) from South Korea on a DMZ (De-Militarised Zone)/JSA tour.Although somewhat of a tourist circus and the most obvious attraction near to Seoul, the DMZ and learning about how it came into being is a worthwhile part of any trip.
Freedom is close to zero, you'll most likely spend every night in Pyongyang and all your accommodation, guide, transport (tour bus - although there is a metro system you get to ride on as part of your tour - the deepest in the world no less - all public transport is off-limits) and food will be pre-paid and provided for you.
You will get state-run TV in your hotel room and will see/hear all the state propaganda you might expect on the TV and in all forms of media you come across.
few things remain from old times; most castles are reconstructed in ferro-concrete.
Choose carefully the sights to visit in Kyoto as entry fees are around 500-900Y.
Korea, which is as nationally proud as you would expect from this long lineage and its position surrounded by three super-powers - not to mention being a country split in half- was isolated from the west for thousands of years and retains a culture and customs that will continually surprise and entertain. Food is amazingly spicy and distinctive, eating seems to always involve plenty of people and alcohol and is for many visiting one of the main highlights.
Between China and Japan few travellers find room for Korea and even fewer any real time outside of Seoul (inc. It is worth not being one of them as Korea will almost certainly astonish.
Few destinations hold as much traveller kudos as North Korea.
Pyongyang, despite reputably being the least visited capital on earth and North Korea's stance as the ultimate 'hermit state' firmly intact, it is however far from difficult to visit and tour.
In fact many of the myths that make it seem so fascinating are false.
Costs vary depending on the agency and the size or group and tour itinerary/length, so it is hard to be exact.
In general however the real highlight is just being there and day-to-day experiences.