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Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked

Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked

Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader
From £2,595 to £2,795 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 20 Sep, 25 Nov
2020: 17 Feb, 2 Mar, 27 Apr, 11 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 29 Jun, 20 Jul, 17 Aug, 31 Aug, 18 Sep, 28 Sep, 12 Oct, 26 Oct, 9 Nov, 23 Nov
Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail

Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail

Self-guided walking along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo trail
From US $985 to US $1,390 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Nakasendo self guided walking tour

Nakasendo self guided walking tour

The Nakasendo Trail, with wonderful additional areas too
From £1,625 to £2,825 6 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan multi activity vacation

Japan multi activity vacation

Japan's Inland Sea - cycling, kayaking and hiking
From US $2,500 9 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Honshu hiking vacation in Japan

Honshu hiking vacation in Japan

A challenging walking and hiking holiday in Japan.
From US $4,293 17 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

Explore Nikko and hike in the beautiful Oku Nikko plains.
From US $1,060 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Wheelchair accessible vacation to Japan

Wheelchair accessible vacation to Japan

Wheelchair-friendly version of Japan's highlights
From US $4,495 11 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Western Honshu's coasts - Japan Sea and Inland Sea
From US $4,400 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 25 Sep
2020: 20 May, 23 Sep
Japan golden route vacation

Japan golden route vacation

9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto
From US $2,362 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!
From US $1,377 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,795 to £1,995 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 24 Aug, 28 Sep, 26 Oct
Hidden Japan vacation

Hidden Japan vacation

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £3,675 to £3,990 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 25 Jul
2020: 12 Mar, 7 May, 21 May, 23 Jul, 24 Sep, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail
From US $4,215 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 23 Sep, 1 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 14 Nov
2020: 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 5 Apr, 7 Apr, 16 Apr, 5 May, 11 May, 15 May, 18 May, 1 Jun, 15 Jun, 7 Sep, 15 Sep, 21 Sep, 6 Oct, 9 Oct, 18 Oct, 2 Nov, 5 Nov, 8 Nov
Late availability for 1 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct departures - all guaranteed!
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan

Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan

Self guided trekking on the Kumano Kodo Trail
From US $975 to US $2,270 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Travel Team

If you would like some help or advice, or just want to discuss your ideas for your next trip, do give us a call.
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Simple hotels, rustic ryokan, unforgettable honeymoon.
From US $2,106 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
China and Japan vacation, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan vacation, Beijing to Tokyo

Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures
From US $4,250 to US $5,399 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 2 Aug, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov
2020: 10 Jan, 21 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, 25 Mar, 27 Mar, 1 Apr, 3 Apr, 10 Apr, 15 Apr, 17 Apr, 24 Apr, 29 Apr, 1 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 24 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 2 Sep, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 9 Oct, 14 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 11 Dec
Hokkaido tour in Japan

Hokkaido tour in Japan

Discover Japan's Northern Most Island and natural beauty
From US $2,900 to US $4,500 11 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan rural cultural tour

Japan rural cultural tour

- The Culture of Rural Japan, including Osaka and Kyoto
From US $2,700 to US $3,700 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Golden route tour in Japan, private departure

Golden route tour in Japan, private departure

11 nights Best of Japan; Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara
From US $3,850 to US $6,900 12 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku 88 Pilgimage route self-guided walking
From US $1,170 to US $2,130 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan gastronomic vacation

Japan gastronomic vacation

A foodies' dream: a culinary journey across Japan.
From US $3,631 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

Ancient Capitals, historic trails and cultural treasures.
From US $1,140 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

The tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail
From US $2,825 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2020: 25 Jan, 15 Feb
Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Beautiful Shikoku Island and the 88 Pilgrimage trail
From US $4,495 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 20 Oct
2020: 10 May, 18 Oct
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If you would like some help or advice, or just want to discuss your ideas for your next trip, do give us a call.
Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From US $5,325US $4,260 to US $6,100 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 6 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov
2020: 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov
Up to US $1060 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 06 Oct, 27 Oct
Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £3,595 to £4,150 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 17 Aug, 24 Aug
2020: 30 May, 11 Jul, 22 Aug, 12 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct
Japan trekking vacation, North from Tokyo

Japan trekking vacation, North from Tokyo

A walking journey, rich in spirituality and tradition
From US $4,495 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 15 Sep
2020: 21 Aug, 11 Sep
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto
From US $4,585 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 11 Oct, 6 Nov
2020: 1 Apr, 17 Apr, 6 May, 20 May, 15 Jul, 21 Oct, 4 Nov
Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan

Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From US $5,045US $4,632 to US $5,885 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
2020: 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 1 Apr, 3 Apr, 5 Apr, 8 Apr, 10 Apr, 12 Apr, 15 Apr, 19 Apr, 3 May, 6 May, 10 May, 17 May, 20 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 14 Oct, 18 Oct, 21 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov
Up to US $810 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 04 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct
Japan vacation, ancient and modern

Japan vacation, ancient and modern

Explore the attractions of this vibrant nation
From US $6,199 to US $7,299 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 20 Oct, 26 Oct
2020: 14 Mar, 15 Mar, 18 Mar, 21 Mar, 22 Mar, 25 Mar, 28 Mar, 29 Mar, 4 Apr, 5 Apr, 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 19 Apr, 9 May, 16 May, 19 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 7 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 05 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 20 Oct, 26 Oct
Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked
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£2,595
excluding flights
The most exciting part for me was trying all the many different foods under the expert suggestions from our tour leader. (more)Anna Avery
The beautiful Himeji Castle floating above you on the horizon when walking towards it from the station. Hiroshima was very moving. (more)Yasmin Dastur
There were many `most memorable´things such as the autumn colours, the gardens, the Japanese people, the food, the variety you offered on this tour, the numerous surprises Japan has in store by being so different, the group, the tour leader. (more)Inge Kerber
Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail
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US $985
excluding flights
Perfect vacation for everyone on the trip. The most memorable parts were walking through O'Tsumago and Narai. (more)Julie Kim
It was a trip of a lifetime! We enjoyed the incredible walks everyday followed by the stays at ryokans! (more)Coles Sterling
This is an experience we will never forget. We’re already talking about doing a similar vacation in the near future! (more)Ramona Alba
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
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US $4,215
excluding flights
There were many great parts but if forced to pick we’d say our stay at the Tsuruya Ryokan and our walk from Karuizawa to Yokokawa (more)Louis Tassinary
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... (more)Tracey Bourner
The most memorable parts of the vacation were...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. (more)Caroline Hartigan
Hidden Japan vacation
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£3,675
excluding flights
Absolutely wonderful; probably the best we've ever had. (more)Jane Dunphy
It was an amazing experience; everything we hoped for and more...each day was different and a new fascinating experience. (more)Jean Burgess
We had a fantastic time. The guide, Yuri, was great and the tour was varied and constantly enlightening. (more)Lynda McCall
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan
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US $1,060
excluding flights
The most memorable part of the vacation was walking for days with seeing hardly anybody, only wonderful nature. And the amazing food in the local inns. (more)Babette Braun
Hard to choose the most memorable moment. Bathing naked in hot sting under the stars. Walking snow packed paths, through the mountains. We had an amazing experience and the people at the inns couldn’t have been more kind and helpful. (more)Prue Thimbleby
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan
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US $975
excluding flights
Specific moments on the trail were memorable, especially at the approach to Hongu, our ryokan and experience at Chikatsuyu. (more)Joanne Bauer
The most memorable part was hiking the Kumano Kodo, staying in inns along the way; 2 days at Koyasan... Great. (more)Todd Grant
It was a fantastic experience. The Kumano Kodo is a hidden treasure. My wife and I were alone on the trail almost the entire time. We rarely came across other travelers but when we did we had great conversations (more)shaun orr
Japan cultural small group holiday
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£1,795
excluding flights
We saw various places all of which were very interesting. There is not one particular place or experience that stands out over and above everything else. It was great to cover so much ground and there was a lot to do every day. Our tour leader was helpful and very knowledgeable. (more)Catherine Cassidy
The entire trip was so awesome. Lots of exciting things to taste, see and experience. Great way to meet people who enjoy traveling as much as I do. Fantastic trip. (more)Anuschka Veckranges
Really enjoyed the variety of visiting different regions of Japan e.g. busy Tokyo, tranquil Hakone, beautiful Kyoto and Nara and Kamakura. (more)Eva Jolly
Japan golden route vacation
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US $2,362
excluding flights
The fabulous gardens in Shinjuku Tokyo were memorable. (more)Janet Hynes
Sailing across Lake Ashi on a pirate ship was the most exciting part of our vacation ! (more)Alix Gunn
It was a fantastic experience for my children. Vacation of a lifetime. (more)Jean Bergin
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
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US $1,377
excluding flights
The snow monkeys, the city lights of Tokyo, the local restaurants and bars, the food and the friendliness & helpfulness of the people were memorable. (more)Alan Hope
We had an amazing vacation. Japan is unique. (more)Helen Dooley
The most memorable was Hakone. Beautiful views and hot spring bathing in the wonderful ryokan. (more)Kirsty Syder
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan
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US $2,825
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The beautiful little post towns and the amazing food at the places we stayed at. Tips? Wear lots of layers as it can get cold but you also need to be able to cool down by stripping back when you're hiking and the sun comes out. Local benefits? I hope it helped the local communoities by enabling them to keep these beautiful old buildings functioning as they were meant to. Overall rating? It exceeded expectations. We were all very well looked after by... (more)Richard Gordon
Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour
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US $1,140
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Probably staying in two historic ryokan but the traveling over 4 days to two different locations was great fun as well. And the best moment was the sudden unexpected view of Mount Fuji from Oshino Hakkai. Tips? We are in our mid sixties and I was nervous beforehand about our ability to figure out the transportation by ourselves. In fact, with the helpful information plus clear ticketing, it was all very straightforward and went extremely smoothly. And local people... (more)Jane Williams
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring
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US $2,106
excluding flights
Hiking the section of the Nakasendo Samurai Trail from Magome to Tsumago was amazing! We loved walking through really beautiful countryside, listening to the birds and frogs and fortunately not encountering any bears! (more)Rachel Bielby
Amazing vacation (more)Sylvie Harvey
Walking the old samurai trials was incredible, as well as exploring the many temples and shrines in Kyoto. Amazing, we loved every moment. (more)Mairi Towl
Japan vacation, ancient and modern
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US $6,199
excluding flights
From the cherry blossoms in Tokyo to the the snow monkeys in the snow to the wonderful gardens and temples of Kyoto - it was all so interesting and varied (more)Wendy Kreppel
Fabulous people - so welcoming and polite. Loved the Onsens - open air thermal baths where you bathe naked! (more)Rosie Morgan
Difficult to pick one experience above all others but probably the visit to the Snow Monkeys was the most enjoyable. (more)Allan Wild
Hiking tours to Japan
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US $4,790
excluding flights
We particularly enjoyed Kyoto which gave a mix of city living with the cultural experiences. We visited Sanjusangendo temple which holds 1001 life sized statues... (more)Lisa Thompson
This was an excellent trip. ...Walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert. Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (more)Una Dinning
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
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US $4,585
excluding flights
Traveling on local trains and buses and the opportunity to do lots of walking in beautiful places were the most memorable parts of our vacation. (more)Margaret Watts
Experiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese was the best. Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc. (more)Janet Barwell
The whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past....One of the best vacations we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture. (more)Anne Cooper
Kumano Kodo trekking vacation, Japan
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US $3,225
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Day 6,Walk from Koguchi to Nachi Grand Shrine and waterfall. The hiking was really challenging and site sceneries at the end were amazing. Tips? Have the lightest possible backpack during the hikes. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Very Good (more)Ahmed El Hawary
Japan small group vacation by bullet train
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£3,595
excluding flights
The most exciting elements were the cultural differences and beauty of Japan. The most memorable was the stunning 'Japanese Alps' at Kamicochi. (more)John Harlow
Autumn colours were wonderful and the temples were most interesting. Excellent, with attention to detail, which made the tour very easy for the group. Hotels very good. (more)Ann Caroe
Very good itinerary that included cities and countryside and a variety of types of accommodation. There was plenty of optional free time to explore one your own if you wanted. Brian, the tour leader was conscientious and helpful, we were particularly impressed that he met us at our hotel on arrival in Japan in spite of the very late hour. (more)Andy Goodenough
Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan
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US $4,632
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The cherry blossom in Japan. Tips? Take an umbrella, be ready to walk a lot and have fun. Local benefits? Yes, especially the local hotels amd ryokan. Overall rating? Excellent. Very good guide (Kimi) who went beyond the vacation description, taking us on tours, and explaining the local customs. We explored other tours before booking with this company and this was best value for money. (more)Mary-Anne Rose
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
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US $1,170
excluding flights
Nachi-San and Mount Koya were the most memorable parts our vacation. It was an amazing experience ! (more)Anne-Marie Brest
Everything was memorable: The temples, the people we met, the landscape, the food, the places we stayed at. (more)Annatina Monnier
Japan cultural immersion vacation
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£3,950
excluding flights
The itinerary was very well balanced; hands-on experiences with historical sightseeing in different locations. It was an excellent tour. (more)Liba Eichner
Sumo wrestling was an incredible spectacle... (more)Monte Gates
Japan backpacking tour
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£2,399
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Watching Sumo training Tips? Comfortable shoes because we walked a lot and luggage you can manage yourself because there are lots of stairs at stations Local benefits? No. Japan is very clean but they are using sooo much plastic Overall rating? Excellent value for money (more)Janice Eastman
vacation in Japan
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US $3,360
excluding flights
Miyajima-beautiful garden and Shinkansen was fab. (more)Rachel Melton
Superb. Would recommend it wholeheartedly. Thanks very much. (more)Simon Toller
A lot of good experiences - elephant ride on Christmas day - meeting a monk for meditation - Thai massage (ouch ouch ouch) and some great pampering. Food was often an adventure too. (more)Joanna Hughes
Southern Japan small group vacation
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US $4,725
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing Mt Sakurajima look very peaceful and then erupt and having an Onsen by the beach. Tips? Pack lightly and be prepared to spend a lot of time on public transport as you travel large distances. While it is called a walking tour you don't actually walk large distances most days. Local benefits? Yes, We stayed in family run accommodation about half the time and ate a lot of local food prepared by locals rather than big companies. Overall rating? Very... (more)Barbara and Peter Gray
Tokyo to Kyoto vacation in Japan
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US $1,832
excluding flights
Memorable parts? It was all fabulous! There was an ideal mix of pace and sightseeing between frenetic Tokyo, to gentle Nikko and beautiful Kyoto. Our guide Koi was so organised and helpful, her assistance in getting around really made traveling, navigating public transport or busy sightseeing spots enjoyable rather than stressful. Tips? Double check your itinerary, as it was not clear from the notes that we would have a guide on hand throughout the trip and that our travel between... (more)Lisa Watson
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