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Reviews of Hiroshima Tours
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4.5 out of 5
Excellent 130 Great 77 Average 10 Disappointing 3 Terrible 4
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4.5 Guide
4.5 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
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Ancient and Modern Japan January 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

Really interesting and varied trip, an excellent taste of many aspects of
Japan.
The contrast between the charms of the ancient castles, gardens and shrines
and the modern sky scrapers and bullet trains .
The courtesy and warm welcome of Japanese people in all the hotels,
restaurants and places we visited.


Ayaka was an excellent group leader going above and beyond ensuring we
enjoyed and got the most from our time in Japan. She made sure we could find
the most interesting things to see and do in our free time and teaching us to
negotiate the wonders of the subway independently as well as suggesting good
places to eat and shop for all sorts things and an idea of how to fit into
the Japanese way of doing things.
She also gave us good basic understanding of how the places we visited and
the things we saw fitted into the bigger picture of Japanese history and
culture.
She rearranged our trains after the Typhoon closed some lines to close and
made sure we didn't miss any of our itinerary.


If you want an overview of Japan and its varied and fascinating culture book
this trip.
Remember to check the weather forecast just before you go and pack with this
in mind.
We encountered Typhoon Lan and were really pleased to have waterproof
trousers and tops, Japan is green country and it does rain.


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aop ancient and modern japan January 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

We had a wonderful time - Japan is an amazing country and this exodus tour
really helped us appreciate that to the full.
Seeing parts of japan off the normal tourist trail


Ayaka was fantastic - she couldn't do enough for us all - full of energy and
infectious enthusiasm, and very knowledgeable too. She clearly listened to
what people said about what they wanted to get from the trip and delivered
on this. Impressive.


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Japanese exploration January 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

A great tour, which we both enjoyed tremendously. A wide variety of
interesting sites to visit and different modes of transport to experience.
Being able to visit Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Takayama, Matsumoto, Yudanka and
Tokyo was just superb and everything went exceedingly smoothly with all the
trains, buses, subways, trams, and PIRATE ships! The group was 18 in number
and we always were able to travel together and experience all the sights.
Hotels were good and offered restful nights and hot spring water baths at
one. Meals were usually together and fish eaters were well catered for
alongside the meat eaters. The two luggage transfers were great and suitcases
were whisked off to be reunited a couple of days later. The trip schedule
meant that most days we had several sights to visit and even on 'free-days'
our guide, Ayaka, skilfully put together individual packages depending on our
needs. The variety of experiences across the main island of Japan was
wonderful.
Too many to mention but obviously the emotions of Hiroshima Peace Park, the
busy food markets, the opulent shrines and temples, the extensive art
treasures in Kyoto and Tokyo, the snow monkeys in snow, the hot spring bath
in snow as well, Mount Fuji, the impressive time keeping of Japanese Rail,
the patience, knowledge, good humour and infectious laugh of Ayaka.


Ayaka brought together a sizeable group in a calm and unflustered manner and
made sure that we were able to fully experience the 'wonders' of ancient and
modern Japan. Ever present and always preparing material for free days and
helping us get deeper into Japanese society, made the whole tour a really
memorable experience. Thank you.


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12 full days made Japan a very accessible country, Shinkansens speed us to
far-flung places effortlessly, everybody we came into contact with throughout
the tour was pleased to see us and help us unravelled so many aspects of the
vibrant Japanese culture.


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Ancient & modern Japan January 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

This was a brilliant trip with a great group of fellow travellers. It took us
along the length of Honshu, from the coast, cities, and into the mountains,
using very efficient public transport - the Shinkansen & Tokyo metro which
are experiences in themselves. We saw friendly deer, excitable snow monkeys
and dressed-up dogs in prams (an example of an eccentric sight Japan will
offer many of). It offered relaxing moments like bathing in the hot springs
and warming sake, to quite intense moments like navigating busy train
stations and some longer days on our feet exploring parks and cities.
I travelled to Japan to particularly catch the autumn colours - amazing! Late
November was the perfect time of year for acers and they are a sight the
country over, so Japan kept giving beatiful views throughout the two weeks.
Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto gave my favourite moment for autumn colour - it's
optional, but I v much recommend. If in blossom, the Philosopher's walk would
be stunning as it's lined with cherry trees, again this was optional.


Ayaka had great enthusiasm, was very humourous and she was very well
organised. She moved 18 people several times through Tokyo stations at rush
hour without loosing anyone! She offered great advice on sights to see on our
free time, and gave useful maps with recommendations highlighted. She knew
her Japanese food, and I particularly liked the group treats she sourced in
Kyoto and she got us into some lovely restaurants despite being a big group.


There's more walking than may seem obvious in the trip notes, and most is on
paved urban surfaces, so it could be quite uncomfortable by the end of the
longer days. So take comfy shoes and be prepared for several miles on one or
two days.

Tokyo's rail carriages get busy and cramped, and the stations themselves at
rush hour take a lot of patience. But, for me it was part of experienceing
the modern side of Japan so added to the understanding of what it means to be
a local. Busy!

There's more time in Tokyo then I'd really appreciated, so I'd recommend
doing more research than I did on your options so you can make the most of
it.


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Thoroughly enjoyable trip January 2018

4.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

Excellent trip giving a great introduction to the culture & history of Japan.
- autumn colours
- Hiroshima
- Kyoto golden temple
- snow monkeys
- bullet train
- Nara

It was all fabulous!


Ayaka did an excellent job of organising a group of 18 people & keeping us on
track. She was always cheerful, friendly & helpful.


There was more walking than I expected. It was fine for us but I think it's
worth letting travellers know that you could be walking 6-7 miles a day.
There was also more transport changes than we expected.


No. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We loved Japan especially the countryside
and the people.


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