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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Discover Japan

SmarTours
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12 days
$ 350 / day
$ 4,199
From : $ 9,897
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore historic Imperial Palace (Tokyo)
  • See the majestic Mt. Fuji
  • Visit Hakone National Park
  • Opportunity to see the Shirakawago (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit Ancient town in Takayama
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Imperial Palace, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Shirakawa, Tokyo, Japan
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Splendid Japan and South Korea Tour

16 days
$ 387 / day
$ 6,199
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Mt Seorak National Park
  • Explore a Korean traditional village in Andong
  • Visit Tumuli Park and Gyeongju National Museum
  • Explore the vibrant Osaka
  • Enjoy exploring Kyoto
  • Visit Ancient Nara
  • Visit Osaka Castle
  • Take a cruise on Lake Ashi and visit Owakudani Valley and Hakone Shrine.
  • Experience Japan's perfect combination of tradition and modern.
Visits:
Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan, South Korea
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Japan: Land of The Rising Sun

9 days
$ 935 / day
$ 8,415
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Tokyo, including the country's most celebrated Shinto shrine and its largest Buddhist temple
  • Explore the picturesque landscape of Hakone National Park
  • Cruise Lake Ashi and take the aerial cableway for incredible views of Mount Fuji and the volcanic valley of Owakudani
  • Travel first class on the iconic Shinkansen bullet train
  • See the Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima Island
  • Experience the ancient culture of Kyoto and discover its UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Attend a maiko show in Kyoto with your Cox & Kings geisha expert
  • Visit the galleries, markets and boutiques that make Kyoto such a vibrant city
Visits:
Hakone, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Tokyo, Japan
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 241 / day
$ 5,979
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion district
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
  • Watch the famous snow monkeys bathing in hot springs
  • Take the incredible high speed 'bullet train'
  • Explore temples in Kyoto and discover futuristic Tokyo
Visits:
Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Japan
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Backroads of Japan

World Expeditions
Premier
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15 days
$ 302 / day
$ 4,523
From : $ 6,332
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Staying in traditional ryokans
  • Hiking through forest trails
  • Wander the bustling streets of Tokyo, Japan's capital city
  • Behold the iconic Mt Fuji and its five lakes
  • Be enthralled by the famous Geisha district of Gion in Kyoto
  • Explore and experience Kyoto and Osaka
  • Walk along the pilgrim’s trail towards the sacred peak of Omine in Nara
Visits:
Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Iconic Japan

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 382 / day
$ 4,589
From : $ 5,645
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the modern and traditional sides of japan
  • Relax at a traditional inn
  • Ride a ferry to miyajima to see the famous floating torii
  • Learn the art of meditation from a local monk
Visits:
Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, Himeji Castle, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Japan
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Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 491 / day
$ 5,399
From : $ 6,641
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Take part in a traditional taiko drumming class
  • Learn about the health benefits of the okinawan cuisine
  • Meet and train with a former sumo wrestler
  • Watch wild snow monkeys bathe in hot springs
  • Learn all about how wasabi is grown
  • Delve into delicious japanese cuisine while creating your own ramen
  • Encounter fearless deer in the gardens of nara park
  • Learn about the legendary swordsmanship of the samurai
Visits:
Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, Japan
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Shogun Trail

Explore!
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 424 / day
$ 5,090
From : $ 6,872
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Tokyo - Explore the city's lively neon-lit streets and visit the nearby Hakone National Park for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji
  • Bullet Train - Experience comfortable rail travel at an average speed of 174 mph
  • Kyoto - See the traditional side of Japan, with its stunning temples, immaculate Zen gardens and enigmatic geishas
  • Tea with a geisha - Enjoy Japanese tea with a geisha and learn about her art and her life
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Reflect at the sites of the world's first atomic bomb attacks
  • Hirado - Discover this island's rural charm and spectacular scenery
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Nara, Tokyo, Japan
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Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail

Explore!
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 428 / day
$ 4,990
From : $ 6,926
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Tokyo - Wander urban trails for an alternative view of the city
  • Nakasendo Way - Countryside hike between historic post towns
  • Kumano Kodo - Hike along an ancient pilgrimage route between Buddhist shrines
  • Kyoto - Explore the temples and tea houses of Japan's historic capital on foot
  • Japanese cuisine - Enjoy Japanese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
  • Traditional accommodation - Sleep on a futon and enjoy a hot spring bath at a traditional Ryokan
Visits:
Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Chitwan Independent Adventure and Homestay

G Adventures
Premier
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4 days
$ 150 / day
$ 599
From : $ 839
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Embark on a village walk through the tharu community
  • Stay in a g for good barauli community homestay
  • Spot the one-horned rhino in chitwan national park
  • Learn to cook traditional fare with a local tharu family
  • Cycle around narayani river
Visits:
Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu, Nara, Nepal
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Explore Japan

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
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12 days
$ 483 / day
$ 5,800
From : $ 7,830
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Japan is a year round destination with something in store for every season: cherry blossoms in spring, stunning leaves in autumn and snow and ice in winter.
  • This trip is a great balance of included activities in each destination and free time for your own choice of options, all backed by a helpful leader to steer you in the right direction of the best experiences.
  • There’s no better way to get around japan than the country’s famous railway system. be impressed by the efficiency and ultra-modernity as you zip from place to place with your included 7-day japan rail pass. your leader will organise all the logistics so all you need to worry about is whether to choose ramen or yakitori for dinner.
  • A visit to the hiroshima peace park is a sobering but important experience for understanding the tragedies of japan’s not so distant past.
  • Trace the steps of the geisha around the alleyways of kyoto’s atmospheric gion district and visit a zen buddhism temple and hear about its practice while sipping green tea.
  • Stay in a ryokan (traditional japanese inn) and sample simple home-cooked fare in edo-era takayama, explore local markets, the hida folk village and perhaps stop by a sake brewery.
  • Culminate in tokyo, one of the most extraordinary capital cities on the planet.
Visits:
Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, Imperial Palace, Japan
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Walking Japan

11 days
$ 509 / day
$ 5,595
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the old imperial city of Kyoto, its ancient temples, the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, and the Gion Geisha district
  • Walk in the footsteps of shoguns as you follow ancient trade routes through medieval towns, lush valleys, and misty forests
  • Stay at traditional Japanese inns, soak in hot springs, and eat exquisitely prepared, multi-course Japanese meals every night
  • Experience the electric energy of Tokyo and visit some of its oldest sites, including the Imperial Palace and the Grand Meiji Shrine
Visits:
Kyoto, Meiji Shrine, Nara, Tokyo, Japan
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Discover Japan with Hiroshima

12 days
$ 452 / day
$ 5,429
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Tokyo: Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner
  • Mount fuji area: Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda
  • Matsumoto : Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum
  • Takayama: City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a sake brewery for a tasting
  • Shirakawa: Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses
  • Kanazawa: Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class
  • Kanazawa–kyoto : Travel by Thunderbird express train
  • Kyoto: Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
  • Hiroshima: Bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima; visit Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Shukkei-en Landscape Garden, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall
  • From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation
  • Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines
Visits:
Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Shirakawa, Tokyo, Japan
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Discover Japan

10 days
$ 430 / day
$ 4,299
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Tokyo: Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner
  • Mount fuji area: Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda
  • Matsumoto : Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum
  • Takayama: City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a sake brewery for a tasting
  • Shirakawa: Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses
  • Kanazawa: Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class
  • Kanazawa–kyoto : Travel by Thunderbird express train
  • Kyoto: Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
  • From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation
  • Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines
Visits:
Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Shirakawa, Tokyo, Japan
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Classic Japan: The Golden Route

8 days
$ 431 / day
$ 3,449
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • TOKYO
    City sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine
  • Imperial Palace
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Nakamise shopping arcade
  • Tokyo Skytree; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; [LF] traditional tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinner

    KAMAKURA
    See the Great Buddha

    MOUNT FUJI AREA
    Cruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji

    MOUNT FUJI AREA–KYOTO
    Travel by high-speed bullet train

    KYOTO
    City sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Temple of the Gold Pavilion
  • Sanjusangendo Temple; Yuzen Hmade Corner; [LF] Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
Visits:
Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Tokyo, Japan
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84 Nara Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 66
Great 17
Average 1
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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A great way to see Japan

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 4.0

Great group tour experience. I was glad that I packed light! It was a small surprise to take so much public transportation everywhere. But our guide was amazing, and we saw a nice combination of classic sights and local gems.

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Operator G Adventures

An impressive country

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It is 2 weeks ago that we returned from our "Discover Japan" tour. What a great enjoyment it was, and how lucky we were! We managed to experience the cherry blossoms (Sakurai) in all the towns on the agenda.Even our guide, graceful Yoshimi Ozawa, was amazed about our great luck and exclaimed that two weeks before there was nothing to see. To add to our enjoyment, we were able to see Mount Fuji's upper cone above the clouds.Yoshi (as she wanted to be called by us) was extremely well organized and very eager to share her extensive knowledge of Japans history, customs and living conditions with us. We were duly impressed by the cleanliness of the cities, streets and people. Especially the rail road stations in Tokyo, Kanazawa and Kyoto are far and above in architecture and organization over any that we seen in Europe (let alone here in the US). The visit to the Mitsukushi department store was eye opening. The quality and quantity of the products on offer exceeded anything here in the US. Even more so were the the great number of sales clerks available to help, but not at all "pushy".The hotels were very good and the breakfasts quite sufficient. The included meals were also good. Our concerns of having to spend extensively for meals were unfounded since there were a great variety of lower costs options.Just the long and congested breakfast lines at the New Otani Hotel dimmed the outlook for the day. Having to wait up to 40 minutes, even though there were empty tables, should not be an acceptable condition.Transportation in general , be it by bus or train, was very good. However, We did not understand why the suitcases were moved from Takayama directly to Kyoto, depriving us of them in Kanazawa.We came away from this journey admiring the Japanese people that went through such dramatic changes since the middle of the last century.

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Operator SmarTours

Japan Ancient and Modern

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was an outstanding trip. The gardens were beautiful and I learnt a lot about the history of Japan and how it impacts on the culture today. It is an absolutely fascinating country.
The group leader was perhaps the most inspirational part of the trip (which is high praise because it was such a great tour) because of her professionalism. She is a young woman who put her utmost into ensuring we all had a great time.

Akemi was the best group leader i have had on a tour. She was clear and informative, very generous with her time, extremely well organised, and went out of her way to deal with any problem or answer any question. She created an excellent atmosphere in the group.

There is quite a bit of walking, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Having a light bag is very helpful.

I, like most of the others on the tour, are now very keen to return to Japan and explore more.

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Operator Exodus Travels

What a great way to see Japan!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What a great way to see Japan! Absolutely loved it. Can't wait to go on another tour!

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Operator Super Value Tours

Back Roads of Japan was a terrifically well organized and fun trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our guide, Ryoko, was excellent.

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Operator World Expeditions

Japan Ancient and Modern

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

The trip was well planned and organised with a good combination of free and organised time, so that it was possible to see and do as much as possible in the time available.
Hard to say - there were so many great moments! I loved being there in spring and loved the variety of the different places we visited from the contrasting cities of Kyoto and Tokyo to the days in the mountain towns with the outdoor pool at the Onsen a special highlight.

Akemi was great - nothing was too much trouble and she organised everything very efficiently. She took us to a variety of places to eat so that we could experience different local foods and her spreadsheet to cope with all the different pricing and cash involved was amazing.
She has a wonderful smile and an excellent personality for this demanding position.

I would recommend some reading in advance of the tour as because the trip is all on public transport there is not a lot of opportunity to ask questions that are other than fairly superficial

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Operator Exodus Travels

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