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review 7 Nov 2015

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

We particularly enjoyed Kyoto which gave a mix of city living with the cultural experiences. We visited Sanjusangendo temple which holds 1001 life sized statues, which wasn't a highlight in our guide book but should be in our opinions....it was amazing!

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

Although there are ATMs in Japanese cities, they do not accept non Japanese debit cards even where the Visa sign is displayed. So either take cash, or look for 7/eleven stores whose shop ATMs oddly do accept them! For vegan / vegetarian travellers the local inns will be able to better accommodate your diet if planned in advance. Finding vegan restaurants in cities is tricky even with the address but the address is in English and the street /restaurant signs are obviously in Japanese. Having said that there are some such places and we did find 2.

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

Staying in the Ryokans would have boosted funds for those families but I'm not sure we benefited the community as such as many of the local museums we were supposed to visit were closed when we were there.

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

We really enjoyed it and were lucky enough to be in Osaka whilst the 'Unknown Asa' exhibition was on which was incredible. 200+ creative exhibitions including ceramics, textiles and other art forms.

review 22 Oct 2013

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

Walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert. Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (And the company of like-minded fellow travellers.)

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

Ensure that you are fit enough to do the walking required, get a really good rucksack and carry as little as possible. There are drinks and ice creams in machines everywhere so you don't always need to carry large amounts of water. (You don't need to take toiletries, towels or night gear as all is provided by the highly efficient hotels). Be prepared for the rigours of sleeping on a hard floor with a rice husk pillow in the ryokans!

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

Yes. We travelled on public transport or on foot. Not having a tour bus was refreshing as we had closer contact with local people. We stayed at family-run ryokans and experienced genuine locally sourced food, which was fresh, delicious and exquisitely prepared. Walking through villages, especially among farmers' fields helped us to understand local conditions and to see where our food came from.

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

This was an excellent trip. I have been on very few organised tours - this was by far the best. The tour guide, Alena, was an expert on Japan and made our trip very enjoyable and stress-free (& handled an accident with impressive efficiency and sympathy). The choice of hotels and ryokans was good - all well located and comfortable and the walks were wonderful!

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