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Walk Japan vs Kawira Safaris - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 4.0
Guide — 4.0
Activities — 4.0
Lodging — 4.0
Transportation — 4.0
Meals — 4.0
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

had a wonderful time

5.0 September 2018
S
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My son (age 18) and I walked a self-guided route on the Nakasendo earlier this month and had a wonderful time. Walk Japan's arrangements were faultless and the hiking guide was easy to follow and also provided us with some terrific historical background. The highlight was getting to Cafe Poppoya outside Kaida and being treated to a lovely breakfast and a terrific musical interlude by Mr. & Mrs Ando... very unexpected and a great memory to take home with us.
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Tour Walk Japan Company Reviews

A word of caution

1.0 July 2018
Awoc
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Watch out when dealing with these guys. In addition to not accepting credit cards, Walk Japan's other business practices fall short of Western norms. I experienced this in a rather shocking way after I wired a downpayment to them about 4 months before the scheduled trip. A brief 2 weeks later I had to cancel because of an unforeseen scheduling conflict. That's when Walk Japan hit me with full force of their "non-refundable deposit" policy. In letting me know that they intended to keep my deposit (and of course having incurred no expenses in that short time), the borderline gleeful tone of their emails struck an exceedingly sour note with me. They also played the "we're a small operator" card, of course. I argued that if ever there were an opportunity to offer a discretionary refund, in the interest of fairness and customer care, this would be it. In fact, I would hope for such grace from a small shop that was run by decent people. In the end, their longwinded and self-serving defense convinced me that I was better off walking away.
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Tour Walk Japan Company Reviews

Our guide Joshua was fantastic,the food and accommodation was great

5.0 May 2018
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We walked Kumano Kodo pilgrimage April 11-19 2018. Our guide Joshua was fantastic,the food and accommodation was great. The walking, the historic and sacred locations enabled us to understand and respect Japan's culture, it was a privilege to be part of Walk Japan guided tour.
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Tour Walk Japan Company Reviews

Excellent customer service

5.0 October 2017
S
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Its run in a very professional way. Excellent customer service...you'll get value for your money!

Tour Kawira Safaris Company Reviews

The guides were super accommodating and had great stories to tell

5.0 October 2017
D
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've been on a handful of Safaris in east Africa and my trip with Ian and Kawira was by far the best. The guides were super accommodating and had great stories to tell. Couldn't have chosen a better way to see the gorillas in Rwanda and would recommend Ian and his crew to anyone!
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Tour Kawira Safaris Company Reviews

I had a wonderful time

5.0 August 2017
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a wonderful time during the trip. The guide was informative, friendly and attentive to our entire group! I definitely plan to be a returning customer and recommend this to my friends and family!
Tours 7 Trips 4 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Regional Expert
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Asia
  • Africa
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters N/A Kigali, Rwanda
Year Established 1992 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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      About Walk Japan

      Since 1992, Walk Japan has led tours rich in history and geography, exclusively in Japan. 

      What Makes Them Stand Out? 

      Walk Japan began with two Hong Kong University academics leading study trips to teach students about Japanese history and geography, eventually developing into a tour company. As a result, their tours are focused on seeing Japan by foot, through an educational experience in areas that may be lesser-known. Tours are comprised of small groups with a maximum of 12 people per tour leader.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Walk Japan creates tours for families, friends, groups, and schools. Its tours are suitable for multi-generational groups, solo travelers, and couples. Most participants are aged 30 to 70 and they come from all over the world. 

      Where Do They Operate? 

      Walk Japan leads tours throughout Japan, staying in local accommodations, and exploring off the beaten track.

      Why Travel With Them? 

      Walk Japan has an in-depth and broad knowledge of Japan and is continually researching the best tour sites for its guests. All leaders have the skills to talk with locals and a deep familiarity with the country. One leader is a professor of Japanese history; another of Japanese social geography; one ran the Japanese subsidiary of a foreign corporation and now lives and works in a remote rural area of Japan; while another was educated at a Japanese middle school, worked in Japanese TV and lived for many years in Tokyo and Kyoto. With a commitment to corporate responsibility, Walk Japan supports family-run and local businesses, cares for and creates woodlands, and participates in community projects.

      About Kawira Safaris

      Kawira Safaris offer tours around Africa, specifically Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and East Africa. They offer personalized customer service to ensure that their clients experience nothing but the best. No matter what location you pick, each tour captures the beauty and culture of the destination. They also offer a wide-range of activities and adventures so there is never a dull moment.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      They offer private and group guided tours around Africa. They specialize in wildlife safaris and primate trekking. But they also provide scenic hiking tours as well as camping trips. They make booking a trip fast and efficient while also being budget-friendly. They offer 24/7 support before and during your trip. The travel leaders are both experts in their subject and accommodating to their guests.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Adventure seekers who have a passion for nature and wildlife will gravitate to Kawira Safaris. They offer both safari tours and lodging for individuals who like a detailed itinerary. They are also family-friendly.

      Where Do They Operate?

      They operate exclusively in Africa. They offer tours in Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and East Africa.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Individuals who want to experience Africa’s abundant wildlife should look into Kawira Safaris. They offer a wide-range of tours that focus on the natural beauty of Africa. Each tour also captures the culture and history of each location.


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