phrases with sound.

Fun Facts

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

South Korea

  • Koreans take their kimchi very seriously: it is a staple in the Korean diet and a side of kimchi is always expected when having a meal. There are 250 kinds of kimchi, the most popular of which are cabbage, diced radish, cucumber and water kimchi.
  • South Koreans are automatically classified at birth according to their blood type, which is a custom that originated in Japan but has become very important in South Korean culture.
  • Taxis in South Korea are color-coded according to the level of service offered. A gray or white taxi is a basic car with a qualified but potentially inexperienced driver, while the black cabs are luxury cars with experienced drivers.
  • In South Korea, babies are considered one year old at birth. Koreans celebrate a person’s very first birthday in the most festive manner. On ‘Doljanchi’, the birthday baby wears a hanbok, Korea’s traditional garment and a traditional hat. No birthday cake involved, but expect a full table of traditional food for the occasion, including seaweed soup, fruits (an expensive delicacy in Korea), panjeon (Korean pancakes) and rice cakes. The food serves a higher purpose than just feeding the guests – that of helping determine the birthday baby’s fortune. Parents place several objects on the table and let the child pick his/her favorite. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he/she is destined to be smart. If he/she picks up money he/she will be wealthy; if he/she picks up food that means he/she will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he/she will live a long life.
  • In South Korea, it is perfectly legal to drink alcohol in public. People can carry open containers of their favorite alcoholic beverage and even take a drink or two.
  • On Jeju, South Korea’s largest island, giant stone statues known as dol hareubang (old grandfather) can be found along the beaches. Newlywed women believe that if they touch the statues’ long, broad, phallic-looking noses, they will be blessed with fertility.

Japan

  • Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside.
  • Many couples in Japan celebrate Christmas like Valentine’s Day. It is definitely more of a “lovers” holiday in Japan.
  • More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.
  • Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano (although scientists have not reached a consensus on what defines “active”).
  • A nice musk melon, similar to a cantaloupe, may sell for over $300 USD. A nice specimen of Yubari melon are often physically perfect, not like their American counterparts with dark smudges and scars.
  • There are four different writing systems in Japan: Romaji, Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji.
  • Coffee is very popular and Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • South Korea: The Rain Spell by Yun Heung-gil
  • South Korea: House of Idols by Cho In-hoon
  • Japan: Everyday Life in Traditional Japan by Charles J. Dunn
  • Japan: A Geek In Japan by Hector Garcia
  • Japan: Travelers of a Hundred Ages: The Japanese as Revealed Through 1,000 Years of Diaries by Donald Keene
  • Japan: Ransom by Jay McInerney
  • Japan: Pictures from the Water Trade by John D. Morley

Travel Guides

Films

  • South Korea: Winter Sonata TV series (2002)
  • South Korea: Secret Sunshine (2007)
  • Japan: The Seven Samurai (1954)
  • Japan: Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Japan: The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

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