Join the search for the missing sushi master

in North Korea on Kim Il Sung’s 105th Birthday

APRIL 14th to 17th 2017 (5 Days / 4 Nights)


Paektu Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce our exclusively designed trip to the DPRK (North Korea) where you will be the first to visit the famous Japanese sushi chef Fujimoto Kenji's new sushi bar and ramen restaurant. We will attend and witness the Kim Il Sung's 105th birthday celebrations and participate in the Mass Dance, a performance by the Pyongyang Symphony Orchestra and an evening fireworks display. Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday

Our delegation will have the opportunity to visit the Mausoleum of Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,  take a cooking class and much more during a comprehensive 5-day tour of the capital city of Pyongyang.

Note: This tour is limited to 15 people.


Price: 1,290 Euro per person

Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place (maximum 15 people)

Dates: 5 Days / 4 nights (Fly in Train out)

Optional: 4 Days / 3 Nights (Fly in Fly out) +100 Euro

Deadline: Apply before March 24th, 2017 (Americans & Japanese before March 17th)

Locations: Beijing, Pyongyang & Beijing

Accompanying Cultural Interpreter

Michael Spavor (Paektu Cultural Exchange)


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APRIL 14th to 17th 2017

5 days / 4 nights


✪ Opening Gala Gourmet Japanese dinner & cocktails at Fujimoto Kenji’s brand new Sushi and Ramen Restaurant 

✪ Attend festivities on The Day of the Sun at President Kim Il Sung’s 105th Birthday Celebrations

Mass Outdoor Dancing with hundreds of Pyongyang university students

✪ Watch the fireworks with thousands of locals in Kim Il Sung Square

Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun (Mausoleum of Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il)

✪ Cooking Class – We will learn how to make cold noodles or Bibimbap (a vegetable, beef and rice dish) from one of Pyongyang’s Top Chefs

Pyongyang Symphony Orchestra (or the Pyongyang Circus)

✪ Shopping at a local department store


Other Attractions

★ Arch of Triumph

★ Mansudae Grand Monuments

★ Chollima Monument

★ Mansudae Fountain Park

★ Fly Air Koryo the flagship airline

★ City Cultural and Historical Walk

★ Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition

★ Mansudae Grand Monument (Statues of Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il)

★ An afternoon dancing and playing sports  with local residents at Moranbong Park

★ Kaeson Youth Amusement Park (open in the evenings)

★ Kim Il Sung Square

★ Visit a local bookstore & art gallery

★ Overseas Korean Gift Museum – Displayed gifts from overseas Koreans from (Japan, South Korea and other countries around the world)

★ Golden Lane Bowling Centre (or Kumrung Leisure Centre & shooting range)

★ Cold Noodles

★ BBQ Duck Dinner

★ Visit  Taedonggang Beer Hall (or the pub at the Taedonggang Brewery)

NOTE: A detailed itinerary will be provided after booking confirmation

Departure from Beijing to Pyongyang: 

9:30 am Beijing Capital Airport | April 14th, 2017 – by flight (Air Koryo JS 152)

Return to Beijing from Pyongyang:

By Train: 8 am Beijing Station | April 18th, 2017  (International Train K27/K28)

By Flight: 10 am Beijing Capital Airport | April 18th, 2017 (Air Koryo JS 151)

Pre-Departure Meeting:

A pre-departure meeting will be held in the late afternoon on April 13th, 2017.  Location and time will be sent to registered guests.


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Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities.  All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.


Price: 1290 Euro per person

Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place (Maximum 15 people)

Dates: 5 Days / 4 Nights (Fly in Train out) +100 Euro to Fly back to Beijing ( JS 151 Arriving in Bejing at 10 am)

Deadline: Apply before March 24th, 2017 (Americans & Japanese before March 17th)

Locations: Beijing, Pyongyang & Beijing

Included in the tour price: 

  • All meals in the DPRK (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, except meals on train out)

  • Transportation to and from the DPRK, transportation in the DPRK and back to Beijing, China (Flight in and Train out) Fly out to Beijing option +100 Euro

  • 4 nights (3 nights hotel in the DPRK + 1 night on the train)

  • Beer and water at lunches and dinners

  • Cultural excursions, delegation activities, cultural guides/translators, general entrance fees
  • Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, some basic DPR Korean language skills and fun & interesting stories every day

Not Included:

  • Return flights to China from wherever you are coming from (contact us if you would like us to book your in/outbound transportation)

  • Chinese double-entry visa (required), for more information, contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for more information (location and nationality can be different). Click here for more information or contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for more information. ( Note: Americans and Japanese will qualify for the Free Beijing 72-hour Visa flying in and out of Pyongyang.

  • Additional snacks, liquor, and alcohol (approx. 1 – 3 euros a beer)

  • Souvenirs, personal expenses, and other amenities

  • All meals are covered but ordering an additional special sushi meal at Kenji Fujimoto’s restaurant is optional (50, 70, 100, 150 USD per person)

  • DPRK Visa Fee (50 Euro)

Note: American passport holders cannot take the train and therefore must fly in and fly out.

Upgrades and Options:

  • Economy Return Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +100 Euro

  • First Class  Return Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +250 Euro 

  • Single room supplement fee (if you would like your own single room) Add +50 Euro per night

  • Room upgrades available for additional charges (Deluxe, Suite or Presidential Suite etc.)


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DPRK Cultural Interpreter



Michael Spavor

Guide & Cultural Interpreter
Paektu Cultural Exchange Director 

Michael has spent over 18 years living, working and studying in both North and South Korea and is fluent in the DPRK dialect. He first visited the DPRK in 2001 then in 2005; he became the managing director of a Canadian NGO operating in Pyongyang.

He also has extensive experience in South Korea working for government tourism organizations, but in the past decade, he has focused on organizing and facilitating trade, investment, cultural, academic, and specialized delegations to the DPRK. Michael has strong professional and personal relationships with the country’s leadership, and across different ministries and departments throughout the entire country.

He organized the Dennis Rodman 2013 and 2014 visits, the basketball match between the DPRK and former NBA players as well as cultural heritage restoration projects with the Dutch Prince Claus Fund.

Michael studied International Relations focusing on the Korean Peninsula and East Asian Studies in Canada then went on to study International Trade and Political Science in Korean.

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