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Number of Reviews: 10 Overall score: *****
Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
Review posted by Catherine Cant
***** Written

Ancient and modern Japan - a must-do tour

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

Temples, Trains and T'cherry Blossom

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
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

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
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

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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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

A really fantastic trip covering many varied aspects of Japan, with so many opportunities to learn about the country and culture as every day was fascinating. I left with so many amazing memories.
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

I really enjoyed visiting this fascinating country. There were many new impressions and images. Japan is quite different to the other countries in Asia that I have visited so far. What I missed on the trip was a view from the inside. Although our tour guide was very capable, efficient and helpful, I was disappointed that we did not have a Japanese guide or at least someone who spoke the language well. That is something I have always valued highly on other Exodus trips.
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

We enjoyed every minute of it. It combined a wealth of opportunites to get closer to an understanding of the Japanese view of life with many of the 'must see' sites. Add to that the exposure to a fantastic cuisine and a great bunch of fellow travelers, and what more could you ask for?
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

My friend & I chose this trip to celebrate our joint 60th birthdays as we wanted to do something really special and this exceeded our wishes and desires  in many ways - with the walking, sights and especially the food.  We jokingly called it our walking and eating tour of Japan.  From the moment we arrived till the time of our departure we had the most fantastic time.
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Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) at Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka
***** Written

ANCIENT & MODERN JAPAN

A country which is was a genuine surprise, the amazing friendliness and helpfulness of people everywhere, the beauty of the pine forests in the mountains, the buzz of Tokyo, gardens, temples, castles. Fantastic      
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