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  • Reviewed May 2019
    Kristen Sinclair

    Wonderful time! ALOT of walking!

    Myself and my 13 year old son had a wonderful time in Japan with Exodus. Each day was action packed and we saw many more sights than if we travelled independently. My only advice is to remember it is a tour, not a holiday. It is a constant 12 days and there is ALOT of walking involved. However, the experience is a time we shall never forget!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed the river ride in Kyoto, the monkey park, the 1000 vermillion gates, the floating Tori gate, Hiroshima A-Dome, peace park and museum, Mount Fuji, Hakone and all of Tokyo.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miyuki was very friendly and Popajin was very knowledgable and went out of his way to take us to the robot restaurant.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    To remember it is a tour, not a holiday, and the amount of walking and activities can be quite intense, especially if travelling with children.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a wonderful time, memories for the rest of our lives! A rest day in the middle would have been nice.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Sarah Bailey

    Japan Family Adventure FII 170723

    A thoroughly inspiring tour of Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hakone and Tokyo featuring wonderful activities from Japanese cooking lessons, to drumming, Samurai sword handling and calligraphy. We particularly enjoyed getting 'under the skin' of the country, before arriving in the sensory overload that is Tokyo.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The exquisite beauty of Kyoto... the lotus flowers and bamboo forest The magical atmosphere of Miyajima island... mists and shrines and the floating Torri gate The tranquil, moving peace park of Hiroshima

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Ayaka Tsukamoto was patient, kind, a great listener. She was impeccably organized and ran our tour with calm finesse

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I wished I had done more reading about each destination beforehand. I didn't pack enough clothes (the humidity drenched everything), so I needed to buy extras I should have had a more sensible day pack for my back. In fact, I needed a two day pack. With the train traveling and backpacking, I would say the trip is a little less leisurely than the literature presents.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a magical adventure, however, it was quite a challenging trip for a 10-year-old and I don't think I would attempt with a younger child. Towards the end of the trip, my son needed some time and space to chill and reenergise and that was quite difficult in Tokyo. I think it would be good to provide information and opportunity for some relaxed play time when there are kids of this age in the group. My son wanted to jump into a pool and swim or kick a ball in a park and just have some low-key downtime.
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