Japan premium wildlife tour with Mark Brazil
Description of Japan premium wildlife tour with Mark Brazil
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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PlanetBy travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. On many nights of the trip, the group stay in remote, less visited locations of Japan, often staying overnight at family-run traditional guesthouses or accommodation.
Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing.
During the trip, we visit several parks, Kirishima-Yaku National Park & the Izumi Crane Observation Centre, Snow Monkey Park(Jigokudani Yaen Koen) and the Akan-Mashu National Park. By visiting these places on the itinerary, we are directly contributing to the conservation efforts of these locations.
We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste. For example, we encourage eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead encourage clients to drink the tap water, which is safe to drink in Japan. We encourage all clients to take a refillable water bottle with them on the tour.
During the tour, our guides educate guests on how to appropriately separate and dispose of any waste, as well as encouraging clients to use reusable chopsticks and reusable bags for shopping.
Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary mostly use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available at the majority of accommodation and restaurants.
Most accommodations used on this trip adhere to strict environmental policies in order to save water and energy and lower their carbon footprint.
PeopleThe use of a local Japanese guide, (who will accompany the group and specialist leader, Mark Brazil, means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
Guests will have the opportunity to stay in traditional family-run Japanese guesthouses (ryokans) on many nights of the trip, where you will enjoy delicious home cooked, traditional Japanese meals prepared by locals.
Whilst there is a strong emphasis on wildlife, there is also a focus on culture and history. This trip provides plenty of opportunities to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cultural sites & shrines. Our visits to these sites will benefit the locals and contributes to the preservation of their cultural assets through the money spent on entrance fees and other purchases made within the area.
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