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East Asia Adventures

Hiking in stunning Seoraksan NP, South Korea
A rope bridge in Maolin County, Taiwan
A highlight of the Kumado Kodo trail, Japan

In our latest blog we take a look at the wealth of outdoor activity on offer in our East Asian destinations: Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. True, all are well-associated with images of modern mega cities, but it doesn't take long to get away from the concrete jungle, and out into the adventure-rich great outdoors. 

South Korea is one of our most overlooked destinations. A huge shame - so much more than many might realise, and client feedback is always exemplary! A chain of mountains runs across the peninsula, with some 21 national parks dotted across the peninsula. Seoraksan, in the far east, is rightly renowned for its trekking, cycling and kayaking; central Songnisan and Gyeongju offer both staggering scenery and a taste of Buddhist retreat (overnight temple stays much recommended!); while volcanic Jeju Island bubbles away with terrific hiking and fine beaches. Much more on this can be found on our 14-day ‘Adventure Korea' itinerary.

Taiwan is equally action-packed. All kinds of outdoor pursuits are on offer including cycling in Sun Moon Lake, trekking in Taroko, wildlife trails in Maolin and even surfing down in Kenting. Our 'Adventures in Taiwan' touches on many of these highlights, but independently-minded travellers might also consider a self-drive itinerary - a different kind of adventure, but definitely one of the best ways to get around the island.

Japan, a firm favourite on travel bucket lists, needs no introduction. A highlights trip of Tokyo and Kyoto is a classic for good reason, but lately we are finding more and more repeat or extended trips. More depth in Japan nearly always means more rural: getting down to tropical, volcanic Kyushu; heading up for ski and snow in Hokkaido, or embarking on a walking tour of ancient pilgrimage routes

If you're considering a trip to this part of Asia do let us know if you'd like to see a bit more beyond the bright lights and big city. There really is no limit to the adventures on offer!

Posted by Luke on 24 October 2016

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