Japan classic tour by rail

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

With no domestic flights included, traveling by train, foot, boat and various modes of public transport or shared transfers for this itinerary means that environmental impact has been kept to a minimum, whilst offering the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and striking history of Japan from a relaxing and personal perspective.

The hot spring baths at Hakone are some of the oldest onsen waters in Japan and the people have been visiting them for many decades. The waters are communally used and replenished daily, using recycled water rich in mineral content and reviving properties, while still having a smaller impact than other hot springs were the waters are not refreshed or recycled.

Our suppliers are focused on improving sustainability and reducing plastic waste. We are working together with them and the local guides to offer refillable water bottles and reduce offers of other single-use items such as wet wipes or straws on a more widespread basis.

The Impacts of this Trip

During your journey you will have the chance to stay in traditionally run and locally owned Japanese Inns, or ‘Ryokans’ that often use locally grown, seasonal ingredients for your hosted meals. Expect mountain vegetables, home-made tofu and miso soup and locally reared beef and chicken, as well as regional varieties of tea and sake.

In Kyoto, you will spend a morning enjoying the warm hospitality of the Women’s Association of Kyoto, an enchantingly cultural experience that also helps to support authentic ancient traditions and employs exclusively local members. Your time here highlights the fascinating history and traditions of these women, who work to preserve their unique customs in the modern world through education and demonstration.

We recommend buying crafts, home wares and gifts from selected organizations that we can suggest for you, so you can help support local communities and their skills and you also know that your money is directly benefiting the local economy.


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