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Japan is an ideal travel experience!Japan is an amazing country to visit, and an ideal one to bring first-time travelers to. It has the best of both worlds: it is as clean, safe, modern, and customer-oriented as any place in the world, yet it has the exoticness and unexpected discoveries that make international travel worth it. The pacing of the trip was perfect. We saw A LOT, but we never felt rushed and we had plenty of time at each attraction and more than enough time to explore on our own. This particular tour does an excellent job of letting you see a huge part of the country, from Nagasaki to Tokyo.
I’ve traveled on EF tours in both Europe and Japan, and the quality of the hotels and the meals in Japan are clearly superior – the cost of a Japan tour is amongst the highest of any that EF offers, but you get your money’s worth at every point of the trip. The variety of meals was incredible and extremely representative of Japanese cuisine. The hotels ranged from new western business-style hotels, to lakefront resorts, to a more Japanese experience, with futons and onsen.
The choice of attractions was excellent, and included (amongst many others): many of the important shrines and temples in Kyoto, the museums and peace memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the beautifully rustic bridge and castle at Iwakuni, the floating shrine at Miyajima, and the neighborhoods of Harajuku and Akihabara in Tokyo. We even got to spend a couple hours at a beautiful beach in Fukuoka!
The highlight of the trip for many of my students occurred on our last night in Japan, when they got to meet and interact with a group of Japanese high school students at the EF office in Tokyo. They got to spend a couple of hours talking about their experiences, playing games, and trading contact information. This was my fourth EF tour (first as a group leader), but this was the first time such a get together occurred. I hope it won’t be the last time; it is something that I will push for on our future tours.
Japan is an ideal experience – familiar enough to feel comfortable, but different enough to become inspired – and EF does an excellent job maximizing that experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
It was great!The tour was fantastic. Our tour guide was SO friendly, and she had so much knowledge about where we were and what we were seeing. She was genuinely happy to be touring with us; She went above and beyond for us which was great. We got to see so many places, so many things, and every one was beautiful. We stayed in hotels that were clean, gorgeous, and roomy. There's very little I can complain about. The only thing that I was a little sad about, which is why it's only 4/5 stars is how little free time we had. I know we were trying to fit as much as possible into two weeks, but we had very little time to go out and explore on our own. When we did get time, it was often at the end of the night when shops were getting ready to close so there wasn't much time to go in and nose around. Other than that I have nothing bad to say.
Great tourI lived in Japan for several years, and now travel there with students. After taking the "The Land of the Rising Sun" tour before, I really enjoyed visiting places I had never seen before. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bomb museums should be seen by everyone at least once in their lifetimes, but it is also important to see that both cities have recovered and become vibrant metropolises once more. But the tour was not just about the bomb; there were many other beautiful stops along the way.
I am a Japanese language teacher. Please include Japanese in your list of subjects taught.
I was extremely disappointed when I tried to sign up again and was told that EF has discontinued the tour due to lack of interest. I loved it.
Unforgettable adventureThe tour itself is excellent for the observation of the customs, traditions, and landmarks that brings the wonders of Japan. From the peaceful Gold Pavilion to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, it's linear getaway of how excited for my tour group to experienced.
Great Japan trip... with a few snafusOverall, we had a very enjoyable trip to Japan with our school group. We were able to experience various areas of Japan, visiting temples, historic sites, and shopping and entertainment districts.
Travel arrangements were overall good, except for the choice of hotel in Tokyo - this was felt as a very poor choice and everyone in our group felt unsafe at this place.
WonderfulI had an amazing guide who was always smiling. She was so patient and answered all of my questions. We saw a lot of beautiful places, and some with some sad history. I have only two small complaints and that is that 1) We didn't get much time in some places and 2) we didn't get enough free time. By the time we were let go for free time, shops were closing within 2 or 3 hours which didn't give us much time to look around. I made some awesome friends though, and plan to go again in the future.
Hotel/restaurant choiceHotel and restaurant choices were not satisfying. Some restaurants were not appropriate for high school and food was not good. Also, I didn't expect hotel to be really fancy, but at least I wanted to stay somewhere clean (not smoking smell).
Also, we had a traveler who had a really bad motion sickness. If bus ride is more than two hours, the bus should be the one with a bathroom. Also, it would be nice to have a tour guide with more well rounded knowledge about the country we visited. We liked the guide but felt his opinion and the way he mentioned about culture was not appropriate and correctly introduced.
Amazing experience but nicer hotels and resturantsI had never been to asia before going on this tour and I was unaware of what to expect going over to experience the Asian culture. I very much enjoyed this tour and my guide was very helpful on a day-to-day basis. My only complaint would be the the hotels and resturants that we stayed at were not of the value we paid for this trip. I would have liked to stay in nicer hotels instead of motels for 2 weeks. Otherwise this trip was very great and I would recommend this to anyone!
Amazing ExperienceHad a fantastic time and learned so much
I'm Going Back!It was one of the best experiences of my life! My students loved it and I can't wait to take the next group there! The people were very kind and respectful. The sites were just beyond beautiful! We had great food, accomodations, and tour director. It had always been a dream of mine to visit Japan, and being finally able to go was unbelievable. We did have a snag here and there with the weather, the language, and one hotel wasn't as nice, but overall, it was an amazing experience. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I get to do it again in a few years!