1 independent reviews for Japan hiking tour, Samurai trails & pilgrimage paths

Reviews for Japan hiking tour, Samurai trails & pilgrimage paths


review 14 Apr 2023

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

The most memorable part was experiencing a culture that is so completely different from my own.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You will do a lot more walking than the itinterary would suggest (8-10 miles/day).

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

I appreciated the fact that almost all transportation was via public transportation. It was interesting and it was good for the environment.I was dismayed at the amount of food that was wasted at every meal. There were two main reasons for this. #1 many meals were too much food for one person and #2 Japanese cuisine is quite different from American and there was no way to pick and choose what one wanted to eat; therefore, day after day, we were served items we did not want to eat and it all went to waste.

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

It was a worthwhile experience.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for your feedback on your tour. We are pleased you found it a worthwhile experience and an opportunity to discover rural Japan and two of the most famous hiking routes in Japan. The inns we stay in on our tours are proud of their set menus of local cuisine, which seek to showcase the best of what the area offers and to provide a hearty meal for those who have spent the day hiking and who are likely to also do so the following day. As most of the small family-run inns on the trail do not have a staff, they don't have the capacity to offer a choice of dining options to guests as might be found in larger properties. I am sorry if that was not to your expectation. Our Preparing for your Trip and Traveling in Japan handbooks provide some background on the experience of staying in the smaller trail inns. Thank you once again for traveling with us and we hope you take with you wonderful memories of Japan.

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