This tour is truly amazing. It is an experience that im glad i took part in and something that I will never forget. Japan is awesome.
LilSleepy / Student traveler Ventura, California / Posted on August 11, 2017
Greatest Trip Ever
The trip was amazing, the tour director was always friendly to me, and was able to speak fluently in English.He planned and always included stuff in our schedule that wasn't planned by the EF Tours, but by himself.Japan is a clean, pretty environment with polite people.Will definitely come back in the future to visit.
/ Student traveler Los Angeles, California / Posted on August 04, 2017
Life Changing Experience
The content of the tour and the experience itself opened my eyes to what is truly important to my existence and exposed myself to the beauty that is international travel!
Cooksan / Adult traveler Visalia, CA. / Posted on August 02, 2017
Arigato! Yes, thank you because I had an absolutely great time visiting Japan. I really enjoyed visiting all the different sites, shrines, temples, and all of the delicious food. Our tour leader in Japan was absolutely lovely as well. Very knowledgeable and insightful.
The only "con" I had (if you can call it that), was that we didn't spend enough time in Tokyo. And I do wish we would've had more time to do exploring for ourselves.
But that only left me with the desire to want to visit again. I'm very eager to go back!
Overall, I had a great time and greatly look forward to visiting again!
BlueBackpack / Adult traveler Mission Viejo, CA / Posted on July 28, 2017
Good experience but one problem
This trip is a very good deal. All hotels and most of the food is paid for. The tour guides are very helpful and really try and pack the days full of experiences. I only had one problem. I am allergic to seafood. I break out and have very bad stomach pain if I eat any form of seafood. I told my group leader as well as the tour guide ahead of time, and all seemed well. One night we went out to eat tempura, and my dish was separate from the rest and was vegetarian. I was eating for about ten minutes, and then the tour guide comes up to me and tells me that the sauce and the soup that i had been eating probably contained fish. The next day I broke out in a rash and was very nauseated and sick. I am just glad that I didn't have a worse reaction. Be wary if you have allergies to seafood and visit Japan. A lot of stuff contains fish broth.
Maxgrey / Student traveler Dudley, NC / Posted on July 26, 2017
Japan Trip Review
-too much time at American-style malls: we could have just gone to those malls in the US instead of flying all the way to Japan
-too many shrine visits: the shrines are all very similar and have very similar decorations- once you've seen a couple, you've seen them all
-not enough time at the bamboo forest
-not enough time at the Hiroshima Peace Museum
-overall, very odd timing schedule
-I liked the traditional Japanese dinner, tea ceremony, Ryokan style hotel, and kimono dressing A LOT: it was a lot of fun experiencing Japanese culture!
-trip tour guide and local tour guides were very friendly and eager to share information about Japanese culture and monuments
-I felt like I had enough time to go off on my own and explore
-I did love the shopping experience in Japan, just... not the extent of time we spent doing it
-American tour guide that went with us on the trip made us look like the ugly Americans because she made a big deal out of moving us all around for 360-degree pictures, and didn't seem to know that the Japanese people around us were staring at us because we were being rude... a lot of the other students on the trip were tired of it by the time we flew back to the US
Bienne / Student traveler Gilbert, Arizona / Posted on July 14, 2017
AMAZING AND I LEARNED A LOT OF CULTURE AND LANGUAG
Thank you EF Tours for sending an amazing tour guide!
I was able to absorb culture and teachings of history and language as much as I wanted! :)
I absolutely praise the tour guide because she was always relaxed even tho there were a few hard times!!!
Thank you EF Tours!
MKtaxi / Student traveler OR / Posted on July 13, 2017
Not enough focus on education
Japan is wonderful! There were many wonderful activities we engaged in and many beautiful places we visited. However, except for Hiroshima, we didn't go to any museums at all. I think it would have been great to go to at least one Japanese history museum and one Japanese culture/art museum. We spent a LOT of time in shopping malls, especially malls with American stores. This felt like a time filler or something set up to amuse the students. A little shopping is nice but this felt like far too much. And certainly it's something we could do here in the US. As an "education first" tour, I expected more educational and cultural activities. I really enjoyed Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, the Bamboo Forest (even though we were there such a short time), the Great Buddha Statue, the tea ceremony and kimono dressing (my favorite), Nijo Castle, the shrines (although there were too many), and the traditional Japanese hotel we stayed at in Hakone and the traditional dinner we participated in at that hotel. The pace of the tour felt very uneven. It felt like we were rushed through some places (like Hiroshima and the Bamboo Forest) and spent far too much time in other places, especially shopping. In sum, I would have liked to have spent more time on Japanese culture, history and language, and less time shopping.
Finallygotthere / Adult traveler Gilbert, AZ / Posted on July 12, 2017
I think this is a trip for the spring
We went June 22nd to July 2nd. It was so hot and humid that I would not recommend this trip for the summer months. It's just too hot to be pleasant- and downright dangerous on the hottest days (Japanese warnings were posted and were being put out on loud speaker when we were at Himejii shrine- drink water and take salt tablets, they said- to prevent heat stroke.) If you are used to very very hot and humid weather, maybe this trip is for you, if you aren't, then take it in the spring. The walking in the heat can be pretty extreme, and there is a ton of walking- bear that in mind. On our free day we did 9.5 miles and 35 flights of stairs- and pretty much exhausted everyone on the trip- and we did it all in the heat.
The trip itself is very complete and gives you a good overview of Japan- though it is very shrine heavy (I like shrines, so I did not mind, but some of my kids wished for less of the shrines, and more of somethings else.)
Food was an issue for my travelers. The food was not of the highest quality, and at one of our hotels many of our travelers felt ill. Many of my students filled up on fast food or snacks from ubiquitous convenience stores, as they were not eating much of the dinners. If you have food allergies, this is NOT the trip for you- the Japanese do not really understand food allergies very well and there is a tremendous language gap. Don't expect the Japanese to speak English- because they do not.
But all this being said, my students were glad they went and felt they saw a very different culture. I would not personally take this trip again because of the things I've mentioned- I'll stick with Europe.
vintage / Group leader california / Posted on July 04, 2017
So much fun!!
I had no idea how beautiful Japan could be. I was in such a beautiful world with a rich culture I was proud to experience!
Aqualillianna / Student traveler Orlando, FL / Posted on July 02, 2017