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Backroads of Japan

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Backroads of Japan - World Expeditions
Backroads of Japan - World Expeditions
Average
4 reviews
Starts
Tokyo
+5 Destinations
Central Japan
Ends
Osaka
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Highlights

  • Visit the famous Tsukiji market
  • Discover Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart
  • Explore Buddhist temples
  • Enjoy views of the 5 Lakes and Mount Fuji
  • Wander through the Gion Geisha District
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Guesthouse
Transportation
Train & Rail, Local Transport
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start in Tokyo and end in Osaka! With the in-depth cultural tour Backroads of Japan, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Tokyo to Osaka and through Tokyo, Japan and 6 other destinations in Japan. Backroads of Japan includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • EA
    Written on February 1, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    My husband and I went on the World Expiditions Back Roads of Japan Tour last year, and were extremely disappointed in the quality of guide provided. The guide had never done the tour, had never even been to half the places on the itinerary and was a complete loose cannon, on two occasions taking elicit drugs and drinking to the point of being unable to function. When the entire tour group sent complaints following the completion of the tour, World Expeditions were elusive and largely uncommunicative, and offered us all an insulting refund of about 12% of our tour cost. Needless to say, we will not be taking or recommending World Expeditions tours in the future.
    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Emily, We are sorry that you were not satisfied by our detailed response to you and gesture of goodwill. The Backroads of Japan trip has been very popular with our clients over the past 15 years or so that we have operated the trip. As you have been advised we are no longer working with this guide and have put in place procedures to ensure this situation never happens again. Thank you for your feedback and we sincerely apologise once again. The Asia ops Team
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  • Backroads of Japan reviewer 2
    Written on February 1, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This was our first trip with World Expeditions and also our first trip to Japan. We were very surprised that upon our arrival our (non Japanese) guide announced that he had not done this trip before - or ever lead a group of this size (12)! Although we were a seasoned group of travelers, most had never been to Japan. General disappointment with our guide was evident but we decided to push on. Most places we stayed were great and we really loved the Japanese culture and people we experienced. It would have been an incredible trip if we had a local guide that knew the culture and history. Our guide not only had different trip notes to us, but he had to use google to find his way around and answer most of our questions. His interest in the local Yakuza (Mafia) was outstanding, as were his drug addiction which became apparent much later in the tour. If it were not for the experience of our group, disaster & mishap could have occurred on several occasions. Upon our return we complained to World Expeditions in detail, but it seemed of little concern to them. We were given a 12% refund and told that the guide had been sacked. We will definitely return to Japan, but unfortunately would not recommend World Expeditions to anyone. We will certainly never travel with them again!
    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Dear Tony, We can assure you that your feedback was treated with the utmost concern as evidenced in our lengthy response to you and our gesture of goodwill which you accepted. We have successfully operated the Backroads of Japan trip for more than 15 years and it was of great concern to us that your guide was not suitable. Once again we sincerely apologise for the affect the guide had on your experience in Japan. The Asia Ops team
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  • LY
    Written on November 23, 2016
    3.0 - Average

    I would call it is an experience holiday. The World expedition brochure did not indicate the length of journey we had to walk each day. it's some how lead us to believe that it's only a half day walk as indicated in the brochure. In fact it took up most of the time in the day well pass lunch to 2-3 pm in the afternoon.In actual fact, the walk ranging from 10-18 km per day. It's very physical taxiing. May be the age group should be reduced from 70 years to 50 years for the tour.
    World Expeditions commented on this review
    Thank you Loreta for providing your valuable feedback. Our trip notes offer information regarding the hours you will likely be walking but not the kms because in mountain environments the time it takes is usually a better guide than the distance. The Backroads of Japan trip has been operated by us for more than 15 years and people aged from 14 to 84 have experienced the diversity of this walking journey in Japan. So whilst we agree that providing more details on the distances walked is a reasonable suggestion, we don't agree that the age limit should be restricted to 50. We hope you will join us for another experience holiday. All the best from the Asia Ops Team
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  • Backroads of Japan reviewer 4
    Written on December 20, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Overall one of the best holidays we have had! the accommodation and food was excellent

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
  2. Day 2: Explore Tokyo, travel to Mt Fuji
  3. Day 3: Mt Fuji
  4. Day 4: Travel to Kiso Valley
  5. Day 5: Old Nakasendo Highway, Bullet train to Kyoto
  6. Day 6: Visiting Kyoto’s Temples
  7. Day 7: Climb Daimonji Yama (Mt Daimonji)
  8. Day 8: In Kyoto free exploration
  9. Day 9: Hike and train to Asuka
  10. Day 10: Hike to Yoshino
  11. Day 11: Hike and bus to Dorogawa
  12. Day 12: Hike around Dorogawa
  13. Day 13: Mitarai Gorge, Travel to Osaka
  14. Day 14: In Osaka
  15. Day 15: In Osaka, trip concludes

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Rather poor by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Average by past passengers
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Videos

  • National Geographic Channel discovers Kyoto and Izu with World Expeditions
  • Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide
National Geographic Channel discovers Kyoto and Izu with World Expeditions

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Do you offer gluten free food?

      Yes, you will be able to eat a gluten free diet on this trip.

    • What is the group size of this tour?

      The maximum group size on this trip is 16 – an ideal size to ensure an optional impact in the destinations you visit.

    • Can you describe this trip?

      Our Backroads trip is a fantastic choice, as it takes in the "must sees" of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka, whilst also getting off the standard tourist trail to some remote villages. Along the journey we will stay in a mixture of hotels, and traditional ryokans – giving you a true feel for the country.

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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4355 for Backroads of Japan, but the deposit of $500 is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 493 km.
    • Tokyo (Japan)
    • 91 km
    • Kawaguchiko (Japan)
    • 278 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 36 km
    • Nara (Japan)
    • 25 km
    • Asuka (Japan)
    • 12 km
    • Yoshino (Japan)
    • 50 km
    • Osaka (Japan)

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