< Terug naar resultaten

Beoordelingen van onze reizigers

Reisbegeleiding 9,0
Vervoer 7,9
Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
9.5 34 beoordelingen
  • 4

    Mt Fujo and the Japanese Alps

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The predawn climb to the summit of Mt.Fuji.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Group meals are variable in cost and content. Twice when told in advance of expected price pp the actual price was more.

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    I was impressed with the friendly and helpful Japanese people. The country is very clean with spot on punctuality of busses and trains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the Mount Yarigatake path the obligatory greeting of others with ‘Konichiwa’ was responded by the Japanese with a genuine warm smile.  It lifted the spirit of a weary trekker.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The walking speed of the group members had a large variation especially uphill. On previous trips the group stayed together. Faster walkers had to wait for slower walkers. Unusually Alexi allowed us to go ahead alone and even catch the bus back to the hotel.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is essential to have wheels on your luggage. I recommend minimal luggage as advised in the trip notes you have to carry it on steps and when boarding busses and trains. A walking satnav is handy for touring the cities. I used an App on my smart phone. The path climbing Mount Fuji has some high steps. Wearing shorts makes it easier to bend your knees. Long trousers are required on the second day as it is very cold at Fuji summit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I coped with Tokyo underground trains better than expected as the station names are shown in English as well as Japanese.

  • 8

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    Excellent holiday, loved the military precision of the schedules between the Japanese and our Swiss Army-trained guide. Good all around itinerary and was nice to see the contrasts of Japan between Kyoto and Tokyo.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I love shrines, so visiting the on in Kyoto before we headed off to Yarigatake and then sitting under 1000 year old trees of the main Shinto Shrine at the base of Mt. Fuji the day before we went up. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rudy was a pleasure to travel with. He has done the trip for several years and was not only experienced at all things Japanese, but also all things related to the trekking and walking. He took great care of us (and me, the slowpoke!) during the entire trip. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You won't need nearly as much as you think on the overnights or what the Trip Notes say. Pack light! And then take half out. You'll be grand. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think the amount they say to bring is just about right. I drink less than most, so I had some money left over, even after buying some hand-made solid wood geisha sandals. Take enough to be comfortable on the trip, as it is expensive and you'll want to go out and do things, like sit and drink cocktails in an underground Tokyo bar called crazy names like Jupiter and Saturn! 

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    A thought provoking trip dispelling my preconceptions of over-crowding and over-pricing - neither is true.  A great opportunity to trek in the Japanese Alps/Mounjt Fuji and savour some of the country's best natural and city attractions............ 12 days is way too short to do this justice.  I shall return!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It should have been summitting Mount Fuji.........and the sunrise was indeed pleasant and it is good to have ticked the box..............but the mountain was seen at its best from the distant Japanes Alps and from the many spots around the lakes at lower levels.  Mount Yarigitake was a far more enjoyable climb with a 1.5 grade scramble for the last 100m.......and much much fewer people.  The evening clouds and sunlight near the summit produced a spectacular Brockenspectre (a rainbow haloed reflection of ourselves in rising moist clouds) - I've never seen one before, it lasted no more than 5 seconds, and it was fantastic...............this was my trip highlight.  I also liked the Japanese sense of order, cleanliness and courtesy......and surprisingly the food..........I loved the food.  The Ryokan and onsens too were memorable.  Outwith the trip I crossed over from Busan to Fukuoka, 7 days before the trip started, and my two days in Nagasaki (a very fine city) was my second highlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dan was efficient, knowledgable and personable - Dan lives in Japan, speaks good Japanese and has a good understanding of its history, culture and behaviours and clearly enjoys sharing it with those up for listening (not everyone listens!).  He clearly likes the outdoors and is at his best around and up in the mountains.  He put a lot of effort into making things run smoothly........in a country where everything works!  A likeable guy. Thanks Dan. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Mount Fuji was good fun and delighted to have done it..........but in many ways this was the least enjoyable part of the trip.............and this is not a failing on Exodus's part.  Trekking on Mt Fuji is limited to only around 10 weeks in the year, which means that on any one day, it probably has up to 5000 on the mountain on a narrow rocky path.  This is at its worst at 3 am in the morning when all simultaenously want to reach the summit for daybreak.  The sleeping arrangements on the night prior to the summit are nigh parlous and depends on who you have to share your duvet with - and four share the duvet [I pulled the shortest straw on this one for the entire chalet! I slept not a wink.].  My advice: take a sleeping bag and sleep in the common areas (not the bunks), take your thermals, earplugs and some homeopathic sleeping draught.  Settle for not making the summit for daybreak........watch the sunrise 100m lower down from the summit and delay your ascent by 1 hour and the crowds will have disappeared.  The crater and rim are quarrylike and disappointing - and the buildings on a 'holy' mount are shanty at best. Don't be put off.....it is worth it, just go prepared to minimise the 'night of hell' before you get up to the summit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Japanese people are reserved and self-contained...........but they are the most helpful people on the planet if you ask for information or assistance.  Crime is largely non existent and misplaced sunglasses etc will be returned to you [where else does that happen?].  The young are the most impressive .........so well behaved and rebellion free.  A well to do western country.......with none of the apparent social drawbacks endured in Europe's/USA's cities...............I couldn't work it out!   

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    This is an amazing trip, not to be missed. A little bit expensive, I know--but worth every penny.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, my dream was to watch the sun rise over Mt Fuji, and it was a dream that came true. Fabulous. But, the whole trip was wonderful, full of exquisite and unforgettable moments. Very varied & interesting & I found myself loving Japan. In fact, if the guides had asked any of us to go back to the beginning & start afresh, I think there would have been a resounding 'YES'. I don't think anyone from the trip wanted to go home!!The trekking I found tough,Yarigataki especially, but maybe I am too senior! However with a professional & caring guide with Rudi & co-guide Dan, who enhanced the trip enormously, I was in good hands.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic, very caring & wanted to make sure he fulfilled everyone's wishes & expectations

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Already said

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    A fantastic trip –  great walking, stunning scenery, fascinating cities and an amazing culture.  What more could you want from a trip? 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Yarigatake was definitely top of my highlights list.  The Japanese Alps are stunning. The view from the summit of Yarigatake was fabulous.  It does require a bit of scrambling utilising some fixed ladders and chains and a ‘head for heights’ to reach the top, but this adds to the sense of achievement (and excitement!).  The Yarigatake trek hadn’t featured in my decision to book the trip, but I would swap a trip up Mt Fuji for Yarigatake anyday!  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The tour leader (Rudy) was first class and a pleasure to travel with.  He ensured that everyone was always in the right place at the right time – not an easy job considering the amount of public transport utilised.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try to spend some additional time in Kyoto and Tokyo.  I had an extra day in each and it still wasn’t enough.  Just make sure you book any extra accommodation yourself.  Exodus quoted me £200 for an extra night in Kyoto.  I found the same room could be booked directly with the hotel website for around £45.  Make sure you take ear plugs.  There is lots of potential for your nights sleep in the mountain huts to be disrupted by snorers!  Travel light and take baggage with wheels.  Public transport is used throughout and Japanese railway stations are very large.  Take a reasonable amount of spending money.  Japan is not a cheap country, although in reality prices are not much different to what you would spend on a night out in any large European city.  Having a few bottles of Sake in the evening certainly enhances the cultural experience!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Japan is an amazing country and should be experienced first hand.  If you enjoy challenging walking as well as a bit of culture this is the trip for you.  I will certainly be back.  

  • 8

    Land of the Rising Fun!

    Japan is a fascinating country – modern, yet so culturally different from the west. Its reputation for being busy is not unfounded, but everything works efficiently (like the excellent rail network) and there’s plenty of stunning scenery in the mountainous regions too. The local people are a joy to interact with – initially a little reserved, but so friendly and helpful to foreigners once you break the ice and so respectful of each other in all aspects of society. Japanese cuisine, although not always to my tastes, was one of many unique aspects of the tour which added to the overall experience of a country that I found to be exotic and rewarding to visit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Despite heavy rain to start with, the trek up to Mt Yarigatake in the northern Japanese Alps offered some fun, but straightforward scrambling and stunning views reminiscent of a classic Scottish ridge once the cloud finally cleared. The climb of Mount Fuji was also a unique experience, not only for the stark volcanic scenery and lofty views over half of Honshu from the summit, but also to witness the sheer volume of human traffic as a seemingly endless line of head torches accompanied us up to the crater rim to watch sunrise. I was also pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the buzz of Tokyo at the end of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rudy did a thorough and comprehensive job dealing with all aspects of the tour and managed fine without being able to speak Japanese.  Our group was also joined by Matt for the trekking elements of the trip who has lived in Japan for 12 years and does speak the local language – his knowledge of Japanese and his enthusiasm for the country that he now calls home really added to our deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you don’t book the group flight for this tour, don’t worry about getting to and from the airport – with a little planning and a few web searches, it’s very straightforward to sort out rail travel in Japan and the language need not be a barrier to this – indeed, I found figuring out the Japanese transport systems to be all part of the fun. Luggage with wheels is very helpful for transferring between trains. Japan can experience heavy rain during the summer months so pack good waterproofs for the trek, but otherwise you can pack quite lightly as the mountain accommodation is very comfortable (if a little cramped on Mount Fuji). Trying Japanese food was one of many new experiences for me – I liked some of it, but I found it doesn’t always offer enough substance and energy in preparation for a full day’s trekking so I recommend bringing supplementary energy bars from home or buying some additional snacks in from one of the many convenience stores before you set off. Finally, amongst many highlights in Tokyo, I got up early for the tuna auction at the fish market which was well worth the taxi fare and the pre-dawn start.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only reservation before booking this tour was whether Japan would end up being very expensive. Prices are quite high throughout Japan and particularly in Tokyo, but it’s perfectly possible to enjoy all aspects of the tour on a reasonable budget. The one thing that can seriously erode your funds is a night out on the town so budget accordingly if an evening of Sake and Karaoke Bars is your kind of thing.

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    One of those memorable trips that you'll be thinking about for weeks after your return...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    - The sight of Mt Fuji - we first saw its unmistakable shape at dawn from the hut on Mt Yari. Then, when we arrived at Fujiyoshida we had amazing views at sunset & sunrise. - Visiting the Fujisengen-jinja shrine to pray for a safe ascent. - Relaxing in the hot pools at the onsen & staying in the ryokan - eating an exquisite meal and then going out to a bar wearing a dressing gown (sorry - yukata!). - The many beautiful temples & shrines in Kyoto. - The contrast of old traditions & new technology.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve was a great leader - working very hard to look after us all & share his love of Japan. He gave us a Japanese lesson one evening in the hut on Mt Yari & encouraged us to try out what we'd learnt. He went out of his way to enable us to experience so much - a variety of types of restaurants, many bars you'd never have found on your own (you must go to the mushroom bar in Kyoto!), the onsen experience, kareoke, the tour of Tokyo, the cheeky beers...and he timed our arrival at the summit of Mt Fuji in time for sunrise perfectly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were very lucky and had fantastic weather, but Steve had told us that on the two previous trips they had days of solid rain when climbing Mt Yari, so you need to ensure you have the right gear. If you can, add on a couple of extra days at the beginning of the trip in Kyoto and/or at the end in Tokyo. There's so much to see & do you won't regret it. Finally, go with lots of energy if you want to try to keep up with Steve! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Mt Fuji will be the carrot that makes you think about booking this trip, but there's so much more too. The trek up to Mt Yari takes you along a beautiful valley & Mt Yari itself is a stunning mountain. The final climb to the top involves a bit of scrambling and some fixed ladders - a very rewarding climb. On the descent we practised our Japanese greetings (much to the Japanese hikers amusement) and watched macqaque monkeys in the forest. Finally, don't underestimate the number of people that will be climbing Mt Fuji with you - it is a wonderful experience but solitude is not a word you could use! Watching the sun rise above the pacific from the top of Mt Fuji makes it worth the effort. So, what are you waiting for...book to go on this trip!

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS - Outstanding!

    This is simply an amazing holiday. Japan is an incredible country - the people, sights, food are all wonderful. The trekking is excellent: the Japanese Alps are beautiful and climbing Mount Fuji a crazy experience that you'll never forget.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of mount Yarigatake in the Japanese Alps, the beautiful hot spring baths, watching the rising sun hit Mount Fuji, early morning sushi at Tokyo fish market and all the adventures, wonder and laughter in between.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader, Steve Parker, is passionate about sharing Japan. Having lived in Japan for many years he has an intimate knowledge of the country, culture, people and language, this combined with his passion and experience trekking in the mountains made him stand out as an outstanding guide. Steve continually went the extra mile to ensure the group got the maximum out of their time in Japan, from late night "cheeky" beers to Japanese lessons for those interested. You really can't ask for more.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a very packed trip, the two weeks will feel like a month! I would highly recommend spending a few extra days in both Kyoto and Tokyo, there so much to see and do in both. A reasonable degree of physical fitness is required as the trekking is fairly strenuous - you'll definitely feel like you've had a good walk at the end of each day on Mount Yarigatake.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Japan is a stunning country: the food, the people, the cities, the countryside, the trekking are all wonderful. Go for it!

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    Who'd have thought you could cram so much into two weeks! This trip has everything: mountains, cities, strange food, the amazingly friendly Japanese people...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was something exciting and new to experience every day so it is hard to pick out one highlight. Watching the sun rise at the top of Mount Fuji was pretty special. Chatting to random local people as we went on our travels was great. Trying out our newly learnt Japanese phrases was fun (thanks, Steve!). Having a go at karaoke is something not to be missed. Seeing the bright lights of Tokyo was the perfect way to end the trip. Japan was everything I'd hoped for and a bit more besides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve was a fantastic leader. Not only did he look after us all very well, but he also went beyond the call of duty. He gave us a Japanese lesson and encouraged us to try out what we had learnt. He was always up for going out in the evenings and always managed to be great company despite having what must be a very tiring job.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Japan is an expensive country, especially with the current exchange rate. If you have any inclination for going out drinking while you are then you may need to re-mortgage your house. Only joking, but bear in mind a beer will set you back about £7.50 so take plenty of spending money.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Why are you hesitating? Go!

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    Brilliant trip - Japan is such an amazing country. From hiking in beautiful Mt Yarigatake, shrine hopping in Kyoto, to singing karaoke tunes in small village bars, I cannot recommend this trip enough. Japan is a place where everywhere you turn and look you will find something that grabs your attention and amazes you. The Japanese people are so friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me the highlight of the trip was the three day hike for Mt Yarigatake. A brilliant hike along scenic paths in the mountain area through forests, along rivers, over snowfields and mountain terrain giving you beautiful views of the alps. Climbing up to the summit of Mt Yari provided a great sense of achievement. Make sure you go to the onsen at the end of the hike, a great way to relax the muscles. The other highlight of the trip was the sunrise from the top of Mt Fuji - one word, stunning!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve was a great tour leader for the trip, one of the best I've had on all my travels. He was very knowledgable of all thing Japan, and he went to great lengths to make sure everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The little extras like the Japanese class in the mountain hut at Mt Yari, taking us to a great nightclub in Tokyo, and (especially) running back to organise a replacement pair of boots when mine decided to disintegrate on me were greatly appreciated.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you have the chance, try to stay some extra time in Kyoto and Tokyo at each end of the trip to fit more in. I spent four days in Tokyo and only just started to feel like I had really seen the place. One recommendation for Kyoto - there is a small little town called Hikone just an hour by local train to the north of Kyoto. It has a beautiful castle and traditional garden, definitely worth the time to go explore.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go enjoy the great sights of Japan and the great Japanese hospitality. You will have such a great time.

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    A brilliant holiday from start to finish, really varied and a great introduction to an amazing country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were loads! For me, the beauty of the Japanese countryside and the hiking at Mount Yarigatake were real highlights. Tokyo is a great city with so much to see and do. Fascinating culture and subculture (maid bar anyone?) - I loved it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve is great. He really did work flat out to ensure that everyone had a brilliant time - I'm not sure he did much sleeping for the whole holiday! His enthusiasm, energy and knowledge certainly added to my enjoyment of Japan.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can, stay a few extra nights in Tokyo - I'm so glad I did, 2 days wasn't anywhere near enough. I wished I'd arrived a bit earlier too and seen more of Kyoto.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Japan and the friendliness of the people way exceeded my expectations - just go and enjoy it!

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    Wonderful trip. For the first time visitor giving an insight into rural and urban Japan and its people. Best trip I've had for some years.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Japanese alps, traditional Japanese hotel, bath houses, madness of climbing Fuji

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve Parker was great. All travel by public transport meant that he used every opportunity to interact with locals. Evening of Japanese language instruction in mountain hut on Yarigatake, then encouraged to use language whenever possible. Able to adapt to different needs of the group. Even managed to find a new pair of boots when a pair disintegrated half way up a mountain.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    weather conditions very variable, from very hot and humid to torrential rain. Need appropriate clothing. ATM machines not widely available - take enough cash. Meal prices as predicted. Socail drinking quite expensive. Most important of all- GO ON THIS TRIP - IT WAS GREAT.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    This was a fantastic trip and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  An experience which I will never forget

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably climbing Mount Yarigatake - the weather was poor and visibility terrible but there was still a great sense of achievement to get to the top. The Alps generally were a real surprise and very beautiful.  The friendliness of the Japanese people was wonderful

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve was just fantastic - I don't think I have ever come across a guide who has gone so far beyond the call of duty to give us all a great experience of Japan.  His love of Japan and the Japanese people was infectious and he wanted us to think the same.  He was highly organised , utterly professional, great fun and worked incredibly hard.  Altogether first rate and a massive part in our enjoyment of the trip!  Exodus - look after him!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light and a suitcase/holdall on wheels is a great benefit when getting on and off trains and buses

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Gof for it!  You will not regret it.

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    A fabulous  trip and itinerary . Japan is mesmerising and  the Japanese mountains are beautiful.Yarigatake was perhaps a bit tougher than we expected but we loved it and we all all arrived safely in Tokyo  with some wonderful  shared experiences of fantastic wilderness , high mountains  and great stories to take home with us. Our first Exodus experience and to be recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The mist at the top of Yarigatake and crossing the ridge to get there. The simplicity and ease of life in the mountain huts. Fujiyoshida and sitting naked and content in a steaming Onsen hot bath with the rain steadily falling around us as  a threathed typhoon  mometarily interrupted our trip. Fuji San peeping out from the clouds to give us a glimpse of her beauty  as the typhoon threat passed and the weather eased! Kyoto ,Gion ,the culture of the geishas and the sight of a fast footed geisha in the darkness flashing silently to her apppointment. Tokyo at first sight and then at second third and fourth sight!!. Our guide's  enduring good humour despite having a few cats to herd in the group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The aptly named Super Steve . A great guide with wonderful skills .  he made the trip work at every level and went out of his way to ensure that every individual in the group had a good, safe and fun time.   He is a fluent Japanese speaker with a love of the culture and an understanding of many of the idiosyncracies of Japanese Culture and modern Japanese life. He made us quickly feel at ease with the Japanese experience which can at first seem impenetrable and mysterious . We felt very fortunate to have him as our Guideand companion on the trip.  He could also party with the best of them!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A good walking pack and good boots are essential . The hair dryer can stay home . Dont pack too much!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it and enjoy!

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    A little bit of everything, fabulous trekking, amazing cities and wonderful people topped off with delicious food, amazing views and lots of fun. Japan is truly a great country and should be a must on any adventurer's list.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Mount Fuji summit before dawn, watching the zigzagging snake of people up ahead and following behind by torchlight and hearing the pilgrims blowing their horns and chanting made me feel like I was part of something special. The tension was mounting as we neared the summit racing the rising sun. Then sitting on top of mount Fuji watching the sunrise with a hip flask of brandy and contentment in our hearts. Riding on the metro across Tokyo Bay was a beautiful sight especially at night.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An amazing leader and teacher, full of energy and fun. He was a very hard worker and strived to make our holiday the best.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go, go, go. Don't be scared to have a go at the language, the people are so friendly and polite. It is the safest I have felt on my own in a strange place.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tokyo is a mad place, just like you see on films but even better. A visit to Harachuko is a must to see the wierd and wonderful fashionable young things.

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    You want two weeks in Japan? You want to climb two mountains? You want culture and great food? You want to watch the sunrise in the land of the rising sun? .... You got it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sat on the top of Mt Fuji watching the sunrise over the clouds below you is not something you'll forget in a hurry. Hopping on and off the local buses and trains with the locals was definitely the best way to travel around the country; this is no coach tour. Mixing with the locals in the restaurants and bars - always welcoming whether they spoke any English or not. 'Are you drunk?' in Japanese always guaranteed a good reaction from a fellow drinker - "Yopporai dess ka?". And Tokyo. The neon at night. The shops by day. The giant robot. The rush hour trains. The markets. The people. I'll be back...  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve was committed to making sure everyone went home with a newfound love of Japan. We did. He walked more miles than anyone else on Yarigatake when he was going back and forth making sure all sixteen of our spread out group were doing fine. And I wouldn't have done the last climb to the summit without his help. A big mountain and a big sense of achievement for a vertigo sufferer. Thanks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A couple of extra nights in Tokyo would be a great way to finish the trip. The day and half there just scratches the surface of this amazing city. Traveling light will help when carrying all your luggage from train to train. Go for a drink at The Mushroom Bar in Kyoto at 3am. Perfect for that "Where on earth am I???" feeling...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Traveling in Japan. Left my heart in Tokyo. When can i return? 

  • 8

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    Japan is a fantastic country to visit; I had not realised how interesting it would be until going on this trip. The food and the people are great and our tour leader made sure we could get the most out of what was on offer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Staying in a traditional japanese inn (Ryokan)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Steve's knowledge of the culture and language added greatly to the trip

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    MT FUJI & THE JAPANESE ALPS

    I simply cannot recommend this trip highly enough. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The itinerary was so varied that I can honestly say I enjoyed every aspect of it ... from Geisha spotting in Kyoto, experiencing traditional ryokan hospitality, the onsen, the picturesque trek and different stages of the Yaragatake climb, the final ascent to the peak of iconic Mt Fuji accompanied by the haunting song of the pilgrim monks up ahead and watching the sunrise at the top.  Last but not least Tokyo is THE most amazing city - its buzz and vitality is thrilling as is the locals' exuberant charm.  I fell in love with it and can't wait to go back. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    My group was a well travelled bunch, and we all agreed that Steve was the best tour leader we've ever had.  He spoke Japanese like a native, his organisational skills, mountain goat hiking prowess, ability to make us laugh and enthusiasm for Japan and its culture enhanced our experience greatly.  He put so much effort into making sure we all got the most out of this trip - providing interesting facts and figures, Japanese lessons, cultural anecdotes and an appreciation for the food and nightlife.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You won't need a book on this trip!  I can recommend taking spare camera batteries up Fuji as you will be snapping away for the whole fortnight.  Also, a notepad so as not to forget anything after this special adventure. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Come prepared for a full-on trip, you'll need lots of energy.  If you can spend any extra time in Tokyo, you won't regret it.

  • 10

    Fast paced and fabulous!

    This is a fast paced and really well organised trip, with amazing food, stunning views and fabulous walking/climbing. It offers cultural and historical insight, city days and hikes in remote countryside, plus two of Japan's highest mountains. This holiday has it all!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loads....Walking in the beautiful Kiso valley and staying in the traditional Ryokan was amazing. The meal that night was a massive highlight. The Onsen (hot spring baths) were gorgeous and chatting with Japanese women as we bathed was great. (The Japanese people were incredibly friendly everywhere!) Climbing to the summit of Mt Fuji in darkness, with monks chanting ahead of us, to see the sunrise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Steve gives 110%, not just shepherding us on and off trains and mountains with perfect timing and efficiency, but his Japanese lesson on Mt Yari was great fun. He'll have you ordering beer and negotiating the Tokyo underground like a local! Full marks!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    REALLY PACK LIGHT...I read this advice on someone else's review but still carried too much. All the Japanese hotels and onsen provide hair dryers, shampoo etc. The mountain lodges do not allow soap, so basically wherever you can wash everything is provided. ( A travel towel is useful) I like to read and carried three books but only read half of one as there was always something more interesting to look at. Add a couple of days to your trip at either end if you can, you only scrape the surface of Kyoto and Tokyo in a day and a little time to recover from jetlag before you hit the ground running would be useful!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

Naar boven