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Japan Tour & Trip Reviews

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Emma

Oct 2015

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Extremely well organised, great mixture between organised

Extremely well organised, great mixture between organised and free time. Great travelling by train

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John

Oct 2015

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The format of the trip enabled two

The format of the trip enabled two significant factors to coincide to make the entire experience overwhelmingly positive. 1. Our trip guide - Yuri Awanohara, made th...

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Fenella

Oct 2015

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Great introduction to the country. Variety of

Great introduction to the country. Variety of activities and all well planned by guide Yuri

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Paul

Sep 2015

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well organised we appreciated not going to the

well organised we appreciated not going to the expensive, flashy and touristy restaurants, which gave us a good varied eating experience good mix of organised and ...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Cycling through cherry blossoms

Japan- an incredibly fascinating country with a culture like no other. The 2 week bike trip was a wonderful way to start to get to know Japan. Of course cycling i...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Put this on your to-do list. Every day a winner.

This was an amazingly rich first experience of travelling in Japan. The trip offers an excellent balance with cycling in varied and impressive scenery, countless ...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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An excellent introduction to Japan.

We have always wanted to visit Japan and this trip gave us a wonderful opportunity to visit the cities, rural areas, travel by train, experience Japanese cuisine a...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Wonderful Experience

A wonderful insight to this facinating country. Seeing the country by bike is certainly the best way to do it, giving the opportunity to get an insight into the r...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Coastal cycling in Japan

Wow what an amazing trip ! Cycling in Japan is a truly fantastic and interesting cycling trip. There are several - The friendliness and courtesy of the Japanese peo...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Cycling in Japan

This is a great holiday for those who enjoy cycling in great scenery and want to learn a bit about Japanese culture and the Japanese way of life en route. It of...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Incredible Trip!

This trip was an excellent intro to Japan! It covered a huge variety from highlights of sprawling Tokyo to rural seaside and mountain villages as well as offering...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Truly a magical tour. It will make you want to return .....soon !

If ever you wanted proof that cycling is a great way to get to know a country then this is it. And what a country. So different in every respect to the UK. The ups...

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Moira

Sep 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Really enjoyed this trip. This tour is a good combination of culture, history, scenery, and food experiences. Its quite a varied trip with a full on itinerary. Its a...

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Chris

Sep 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

I'd always wanted to visit Japan - for the culture, the history, the art, and particularly the food - and this tour delivered! The tour gave us a mix of the tradit...

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Joao

Sep 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Japan has been one of those destinations we've always wanted to visit. The food, the culture - from the old eras to the Otaku and Kawaii subculture, the architecture...

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Charles

Sep 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

It was professionally arranged, organised and ran as per ...

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Trusted Customer

Sep 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Osaka in general and Umeda Sky building in particular

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Dharshi

Jun 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Several highlights: 1 Scenic train to Takayama and the ryokan stay where the group really bonded. 2. Our tour leader Pedro - worked very hard to help us from the sta...

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Chris

Jun 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Excellent trip. Our guide Pedro was perfect. He was conscientious , planned well and had good people skills and a sense of humour. He spoke english as a native ...

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May 2023

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A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

I WAS SATISFIED WITH THE SALES ASSISTANCE I BOOKED MY EXPLORE HOLIDAY WITH

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Editor’s Take

What to Look For in Japan Reviews

Most trip reviews tend to focus on some or all of these 5 key areas, not all of which may be relevant to you: the tour guide, travel company, service level, country or countries traveled in, and the trip itinerary. Remember, just because you see a 1 star review doesn’t necessarily mean that person disliked the country.

Traveling in Japan can take a bit of adjusting, particularly for western travelers. The cultural nuances take some getting used to, and the language is difficult (not many Japanese people speak english).

Having a local guide in Japan is an extremely helpful way to get to know the culture and history, but it is also invaluable to have someone to ask about what food to order, and how to navigate the transportation. Without this, Japan may end up being a unique adventure but a stressful one.

Japanese food is a divisive topic; people either love it or hate it, or they love ramen and sushi and not much else. The flavors in traditional Japanese cuisine are quite unique - if your palate is not used to them you may feel a bit stuck as a traveler. Having an adventurous and respectful approach to food is key when traveling in Japan.

When you visit Japan, your tour itinerary will almost always include visits to a lot of temples and shrines of great importance to eastern religious history and Buddhism. In Japan, religion is a natural and common topic of conversation.

Some negative reviews for tours in Japan express frustration at the sheer number of Buddhist sites included on the itinerary. While you may experience some temple fatigue it's important to remember that they are an enormous part of Japanese culture and history. Having an open mind as you visit various temples will definitely help you enjoy the experience.

Accommodations in Japan can be very different that what western travelers are used - and most tours in Japan include stays at traditional inns, onsens, and homestays. If you are expecting westernized hotels, these kinds of accommodations may come as a shock. Especially considering the many cultural nuances and expectations when it comes to lifestyle in Japan. You are expected to remove your shoes at all times, and rooms are simple and minimalistic, beds are often comfortable mattresses on the floor.

If you want a professional take on traveling in Japan, see the Travelstride Japan Guide »