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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun - Intrepid Travel
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Mark "Japan is fantastic! the food, people, sights! I cannot say enough good things about this. The country is def expensive so i found after computing the cost to do on my own, i was making out MUCH BETTER going with a group. And this trip seemed to cover everything i wanted to do/see. I seriously ate my weight in sashimi! I thought the organization and accommodation we had was far better than i was ex..."
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107 reviews
Starts
Tokyo
+4 Destinations
Central Japan
Ends
Kyoto
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Highlights

  • Feast on traditional Japanese cuisine
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Park
  • Catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji
  • Explore Kyoto's 2,000 temples
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
12
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Boat, Local Transport, Plane, Ferry
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Train & Rail
Start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto! With the in-depth cultural tour Japan: Land of the Rising Sun, you have a 13 day tour package taking you from Tokyo to Kyoto and through Tokyo, Japan and 5 other destinations in Japan. Japan: Land of the Rising Sun is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

107 Reviews

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  • D
    Written on November 13, 2016
    1.0 - Bad

    I have done many tours. See reviews in Tripadvisor under Daventurer. Intrepid/Venture Tours- if you removed the romanticized language and sales jargon, this is what you may get. 14 day tour really means 12 days as the first day starts at 6pm and the last day ends at morning hotel checkout. Also be mindful that only 2 meals are included in the 12 days. Add another $1000 to the price? 'Optional' should be read as 'Suggested'- don't expect a guide or organized transport/tickets. The only exception may be for the drinkers and clubbers as the guide may party with you in the last couple of nights. The rest will have to entertain themselves in a foreign city. The promised JR rail pass did not arrive until day 5, so be prepared for lots of standing and stopping in crowded slow public buses and trains and waiting in stations. All this means fewer daylight hours for 'free time', 'Options' or sightseeing. If you do raise concerns about deviations from the paid itinerary, then be prepared to be oustracized by the guide and ignored by head office. Romanticized terms such as traditional Ryokans could be read as Youth hostels with communal toilets and showers and even face-wash basins in the hallway. 'Adventure' tour could be read as 'don't expect too much informed knowledge about history or culture'.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi David, We are so sorry to hear about your experiences on the Land of the Rising Sun trip. We truly value your feedback and want to make this right. We are keen to pass this information along to our customer relations and operations team to avoid a similar situation on future departures. Could you please email us at customerrelations@IntrepidTravel.com?
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  • CP
    Written on August 9, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    The tour was structured and well paced - perhaps a bit too long in Hiroshima and Kyoto, which could have been used on another location. Guide was competent, and happy to provide assistance to arrange and schedule day trips, as well as give advice about where was worth visiting on our own.
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  • JJ
    Written on July 24, 2016
    3.0 - Average

    We booked this trip for a number of reasons: 1 to be navigated through the transport system; this was successful 2 to be directed or led to the main sights; also successful 3 to have pre-arranged good accommodation: mediocre 4 to sample good Japanese food: some good and some bad
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  • L
    Written on May 2, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had an amazing time on this trip. It was a great group of people of mixed ages all travelling to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Japan. Our guide was amazing and was happy to seek out specialty restaurants of shops if we wanted to try something we had read, seen or heard about. I would not have had so many amazing experiences if I had travelled by myself. I made some new friends and continue to email them about our next trip plans. Our traditional accommodation was great and I felt like we were really staying in a locals home and not a touristy hotel. Highlight of the trip had to be the Hiroshima Peace Park - such beauty after tragedy. This is not to be missed. Love Japan so much!
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  • MN
    Written on April 26, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Japan is fantastic! the food, people, sights! I cannot say enough good things about this. The country is def expensive so i found after computing the cost to do on my own, i was making out MUCH BETTER going with a group. And this trip seemed to cover everything i wanted to do/see. I seriously ate my weight in sashimi! I thought the organization and accommodation we had was far better than i was expecting. We stayed in a traditional ryokan with a naturally fed outdoor onsen (hot spring). simply magical experience. AND our guide was so much fun! she really helped everyone capture the highlights of this country. Loving my beer, she steered me to this booming craft beer scene often overlooked. Simply sensational! The trip would not have been nearly as beneficial without Mayuko! Thanks Intrepid and thank you TourRadar!!!
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  • AT
    Written on April 22, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    WOW! What an amazing place and out local guide Yuri was AWESOME! She knew everything, ask a question and she would give you an answer. I loved Japan, I would of struggled to do so much without being part of an organised tour and the language barrier would of been a huge barrier. DO THIS TRIP, IT IS JUST WOW!
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  • C
    Written on November 27, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    I was blown away by the culture, the food, the local leaders knowledge and the ease of getting around in a group. I would never do Japan on my own, it was a challenge doing a few nights by myself and trying to just navigate the subway system.
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  • Japan: Land of the Rising Sun reviewer 8
    Written on November 15, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great tour to get a taste of Japan!
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  • Japan: Land of the Rising Sun reviewer 9
    Written on August 9, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    I can honestly say that if I went to Japan any other way than this trip I would not have gained such an amazing insight into Japan culture, highlights and people! An amazing trip enjoyed every day!
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  • A
    Written on January 13, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Trip was good but it went to too many temples/shrines which got boring after the first couple. Could have done with more night activities. Our guide was good and very helpful.

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  1. Day 1: Tokyo
  2. Day 2: Tokyo/Nikko
  3. Day 3: Nikko
  4. Day 4: Hakone
  5. Day 5: Hakone
  6. Day 6: Takayama
  7. Day 7: Takayama
  8. Day 8: Hiroshima
  9. Day 9: Hiroshima
  10. Day 10: Hiroshima
  11. Day 11: Kyoto
  12. Day 12: Kyoto
  13. Day 13: Kyoto

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,265 km.
    • Tokyo (Japan)
    • 111 km
    • Nikko (Japan)
    • 176 km
    • Hakone (Japan)
    • 190 km
    • Takayama (Japan)
    • 478 km
    • Hiroshima (Japan)
    • 311 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)

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