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Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked

Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked

Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader
From £2,475 to £2,795 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 11 Jun, 26 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 10 Oct, 26 Nov
2019: 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 29 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun
Japan golden route holiday

Japan golden route holiday

9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto
From £1,690 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail

Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail

Self-guided walking along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo trail
From £735 to £2,070 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku 88 Pilgimage route self-guided walking
From £870 to £1,590 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!
From £920 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Japan small group holiday by bullet train

Japan small group holiday by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £3,495 to £3,775 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 2 Jun, 14 Jul, 25 Aug
2019: 18 May, 1 Jun
Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan

Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan

Self guided walking on the Kumano Kodo Trail
From £725 to £1,625 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan holidays, tailor made

Japan holidays, tailor made

Experience the highlights of Japan by train
From £4,990 14 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
Hidden Japan holiday

Hidden Japan holiday

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £3,695 to £3,795 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Jul, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov
2019: 14 Mar, 9 May, 23 May
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail
From £3,140 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 16 Jul, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 7 Oct, 12 Oct, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 8 Nov, 11 Nov
2019: 24 Mar, 1 Apr, 7 Apr, 9 Apr, 18 Apr, 5 May, 7 May, 13 May, 17 May, 20 May, 15 Jul, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 1 Oct, 11 Oct, 13 Oct, 4 Nov, 7 Nov, 10 Nov
Last minute availability on July departure of the historic Nakasendo Trail. Walk village to village on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendo Trail, visit the historic imperial capitals of Kyoto and Nara with its free-roaming deer
Southern Japan small group holiday

Southern Japan small group holiday

Off the beaten track in Kyoto, Nara & Kyushu
From £3,520 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 8 Oct, 31 Oct
2019: 6 May, 23 May, 23 Sep, 19 Oct
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto
From £3,415 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 15 Jul, 14 Oct, 3 Nov
2019: 3 Apr, 12 Apr, 8 May, 20 May, 17 Jul, 16 Oct, 6 Nov
Last minute availability to take a scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights. Stay at a hot-spring ryokan, bathe in natural thermal waters, see the snow monkeys of Yudanaka Onsen and the exquisitely-preserved villages of Tsumago and Magome.
Luxury Japan holiday, tailor made

Luxury Japan holiday, tailor made

Beautiful country that offers beauty, tradition and history
From £5,310 18 days ex flights
Tailor made
Japan family holiday

Japan family holiday

Throw yourself into the whirl of Japan
From £2,935£2,495 to £3,170 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 10 Jun, 1 Jul, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 21 Oct
2019: 6 Apr, 7 Apr, 13 Apr, 14 Apr, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 22 Sep, 29 Sep
Up to £440 off. Late availability on these dates: 10 Jun, 01 Jul, 12 Aug, 19 Aug
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Japan unmasked tour, 14 days

Japan unmasked tour, 14 days

All the top sights in an action-packed 2-week group tour.
From AU $4,702 to AU $5,082 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 28 May, 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 26 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 10 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

The tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail
From £2,105 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 26 Jan, 16 Feb
Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Western Honshu's coasts - Japan Sea and Inland Sea
From £3,280 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Sep
2019: 22 May, 25 Sep
Japan cultural immersion holiday

Japan cultural immersion holiday

Cultural activites and traditional experiences galore
From £3,950 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Sep
2019: 12 May
Holiday in Japan

Holiday in Japan

Take the bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto
From £3,025£2,673 to £3,495 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departs most Saturdays throughout the year.
Up to £470 off. Late availability on these dates: 02 Jun, 09 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 14 Jul, 28 Jul, 04 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, 01 Sep
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures
From £2,890 to £3,459 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 17 Oct, 21 Oct, 11 Nov, 18 Nov
2019: 11 Jan, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 17 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 4 Sep, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov
Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From £3,380£3,339 to £3,830 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 10 Jun, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 23 Jun, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
Up to £170 off. Late availability on these dates: 10 Jun, 19 Aug
Walking tours to Japan

Walking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From £2,990 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 21 Apr, 19 May, 2 Jun, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 04 Jun
Kyoto to Tokyo small group holiday in Japan

Kyoto to Tokyo small group holiday in Japan

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From £3,435 to £3,895 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov
2019: 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 2 Apr, 6 Apr, 9 Apr, 13 Apr, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 20 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Aug, 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 15 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 09 Jun, 07 Jul, 14 Jul, 01 Sep
Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula
From £2,400 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Jun, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 10 Nov
2019: 23 Apr, 7 May, 24 May, 7 Oct, 22 Nov
Southern Japan small group tour

Southern Japan small group tour

Experience a different side to Japan on its southern islands
From £3,420 to £3,730 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 14 Jun, 19 Jul, 9 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 1 Nov
2019: 28 Mar, 4 Apr, 11 Apr, 16 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 18 Jul, 8 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 31 Oct
Late availability on these dates: 14 Jun, 19 Jul, 09 Aug
Japan activity holiday, bike, hike and kayak

Japan activity holiday, bike, hike and kayak

Multi activity holiday in Japan
From £2,985 to £3,135 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 8 Jul, 23 Sep
2019: 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 12 May, 7 Jul, 22 Sep, 20 Oct
Late availability on these dates: 08 Jul
Japan gastronomic holiday

Japan gastronomic holiday

A foodies' dream: a culinary journey across Japan.
From £3,910 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Honshu hiking holiday in Japan

Honshu hiking holiday in Japan

A challenging walking and hiking holiday in Japan.
From £2,630 17 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan cycling holiday, small group

Japan cycling holiday, small group

Get off the beaten track and experience old Japan
From £4,735 to £4,785 14 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2018: 29 Sep, 13 Oct
Central Japan holiday, small group

Central Japan holiday, small group

Explore Japan- the land of the Samurai
From £6,495 to £6,795 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 14 Nov
2019: 10 Apr, 13 Nov
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
From
£2,475
excluding flights
The beautiful Himeji Castle floating above you on the horizon when walking towards it from the station. Hiroshima was very moving. (more)Yasmin Dastur
There were many `most memorable´things such as the autumn colours, the gardens, the Japanese people, the food, the variety you offered on this tour, the numerous surprises Japan has in store by being so different, the group, the tour leader. (more)Inge Kerber
The highlight was meeting the Japanese people - they were so friendly and provided a fabulous service, all of them doing there best to help out the 'non Japanese' speaking tourists. Also, the country was virtually 'spotlessly' clean with no litter, graffiti or the usual grime one associates with Europe. (more)Roger Bayliss
Japan golden route holiday
From
£1,690
excluding flights
The most memorable part would have to be a takoyaki party in Osaka, where we all communally prepared the dish together. The Buddhist morning prayers in Koya-San were also quite memorable. (more)Justin Lopina
Eating the local foods and staying in local accommodation was the highlight. Excellent. It was a very busy holiday with a lot going on everyday. (more)Sarah Smith
The japanese alps, Miyajima, Hiroshima, cooking class, visit to Maiko, cycling - actually. Everything! The trip was fantastic, really well organised - we just had to arrive and enjoy! (more)Amita Patel
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
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£735
excluding flights
Experiencing a completely different culture was the highlight. (more)John Gunston
The walks through the ancient forests of Japan were above expectation, but the highlight I think was staying in the Ryokan - the charm and character of the inns and our hosts and the total immersion into a traditional Japanese experience with their tatami rooms, onsen baths and local cuisine. (more)Neil Dillon
Excellent, looking forward to traveling with you again. (more)Dennis Minchin
Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan
From
£725
excluding flights
The most memorable part was the phenomenal trek through unspoilt forests...And superb, astonishing accommodation, beyond what we imagined it would be. A perfect combination. (more)Luca Bosatta
9.5%...Most memorable was the friendliness and welcome feeling Japan gives (more)Dianne Williams
Staying in small guesthouses in small towns was very memorable and pushed me outside of my comfort zone in a good way, to experience a bit more of the culture. This was a great trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a walking holiday on their own time. (more)Cristi Carlstead
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
From
£920
excluding flights
The most memorable was Hakone. Beautiful views and hot spring bathing in the wonderful ryokan. (more)Kirsty Syder
We loved the varied nature of our trip, We took in history, beautiful, nature, exciting cities and great food. (more)Cyndia Pilkington
Our whole trip was memorable and exciting! We loved the Disney Sea park and Cafe Eorzea. We also enjoyed Zauo (fishing restaurant), our guide in Kyoto, our Ryokan, Arashiyama monkey park, and so much more! (more)Sarah Shadday
Japan cultural small group holiday
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£1,975
excluding flights
We saw various places all of which were very interesting. There is not one particular place or experience that stands out over and above everything else. It was great to cover so much ground and there was a lot to do every day. Our tour leader was helpful and very knowledgeable. (more)Catherine Cassidy
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. (more)Anuschka Veckranges
Really enjoyed the variety of visiting different regions of Japan e.g. busy Tokyo, tranquil Hakone, beautiful Kyoto and Nara and Kamakura. (more)Eva Jolly
Japan small group holiday by bullet train
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£3,495
excluding flights
Autumn colours were wonderful and the temples were most interesting. Excellent, with attention to detail, which made the tour very easy for the group. Hotels very good. (more)Ann Caroe
Very good itinerary that included cities and countryside and a variety of types of accommodation. There was plenty of optional free time to explore one your own if you wanted. Brian, the tour leader was conscientious and helpful, we were particularly impressed that he met us at our hotel on arrival in Japan in spite of the very late hour. (more)Andy Goodenough
We particularly liked Takayama. We had the experience of staying in Ryokan and were fully exposed to Japanese breakfasts...Very good itinary, Good logistics. (more)Geoff Wright
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
From
£870
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything was memorable: The temples, the people we met, the landscape, the food, the places we stayed at. Tips? Perhaps not to spend to much time at each temple in order to catch the transport connections or reach the guest houses without hurrying up. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A success. (more)Annatina Monnier
Japan holidays, tailor made
From
£4,990
including UK flights
The Noto Peninsula except for Wakura and the villages in the various parts of the countryside. Having a car made the difference. (more)Geraldine Hickey
Not the best holiday we have ever been on, too many problems, Some poor hotels, Guides who weren't that knowledgeable. Japanese not too helpful. Poor signposts not many in English, (more)JULIE HARRISON
The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto... (more)Katherine Windibank
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
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£3,140
excluding flights
Memorable parts? It was outstanding and hard to pinpoint a single thing. Experiencing the Onsens, seeing a whole valley flowering with cherry blossom, eating lots and lots of extraordinary food. A guide who was always patient and smiling and couldn't do enough to make sure every single person got what they wanted. Walking though beautiful valleys and mountains..... I could go on and on. Tips? Carry as little as possible - all the ryokans and hotels do provide sleepwear and toiletries... (more)Ruth Patterson
Walking tours to Japan
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£2,990
excluding flights
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... (more)Lisa Thompson
This was an excellent trip. ...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. (more)Una Dinning
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
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£3,415
excluding flights
Experiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese was the best. Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc. (more)Janet Barwell
The whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past....One of the best holidays we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture. (more)Anne Cooper
The most memorable part of the holiday was getting a bit of an insight into the people and culture of everyday Japan by travelling on local trains and buses and staying in local inns in rural areas rather than faceless hotels. (more)Nicola Lindsey
Southern Japan small group holiday
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£3,520
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing Mt Sakurajima look very peaceful and then erupt and having an Onsen by the beach. Tips? Pack lightly and be prepared to spend a lot of time on public transport as you travel large distances. While it is called a walking tour you don't actually walk large distances most days. Local benefits? Yes, We stayed in family run accommodation about half the time and ate a lot of local food prepared by locals rather than big companies. Overall rating? Very... (more)Barbara and Peter Gray
Kyoto to Tokyo small group holiday in Japan
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£3,435
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The cherry blossom in Japan. Tips? Take an umbrella, be ready to walk a lot and have fun. Local benefits? Yes, especially the local hotels amd ryokan. Overall rating? Excellent. Very good guide (Kimi) who went beyond the holiday description, taking us on tours, and explaining the local customs. We explored other tours before booking with this company and this was best value for money. (more)Mary-Anne Rose
Japan cultural immersion holiday
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£3,950
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Firstly - Sumo wrestling was an incredible spectacle. This won't be offered on all. Hands on Japan trips, but if you have the opportunity seize it with both hands. Secondly - Shrines and Temples are endlessly amazing. Tips? Take a book that you can collect stamp impressions in (not postage stamps, but rubber stamps). Make sure it is fairly large as many of the temples, gardens, train stations, etc.... offer some really exciting rubber stamps you can collect that... (more)Monte Gates
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan
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£2,105
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The beautiful little post towns and the amazing food at the places we stayed at. Tips? Wear lots of layers as it can get cold but you also need to be able to cool down by stripping back when you're hiking and the sun comes out. Local benefits? I hope it helped the local communoities by enabling them to keep these beautiful old buildings functioning as they were meant to. Overall rating? It exceeded expectations. We were all very well looked after by... (more)Richard Gordon
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan
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£850
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Hard to choose the most memorable moment. Bathing naked in hot spring under the stars. Walking snow packed paths, through the mountains. Tips? Follow the advice and you will have a great time! Local benefits? Definitely supported local people and relied on walking and public transport(which was really easy to navigate). Overall rating? We had an amazing experience and the people at the inns couldn’t have been more kind and helpful. (more)Prue Thimbleby
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring
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£1,370
excluding flights
Walking the old samurai trials was incredible, as well as exploring the many temples and shrines in Kyoto. Amazing, we loved every moment. (more)Mairi Towl
Excellent, stunning, huge variety of tastes, sights and experiences. We went budget but it was definitely first class! (more)John Hayes
Japan holiday, ancient and modern
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£4,499
including UK flights
Fabulous people - so welcoming and polite. Loved the Onsens - open air thermal baths where you bathe naked! (more)Rosie Morgan
Difficult to pick one experience above all others but probably the visit to the Snow Monkeys was the most enjoyable. (more)Allan Wild
Excellent... (more)Ruth Martin
Holiday in Japan
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£2,673
excluding flights
Miyajima-beautiful garden and Shinkansen was fab. (more)Rachel Melton
Superb. Would recommend it wholeheartedly. Thanks very much. (more)Simon Toller
A lot of good experiences - elephant ride on Christmas day - meeting a monk for meditation - Thai massage (ouch ouch ouch) and some great pampering. Food was often an adventure too. (more)Joanna Hughes
Hidden Japan holiday
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£3,695
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything! Travelling extensively using the local transport - every type, meant we saw such a large range of places, did lots of activities, experienced historical and modern displays, interacted with the local people and tasted a big variety of food. Tips? Travel light. Prepare for lots of traditional Japanese food. Bring comfy shoes. Local benefits? Yes. We travelled by public transport most of the time which is very efficient. We engaged with many locals... (more)Susan White
Tokyo to Kyoto holiday in Japan
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£1,076
excluding flights
Memorable parts? It was all fabulous! There was an ideal mix of pace and sightseeing between frenetic Tokyo, to gentle Nikko and beautiful Kyoto. Our guide Koi was so organised and helpful, her assistance in getting around really made travelling, navigating public transport or busy sightseeing spots enjoyable rather than stressful. Tips? Double check your itinerary, as it was not clear from the notes that we would have a guide on hand throughout the trip and that our travel between... (more)Lisa Watson
Adventure holiday in Japan
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£2,440
excluding flights
Memorable parts? A painting exhibition in Hiroshima. Tips? It actually isn't that difficult getting around Japan but a few simple Japanese phrases help break the ice. Local benefits? We had very little interaction with local people and employed no local guides which was really a pity. We impacted on the environment just as much as any other tourists. Overall rating? Reasonable. (more)Margaret Good
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