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Number of Reviews: 30 Overall score: *****
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Fantastic introduction to Japan

5
A packed and very varied two weeks from the majesty and beauty of old Kyoto, through to the traditional ryokans in the Japanese mountains and finally the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo. The travelling was a joy in clean, comfortable and punctual trains. The Japanese people were friendly and polite and always happy to help. The shrines, temples and breathtaking scenery were memorable but so was enjoying traditional Japanese restaurants and being introduced to a vast selection of street food.
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Beautiful Japan

5
I booked this trip as I wanted to be in Japan for the Autumn colours and it didn't disappoint. Mix the colour with the shrines, temples and culture of this amazing country and it made a for a great trip.
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Ancient & Modern Japan

Holiday of a lifetime

5
My wife and I really wanted to see the snow monkeys but never expected that our reason for travelling to Japan could be so overshadowed by everything else this trip has to offer. The shrines, temples, cities and sights are excellent. The people are friendly, helpful and interested in knowing what you think about their country and whilst english is rarely spoken, the locals don't allow this small detail get in the way of the conversation. The cities are spotless, buzzing yet incredibly safe and we never felt intimidated or felt the need to worry about keeping wallets and the like hidden from view when in crowds. Travelling around Japan on this trip is extensive but never a chore, dull or a waste of valuable time as there is so much to see en-route and even more to see at each destination. Travelling independently is simple with instructions in english everywhere and a refreshingly simple set up in the train and underground stations. Food is amazing with so much choice on the days where self catering required but the food included in the trip is as good if not better than what could be found on the the self catering days. In the ryokan's we could dress in traditional dress for group dinners which was a giggle and of course there was the relaxing in the hot spring onsen to look forward to as well. The pace of the trip is fast because of the amount of things to see and do but it suits all age groups as could be seen by the group we travelled with. Our group I would guess spanned four decades, got on superbly with each other and to a person we understand everyone had an incredible time. A wise man on the trip (who hopefully will recognise himself if he reads this review) summed it all up by saying "There are not enough superlatives to describe the trip and the time had by all". Oh, and the snow monkeys were brilliant by the way.
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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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Ancient & Modern Japan

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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Ancient & Modern Japan

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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Ancient & Modern Japan

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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