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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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From start to finish this trip was fantastic, we packed so much into the time we had in Japan and our tour guide Mayuko had everything so well organised the holiday ran like a dream.
Summiting Mt Fuji for sunrise without a doubt, although we didn't see a sunrise we did a 5k crater walk which gave stunning views.
Mayuko was an outstanding group leader, always helpful and attentive, she went above and beyond to ensure our climb up Mt Fuji went ahead after a typhoon curtailed our intended day of ascent.
There are plenty of opportunities to wash on the trip, so maybe an idea to pack a bit lighter. Despite contrasting advice with luggage I'd go with a case with wheels as there's lots of stations, and platforms to negotiate.
Although the total cost of the trip is fairly expensive it's well worth it, and I'd certainly reccommend the trip.
The trip title is misleading. There were 2 climbs made, Mt. Yaragatake and Mt. Fuji, both strenuous and spectacular but no hiking through the Alps as we had thought. There was a SIGNIFICANT amount of time spent in public transport, trains, buses, to get between the mountains. The time to take making these transfers was not mentioned in the trip notes. One day after 3 changes all carrying our cases, we arrived at 10.30pm to then get a taxi to our accommodation. In the trip, time spent hiking was only the 4 days (or in part) of the 2 climbs and one simple hike along the Edo walk which was not in the alps. The majority of time was spent in down time or in travel between accommodation. The overall cost of the trip was more than I have paid for hiking holidays with Exodus and I believe that was due to the significant cost in transport between sites.
The predawn climb to the summit of Mt.Fuji.
Inexperienced. He had never done this trip before and so there were points along the way he was totally unsure about. Did not give adequate information in advance of each day or night activity. Poor communication was his mantra.
The (on site) guide who supervised the 2 mountain walks was the opposite, brilliant on every level.
This trip is not for those wishing to see a wider perspective of the Japanese Alps. Too much public transport where you carry own luggage.
Group meals are variable in cost and content. Twice when told in advance of expected price pp the actual price was more.
So many aspects of Japan :
Mountains, climbed the Japanese way
Interesting Food always available
Unfailingly polite people
A culture to immerse yourself in
The trip was full of highlights, some large and some smaller scale, but all were full of pleasure.
The sunrise from the lodge at Mount Yarigatake, Mt Fuji visible in the distance.
Taking part in the annual climb Mt Fuji pilgrimage
The way in which, no matter the circumstances, immaculately presented, ready cooked food was available.
Having the chance to appreciate the depth and breadth of Japanese culture.
We travelled out ahead of the group and stayed on afterwards. This gave us the chance, for example, to visit Hiroshima & Miyajima on a day trip and to take more time over Tokyo. We'd strongly recommend this to anyone doing this tour. It also allows more time to acclimatise.
Etchuri-san(aka Tats) grew into the role as the tour went on. We were really grateful for his suggestions related to things to see in Matsumoto and Tokyo. It would be wrong not to mention the Mountain Guide, Ishihara-san(aka Tomo) who was a mine of information and looked after the whole group impeccably.
We have never had a climbing experience like the lodge on Mt Fuji and the final ascent for sunrise at the top. Resting on shelves in a room with ~100 others was new to us. Similarly, climbing as part of a river of head torches, two people wide, policed by rangers was a novel experience. Then getting to the top to find hot soup, vending machines and temples. It's best to throw yourself into it, do as the Japanese do, smile, bow and say 'konichiwa'
As above, this trip doesn't give enough time to really explore Tokyo or Kyoto and the opportunity to experience life in Japan.
Travel out early, stay late.
A great trip
Its best to take luggage that you can carry easily on this trip because you will be need to be able to carry it on and off trains quickly. A rucksack or soft hold all would be ideal for this trip.
Dan Cockburn - Product Manager
If you get a chance to make it to a sumo match, take it - it's usually the highlight of a lot of peoples trips! Also, when at the ryokan, don't be shy about the communal baths!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Japan is famous for its cuisine, in fact they now have more Michelin stars than France! There is such a variety when it comes to food, your leader will make sure you try as much as possible, from simple noodle dishes, to delicate dumplings, colourful sushi and tempura, to the more obscure seafood dishes that Japan produces.
Rebecca Caldicott - Japan Operations
It’s best to take Yen with you, which you can either get before you travel or at the airport. I would avoid taking travelers cheques as they are often difficult to change in Japan. Japan is very much a cash based society, so its best to take as much money in cash as possible. There are a few ATM machines that will accept western cards.
Rebecca Caldicott - Japan Operations
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