South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures

After almost three years, we are finally able to travel to South Korea and Japan, an OAT adventure that was scheduled in 2019. Thankfully, the world is now recovering from the Covid Pandemic and we are back in the Friendly Skies of United Airlines.

Fully vaccinated and triple boosted, we were a bit anxious about traveling again, but we have had years to prepare for this journey. Many of the strict travel restrictions imposed by these two countries have been lifted, much to our relief. We have received all of the Covid information and the QR codes from Pam Kim, our Tour Leader from South Korea. Our Japanese Tour Leader, Ken has written to us several times to reassure us that Japan is now ready to welcome visitors.

Our original early morning flight to San Francisco was cancelled by United so we had to fly to California the night before and stay in the city in order to be at the airport to have plenty of time to board the 10:32 am flight to Seoul, South Korea.

Thank you for following our journeys again. We will catch up with all of you on the other side of the world. As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.

Gam Sa Ham No Da = Thank You

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Overseas Adventure Travel:
South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures
Pam Kim - South Korea
Ken Murakami - Japan


I have missed your travels. Glad to see you back.

Eric Bobby   October 17, 2022 - 10:11pm

So happy you’re traveling again! When I was a senior in high school, my family hosted a foreign exchange student from Japan for most of the school year. It was an amazing experience we will always remember.

Susan Phillips   October 13, 2022 - 1:45am

So nice to see you're traveling again. We had a OAT trip to Vietnam cancelled 3 times due to Covid and I haven't rescheduled that one yet. Next summer my daughter and I are doing Kenya and Tanzania. I'll be enjoying your posts! Annmarie

Annmarie Gavin   October 12, 2022 - 11:17pm

I hope you both have an incredible trip! I'm so glad you're able to travel again!

Denise Gard   October 12, 2022 - 5:18pm

So glad you can go! Will enjoy your trip vicariously. We did take a cruise around Japan in 2019 & it was so very interesting.Stopped at Jeju Island, (South Korea) & learned about the Island Women who dive.

Becky Richardson   October 12, 2022 - 2:50pm

Looks like we are all glad you are back in your travels. Website is great.

Norma   October 11, 2022 - 11:11pm

I was just in Japan on a roadScholar tour. It will be interesting to see what you visit and compare views. I also got CoVID on the trip so got to enjoy 5 days in a quarantine hotel.

Marv   October 11, 2022 - 7:17pm

I'm so happy you are able to travel again. So are the countries you will be visiting!! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Great photos, too, Vic!

Carol Larson   October 11, 2022 - 5:44pm

So happy to hear you are traveling again! We had our first flight in June canceled for our trip to Greece - such a hassle but we made it a day late. We were at the hotel 20 minutes and off to the Acropolis - all I wanted to do was sleep! Enjoy!

Cheryl Anne Vieira   October 11, 2022 - 5:01pm

Looking forward to follow your trip to South Korea and Japan. Have fun and lots of ice cream.

Jesper   October 11, 2022 - 4:26pm

Nice to see you on the road again!

Dee   October 11, 2022 - 4:24pm


Chris   October 11, 2022 - 4:12pm

So glad to see the doe and her twins are OK. They visited us several times and we haven't seen them for a while. We hope the bobcat has not visited us but we wouldn't know. Have fun. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Lindy   October 11, 2022 - 3:23pm

we are super-happy to know you are traveling again

Susie   October 11, 2022 - 2:58pm
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