This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Bathe as much as you can – it is a massive part of Japanese culture and very cheap if you seek out the public sento bathhouses.
Self-guided, tailor-made trip.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Budget city hotels plus one night in traditional ryokan or inn.
Accomm., airport transfers, public transport passes, Kyoto guide, Tea ceremony.
All breakfasts, 1 dinner included. Budget £3 for fast street food, £8-10 for modest dinner.
Responsible tourism: Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
All journeys on this trip are by public transport and you’ll be amazed at how many different forms of transport you’ll use! Train, subway, local bus, mountain railway, cable cars, funicular railway, pirate boat, tram and you could even hire bikes to explore Kyoto – details of which will be in the Info-Pack.
Hotel staff in Japan are aware of environmental issues, so do look out for recycling bins in the hotels and also outside convenience stores. We give all clients an ‘Eco-Card’ which you can leave on the hotel room bed asking staff not to replace linen and towels.
All of our customers receive a list of tips for going green in Japan. We encourage clients not to overuse the air conditioning in summer or heating in winter. Tap water is safe to drink in Japan so you can avoid buying bottles of water from the ubiquitous vending machines. Our Info-Pack provides lots of recommendations for local restaurants and shops.
The Fuji Hakone Guest House has been welcoming international visitors to Hakone National Park for more than 30 years. Run by the very hospitable Takahashi family, you are sure to receive a warm welcome - as well as an introduction into traditional Japanese culture. Rooms here are Japanese-style; that means you'll need to take your shoes off before stepping on to the soft tatami mat floors. Simple instructions are provided in English to guide you through your stay in a traditional inn; where to take your shoes off, how to lay out your futon bedding and how to use the outdoor hot spring bath (hint: you have to take all your clothes off and wash thoroughly before getting in the bath!). The staff organise various cultural events including kimono wearing and Shamisen music performances. They'll also happily teach you how to make origami crane or write your name in katakana!
In July and August, the Fuji Hakone Guest House is a convenient springboard for climbing Mount Fuji. Please ask if you would like to fit this in your Price Cruncher package.
Reviews of Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 28 Feb 2017 by Owen Cawley
Meeting a Maiko (trainee Geisha) in Kyoto was a fantastic experience! Exploring the old city of Kyoto with an amazing guide was also wonderful! Fantastic, the absolute best vacation we have been on! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2016 by Anne Davies
Absolutely brilliant. We were a little anxious beforehand as we had not participated in a group tour before but we certainly do so again provided it was with your organisation! Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2016 by Rachel Nash
Excellent!...Taking a day out between the big cities to relax in a traditional style Ryokan was fantastic. Something we wouldn't have considered if we'd tried to book everything ourselves.Read full review
Reviewed on 31 May 2016 by Cat Pickup
A vacation of a lifetime...Dinner in the evening was the best kaiseki of our trip - the fish salted and fresh with the most minimal food miles - straight from the fish ponds outside.Read full review
Experiencing Japan- a fascinating, different and wonderful country to visit. We loved Tokyo and Kyoto and all the sights there.Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Apr 2015 by Jennifer Whiteside
I absolutely adored Hakone...That entire leg of the journey was my favourite. I wish we'd had more time there. It was so relaxing, but at the same time there was mountain to explore! ...Our tour operators were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2015 by Caitriona Tomlinson
This was an excellent and memorable vacation and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2015 by Caitriona Tomlinson
This was an excellent and memorable vacation and both my daughter and I judged it a great success.Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2015 by Perwina Whitmore
The most memorable part is hard to identify as the whole experience was fantastic. Excellent!Read full review