We were lucky enough to have a great tour guide who went above and beyond to make our family trip to Japan a fun experience.
I’ve written most of this throughout my review however one more thing would be to say that where the website says to have a hiking bag instead of suitcase couldn’t be more wrong. My family was the only ones to have packs instead of suitcases and it was awful for us as the rest of the tour were much happy with suitcases which is the complete opposite of what the website says.
The Intrepid tour I took was comparatively cheap and this was reflected in the accommodation and “extras”, of which there were none. The aim seems to have been to take you to a selection of locations (city, country and historic) for a taste of Japan, and this it did well. The tour guide did his best but you still have to make many do-it-yourself decisions, so some research before leaving is a good idea. As with all such tours your fun depends on the calibre and attitude of the others in your group, (in my case they were excellent), so we all had a good time. If you are knowledgeable about Japan then this trip is not for you – plan it yourself. If you are clueless but motivated about Japan then this trip is for you. If you are clueless and useless then you had better spend more for a tour where you are taken from site-to-site sacrificing flexibility for more detail and explanation. I am easy to please so if you are more demanding then you need to read what is offered on this tour carefully. I had a great time and much of that was thanks to my fun travel buddies and our genial guide Mitch. Happy and safe travels to you all.
A wonderful whistle stop tour of Tokyo and Kyoto, cramming in many activities, whilst still leaving time to relax and do our own thing if we wanted to.
Explore the website and brochures to best understand what to expect. The amount of physical activity to expect was very helpful. Book with Kodo as your guide and you will have a great time!
Highly recommend intrepid! Very professional, organised and makes travelling completely hassle-free!! No hesitation to use them again!!
Fantastic trip to see Japan by bike. Great opportunity to get immersed in Japanese culture with appreciation of lovely gardens and Temples. Exceeded my expectations. Thank you Mitch and Kenji for a magical experience!
Japan is such a wonderful country! The Real Food tour was an excellent way to experience the food and culture of some of the best cities. The monastery at Koya San had to be seen to be believed. Nothing spartan about it!
We enjoyed having a couple of nights in each place. Having only one night in Osaka was not enough. It was a rushed day. We couldn’t see a lot and you don’t get your bearings in such a short time. We had great eating experiences everywhere we went. The experience of fast train travel was great. We did a lot of walking (we are over 60) and it was a great way to see the sights.
This is a great overview of Japan. Tighten your shoelaces and hold on, this tour is fast paced! Be prepared to shell out about another $400 USD per person for the non-included meals and non-included activities.
If you are after a short, sharp and to the point trip in Japan – this is it. You can either join with other members of the group and hang out or can make your own adventure. Nikko is an interesting place in that it was popular in the 80s/90s and is what you make of it (hiking, waterfalls, intersting derelict buildings) and Tokyo and Kyoto are just non-negotiable in any Japan itinerary.
If you are over 65, I would suggest a “comfort” level of trip, and will certainly do so myself.
Japan is a great country to explore and this trip made it so easy to visit the best places and have the great combination of city and country living. Make sure you take the opportunity to enjoy all local specialties: food, sake, go where locals go, use public transport, it’s the best way of people watching and getting to see the real Japan.
Bring comfortable walking shoes, pants with stretchable waists, and an openness to try new things.
What I particularly liked about this tour was that you could be supported by the leader, and stay with her to go ‘out and about’….or you could be completely solo and make your own way. Everything was very flexible. It was like travelling by yourself, but with an English speaking guide to help out when you asked for assistance.
Our food tour of Japan was very enjoyable. Having a guide was invaluable for navigating .. The small size of the group added to the camaraderie. There is a lot of walking so good walking shoes are essential. I would take 2 pairs next time. The food experience was wonderful but not suitable for vegetarians.
Be prepared for a lot of walking and train travel. If you are looking for food that is high protein and with lots of vegetables, you may be disappointed.
The Southern Japan Experience was a truly great trip. We did alot of walking (much more that 10,000 steps per day). I am glad I did this trip as I would probably not have ventured to these places on my own – I would have stuck to the traditional tourist cities. Jack, our guide did a great job with our diverse group. We stumbled on a Kabuki show and watched Udon being made fresh. We visited Naoshima (Art Island) which blew my mind – I wish I could have stayed longer! Thanks.
The Land of the Rising Sun tour gave an excellent introduction to this fascinating country. Pack light though as lots of carrying your luggage onto busy trains
Excellent itinerary, a very busy two weeks but you see a huge amount of Japan. Be prepared for lots of train travel but this is necessary and Intrepid make it very easy. Our guide was extremely enthusiastic and helpful. A wonderful two weeks.
A smooth, efficiently organised and comfortable trip that encompasses the outstanding classic elements of a dip into Japan. Highly recommended.
The trip was amazing, we got to experience Japanese culture and their way of life. The tour guide was helpful and knowledgeable. Overall my experience was an excellent one.
With the right group of people and the right tour leader, your trip will be amazing. I was lucky in both respects, and had an amazing time in Japan. I especially enjoyed the ability to do independent travel, and our group leader Yuki was very considerate and helpful in getting all our bucket list destinations checked off.
Our Intrepid tour allowed us to visit many sites of Japan using the Japanese trains and buses. This was made so easy with the guidance of our tour leader. No time was wasted -maximising our enjoyment of the many beautiful sites in Japan! It was invaluable having a tour guide who knew local knowledge of every where we went.
Our Intrepid small group tour of Japan provided an excellent insight into lifestyle, culture and history. The activities were interesting, varied and educational. Great value for money.
This trip was my first overseas guided tour. I am so glad we had a tour guide in Japan. Those characters they use for words are impossible to recognize, so directions and signs are truly meaningless unless you speak or write Japanese. Contrary to popular belief, English words are not everywhere and many people don’t speak it. The small 12 person tour allowed us to get around easily and get to know the people in the groups. The days are filled with sight seeing activities but our leader and the tour itself lends itself to going somewhere different from the group if that is your desire. Our leader Yuka was wonderful and a lot of fun. We stayed in local guest houses so slept on mats, took our shoes off at the door,experienced the onsens and got to try a lot of local food. It was a great trip and I will be using Intrepid again should the need arise for a structured tour. Thanks to Yuka who was our leader and made the trip so fun and memorable!!
Our leader, Miyuki, was super organised & made the trip a breeze. The trip had a great mixture of organised activities & free time. Japan is a wonderful place & this trip had the everything you could want to see in 13 days – city highlights, country stays, temples & lots of cherry blossoms. Perfect.
Trip was great. There is no way that we could have seen as much as we did, without being on this tour. Our leader gave us wonderful food experiences and made travelling stress free. It is why we love “Intrepid” – easy, informative, fun and small groups!
Revise this questionnaire eg a rating of camping is compulsory even though we didn’t camp. the ‘if’ questions should not be compulsory
With Intrepid we had an easy step by step booking experience. My daughter and I had wonderful experience with Intrepid and our guide. Our tour guide Alain was very organized, knowledgable and It was very obvious that he loved Japan and was very enthusiastic about teaching us about there culture and the Japanese people there past and present day . Although this is a scheduled group tour, we never felt over scheduled and had many opportunities to venture out on our own. My daughter and i enjoyed several times on our trip by our selves. We feel Intrepid was a great guide to destinations, We are excited to book our next trip through Intrepid again.
My 15 year old daughter and I had a wonderful time touring Japan. We experienced so many places and sites, and our guide, Alain, was absolutely terrific. We felt very welcome in Japan!
I cannot recommend Inteepid enough. Having always been a solo traveler, this was out of my comfort zone however my tour guide went out of her way to ensure everyone was happy and comfortable. Absolutely wonderful, unforgettable experience, im planning more trips in the future!
Amazing trip. Lovely e very professional leader Miyuki. I Love Japan.
I loved all of the destinations offered on this trip – Tokyo, Nikko and Kyoto – although I wasn’t aware of the travel time it would be to get from Nikko to Kyoto and why the trip ends in Kyoto and not back in Tokyo (everyone in the group ended up going back there anyways). Do some research before you arrive so you know what parts of each city you’d like to explore. Both Tokyo and Kyoto are massive and you don’t want to feel like you missed anything you would have loved because you weren’t aware.
This is a great trip for the more active people who enjoy some guidance about the area but also enjoy doing there own thing.
the organization is excellent , you feel safe and secure in a foreign country. in one word all was wonderful!
There were many great things about the tour, mainly the guide. I didnt feel that the goody part came out strongly the food we ate was similar to what we ate during our free time and the classes were very basic.
A highly interesting snapshot of Japan. From mad Anime to quiet hotspings and beautiful waterways. Our tour guide Keiji was helpful local and caring and our boy loved being with the other families.
The Classic Japan trip provides a terrific overview of one of the worlds most interesting countries. From mountains to skyscrapers the trip has it all. This trip gives you a taste of Japanese culture, which will leave you wanting more.
Its important to include more information about the facilities in the accommodation, e.g. the Inn we stayed in had a washing machine and tumble dryer, we could have wash I would have done my washing instead a paying the hotel to wash our clothes….The size of the overnight bag needed, my friend had a small bag, not large enough for two nights.
Great idea going with intrepid as you get to do a lot more in a short time as the guide has a lot more knowledge of the area Also language problems are more easily overcome and you get to find the better places to go such as restaurants and attractions. Much more relaxed holiday when you have a guide showing you around.
Loved the Classic Japan tour! It was diverse, fun and a great mix of nature, culture and city. The food was all great and the trains and transport was very well organised and easy. It’s more expensive than most other tours but so much is included and with all the transport and extra little touches, t was worth it.
This was my first Intrepid tour and it was just GREAT. The tour included plenty of optional activities and it definitely exceeded everyones expectations. We had the right balance of free time and planned optional activities. Our tour guide (Nori Saeki) was exceptionally amazing and was with us every day, making sure that we were making the most of our trip. Nori was super kind, helpful and made sure that everyone is very well looked after.
Intrepid its the best way to discover deeply people, cities and countrys, supported all the time by a friendly leader group, and also with enough time to go by own
A good introduction to Japanese cuisine, including lots of street food and everyday food. May be tough for health nuts!
Great trip, guides Alan and Toshika made it an absolute pleasure and took great care of us. Excellent way to experience Japan, especially if you have very little experience of it
Be prepared to try new things Be patient your on holiday. Learn to at least say hello and Thank you in your new country. If you see something that you like buy it. As long as you can carry it.
If you love Japanese food this trip will enhance your appreciated and understanding of ingredients, presentation and process.
Don’t think just do it. This was my first international trip and it was made so easy by my leader and intrepid.
The Tokyo-Nikko-Kyoto travel itinerary was a perfect way to experience Japan over a limited time period. You travel into the buzzing metropolis of Tokyo for a few days before travelling onto to picturesque Nikko to a much-needed wind-down, and tehn swiftly proceeding to Kyoto, a city which is both old/new and modern/traditional and i found this a perfect way to conclude the visit to Japan.
Japan is a combination of fun, crazy-busy cities and awesomely beautiful parks and countryside. Luke, our trip leader, grew up in Japan, educated in England and was a superb guide. There is a LOT of walking done on this trip. If that is a problem for you, do yourself and your fellow travelers a favor and consider another trip. Washer/dryers are available at most of the stops so pack light and you will enjoy the travel days much more.
Excellent family holiday to Japan. The trip was well designed and varied, encompassing many different places and aspects of Japanese culture. Our children (6, 10 and 12) had a great time with the group. The activities were such that they managed to walk over 70 miles without really realising. Highlights included the meal on a boat in Tokyo bay, the stunning island of Miyajima and the bamboo grove at Tenryu-ji Temple. The Ryokan in Hakone was fun and really comfortable too. Great memories. Will certainly travel with Intrepid again.
Its nice to travel with a international mixed group.It is allways enhancing the quality of live if i talk with ‘strangers’.It seames no one has to carry a burden.Its nearly the same feeling as traveling with my school class as a child!
Japan Express a great introduction to the culture and the people! Nikko was a delightful surprise on this tour and one of the highlights of my trip. A nice change of pace from Tokyo before heading to Kyoto. The food in Japan has been amazing but make sure you get tips on where to go! Go authentic. Ask your tour guide and do some research.
Make sure you have Lulu as your tour guide!
Consider e bikes ( extra charge ok ) ; trip rating at 3 wrong should be 4 ; guides ( Mitch and Kenji were excellent ) ; clarify accomodation in more detail
Japan is a peaceful, paradise. If you wish to active then consider the Cycle Japan trip. You visit the main cities (Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo) however it is the other places that you visit that are extraordinary, such as the Noto Peninsula. The Bikes allow one to explore at a good pace. The riding itself is 30 – 70 ks per day, on well marked trails and roads. Drivers in Japan are extremely respectful toward bike riders. In the cities one can cover territory quickly on a bike and earn a good appetite for the delicious food of Japan. The Ryokans (accommodation), are good fun and the Onsens (shared bathrooms) are a great experience. I have never been cleaner, than in a Japanese Onsen. Great trip !!
Our family holiday to Japan was an amazing experience. We arrived in Japan extremely excited and with a list of things we wanted to see and experience. Over 12 days, in the good company of other families and led by our knowledge local guide Sachi we absorbed as much as possible. I feel we only scratched the surface. Japan is an intriguing, amazing place and the Japanese people so kind, hospitable and inquisitive. If considering Japan, do it!
This is an action packed trip offering great insight into so many aspects of Japan’s history, food, culture . Especially wonderful to stay in temples and ryokans. Definitely try to book over cherry blossom season…it was truly stunning…and also tag on an extra day or two in both Kyoto and well as Tokyo, if your diary allows. Highly recommend.
A lovely overview of Japan in a short 12 days! Our guide made this trip even more memorable and reduced the stress and hassle of travel. Highly recommended.
Pack as light as possible as you will be switching from train to train to boat and bus all in one day. There are laundry facilities in most accommodations.
Japan is a ———- Japan is an extraordinary destination and a great way to experience it is from the saddle of a bike. The traffic is exceptionally respectful toward bikes; plus your ability to cover ground quickly is a huge advantage. We saw more of Kyoto in one day, than most people would see in 3 days; plus we felt like we earned the right to be there, rather than jumping off a tour bus. The food was delicious and the guides took us to genuine Japanese eateries.
Length of tour was good, small group made it fun and there was a wide range of activities included.
You aren’t really paying for the best accommodations or food (it would be cheaper if you purchased these things on your own). You’re paying for someone to be there and guide you through the country. So if you think you need someone there, then this is good for you.
Japan had never been on my bucket list but I was convinced by my spouse to go. He arranged the trip that combined independent travel with Intrepid’s itinerary. And we were happy with not only the Intrepid portion but with the help that our travel leader gave to us when we went out on our own. I am a convert and would like to visit Japan again. And, of course, hope that anyone will have a leader as good as Sumiko.
Great experiance! We will go with Intrepid again.
This was a brilliant tour and I would recommend it for anyone who has never been to Japan before. It was busy and exciting, overall an amazing experience of the country.
To our first trip(to india) we use all the travel things we bring with us like towels, wet tissues, etc. To japan you need only your clothes. In japan there are good toilets and where to buy water and other drinks every where you go.
This tour includes all of the key highlights and a few lesser-known gems. It was a terrific introduction to Japan. It is worth considering arriving in Tokyo a few days earlier, and staying a few extra days in Kyoto. The 21-day JR rail pass extension was very useful.
Great tours and excellent guides
Classic Japan is a great trip to choose if you want to experience some of the variety Japan has to offer, from the very bustling populated city of Tokyo to the beautiful traditional ancient village of Tsumago, from the historic and emotionally charged Hiroshima to the not so touristy Matsumoto, the gateway to the Japanese Alps. Great centrally located hotels and a traditional ryokan. Travel is mostly by train, including Shinkansen and involves quite a bit of walking. Beautiful cherry blossoms and gardens in Kyoto and Himeji Castle framed in cherry blossoms a sight to behold. Our guide Miho was excellent in all respects, very attentive, helpful and informative. Definitely would like to return to Japan and see more.
My husband and I are in our 70s and realise our intrepid days must be drawing to an end but we have never felt that we were viewed by our leader or fellow trippers with horror. We have found all the trips well rounded and our leaders competent and well trained and helpful in any personal difficulties which may arise.
Our Japanese trip experience, though strenuous for some, must be highlighted even more on the website to let others know of how physically demanding the trip would be. Taking public transport while lugging luggage, walking and being on your feet for hours on end requires some degree of fitness. Probably OK for the younger generation.
The Japan Express is a good name for it. The trip moves fast – not as fast as the shinkansen ride you will take, but fast. You will probably have a full and lively experience checking out urban (and some rural), contemporary Japan. In Tokyo, there will be crowds and energy and great food (and surprising little islands of serenity.) Nikko will open your eyes to the fact that Japan is a mountainous land with much natural beauty. The rivers, waterfalls, and mountains will show you why the Japanese continue to worship nature. Kyoto may not grab you at first, but after a few delicious meals, a couple of unforgettable temples and shrines, and a look at some of the natural beauty that surrounds the city, you will probably become a fan.
We absolutely loved Japan, the people and culture are fascinating and so different to anywhere else we have been. We highly recommend it.
A great trip – cycling is easily the best way to immerse yourself in this beautiful and diverse country. A good mix of flat roads and challenging hills with amazing views all along the route. Wonderful food, super-friendly people, inspiring history and culture – jumping on a bike for a couple of weeks in Japan should be on everyone’s bucket list.
This trip was a great way to see some of the beautiful sights of Japan without having to worry about organising transport and accommodation. I left it fairly late to book the trip and the inclusion of the 14 day JR Rail Pass was a great time and money saver!
Great way to see the must see destinations in Japan! As mentioned before, a lot of walking, but it is the best way to see everything. The forwarding of luggage was the best idea, as i took a huge suitcase, it never felt like i was lugging it around. Trust the guides reccommendation for reataurants. They were all delicoius!
Intrepid made it very simple to book my first trip to Japan and their choice of a local guide was on point. They took the headache of planning the details of my trip away from me! 10/10 would book again.
Forgot to mention, our guide Nori was really lovely and put on a great itinerary
Take extra days to visit Tokyo and Kyoto. They both have so much to offer and places to visit such as the bamboo forest, Nijo castle. I wished I had more time to see Himeji Castle before returning home. Dont forget to pack light to bring souvenirs and gifts! Also I found using a rucksack is actually easier to commute in the subway and train stations.
We experienced the best Sakura (cherry-blossom) season of a life-time; the season is a very special time to celebrate for the Japanese and visitors and they go all out with themed sweets, street decorations and festivals. The food is very authentic and so don’t expect the ‘asian-fusion’ version of Japanese we get in upmarket NZ restaurants; expect several small dishes that combine to make up a meal (they have many uses for soya-beans, red beans, rice, tofu). The use of trains is extensive (pack light) but it all works so well and yes they leave on time. Having a leader makes it so much easier as although there is English in most places / signs and maps of train / subway routes, the majority of signs and menu’s are in Japanese and you won’t find the hidden gems alone. We jokingly renamed this tour the “Real Food and Train, train and train Adventure”. We put on 4 days ahead in Tokyo (recommended) and a week afterwards: recommend the 14 day Rail Pass (so easy to use).
Our Intrepid Classic Japan journey was everything we hope it would be. An adventure through a unique country and a cultural experience. It provided a wonderful balance between city and country Japan and a great introduction to Japanese food. The night’s stay in a Monastery provided insight into Japanese, religion, accommodation and food as did the night’s stay in the Ryokan. The futons on the floor were surprisingly comfortable. Classic Japan was an experience we will not forget.
This intrepid tour is perfect for first time travellers who want guidance in experiencing and exploring three vast, contrasting areas of Japan. With optional activities you can pack in as much or as little as you want and get to socialise as a group over great local food
There were a few aspects that didnt make sense eg. staying in Ueno & traveling to Shinjuku. I would have appreciated one more night in Osaka & one less in Takayama. Kanazawa & Kyoto were my favorite places. Transporting my 16kg of luggage was not at all problematic on trains & to accommodation. Overall a well run trip & I would look at traveling with Intrepid again.
An interesting criteria in a very interesting country. Lots of time to explore places yourself without having to worry about your next move.
I think that Miwa provided cultural experiences that covered all the tastes of our group individuals!
This tour was perfect for people to have the choice of doing their own thing or going on group activities. Being able to buy your own food too, rather than have meals included was great. It was inexpensive to eat locally.
Amazing country, trip, and people. Perfect balance between planned activities and free time. Made even more incredible by our guide, Ayaka, who devoted every moment of the trip to ensuring we had everything we needed, and could do all we wanted to do.
Intredid is great for single travellers who are cautious about making bookings and transport arrangements on their own. it is wonderful to be led by such informative and kind leaders.
loved every moment of the Intrepid experience. the leaders are kind and knowledgable – really keen to help the traveller to understand the place and people. i would travel with with every time!
Excellent value for money, the best guide ever and a trip tailor-made for our needs made this an exceptional holiday. I would recommend Intrepid to anyone.
Intrepid is a well organised tour company that focus on the highlights of the country, which trys to hone in on the local culture. Certain activities & meals are provided, which allows for flexibility of what you personality want to see or do. I highly recommend!! The group, aswell as the tour guides have always been enthusiastic, friendly & willing to make the most of the trip. Is definitely value for money & always ends on a high!!!
wonderful itinerary, chance to see the sights and sounds of Japan, the old and the new. I loved it and look forward to going back
I highly recommend Intrepid, as a tour company. Great way to see the world. Money well spent. Excellent guides.
This was a great taste of some of Japan’s highlights. Our guide and the great people that were on the trip all contributed to this being such a successful short and conveniently organised escape to what is a wonderful destination. Thank you Intrepid!
Loved our Food Tour of Japan. We were kept very busy so stay longer if there are other places you wish to see. Had a great time with the markets, the cooking lessons and the eating in general. Loved meeting the friendly locals.
I found my first Intrepid Tour well organized and consider the value of responsible travel essential. Leadership was particularly skilled. Since Intrepid offers such a broad range of experiences it is important to make sure that a trip is the right one for you in terms of fitness and interest.
The Classic Japan tour was a dream come true, I would recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to see Japan at any point in their life, there is so much to see, eat and learn; this tour is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Amazing experience. Cool group of people, great guide, well planned train travel – awesome country. Tips – go a day early & get acquainted with Tokyo, research & decide if there are any ‘must sees’ that are not part of the trip & pack & then pack again with half the gear!
Take cash with you as Japan doesnt take card in many places. Be prepared to dress for all kinds of weather as it varies place to place quite significantly.
Travel light, expect the unexpected, be impressed at the great quality of the food, enjoy the politeness and good manners of the Japanese. Don’t worry about the seeming chaos of the rail system, there is always someone who speaks English to help you. Be prepared to be surprised.
Great trip that offers a very good overview of Tokyo and Kyoto with some fun downtime in Hakone. My seven year old son loved it although at times found the pace and crowds overwhelming. We managed that with a bit of down time, cool drinks and Mario GoKarting. I loved the trip. Japan offers so much for young and old. Tokyo is a super busy place but it works so well! There is a comforting order to the chaos and a level of cleanliness and hygene that fills a traveling mother’s heart with joy. There is plenty of fun to be had and we found everybody we encountered to be friendly and helpful. And of course there are no guarantees in life – but it feels really safe. I highly recommend the Japan Family Holiday.
The Classic Japan trip was simply amazing. Great food, accommodations, beautiful cities, and some of the best sights to explore, this trip has it all. I really liked starting in Kyota and visiting several cities before concluding in Tokyo. Everything was well planned out which made the trip well worth the money.
Good trip if you have the right guide, which we were lucky to have. Japan can be challenging for first time visitors! The culture difference can be quite a shock even if you are well travelled. Take plenty of yen as many restaurants etc dont take cards. It appears to be a cash focussed society, this was especially true in Tokyo.
Simon Oliver who booked the trip has taken around 9 trips with intrepid, this is my second trip with intrepid
A real taste of Japan from ancient temples to modern cities this trip has it all
Keep your suitcase light and small. Carry a day pack with a hat, a waterproof jacket & a jumper. Take a couple of pairs of already walked in comfy shoes. Keep an open mind and grab new experiences along the way.
Cycling is a wonderful way to experience Japan’s cultural landscape, and Mitch made it go smoothly whilst having good fun.
Although we have been to Japan in winter, to see the country in the autumn was very special indeed. We really enjoyed this trip. It was physically challenging but the places we saw and the people we met were all wonderful. Remember to get fit before you go – you will enjoy it more!
This is a great trip for sampling a wide variety of Japanese food. Using public transportation in several big cities, we got to experience more Japanese urban life than tours that haul participants around in buses.
Fantastic itinerary for getting to know Japan with outstanding sight seeing highlights! A busy trip which is how we like it — well orchestrated moving about the country. Outstanding tour leader who was flawless in her execution to every detail of the program. Highly recommended without reservations!!
If an 80 year old can enjoy every moment of the Japan itinerary then any able bodied person should get equal enjoyment. Would have loved another few days in the company of Intrepid’s team leaders. The absolute way to enjoy Japan
Intrepid tours are a great way of seeing and getting to know more about Japan in a relatively short period of time. We had a lot of fun and a great tour guide.
Intrepid’s customised small-group tour of Japan with an excellent local guide exceeded our expectations.
Iam not sure I understand it correct. But here it comes. The good thing about intrepidtrips is that you are in a group but there also possible to be independed now and then.
A great way to immerse yourself briefly in Japanese life. Cycling is an ideal transport medium for those who are fit as it slow enough to get a good feel for the villages and the people but fast enough to cover a good cross section of the country.
Our group of 7 plus two guides included 2 couples mid to late 60s, 3 singles – 1 mid thirties, 1 early 50s and 1 mid 60s. We jeld within a couple of hours of meeting each other and by the end of the trip had become good friends. The tour was certainly intrepid however we all managed it without too much difficulty. In fact we all were able to cycle up every hill without having to dismount our bikes. Cycling like this is the perfect way to see Japan. Plenty of rest and restroom stops. Easy to just stop and look at the sites. We observed quite a number of various wildlife, fish jumping, cranes, egrets, swans, kites, eagles, hawks, tortoises, insects and spiders.
Intrepid is the best company for single travelers! I have been on 4 trips with Intrepid and have never been disappointed.
Nice trip, if you are independant and curious. Please read the trip description: If it is written that you will have to walk through stairs, then you will have to. Do not book if you can’t walk… (seems logic but regarding some people in our group I came during my trip to understand why some companies set a limit of age in their trips, which is sad).
I thoroughly enjoyed my Intrepid tour of Japan. I learned a lot about Japanese culture, lifestyle and traditions. We were taken to some great places and offered a number of optional excursions.
A journey on bicycle through Japan’s traditions and culture from delicate cuisine, the heaven of an onsen, ancient shrines and temples, the hyper technology and power of tokyo and the extraordinary politeness and courtesy of Japanese people
We love cycling and think because of all the breaks this trip should not be rated as a level 3. It is definitely leisurely.
Cycling in Japan was a fantastic way to see this amazing country. The trip provided a good balance of seeing the hustle and bustle of the city life and spending time along the quiet Noto Peninsular. The food was great and Tatsuro and Kazu took us to some small local restaurants to sample real Japanese food.
The Japanese Cycling experience is such a contrast to other Asian Cycling trips I have done. Yes, India and South East Asia are less expensive however, the contrast, culture, and the total experience, I believe, is great value for money.
Cycling was the perfect way to be immersed into the culture of Japan that has so many fascinating aspects to it. We learnt so much more by doing a guided tour rather than a self guided tour.
Spend extra time in Tokyo seeing the major suburbs as the time allocated on the tour is not enough. Bring extra cash in Japan as things are expensive. Try not to expect too much from the itinerary description as you might be disappointed: just take it as it comes. And remember that nothing really opens in the mornings so make the most of each night.