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 74 reviews
 by Richard
Japan was amazing, the guides were fantastic, we learnt so much and the itinerary worked well

Hi Judy

Just a quick note to thank-you you for organising our recent trip to Japan.  It all worked out really well, despite me forgetting to take stuff out of the safe, thank-you for sorting that out!

Japan was amazing, the guides were fantastic, we learnt so much and the itinerary worked well.  Capped off with a clear day in Hakone to see Mt Fuji.



 by Gary and Sue |Classic Autumn Tour 2023
a most enjoyable tour with a great group of people and a great Tour Leader

Hi Tony and Judy

Well that tour went by very fast!

I have to say that it was a most enjoyable tour with a great group of people and a great Tour Leader. I have said it before but I know that the behind the scenes planning and ongoing actioning to ensure the tour was a success was all completed in a professional and seamless manner by Juliane. I hope the others in the group recognise that she is a very important part of this tour.

Morning Tony and Judy

Whilst there was cloud covering when touring Kyoto the Autumn nature colours turned it on for us. The tour thus far has been a great insight in Japan's history and spectacular colourful scenery and hasn't been any disappointment whatsoever.

Juliane is an A1 tour leader whose behind the scenes planning and organisation is very much appreciated by us. I also appreciate her putting up with me wandering off every now and again! Lol!

The 100klm plus of walking on this tour is well worth the effort!

Hi Tony and Judy

Just wanted to say that the tour to date has been nothing short of excellent and Juliane is over the top looking after us all. The Japanese tour guides to date have been faultless and to be honest I tend to wander off but I do speak to them one on one when walking the "100klms" :-0 to our destinations and they are very interesting to speak with.

The traditional Japanese dinner last night (Hida hotel) was faultless.

Personally I'm now in the areas I most wanted to visit and see, Takayama, Shinagawa and Kanazawa and Takayama hasn't disappointed.

Morning Judy and Tony

Just a quick note that we had our first day of our Japan tour and give it a big Thumbs Up. Whilst it was a busy day walking hundreds of Kilometers we had a perfect day to do. Our Japanese tour guide is a wealth of information and provided much information to us all.

I have to say Juliane did an outstanding job looking after us during the and keeping an eye on me who was generally are at the rear of the group doing my thing

Gary & Sue

 by Jacqui and Ken
All of the guides were helpful, pleasant and wanting to ensure we enjoyed our time with them

Dear Judy

Ken and I wanted to thank you for organising such a well-planned, first time, trip to Japan.

The location of all of our accommodation was perfect and made it easy for us to get to places and the train stations.  It also helped being close to the Seven Eleven’s so we could purchase any essentials we may need.   There seems to be one on every corner in Japan.

All of our accommodation was clean, comfortable and of a good standard.  Our Kyoto apartment was great and it was soooo good to wash our clothes and do some simple cooking.  Out of all the hotels, I would have to say the Sheraton at Hiroshima was excellent!  Ken and I are tall, so having a room with more space in Japan, which is understandably difficult, appreciated all of the hotel rooms that were bigger than normal.

All of the guides were helpful, pleasant and wanting to ensure we enjoyed our time with them.  Thank you for understanding we were getting tried as we didn’t realise there would be so much walking and we needed to slow down for a couple of days.  We did still explore Kyoto though and enjoyed going to the castle and sampling the street food of Nishiki markets on the Monday.  On Tuesday we also ventured out of the city to Hozu-gawa and took the traditional boat ride down the river to Arashiyama.  Both were thoroughly enjoyable.

The AXUS app was excellent and made it easy for us to know what to do each day, even down to the train numbers and platforms and so handy not having to carry any documents.

We really did get a good taste of both modern and old Japan and saw many beautiful sceneries, temples, gardens and autumn colours as well as a taste of Japanese history with the Shoguns and Samari.  We were also very moved by our experience in Hiroshima.  The peace park and peace museum showed very realistically what happened as a result of the bombing and it is extraordinary how well the city has recovered. Miyajima Island is also an extraordinary place and the walk up to the Buddhist temple is one of my favourites from our trip.

You do offer an excellent service and understand very well the workings of Japan and how best to ensure your clients have a good holiday.


 by Janet and Craig Stephens
We can’t thank you enough for your hard work and advice

Dear Tony and team,

We arrived home safely yesterday after an amazing cultural and culinary adventure.  We can’t thank you enough for your hard work and advice

and an itinerary, that with Craig’s map reading skills ???? and of course the help from our fantastic guides, made the journey a pleasure and was executed with ease.

All of our guides enhanced the journey perfectly.  Craig was always very quick to pay for their lunches and coffees except for our Nara guide Mr. Noboru

who insisted on taking us to his favourite Pork Bun man ????. As an ex school teacher he was a very informative and fun guide. We also bonded very quickly with our two lovely ladies in Koyasan.

The weather was very kind with only a couple of wet afternoons. We saw enough autumn leaves to satisfy an itch and the first fall of snow was both a surprise not only to us but everyone.

We had a lot of fun, long days, wonderful food and met some lovely people. All of the accommodation was perfect but I must say our favourite by a very small margin was Hotel de Yama where we felt very spoilt. Both the Temple and Ryokan stays were also very special. And we didn’t miss a train!!!!!

A very special thanks for, to our surprise, organising the round trip ticket for the Koyasan leg.  Very, very much appreciated.

I’m sure we will return to Japan one day.

I took over 2,500 photos but will send a couple more on another email.  I will also do  a review on the web site. Please use any of my photos as you wish.

 by Ken and Kim 
We got to do all the things we had hoped to do.

Dear Judy,

We’re back home from Japan now and I just wanted to take this opportunity to write and thank you for preparing our itinerary for us. Every booking you made for us went off without any problems at all. Your suggestions, such as Kanazawa, were excellent, and the hotel there met our criteria perfectly. Also, your attendance to things like the JR Pass, were done in a very efficient and timely manner.

We got to do all the things we had hoped to do.

As you know, I have been to Japan many times over the years, but I felt reassured to know that our first trip there after all the changes since COVID was done in conjunction with an excellent team like yours.

Thanks again for your work on our Japan trip.


 by Kaye & John

Hi Juliane,

A quick email to again thank you for organising our just completed visit to Japan. Kaye and I had a marvellous time thanks to your arrangements, guides and assistance.

ANA airlines were excellent- I think it’s the most legroom I’ve ever had in economy class, the cabin crew couldn’t be faulted, nor could the ground staff.  Our hotels exceeded our expectations! All were fabulous, in convenient locations.

The guides you sourced were terrific! Each arrived early, were friendly and always professional. Each is welcome to visit us whenever they come to Sydney.

We’re looking forward to our next Japan visit, outside the major cities…hmm?

Best regards

Kaye & John Dyson

Thank you John & Kaye for the lovely review. We will let Juliane know to start planning your next trip 🙂

 by Tour participant
Dynamic Kyushu Tour 2023

This to thank you for the holiday arrangements for Ros and I - over the last two and a half weeks. Ken and Toshie were lovely hosts, and Kyushu  seemed a perfect way to experience the real Japan. Our separate time in Tokyo,  Hakone and Kyoto was great and your choice of hotels and their location also excellent.

You will of course remember that Ros left her jewellery in the room safe at the hotel in Hakone by mistake - remembering this as we were almost at Kyoto. Your recovery of the jewellery for us and having Mr Masahiro Tatsumi from your Tokyo office meet our train yesterday at the Shinagawa station - outside our carriage as we stopped - was impressive and much appreciated. Mr Tatsumi then guided us to the Narita Express at Shinagawa and made sure we got on correctly, heading for Narita.

This was Ros' first visit to Japan and she loved the experience, as I expected she would. Much of our enjoyment of the holiday is as a result of you company's experience and people, so thanks again.

 by Faunia Smith
Fantastic Kyushu

This tour ( Dynamic tour of Kyushu) was excellent.

Our guide Ken, and driver Toshi, were so helpful, knowledgeable and professional.

Places visited, accommodation, food and scenery was exceptional.
Kyushu is so spectacular.

Thanks Japan holidays for a really fun trip. Highly recommended.

Thanks so much Faunia - so glad you enjoyed the tour!

 by Linsey
LOVED Japan!

We absolutely loved our trip to Japan!

The experiences we had were unforgettable memories (such as the Samurai museum and experience) and the culture and heritage is so rich.

Would stay longer at Kyoto next time as it was our favourite and less time at Tokyo.

The tours were great, especially the one to Takayama and Unesco Heritage Village from Kanazawa.

I would book more experiences in advance next time as when we got there some shows were booked out.

Accommodation was amazing and we enjoyed happy hour with free cocktails from 5-7pm!

Many thanks Linsey - will pass on your comments and feedback to the Team.

 by Dr S and Family
We had an awesome fortnight in Japan.

We had an awesome fortnight in Japan.

Guides were wonderful.

Many thanks for your wise itinerary and all the steps that you took to make our stay so comfortable.

Can’t say enough of you two !

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