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Reviews for Japan holiday, ancient and modern

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review 10 Apr 2019

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

The whole holiday was great and our guide, Mayuko, was fantastic. 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. We enjoyed travelling by all forms of public transport and experiencing different kinds of food, also staying in ryokans. We felt we learnt a lot about Japanese life and culture.

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

We walked many miles which was really good over the two weeks. I would recommend a certain level of fitness. Also, don't take too much luggage as Japanese hotel bedrooms are small and do not have much storage space.

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

Our guide took us to local markets, eating locally in all kinds of restaurants and cafes so that we could experience the Japanese way of life. We always used public transport and stayed in two different ryokans run by local families. We learnt to always take any rubbish or plastic home with us as the Japanese do.

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

Absolutely amazing - one of the best holidays we have ever had. Having such a good guide made all the difference as she was so knowledgeable about her country and also was always on hand to give us advice or helpful tips. We also had free days to explore further and see things which we were particularly interested in.

review 27 Oct 2017

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

Fabulous people - so welcoming and polite. Loved the Onsens - open air thermal baths where you bathe naked!

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

Just do it - Japan is a great place to visit

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

Somewhat - it's a very forward society.

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

Apart from the weather - typhoon - top marks!

review 30 Nov 2017

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

Difficult to pick one experience above all others but probably the visit to the Snow Monkeys was the most enjoyable.

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

Book your own flight. The group flight was with Emirates and was therefore via their hub in Dubai. This added thousands of miles to the journey compared with a direct flight over Russia; a 30-hour journey at the beginning and end of the holiday is not a good start/finish and can be reduced by at least 10 hours each way.

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

Certainly the tour supported conservation both directly, by payment to the organisation protecting the Snow Monkeys, and indirectly by using public transport wherever possible. Also we were guided to local suppliers for food and drink, thereby supporting the community and gaining the best of traditional recipes.

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

Brilliant; the tour leader, Ayaka, went to great lengths to provide a variety of opportunities from morning to night such that we could experience as much of traditional Japanese life as possible.

review 13 May 2014

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

All of it - we loved it

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

do some research about the places being visited on the tour beforehand

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

Yes to both

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

Excellent

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