Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

“A two week, guided small group tour of Japanís greatest and wonderfully eclectic highlights. An inspired itinerary. ”

Highlights

Tokyo | Senso-ji Buddhist temple | Obuse | Yudanaka Onsen | Snow monkeys | Nakasendo Trail | Narai | Tsumago | Magome | Takayama | Kyoto | Nara | Mount Koya

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31 Mar 2021
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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.

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This tour is part of a new trend in rural tourism in Japan, supporting small, family-run inns and guesthouses, in small towns and villages that often have few work opportunities. Going against the traditional form of tourism in Japan, large concrete resort hotels catering to large groups, our tours go to destinations off the main tourist trail for foreigners in Japan, encouraging local people to conserve older, traditionally-constructed buildings and take pride in their traditions. We use public transport throughout this trip to lessen the environmental impact.

The town of Obuse is a good example of an enlightened policy towards conservation and responsible tourism, where walking between the various restored buildings is encouraged and the local sake brewery is the first in Japan to reintroduce the traditional method of barrel-brewed sake.

The presence of a Japanese-speaking foreign tour leader makes a big difference in cultural interaction, and lessens the possibility of minor cultural gaffes by foreigners that might otherwise create some nervousness on the part of the locals about hosting foreign guests.

We also make a donation for each customer to the Nature Conservation Society of Japan and the Japan National Trust, organisations which help protect the nature and also architectural heritage of Japan.
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4 Reviews of Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

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Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019 by

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


So many memorable things but I think just getting out of the city and seeing and being part of rural Japan was incredible. The organisation was exemplary, the
instructions and timings worked perfectly and the accommodation was all very well chosen and incredibly froendly and welcoming.

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


Try to fit some walking into the agenda as there's a lot of train/bus travel. If the weather's great then get out and into the forests.

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


Using public transport rather than car hire has to be fairly environmentally friendly. Staying at local inn's rather than international chains is beneficial
locally.

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


Fantastic, was the best part of my 28 day Japanese adventure.

Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by

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


Traveling on local trains and buses and the opportunity to do lots of walking in beautiful places. Having a small group.

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


Be prepared to eat lots of authentic Japanese food. Pack light although the luggage forwarding was great. Japanese accommodation can be challenging at times. - lots of slipper changing and clambering up from the floor futons. Get fit .

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


Locals benefited from the economic impact of our tourism. Travel does not reduce environmental impact. But we were very aware of managing our rubbish and maintain the pristine environment. Our activities did not aim to support conservation.

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



Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by

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


Experiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese

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


It helps if you can sit on the floor and walk easily!

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


yes

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


Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc.

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2016 by

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


The whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past.

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


Lots to fit in so its a wonderfully fast paced busy vacation.

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


Yes - loved the use of the fantastic public transport systems.

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


One of the best vacations we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture.

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