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Lonely Planet's travel expert Laura Lindsay answers your travel questions

I’m planning a trip for summer 2013 and want to travel by the cheapest route from Japan to South Korea. Any advice for me? Thanks! Harold L. Mordsley, via email 

This will be a fantastic trip Harold, in fact, this year Lonely Planet recommends South Korea as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2013 due to the fast-paced cosmopolitan city lifestyle coupled with some great outdoor activities.

The summer is a great time to visit as the country hosts the fourth Annual Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games from late June to early July and the World Rowing Championships are in late August. 

There are several ferry services that can take you from Japan to South Korea. You can depart from four Japanese cities – Fukuoka, Shimonoseki, Osaka and Tsushima – to the main ferry port in South Korea at Busan.

The cheapest ferry option is the Kampu Ferry Service from Shimonoseki, which is an overnight crossing and costs around £62 for a one-way second class ticket (includes allocated space for a sleeping mat).

Hydrofoils also operate on this route, including the speedy Beetle jetfoil service. This is far quicker – taking only three hours – and costs only fractionally more at £90 (one-way). 

If you are planning to use rail services in both Japan and Korea, you should look into the Korea-Japan Co ticket as it provides discounted travel on rail services in Korea, either of these two ferry crossing options between Busan and Fukuoka or Shimonoseki, and on Japan Rail services.

Korea-Japan Co tickets must be reserved seven days in advance. For more information visit korail.com.

Lonely Planet’s Laura Lindsay will give you the benefit of her infinite wisdom if you email a question to  traveltips@tntmagazine.com. If your  question is answered, you’ll win a Lonely Planet guide of your choice.

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