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Backroads of Japan - World Expeditions
Backroads of Japan - World Expeditions
Good
4 reviews
Starts
Tokyo
+7 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
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
14
Transportation
Train & Rail, Local Transport
Travel style
Adventure, Mountain Hikes, Hiking & Trekking, In-depth Cultural
Operator
World Expeditions
Start in Tokyo and end in Osaka! With the adventure tour Backroads of Japan, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Tokyo to Osaka and through Tokyo, Japan and 8 other destinations in Japan. Backroads of Japan includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
  2. Day 2: Explore Tokyo, travel to Fuji Five Lakes
  3. Day 3: Hiking around 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 Mount Daimonji
  8. Day 8: In Kyoto free exploration
  9. Day 9: Hike & Train to Asuka
  10. Day 10: Hike to Yoshino
  11. Day 11: Hike & Bus to Dorogawa
  12. Day 12: Hiking around Dorogawa
  13. Day 13: Mitarai Gorge, travel to Osaka
  14. Day 14: In Osaka
  15. Day 15: In Osaka, trip concludes

Travel guide

Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

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
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Additional Services

4 Reviews

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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... Read more

    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... Read more

    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... Read more

    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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  • WE
    Written on December 20, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

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

    Review collected by 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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    About the countries

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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    Location
    Tokyo is the starting point and Osaka is the endpoint.
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    Payment(s)
    For any tour departing before 24 December 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 24 December 2019, a minimum payment of $500 is required to confirm your booking with World Expeditions. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 70 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 590 km.
    • Tokyo (Japan)
    • 115 km
    • Fuji (Japan)
    • 108 km
    • Tsumago (Japan)
    • 32 km
    • Kiso (Japan)
    • 38 km
    • Magome (Japan)
    • 173 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 62 km
    • Asuka (Japan)
    • 12 km
    • Yoshino (Japan)
    • 50 km
    • Osaka (Japan)

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