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Number of Reviews: 15 Overall score: *****
Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Benjamin BROOK
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

Japanese journeys

5
A diverse itinerary from temples to snow monkeys, geishas and locals in stunning kimonos, relaxing onsens, castles and other historic areas, rural settings and Tokyo illuminated at night
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Helen Jones
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

A wonderful introduction to Japan [Ancient and Modern]

5
This trip balanced history with ultra-modern culture. At one point, I started the day with a traditional bath at our ryokan, then we visited the snow monkeys and by evening we were in the centre of Tokyo's night life. The last week of March was cherry blossom time in Kyoto but early April was too late for most of the blossom in Tokyo: I guess you can't have everything! Also bear in mind Mount Fuji's modesty: I've now visited Japan twice but haven't caught the slightest glimpse.
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Helen Lewis
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

A great introduction to Japan

4
This is an excellent introduction to Japan. The days are quite busy but not excessively so and there is a good balance of free time to do your own thing. I found the balance of time in most places to be spot on and there is a good mix of big cities and smaller places. The group size at 18 is too large especially for a tour which is all by public transport. Japan was wonderful - if in doubt go!
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Exodus Response

We were delighted to read that Helen had an excellent holiday, however we regret that she found the size of her group to be rather large. Exodus has recently agreed on a policy change not to exceed the group sizes stated in our literature other than in exceptional cases and we hope this will avoid future client disappointment.

Megan Devenish - Trip Manager for Japan
Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

Japan Ancient and Modern

5
Good trip to get a taste of Japan.We'll definitely be going back to explore more.Apart from a day of rain,we were very lucky with the weather which was warm and sunny. The trip involves a lot of journeys by trains and it's essential that all group members are punctual. Food was varied. Hotels etc of a good standard and comfortable. The trip covers busy cities and visits to small villages.
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Catherine Cant
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

Ancient and modern Japan - a must-do tour

5
We loved this tour! We had wanted to visit Japan for years, and this was everything we'd hoped for. Loved the Japanese design ethos, which permeated everything. The contrast between rural Japan and Tokyo was huge, yet the underlying culture was a stratum running through it all. Touring round Tokyo by train and metro may look off-putting at first (the crowds!!!) but it's actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. We thought this trip would be a once-in-a-lifetime event: I can now say with confidence that it will not be!
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Stephen Cant
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

Temples, Trains and T'cherry Blossom

5
An absolutely brilliant introduction to Japan: Plenty of time to see Kyoto and Tokyo as well as sampling the delights of the Japanese alps in Spring. And, of course, the cherry blossom. We went in April and hit it just right. We experienced ancient Japanese culture with an array of stunning temples and modern Japan where the simple phrase "Shopping" cannot do justice to the experience that is the Ginza (and other parts of Tokyo) on a Saturday. Nearly all the travelling on this trip is by train - which I thought was fantastic. Bullet trains and little narrow gauge jobs up in the mountains - and ALL of them we spot on time. Staying in Royokans was interesting - if a little challenging to my aging joints - and pretty basic but it's worth the effort for the experience and the hot tubs.
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

5
This trip was a great mix of guided time and time (with planning assistance) to do our own thing. We got to see an enormous range of places and the use of public transport meant we got comfortable and confident with getting ourselves around very quickly, making us feel really at home. Having the Tokyo section at the end really works from this point of view. We had thought of Japan as the holiday of a lifetime - thinking we would only ever go once; because of this tour, we can't wait to go back for more!
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written
Ancient & Modern Japan

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

5
The Ancient and Modern Japan trip exceeded our expectations. The balance between urban and more rural life was excellent as was the travel on local transit and the free time to explore on our own. Both guides (Catherine and Alexi) were outstanding.
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