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13th-14th of July SOKCHO
15th-17th of July
Daegu literally translates to ‘large hill’, the city’s name was formerly spelled Taegu and it is officially known as Daegu Metropolitan City. It is the fourth largest city in South Korea. The city lies in the Daegu basin, it’s the central plain of the Yeongnam region. During the period of 1960 – 1980 Daegu was an economic motor of Korea.
Daegu is a more traditional and conservative Korean city. The population mostly exists of Koreans and the restaurants mainly serve traditional Korean dishes. It is a real industrial city especially in the field of metals, machinery but most importantly: textiles! To promote the “textile city”, Daegu organizes multiple fashion fairs which are fun to visit.
However companies like Samsung originate from this city as well, giving their name to the high-ranking baseball team: the Samsung Lions. The average temperature rises a bit to 24.3 degrees Celsius but the average precipitation lowers to about 244.3 mm per month.
18th-21th of July
22th-24th of July FUKUOKA
Konnichiwa! The tour in Japan will start in Fukuoka, which will be reached from Busan either by plane or by boat. At this point the Study Tour is only 1100 km away from its final destination: Tokyo. It is the most populated city on the island of Kyushu.
The city as of now, originates from a merging of two cities, Hakata and Fukuoka. Originally Hakata was used as name for the new city. When the name was to be decided in a special meeting, Samurai crashed this meeting and enforced that the name Fukuoka would be used. Hakata is still used, but only to refer to a particular area of the city and to Fukuoka’s train station.
Unfortunately we will be just too late to witness one of the city’s annual festivals, namely the Yamakasa. This festival is held in the first two weeks July and is about men running through the city streets while carrying a very heavy float on their shoulders.. It is a little bit warmer and drier than in South-Korea with the daily mean temperature being about 27.2 degrees Celsius and the average precipitation around the 280 mm in the month of July.
25th-26th of July HIROSHIMA
27th-29th of July KYOTO
Kyoto, known as the 1000-year old capital, has a lot of the best preserved culture sites in Japan. The entire city of Kyoto is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are around 17 locations in Kyoto or Kyoto area that have been registered as World Heritage. However a lot of temples, shrines and other religious or historical attractions are not on this list, even though they are definitely worth visiting!
Furthermore, Kyoto also has a lot of museums and festivals. One of the festivals, called the Gion Matsuri, will be held during our time in Kyoto. The festival includes parades and nighttime stalls where you can buy all kinds of local food. But besides the important cultural part of the city, Kyoto contains a couple of very high-ranking universities as well.
It is still reasonably hot in the summer with the daily mean temperature being 26.8° Celsius and the average high temperature over 31 degrees Celsius. It keeps getting drier along our trip with the average precipitation being 220 mm in the month of July.
30th-31th of July NAGOYA