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Number of Reviews: 25 Overall score: *****
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Japan Ancient and Modern

4
The trip was well planned and organised with a good combination of free and organised time, so that it was possible to see and do as much as possible in the time available.
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Japan Ancient and Modern

5
This was an outstanding trip. The gardens were beautiful and I learnt a lot about the history of Japan and how it impacts on the culture today. It is an absolutely fascinating country.
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Japan in Blossom Time!

5
We were incredibly lucky to visit Japan at peak blossom time and it was absolutely stunning! This trip is a well-planned and well balanced introduction to Japan, ranging from ancient temples and shrines to the buzz of downtown Tokyo, and includes visits to small, rural towns as well as modern cities. Finishing in Tokyo means you are familiar with finding your way around on Japanese trains by the time you get there. The tour packs a lot in and, although it didn't feel rushed, there are some long days and be prepared for plenty of walking.
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Japan - in nearly full bloom!

5
Whistle-stop tour of Japan's best bits - people have asked if I'd go back - well of course I would if someone was paying my fare! Fantastic country full of culture, contrast and contradiction.
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Great experience

5
A condensed package deal of the diversity spectrum of Japan. Full on city life, ancient culture and traditions. Good variety of things to see and do.
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Best holiday I've ever had

5
We'd never used a tour group before but decided to give it a go for this holiday as we wanted to make sure we fit plenty in. Straight away we knew that we had made a good decision. All of the hotels and Ryokans that we stayed in were excellent. We managed to go to a lot of places and learn a lot about the areas. Having all of the technical details taken care of meant that we could really enjoy our time in Japan. There was a good mix of places to go and things to see and although there is a lot of walking the pace is quite slow so it's not to bad. The balance between group and free time is very well struck so you can definitely fit in the things that you want to do outside of the tour.
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Discovering Myanmar

5
This has been an outstanding holiday. We have seen some wonderful sights, heard about a delightful country and been given a real insight into life in a country facing many challenges.
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Ancient & Modern Japan

4
An excellent way to see the variety of sights that Japan has to offer, and as with other Exodus trips the trade-off is some long days on trains, subways, trams and walks (and variable standards of accommodation). However, all the public transport ran like clockwork, and even complicated travel days with 15 of us to look after were easily dealt with by our guide ...and I loved the Shinkansen (bullet train). Kyoto was more westernised than I was expecting, but there was still plenty to see. Hiroshima was surprisingly emotional for me, and I loved the local okonomiyaki we had for dinner. The areas around Takayama and Yudanaka were definitely more traditional Japanese, and the ryokans were a big change from the city hotels but they still had wifi (bathing was interesting though!!). Finishing off in Tokyo worked well, getting back into western ways.
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Ancient and Modern Japan

5
Excellent introduction to all aspects of Japan from ancient, beautiful temples, shrines and castles to the peace of the mountains (and snow monkeys in the hot pools) to the crazy, neon, shopping madness that is Tokyo. Busy, long days starting at 08.00 finishing around 17.00 or later. Lots of walking - a total of 120 miles in the 14 day trip. All travel by local transport on trains, buses or trams. On two consecutive days we took 5 or 6 trains each day. This was quite an achievement for our guide who ensured that all 15 of us were extremely punctual. In busy places 15 felt too big a group. We saw a huge amount in the two weeks and don't think it would have been possible to have seen so much without a guide. The hotels in Kyoto and Tokyo were excellent, one riokan was a bit like a youth hostel. The Garden Hotel in Matsumoto was a disaster as it only had single rooms and half were smoking rooms.
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Two weeks of fun!

5
Our trip was two weeks of non-stop fun and adventure - I enjoyed the time spent in both the cities and the mountains. Japan surprised me in so many ways -- the politeness of the people, the speed and efficiencies of the RR system, the beauty of the mountains, the throngs of people in Tokyo, the majesty of its shrines and temples, and the rich traditons best seen in Kyoto. I was not disappointed by anything.
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