3 independent reviews for Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Reviews for Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

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review 12 Dec 2018

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

Itís difficult to choose a highlight as it was all so varied and interesting! 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, and some of the traditional lodgings we stayed in were just stunning. Having a room with a view of Mt Ontake was amazing!

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

This tour may appear more expensive than other similar ones, but the standard of the hotels, the guides, and the included meals were way superior to the tour I took in Japan last year with a different company. I spent far less additional money as so much more was included in the tour.

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

We stayed in locally-owned traditional hotels for about half the tour. The post towns on the Trail had small shops for souvenirs that were run by elderly locals, so I think we were helping to augment their pensions! We mostly used public transport. The meals that were prepared for us used mostly local seasonal produce. Not sure about conservation.

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

Absolutely brilliant! A great balance between very small towns in the Kiso valley, days spent waking, and the days in big cities staying in western style hotels. Very knowledgeable guides.

review 19 Aug 2018

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

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.

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

Relax and enjoy!

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

Yes. It was a walking holiday walked so not producing carbon emissions. We bought produce from local people.

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

It was a great holiday. Perfectly geared to our abilities. The information pack provided was perfect as well as the communications.

review 11 Apr 2018

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

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.

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

Carry as little as possible - all the ryokans and hotels do provide sleepwear and toiletries and you really need very little. Layers are essential if you go early spring - it went from 27 degrees (sunhat needed) to 12 degrees and windy. In the villages they are still very traditional and covering shoulders is appropriate so t-shirts not vest tops. Take a small pillow. Japanese pillows are often filled with grain and hard to get used to. Choose your level - I did 'active' but could have done 'challenging - however the leisurely pace allowed for lots of photos'. Do bother to learn a few japanese phrases - it is so appreciated. Be chilled about seeing the cherry blossom - nature is fickle!. I went early so didn't expect to see much and the flowering was two weeks early so I was extremely lucky everywhere and it was outstanding. But by the time the next group went sadly it would be over. It is luck so make sure that there are plenty of other things you want to get from your holiday.

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

Definitely - all the inns were small and very traditional. My group happened to be small so we ate in a range of restaurants all very unique. Tourism is definietly growing and essentail to keep the villages thriving.

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

The tour company were excellent in every way - from communication at the start when I booked through every aspect. Our guide Taichi was exceptional. Can't rate them highly enough.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Ruth - thank you for taking the time to review our tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that we might have the pleasure of welcoming you on another of our trips in the future. Jeremy Spencer

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