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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
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The serene and the frantic October 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

A good balance of the ancient and modern, as the trip title suggests.
Travelling by public transport helps to convey the flavour of "normal" life
in the country rather than a whistle-stop tour of "tourist" destinations.
The overall sense of order and respect for others, even in crowded city
centres. The attention given to presentation - of food and everything else.


Ayaka took great trouble to ensure we optimised our time by being fully
prepared: helpful annotated maps, advice on tickets, and so forth. She took
us to a variety of types of restaurant for the optional meals, which are not
in the programme, but where in fact the majority of the group chose to eat
together. And she was great fun !


Don't worry about whether it's cherry blossom time: there are plenty of
beautiful sights anyway. Be prepared to pay cash for meals if the group eat
together.


The first ryokan didn't quite live up to expectations; it was in a more urban
environment than we'd imagined.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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A great experience, a wonderful country and an amazing tour leader. October 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

A fantastic tour with so much to see in such a short time. Our group leader
(Ayaka Tsukamoto) kept us informed of historical and cultural details
throughout the tour and she also went out of her way to ensure that
everybody was able to get what they wanted from the free time available..
It is difficult to choose any single inspirational moment from the serenity
of the temples when you got away from the crowds, the friendliness of the
people or the rush you feel when bullet trains go shooting through the
stations at high speed. However, we were lucky to have fantastic views of
Mount Fuji on a fun jaunt around Hakone on the various modes of transport.


Ayaka Tsukamoto was a brilliant tour leader who was tireless in her
enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring we had a fantastic and fulfilling tour.
Even on our free days she helped by ensuring we used the most effective
transport to maximise our time and in recommending places to visit and where
to eat. She took us to restaurants that we would not normally have chosen and
these were some of the best restaurants that provided us with great
experiences along with the authentic cuisine.

Throughout the tour she kept us informed of historical and cultural details
and amused us with her anecdotes that gave us an insight into growing up in
Japan.


This is a tour with lots of walking and some long days so that you get the
most out of your time on holiday. Using public transport gives you more
contact with the friendly Japanese people and is much more ecological than
using coaches.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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AOP 180512 October 2018

4.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

I have just returned from AOP 180512,it was quite a rewarding trip, we saw
lots in our travels there was great variety from the rural countryside and
small towns to the wonder that is Tokyo.It might be an idea to indicate in
the title that travel is exclusively by train (AOP......by train).We had the
most fantastic hotel in Kyoto, our hotel in Tokyo was very good also,both
were next door to the subway which made travelling around very easy,all train
stations have english signs and announcements.There are many many historical
and cultural sights to visit and lots of shopping opportunities. This
country has everything. It also feels very safe,people can leave their
belongings unattended. I witnessed this on several occasions. There are lots
of food options also.......
There were many moments that come to mind

Mount Fuji appearing out of the cloud.
The hustle and bustle of Tokyo
Visiting Hiroshima
Travel by bullet train


Our tour leader Ayaka Tsukamoto looked after us all very well. She is
particularly good at her job,we were always kept supplied with maps that had
all the places of interest marked and any other information that we
requested. I have a food allergy and she took particular care that food was
always suitable for me.I especially thank her for that.......


Pack your bags and go....


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Ancient and Modern Japan October 2018

5.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

A wonderful trip , accompanied by a great bunch of fellow travellers and a
guide who made it her job to ensure that we all got the best out of it. We
could not possibly have achieved so much in so short a time without the
company of our exceptional guide Ayaka who just made everything work like
clockwork in the nicest possible way. The whole trip was truly exceptional.
Excellent hotel accommodation in Kyoto and Tokyo. The Ryokans are quirky and
a good experience of yet another cultural difference. The food at the ryokans
was amazing, beautifully presented and a feast for the senses.
Every day provided us with an inspirational moment- In Kyoto the beautiful
garden at the Silver Palace, coming across a Geisha in the lamplight outside
a tea house, exploring tiny Zen gardens at the minor temples, waiting to
begin the most beautifully arranged food all of which is completely alien in
looks and flavour. Tokyo, a city of contrasts. It is epic in size and yet
manageable via its incredible transport system. Something weird and wacky on
every corner. Owl cafes??? Japan has the appearance of familiarity and yet is
so culturally different.


Ayaka was energetic and enthusiastic. Always on hand to help us make the most
of every moment of the trip. Her attention to detail was second to none,
ensuring that we managed the busy itinerary and navigated transport systems
with ease. In the major cities she provided us with a guide and a transport
map that she had annotated with the major sites and suggestions for quirky
areas to visit. Always with a smile and an infectious laugh. She gave her
time to every person on the trip ensuring that we all gained a personal
experience of her country. Her knowledge and information giving was always
just enough for us to gain an insight and understanding of the sight or area
we were visiting yet she was always willing to expand further to individuals
with specific questions. Ayaka was an excellent guide and we would not
hesitate to recommend her.


There is a lot of walking and the pace is fast so you need comfortable and
water proof shoes
Take an umbrella or buy one when you arrive. When it rains it can be
torrential!
Be prepared for early starts and very long days. You will often not return to
the hotel before 9pm.
If you have particular interests research them before you go and your guide
will help you to locate shops or museums.
Take a good guide book as you will have a free day in Kyoto and another in
Tokyo. If you are on the group flight home you will not leave the hotel until
5pm so you have effectively a 2nd free day. Your guide will also be
incredibly helpful. Just ask.
Breakfasts are not provided. Eating out is possible but local stores sell
yoghurts, fruit and some even oats and muesli so easy to have breakfast in
your room. The local bakeries are fantastic. The Akibukuro station close to
the Tokyo Hotel has an excellent supermarket and takeaway food dept.
Consider adding additional days to the end of your trip.


This trip was one of our best. If we didn't have the rest of the world to
explore we would return to Japan next year!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Backroads of Japan provided a terrific mix of metro Japan and beautiful walks in rural areas October 2018

4.0

Backroads of Japan

The opportunity to experience real Japanese cuisine and customs such as onsen bathing and staying in ryokans and small rural hotels gave me a sense of authenticity and an appreciation of Japanese culture. Read more

Operator World Expeditions

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