Japan cultural small group holiday

“Just like Japan’s bullet train, this fully guided, small group trip zips around the country’s cultural cacophony smoothly, efficiently and at a very reasonable cost. ”

Highlights

Tokyo | Hakone National Park | Stay in traditional ryokan inn | Hot spring baths | Kamakura | Bullet train journey | Kyoto

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2016: 29 Oct, 5 Nov
2017: 4 Mar, 18 Mar, 13 May, 10 Jun, 8 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
Our top tip:
On your free day go to Hiroshima. Obliterated by the 1945 atomic bomb, its reconstruction into the merry metropolis that it is today represents Japan's post-war pacifism.
Trip type:
Small group, max 14 people.
Solos:
Solo travellers have single room with NO surcharge, except in traditional accommodation.
Accomm:
Basic hotels plus two nights in traditional ryokan inns.
Included:
Tour guide, accomm., rail passes.
Meals:
All breakfasts, one dinner included. Budget £3 for street food, £8-10 for dinner in modest restaurant.
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Responsible tourism: Japan cultural small group holiday

Environment

We keep our group tours to a maximum of 14 people for many good reasons. Firstly travelling in a small group makes it easy to take advantage of Japan’s excellent public transport system. Of course this is good for environmental reasons, but it also avoids that feeling of being in a “tour bus bubble”, cut off from local Japanese people that we’re sure you’re keen to meet!

Small groups also mean the tour leader can take you to some interesting restaurants and izakaya (Japanese-style pubs). (Please note only one evening meal in Kyoto is included, other meals suggested by the tour leader are optional.) Large groups only fit into big chain restaurants, but we’d much rather show you the interesting, independently owned places.

Japanese culture makes much of the changing of the seasons and the food you’ll eat on this trip is sure to reflect this. The tour leader will be sure to pick restaurants were the menu offers locally grown, seasonal specialities keeping those food miles down and introducing you to the best Japanese cuisine!

Community

Although 10 days is not a long time to spend in Japan, we really pack the cultural learning in to take you beneath the surface Japanese culture. This way you’ll get a great appreciation of the Japanese way of life in both urban areas and rural communities.

In Kyoto we’ll spend the evening with a local guide for a walking tour of the Gion geisha district. The English speaking guide will invite us for a closer look at Geisha culture, explaining the history and traditional arts (tea ceremony, fan dancing, Shamisen) that maiko (apprentice geisha) spend years mastering. These days there are only a handful of geisha working in Kyoto. And yet it is important that they continue in order to pass these traditional arts on to future Japanese generations. As we wander the streets of Gion at dusk, we may even be lucky enough to spot a real geisha scuttling between tea houses.

Reviews of Japan cultural small group holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Experiencing the traditional aswell as modern culture. The Geisha experience was pretty amazing. It was so good!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack light; so many souvenirs to be bought. Be adventurous and try new flavours and food, it's all delicious.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The entire trip was so awesome. Lots of exciting things to taste, see and experience. Great way to meet people who enjoy travelling as much as I do.
Fantastic trip.

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Really enjoyed the variety of visiting different regions of Japan e.g busy Tokyo,
tranquil Hakone, beautiful Kyoto and Nara and Kamakura. I particularly enjoyed
staying in the traditional Ryokan accommodation and having an open air onsen (hot springs ) at night.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Embrace all elements of the trip and try some new experiences.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The trip uses public transport throughout such as trains, buses and metro. Local
restaurants are used.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An amazing adventure.

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