Boom in Backpack Traveling among ElderlyAccording to local travel agents, backpacking through Japan has suddenly become popular for older Koreans.
Travel agencies make reservations for transportation and hotels in Japan and then travellers can go wherever they like without guides. For example, if a tourist goes to Osaka and Fukuoka, they are offered transportation by train between Fukuoka and Osaka, hotels, and the shuttle flight between Korea and Japan; the rest of the schedule is free.
A majority of people more than 70 years old can speak Japanese since they learned it under Japanese colonialism.
In March alone, over six hundred elderly backpackers visited Japan. Japan Tour Center chief Suh Hwa-jin said that old people seemed to be attracted to the idea that they can travel without guides.