Red pagoda near Mt. Fuji, Japan

Mt Fuji & the Japanese Alps

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Rewarding hikes, impressive mountain scenery and cultural treasures of Japan

Mt Fuji and Mt Yarigatake are the most famous Japanese mountains, and on this trip we ascend both of these iconic peaks whilst also taking in Japan's intriguing blend of ancient traditions and modern culture. As well as climbing Yarigatake, the 'Japanese Matterhorn', and the classic volcanic cone of Fuji, we stay in Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, with its peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto temples, spend a day in futuristic Tokyo, and take a short walk on the Nakasendo Way - an ancient trading route.


  • Hike up Mt Fuji for sunrise over the Japanese Alps
  • Explore the beautiful and fascinating Kyoto
  • Climb the Japanese Matterhorn, Mt Yarigatake
  • Sleep in a traditional Japanese Ryokan
  • Free time to explore the delights of Tokyo

Key information

  • 8 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights mountain hut & 1 night ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn)
  • 6 days guided walking 
  • Altitude maximum 3776m, average 1000m
  • Travel by train, taxi, local and private coach
  • Countries visited: Japan

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request for 8 nights a supplement in Kyoto, Matsumoto, Fuji-yoshida and Tokyo only)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Walking & Trekking

Moderate. Approximately 4-5 hours walking per day, although the ascent of Yarigatake involves 6-8 hours challenging walking


Most of the walking is on good paths, with the exception of the higher reaches of Yarigatake where scrambling is required, as is the use of fixed ropes.

Day by day breakdown
Day 48.0km/5.0miles
Day 514.0km/9.0miles
Day 66.0km/3.0miles
Day 720.0km/12.0miles
Day 96.0km/4.0miles
Day 108.0km/4.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Depart London

    The group flights depart London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kansai International Airport in Osaka; transfer to Kyoto

    Those on the group flight usually arrives at Kansai Airport this evening, and will be transferred to Kyoto.  With about 2000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a treasure house of Japan's cultural heritage and remains undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. Unlike many other Japanese cities it escaped the ravages of both the Second World War and modern urban development, thereby keeping intact much of the spirit and architecture of traditional Japan. 

    Kyoto Tower Hotel or similar

  • Day 3

    Free day to explore the delights of Kyoto, one of Japan's ancient capitals

    Today we have the chance to explore this extraordinary city, perhaps visiting the famous Golden Temple of Kinkakuji, built in 1397 as a summer villa for the shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga and immortalised in Mishima Yukio's novel, 'The Golden Pavilion'. There will be time in the afternoon/evening for further sightseeing including a tour of Gion, Kyoto's entertainment area, for Geisha-spotting, or resting back at the hotel.

    Kyoto Tower Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer by train to Nakasendo; walk a section of the ancient Nakasendo Way

    We speed our way, by train, out of Kyoto to Nagoya. From Nagoya we transfer by local train/bus to Nagiso and on to Tsumago. Tsumago is situated on the Nakasendo (Central Mountain) Way, and is the best preserved of the many staging posts. This route was used during the Edo period - 1603-1868 - as a main trading route through the mountainous inland area, between the main centres of Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto. Today it is not possible to walk the whole route, but some sections have been conserved. We will trek a short 5-mile stretch from the village of Magome, down the Kiso Valley, to Tsumago. 

    Maruya Ryokan or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Kamikochi via Matsumoto; afternoon walk to Yarisawa

    Using the highly efficient Japanese transport system we transfer by road and rail to picturesque Kamikochi, via the city of Matsumoto. Our main luggage will be transported in the morning from Tsumago to the hotel in Matsumoto where we are staying after the Yarigatake hike. Kamikochi (1500m) lies in the Chubu Sangaku National Park, and is an excellent base for explorations into the North Japanese Alps. We set out for the Yarisawa mountain hut, a gentle afternoon walk (about 4 hours in duration) starting along the valley floor, through pine and birch forest, before crossing the river and climbing the Yarisawa Valley at which point the trail becomes steeper and rougher. Through the forest we may be lucky enough to glimpse a sight of some of the resident Japanese macaques. For those not wanting or unable to partake in the Yarigatake Trek, your leader can help organise accommodation in a river lodge or in Matsumoto (at extra expense). The Yarigatake Trek should only be attempted by those in good shape, with strong legs and knees. 

    Yarisawa Lodge (Mountain Hut)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb Mt Yari (3180m) and descend to Yarigatake Mountain Hut

    Continuing up the increasingly steep and rocky Yarisawa Valley we ascend to the Yarigatake mountain hut, before the final pull up onto the summit of the Japanese Matterhorn - Mt. Yarigatake (Japan's fifth highest peak - 3180m). Although this is not technical, there are sections where you will need to scramble over boulders and rocks and there are snowfields that we may need to cross. The short final leg up to the summit is a very steep and challenging scramble using chains and ladders with some exposure to a steep drop - this last stretch is entirely optional and we only recommend experienced scramblers attempt it. This is a popular spot for local hikers with (on a clear day) spectacular views, including Mt Fuji to the southeast. About 6-8 hours challenging hiking. 

    Yarigatake Sansou (Mountain Hut)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Descend to Kamikochi, and transfer to Matsumoto. Here we can relax in a local hot spring or explore the magnificent Black Castle

    We begin the long and steep descent from the Yarigatake mountain hut, back down to Kamikochi (approx. 8-10 hours hiking). This early morning descent can be cold and begins very steep over broken ground but the views of verdant valleys are spectacular. From Kamikochi we transfer to Matsumoto. 

    Dormy Inn or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer from Matsumoto to Kawaguchi, at the base of Mt Fuji

    In the morning there is an opportunity, for those who wish, to visit the impressive Matsumoto Castle (optional). Founded in 1504, this castle, otherwise known as 'Crow Castle' due to its black colour, is one of the two best preserved in Japan, most others having been destroyed following the Meiji Restoration. Its imposing six story donjon has been designated a national treasure. Moving on from Matsumoto we transfer to the town of Fujiyoshida, situated near Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes of Mt Fuji. Mt Fuji (or Fuji-san) is Japan's highest peak at 3776m and attracts people from all over Japan and the world, to climb it. Its near perfect volcanic cone has been celebrated by artists and photographers alike over many centuries, with perhaps the most famous representations coming in the form of Katsushika Hokusai's 'Thirty Six views of Mount Fuji'. Although not a tourist town, Fujiyoshida provides a great stopping off point for climbs of Mt Fuji, and gives those on a short visit to Japan a great insight into Japanese tourist culture.

    Koryu Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Transfer to Station Five on Mt Fuji; climb slowly to Honhachigome - close to the summit of Mt Fuji

    We transfer by road to Station Five (Go-gome), from where we start our trek, on a well-marked track up to Station Eight (Hachi-gome). The walk takes about 4-5 hours, but is hard work as you cross steep volcanic scree and cinder that shifts underfoot as you ascend. 

    Fujisan Hotel (Mountain Hut)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    An early start for sunrise at Japan's highest point (3776m); descend and transfer to the nearby Lake Kawaguchi

    An early morning start, as we set off before sunrise, for the summit of Mt Fuji. It is only in the last hundred years that people have been regularly climbing Mt Fuji; previously the mountain was considered so sacred that only pilgrims and priests were allowed to climb. The summit is not a single point, but a circular crater rim, and in 'traditional' Japanese style the top features a shrine, weather station, post office, and a noodle bar! After experiencing sunrise, we descend back down to our hotel in Fujiyoshida. 

    Koryu Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free day to relax and explore; optional hike to Mitsutoge

    A free day to explore and relax around the beautiful Fuji Five Lakes area. It is possible to visit Lake Sai, perhaps the quietest and least visited of the Five Lakes, or to take a short trip to Tenjo-zan where you often get a fabulous view of Lake Kawaguchi with Mt Fuji behind. Those who want to enjoy more walking can join the tour leader for an additional optional hike to Mitsutoge, a peak standing at 1786m which offers great views of Mt Fuji and Tokyo on a clear day.

    Koryu Hotel or similar


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Morning transfer to Tokyo

    No visit to Japan would be complete without a trip to Tokyo. From Fujiyoshida we travel by bus, arriving around lunchtime in the capital. Situated on the banks of the Sumida River, by Tokyo Bay, Tokyo grew up out of the fishing village of Edo, becoming the centre of power in 1590. This afternoon is free to explore.

    Shinjuku Washington Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Time to explore Tokyo, one of the world's most spectacular capital cities

    Today we have a free day to explore the delights of Tokyo. Making use of the city's highly efficient metro system it is possible to visit many of the citie's top sites, including Asakusa's lively temple of Senso-ji. The possibilities for evening entertainment are almost limitless with Tokyo's nightlife as exciting as anywhere in Asia.

    Shinjuku Washington Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart Tokyo

    Those on the group flights to London will be transferred to Tokyo Airport either this afternoon or early evening (depending on flight schedule) for the flight back to London, which arrives back in the UK the following day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Arrive London

    The group flights arrive in London this afternoon.

Trip Notes

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Essential Info



Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Japan. South African passport holders do require a visa; but it is worth all nationalities verifying visa requirements directly at your embassy before travel.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

You should allow around GBP 35-45 a day to cover the cost of food and drink. It is possible to eat more cheaply than this, or to spend considerably more, depending on the standard of restaurant chosen. In many of the places we visit there are restaurants available to cater for all tastes and pockets and it is generally very easy to enjoy every aspect of Japan's excellent cuisine either as a group or on your own. Please note that the choice of vegetarian food is very limited for dinner on Mt. Fuji.


Japan has four very separate seasons. The months of August and September bring hot and humid weather, when temperatures can reach the mid to high 30s (degC), especially in the low-lying cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. The higher into the mountains we venture, the colder it will become, with nights being especially cold, hovering around freezing on Mt. Fuji. This period also includes the typhoon season, which can bring torrential rain and strong winds.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated Activity Level 5- Challenging

In total there are 4 day walks and 2 half-day walks and you will need to carry only a rucksack with personal gear for a maximum of 2 nights. We usually hike between 6-8 hours on a full day and about 4 hours on a half-day. The trails are almost always well marked but are often rough and stony underfoot. This trek includes some long and challenging days on Yarigatake and Fuji, with some very rough and uneven trails and long, steep descents. Therefore, a good level of fitness is essential to take part in this trip.

There are sections where you will need to scramble over boulders and rocks and snowfields that we may need to cross. The short final leg up to the Yarigatake summit is a very steep and challenging scramble using chains and ladders with some exposure to a steep drop - this last stretch is entirely optional and we only recommend experienced scramblers attempt it. 

While there is usually no snow on Mount Fuji from late June until October, temperatures at the summit can drop to below zero and there can be some very strong winds. It is important to be well equipped for these weather conditions. 

We spend 3 nights in basic mountain huts which can get extremely crowded during the peak climbing season and 1 night in a ryokan with communal washing facilities. The rest of the nights are spent in comfortable accommodation offering Western standards. The climbing season for Mount Fuji is very short, from mid-July to the end of August. Each year more than 300,000 people make the ascent to the top of the mountain, so crowds and busy trails are to be expected. However the experience of ascending the mountain among hundreds of equally-minded people from across the world will be memorable!


Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Hotels, Mountain Huts & Traditional Guesthouse

We spend 8 nights in comfortable hotels with en suite rooms, 3 nights in mountain huts and 1 night in a Ryokan, a traditional local guesthouse.

Ryokan's - whilst comfortable and full of local character they do not always run along the same lines as western hotels. Rooms do not generally have private facilities and bedding is usually in the Japanese style with thick futon mattresses placed on tatami mats on the floor, which is actually very comfortable! Bathrooms are usually communal (one for men and one for women). On occasion, it may be necessary for more than two people to share a room.

The mountain huts have shared washing facilities and can be very busy in peak trekking season, particularly on Mt Fuji, when an average of 5000 people climb to the top for sunrise each day. Sleeping in the huts will be at close quarters, and should be treated more as an opportunity for a rest during the hike than a relaxing night's sleep!

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard accommodation providers used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar establishments of the same standard and quality.

Kyoto- Kyoto Tower Hotel

Tsumago- Ryokan Maruya

Yarigatake- Yarisawa Lodge & Yarigatake Sansou

Matusmoto- Dormy Inn

Kawaguchiko/Fuji- Yoshida- Koryu Hotel

Mt. Fuji- Fujisan Hotel

Tokyo- Shinjuku Washington Hotel

Single supplements are available on request and are only available for 8 nights of the trip (2 nights in Kyoto, 1 night in Matsumoto, 3 nights in Fuji-yoshida and 2 nights in Tokyo)

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2019
    DM Sheyoputri

    Japanese alps & culture

    Love the culture, mountains and city sights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Mount Yarigatake & Mount Fuji.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Reliable, hardworking and good fun!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Develop good fitness level to climb both mountains. Open mindedness goes a long way.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Special thanks to the tour leader Hide & mountain guide Ryoko for their assistance.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Philip Langley

    A great trip

    A really enjoyable first experience of Japan. Cities, mountains, transport, food & culture all there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably reaching the summit of Fuji but the Mt Yari hike was more beautiful. Bit unlucky with the weather on Yari.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mayuko is an exceptional leader. She is all the things you would expect from an exodus tour leader; well organised, patient, knowledgeable and in charge of the group and the plan. Mayuko offers a lot more than that though. She developed a real rapport with everyone in the group, she is engaging, funny and opened a real window onto Japanese life. A gem.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Practice using chopsticks before you go! Luggage with wheels is very useful. Be prepared for rain. The Mount Fuji jut is overcrowded and smelly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Japan exceeded my expectations. Customer service is very good as is the food.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Joseff Rees

    What a trip!!!

    What a trip! This was my first Exodus holiday and it was brilliant from beginning to end! Meeting like-minded people in a group who had an excellent guide in Kenji I could not have asked for a better first time in Asia. The places, food, people and experiences were fantastic. Japan has literally something to offer everyone from futuristic city skyscrapers in Tokyo to the silent sacred temples and gardens of Kyoto to the peaks of Mount's Yari and Fuji. I cannot wait for my next Exodus holiday!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Brilliant throughout - hard to pick a highlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kenji was brilliant throughout and Tomo the mountain was great during the Alps section of the trip. Both went above and beyond to make the trip a memorable experience for all. Kenji arranged anything we asked for and gave suggestions throughout - both were clearly individuals who loved their jobs and country and wanted us to see the best Japan had to offer.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Embrace every part of Japanese culture from the food to the Onsens!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip throughout.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Mark Billington

    My best adventure to date

    From start to finish this trip was fantastic, we packed so much into the time we had in Japan and our tour guide Mayuko had everything so well organised the holiday ran like a dream.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting Mt Fuji for sunrise without a doubt, although we didn't see a sunrise we did a 5k crater walk which gave stunning views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mayuko was an outstanding group leader, always helpful and attentive, she went above and beyond to ensure our climb up Mt Fuji went ahead after a typhoon curtailed our intended day of ascent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are plenty of opportunities to wash on the trip, so maybe an idea to pack a bit lighter. Despite contrasting advice with luggage I'd go with a case with wheels as there's lots of stations, and platforms to negotiate.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although the total cost of the trip is fairly expensive it's well worth it, and I'd certainly reccommend the trip.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Camille Hickey

    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.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    William Ferguson

    Quite a trip

    So many aspects of Japan : Mountains, climbed the Japanese way Interesting Food always available Unfailingly polite people A culture to immerse yourself in

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip was full of highlights, some large and some smaller scale, but all were full of pleasure. The sunrise from the lodge at Mount Yarigatake, Mt Fuji visible in the distance. Taking part in the annual climb Mt Fuji pilgrimage The way in which, no matter the circumstances, immaculately presented, ready cooked food was available. Having the chance to appreciate the depth and breadth of Japanese culture. We travelled out ahead of the group and stayed on afterwards. This gave us the chance, for example, to visit Hiroshima & Miyajima on a day trip and to take more time over Tokyo. We'd strongly recommend this to anyone doing this tour. It also allows more time to acclimatise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Etchuri-san(aka Tats) grew into the role as the tour went on. We were really grateful for his suggestions related to things to see in Matsumoto and Tokyo. It would be wrong not to mention the Mountain Guide, Ishihara-san(aka Tomo) who was a mine of information and looked after the whole group impeccably.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We have never had a climbing experience like the lodge on Mt Fuji and the final ascent for sunrise at the top. Resting on shelves in a room with ~100 others was new to us. Similarly, climbing as part of a river of head torches, two people wide, policed by rangers was a novel experience. Then getting to the top to find hot soup, vending machines and temples. It's best to throw yourself into it, do as the Japanese do, smile, bow and say 'konichiwa'

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As above, this trip doesn't give enough time to really explore Tokyo or Kyoto and the opportunity to experience life in Japan. Travel out early, stay late. Enjoy it. A great trip
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Graham Aitchison

    Mt Fuji & the Japanese Alps

    Mt Fuji & the Japanese Alps, this trip starts in Kyoto with a day or two to see the historic former capital of Japan before taking the bullet train and walking a section of the Nakasendo way. From there the trip sets off to the national park of Kamikochi to ascend Mt Yarigatake (3180m). After this there are a few days to explore Matsumoto before catching the bus to Station Five to start the trek to the summit of Mt Fuji (3776m). The trip ends in Tokyo where there are free days to explore the mix of historic and modern Japan. The trip allows you to sample the various forms of Japanese cuisine that include noodle dishes, sushi and various other rice noodle or fish based dishes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many wonderful moments on this trip, from travelling on the bullet train (or Shinkansen) to visiting the golden temple, Crow castle and other temples and shrines along the way. However the most inspirational moment of the trip was reaching the summit of Mount Fuji and watching the sun rise, truly awesome and well worth the effort.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mayuko, the tour leader was fantastic and very organised. She looked after us all and ensured that the various train and bus journeys made on the trip all ran smoothly. Mayuko also packed a great number of experiences into the trip from seeing the historic castles, temples and shrines to the modern streets in Tokyo with their neon lights. Mayuko was a very attentive tour leader who made sure that we had lots of options to do on our free days and were able to find and see any attraction or holiday gift that we wanted. She was very friendly and approachable and fitted into the group well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip does involve using a lot of Japanese public transport, and as the trip notes state you are best taking luggage that you are able to get on and off trains with ease and stow into the luggage spaces, personally I found rucksacks the easiest. When climbing the two mountains that we trekked up (Mt Yarigatake and Mt Fuji) you really do not need to have a 40+ litre rucksack – you can get away with a smaller rucksack (around 25-30 litres) to fit the essentials for the hikes. For Mt Yarigatake we had rain all the way up so good waterproofs and a rucksack cover/dry bag was a necessity along with a set of dry clothes in a dry bag. There are really good drying rooms in the mountain huts on Mt Yarigatake and you will be able to hang and dry your kit. If you want to travel really light, on the group flights we took we got a travel toothbrush and toothpaste on each flight and most of the hotels we stayed in provided these and a razor, soap, shampoo and conditioner, so you can leave most of that behind if you are that way inclined.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We participated in the trip that was for the last two weeks of August, which coincided with a fire festival held just after we ascended Mt Fuji, though you may want to wear old clothes due to the embers in the air. This was a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of different street foods and witness Japanese drumming, which made our trip even more special.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Louise Clark

    A brilliant holiday, Hills, Shrines, Temples, Tokyo and more.

    A brilliant holiday showcasing the best of what Honshu has to offer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loads...climbing the iconic Mount Fuji to see sunrise was an experience, but one of many - that included Temples, Shrines, Castles, the best that Tokyo has to offer and a fire festival!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely brilliant - wonderfully organised and really committed to giving everyone the best time that they could possibly have. She worked so hard on the " free" days to show us the best of Kyoto and Tokyo......... When met with challenges - a broken arm from one member of the group - she remained unflappable and sought to deal with everything as effectively as possible whilst not compromising our holiday at all. We were travelling firther after the Exodis trip and she sorted rail pass/shinkansen bookings gave us ideas for our destinations and was generally a star!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light! There is lots of public tranport use - this is highly efficient but you will be wheeling/carrying your bag lots. I had an expedition holdall...very practical generally but not ideal for carrying a long way - Japanese stations can be huge! A bag that fits on the overhead racks (that you can lift) makes it easier on the trains. Notably all the hotels have shower gel, shampoo etc so if you are not fussy about brand then you don`t need them! Do not take a 40 litre rucksac for the overnight mountain hut trips, this is way too big... you are only out for two nights and bedding etc is provided...those that had big rucksacs carried too much weight by far. Also use dry bags NOT a rucksac cover, the rain can be torrential and only those of us with dry bags had dry kit!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Eating out is not as expensive as I anticipated...we ate in loads of brilliant local places at a fraction of the expected cost. Fabulous holiday.....!!!!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    anonymous anonymous

    Japan Mount Fuji

    What a fantastic trip. A good mixture of cities and mountains. Everything was efficient there and the people were always so obliging to help with information or directions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of Mount Fuji. We were lucky and had great views as was sunny. Seeing the sun rise on Mount Fuji. Talking to local people in the mountain huts. Good atmosphere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Mayuko was brilliant, knowledgeable, professional, understanding, patient and gave us great insights into the Japanese culture and took us to some cool eating places which we'd not experienced before. Could not have asked for anyone better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would say you need a certain level of fitness for this trip. Mount Fuji is quite steep. Carry light on the mountain trips it really helps. Our mountain guide Tomo was brilliant as well. Really professional, knowledgeable and kind. We had rain on Mount Yari so make sure you bring good waterproofs that do the job.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really great trip saw and did a lot in the two week trip. A good balance of activities and free time. Would now like to go back to see the rest of Japan!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Carol Merritt

    Japanese Alps

    An amazing trip with an exciting and full on itinerary

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. Fuji.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely excellent in every way. My experience with previous Exodus trips is most guides are very good but on this trip Mayuko was exceptional. A truly first class guide who not only was extremely knowledgeable, but sacrificed any amount of personal free time to our group to share with us her personal favourite sights and experiences during unscheduled activities on our itinerary.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The optional summit of Mt. Yarigatke is approx. 200m almost vertical climb with ladders and chains so be aware you need a head for heights. Tomo, the mountain guide was absolutely fantastic and extremely professional and is very understated in his role as 'assistant guide' as mentioned in the trip notes. Only take minimum in day pack for Yarigatake and Fuji treks ie one set of spare clothes, not a huge 70L pack re trip notes.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936