Japan discovery tour

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02 Oct 2016
£ 4150
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16 Oct 2016
£ 4150
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Japan discovery tour

Environment

On this tour, travellers have the opportunity to visit and appreciate Japan's incredible wildlife and natural landscapes. We visit the renowned Chubu Sangaku National Park, as well as observing the fascinating natural behaviours of the Japanese macaque in Yudanaka.

All of our travellers are issued with a ‘Japan Pre-departure Guide’, which provides practical travelling information, but which also gives a balanced introduction into some of the environmental issues facing the world’s second richest nation. On the ground in Japan, our travellers receive a ‘Tread Lightly’ guide to travelling responsibly, which asks travellers to shun excess packaging, do away with disposable cameras, and avoid daily changing of hotel linen.

In order to minimise carbon emissions associated with operating this journey, we include a significant number of walking tours, and avoid use of vehicles for short transfer distances between hotels and train stations. The overwhelming majority of travel on this tour is by rail (super comfortable public transport) - for example, to Obuse and Matsumoto to reduce emissions.

Community

We believe that travel should entail an exchange of knowledge and perspectives, a sharing of wealth, and a genuine appreciation of Japan’s culture. This philosophy underpins the heart and soul of our style of travel. We recognise that poorly planned itineraries or poorly informed tourists contribute less to cross-cultural understanding and less to the livelihoods of local people.

Japan is a rich and developed country, so is true to say that the opportunities for ‘responsibly operated’ holidays are not as ‘visible’ as they are in other, developing parts of the world. We believe however, that any holiday can be planned in a way which builds on cross-cultural understanding and encourages sensible behavioural change.

On this journey our local guides are trained to share their knowledge of cultural and other local issues in a balanced, informative way; in this journey alone you are likely to meet several local guides from different areas across the country. They share real experiences from their own lives and insights into family life, influences and beliefs, thus providing our travellers with a deeper understanding of the places they visit. Trips to local enterprises are built into the trip - for example, visiting a wasabi farm in Matsumoto and markets in Kyoto.

Lastly, the group size for this journey is small – always between 7 and 15 people. Our usual emphasis on ample free time, the avoidance of commission-based shopping stops and our shunning of included buffet dinners means that travellers on this journey have more time, and more flexible time to interact with local people and make individual discoveries and findings about a truly unique destination.

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