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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 £2,595 to £2,795 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 2 Sep, 20 Sep, 25 Nov
2020: 17 Feb, 2 Mar, 27 Apr, 11 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 29 Jun
Japan golden route holiday

Japan golden route holiday

9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto
From £1,750 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 £750 to £1,060 5 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 £890 to £1,620 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 £1,020 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
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 £740 to £1,730 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail
From £3,205 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 15 Jul, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 1 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 14 Nov
Hidden Japan holiday

Hidden Japan holiday

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £3,675 to £3,850 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 25 Jul, 26 Sep
2020: 12 Mar, 7 May, 21 May
Japan small group holiday by bullet train

Japan small group holiday by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £3,595 to £3,995 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 14 Sep
2020: 23 May, 30 May
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What we rate and what we don't
Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,795 to £1,995 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 24 Aug, 28 Sep, 26 Oct
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Simple hotels, rustic ryokan, unforgettable honeymoon.
From £1,560 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Southern Japan small group holiday

Southern Japan small group holiday

Off the beaten track in Kyoto, Nara & Kyushu
From £3,595 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 1 Oct, 4 Nov
Japan holiday, ancient and modern

Japan holiday, ancient and modern

Explore the attractions of this vibrant nation
From £4,949 to £5,449 16 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2019: 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 20 Oct, 26 Oct
2020: 14 Mar, 15 Mar, 18 Mar, 21 Mar, 22 Mar, 25 Mar, 28 Mar, 29 Mar, 4 Apr, 5 Apr, 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 19 Apr, 9 May, 16 May, 19 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 7 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 21 Sep, 28 Sep
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto
From £3,490 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 17 Jul, 11 Oct, 6 Nov
Last minute availability for July departure of Shoguns and Samurai small-group guided tour
Luxury Japan holiday, tailor made

Luxury Japan holiday, tailor made

Beautiful country that offers beauty, tradition and history
From £5,550 18 days ex flights
Tailor made
Japan family holiday

Japan family holiday

Throw yourself into the whirl of Japan
From £2,935£2,542 to £3,520 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 3 Jul, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 22 Sep, 27 Sep, 29 Sep
2020: 5 Jan, 28 Mar, 30 Mar, 3 Apr, 5 Apr, 11 Apr, 13 Apr, 27 Jun, 29 Jun, 19 Sep, 21 Sep, 26 Sep, 28 Sep, 3 Oct
Up to £440 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 03 Jul, 07 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 04 Aug, 22 Sep, 27 Sep, 29 Sep
Japan unmasked tour, 14 days

Japan unmasked tour, 14 days

All the top sights in an action-packed 2-week group tour.
From AU $4,892 14 days ex flights
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Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

The tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail
From £2,150 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2020: 25 Jan, 15 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 £3,350 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 25 Sep

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If you would like some help or advice, or just want to discuss your ideas for your next trip, do give us a call.
Japan cultural immersion holiday

Japan cultural immersion holiday

Cultural activites and traditional experiences galore
From £3,950 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 8 Sep
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

Sixteen days of high-speed cities, terracotta giants and a spiritual stay in the life of a monk
From £2,768 to £3,459 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov
2020: 10 Jan, 21 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, 25 Mar, 27 Mar, 1 Apr, 3 Apr, 10 Apr, 15 Apr, 17 Apr, 24 Apr, 29 Apr, 1 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 24 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 8 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 2 Sep, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 9 Oct, 14 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 11 Dec
Japan private tour, authentic journey

Japan private tour, authentic journey

Experience Japan's cities, mountains and fascinating culture
From £3,835 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Tokyo to St Petersburg rail tour

Tokyo to St Petersburg rail tour

Japan to Russia overland on the Trans-Siberian Railway
From £7,465 to £7,625 30 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 2 Sep, 30 Sep
2020: 8 Jun, 6 Jul, 14 Sep, 28 Sep
Add two nights free accommodation (Pre or post tour or a combination of both) when booking one of our 2019/2020 tours. Applies to all 19/20 'Guaranteed' & 'Available' small group and Independent journeys over 12 days.
Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From £3,445£3,401 to £4,090 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 6 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
2020: 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov
Up to £170 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep
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What we rate and what we don't
Walking tours to Japan

Walking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From £3,090 to £3,340 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 5 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
2020: 8 Mar, 22 Mar, 5 Apr, 19 Apr, 17 May, 31 May, 13 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 05 Sep, 29 Sep
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 £3,350£2,890 to £3,860 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
2020: 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 1 Apr, 3 Apr, 5 Apr, 8 Apr, 10 Apr, 12 Apr, 15 Apr, 19 Apr, 3 May, 6 May, 10 May, 17 May, 20 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 14 Oct, 18 Oct, 21 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov
Up to £510 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 04 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep
Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula
From £2,455 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 7 Oct, 22 Nov
Japan 12 day tour, tailor made

Japan 12 day tour, tailor made

A combination of Japan's classic sights & hidden gems
From £3,626 12 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Trans Siberian rail tour, St Petersburg to Tokyo

Trans Siberian rail tour, St Petersburg to Tokyo

Epic rail journey through Russia and Mongolia to Japan
From £6,430 29 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Add two nights free accommodation (Pre or post tour or a combination of both) when booking one of our 2019/2020 tours. Applies to all 19/20 'Guaranteed' & 'Available' small group and Independent journeys over 12 days.
Nakasendo self guided walking tour

Nakasendo self guided walking tour

The Nakasendo Trail, with wonderful additional areas too
From £1,235 to £2,150 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
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£2,595
excluding flights
The most exciting part for me was trying all the many different foods under the expert suggestions from our tour leader. (more)Anna Avery
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
Japan golden route holiday
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£1,750
excluding flights
The fabulous gardens in Shinjuku Tokyo were memorable. (more)Janet Hynes
Sailing across Lake Ashi on a pirate ship was the most exciting part of our holiday ! (more)Alix Gunn
It was a fantastic experience for my children. Holiday of a lifetime. (more)Jean Bergin
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
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£750
excluding flights
Perfect holiday for everyone on the trip. The most memorable parts were walking through O'Tsumago and Narai. (more)Julie Kim
It was a trip of a lifetime! We enjoyed the incredible walks everyday followed by the stays at ryokans! (more)Coles Sterling
This is an experience we will never forget. We’re already talking about doing a similar holiday in the near future! (more)Ramona Alba
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
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£1,020
excluding flights
The snow monkeys, the city lights of Tokyo, the local restaurants and bars, the food and the friendliness & helpfulness of the people were memorable. (more)Alan Hope
We had an amazing holiday. Japan is unique. (more)Helen Dooley
The most memorable was Hakone. Beautiful views and hot spring bathing in the wonderful ryokan. (more)Kirsty Syder
Japan cultural small group holiday
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£1,795
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
Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan
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£740
excluding flights
Specific moments on the trail were memorable, especially at the approach to Hongu, our ryokan and experience at Chikatsuyu. (more)Joanne Bauer
The most memorable part was hiking the Kumano Kodo, staying in inns along the way; 2 days at Koyasan... Great. (more)Todd Grant
It was a fantastic experience. The Kumano Kodo is a hidden treasure. My wife and I were alone on the trail almost the entire time. We rarely came across other travellers but when we did we had great conversations (more)shaun orr
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
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£890
excluding flights
Nachi-San and Mount Koya were the most memorable parts our holiday. It was an amazing experience ! (more)Anne-Marie Brest
Everything was memorable: The temples, the people we met, the landscape, the food, the places we stayed at. (more)Annatina Monnier
Japan small group holiday by bullet train
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£3,595
excluding flights
The most exciting elements were the cultural differences and beauty of Japan. The most memorable was the stunning 'Japanese Alps' at Kamicochi. (more)John Harlow
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
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
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£3,205
excluding flights
I loved Nara and all the amazing temples there. The meals we had were ridiculously good, especially the farewell meal and the vegan food at the temple lodgings in Koyasan. The post towns on the Nakasendo Trail were beautiful... (more)Tracey Bourner
The most memorable parts of the holiday were...the beauty of the Japanese landscape and the friendliness of the people we met. The wonderful foods, some of which we had never experienced before. (more)Caroline Hartigan
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. (more)Ruth Patterson
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring
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£1,560
excluding flights
Hiking the section of the Nakasendo Samurai Trail from Magome to Tsumago was amazing! We loved walking through really beautiful countryside, listening to the birds and frogs and fortunately not encountering any bears! (more)Rachel Bielby
Amazing holiday (more)Sylvie Harvey
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
Japan holiday, ancient and modern
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£4,949
including UK flights
From the cherry blossoms in Tokyo to the the snow monkeys in the snow to the wonderful gardens and temples of Kyoto - it was all so interesting and varied (more)Wendy Kreppel
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
Walking tours to Japan
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£3,090
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
Southern Japan small group holiday
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£3,595
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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£2,890
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 culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
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£3,490
excluding flights
Travelling on local trains and buses and the opportunity to do lots of walking in beautiful places were the most memorable parts of our holiday. (more)Margaret Watts
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
Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan
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£2,455
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Day 6,Walk from Koguchi to Nachi Grand Shrine and waterfall. The hiking was really challenging and site sceneries at the end were amazing. Tips? Have the lightest possible backpack during the hikes. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Very Good (more)Ahmed El Hawary
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan
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£805
excluding flights
The most memorable part of the holiday was walking for days with seeing hardly anybody, only wonderful nature. And the amazing food in the local inns. (more)Babette Braun
Hard to choose the most memorable moment. Bathing naked in hot sting under the stars. Walking snow packed paths, through the mountains. We had an amazing experience and the people at the inns couldn’t have been more kind and helpful. (more)Prue Thimbleby
Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour
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£870
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Probably staying in two historic ryokan but the travelling over 4 days to two different locations was great fun as well. And the best moment was the sudden unexpected view of Mount Fuji from Oshino Hakkai. Tips? We are in our mid sixties and I was nervous beforehand about our ability to figure out the transportation by ourselves. In fact, with the helpful information plus clear ticketing, it was all very straightforward and went extremely smoothly. And local people... (more)Jane Williams
Hidden Japan holiday
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£3,675
excluding flights
Absolutely wonderful; probably the best we've ever had. (more)Jane Dunphy
It was an amazing experience; everything we hoped for and more...each day was different and a new fascinating experience. (more)Jean Burgess
We had a fantastic time. The guide, Yuri, was great and the tour was varied and constantly enlightening. (more)Lynda McCall
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan
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£2,150
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
Japan cultural immersion holiday
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£3,950
excluding flights
The itinerary was very well balanced; hands-on experiences with historical sightseeing in different locations. It was an excellent tour. (more)Liba Eichner
Sumo wrestling was an incredible spectacle... (more)Monte Gates
Holiday in Japan
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£2,269
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
Tokyo to Kyoto holiday in Japan
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£1,160
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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£2,528
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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