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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Karel Horsley Oct 23, 2015 at 12:19 PM

we are two Canadians joining this trip tues oct 27th and would like to know who else is going? Karel H

Champa Bilwakesh Aug 26, 2015 at 06:24 PM

I am planning a n doing this trip with my husband. Would love to hear from thos who have taken this trip - how mederately challenging was the experience? We have done many trips abroad on our own, taking our bags by train etc. still I am concerned but also excited by this trip. I am trying to get as much information of your experiences as possible. Thank you.
Nancy Newlin Aug 26, 2015 at 08:00 PM

I took this trip March/April this year. Indeed, the train travel portion is both exciting and strenuous. Getting your bag to and from your hotel room, pulling your bag many blocks to get to the train station, hauling it up and down stairs (sometimes), and EVERYONE getting onto and off the Shinkasen in 1-1/2 MINUTES. On the days when the bags are sent ahead, you spend the entire (sometimes long) day carrying your necessities for the night in a day pack. The other physical parts of the trip, such as walking and going up and down stairs were modestly paced and not even the eldest in our group passed on going to see a temple or an historic spot. One thing to note: it would be to your advantage to have good chopsticks skills.
Annette Tucholke Sep 05, 2015 at 11:35 AM

I took the trip last year with a group of people with a wide range of fitness levels. During days when we had a lot of walking, the trip leaders arranged taxis for some members who would then meet us at the restaurant or hotel. Train transfers were exciting but well coordinated using the whisper devices. We usually used escalators but sometimes when there were stairs, I remember some people broke off to use an elevator. Pack light!!!

Ernie Hurwitz Mar 09, 2015 at 09:04 PM

we are going on 5/5. any special hints about clothes, both genders?

Nancy Newlin Jan 25, 2015 at 09:46 AM

I'm going on the March 24-April 9 trip. For A LOT of very interesting detail about Japan from all points of view, take a look at www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/japan.
Robert Riedesel Feb 23, 2015 at 02:01 PM

Hello Nancy:
Robert Riedesel Feb 23, 2015 at 02:04 PM

My wife are also on the same trip, and really looking forward to it. We did review the website you posted and also found it very informative. Looks to be a very busy trip. We are flying out of Chicago. Looking forward to meeting you. Bob & Murriel Riedesel
Nancy Newlin Feb 23, 2015 at 03:20 PM

Glad you liked that website. I'm leaving Asheville, NC on the 18th going to San Jose, CA to visit friends, and then departing from San Jose on the 21st. I'll arrive on Sunday and spend between then and the start of our tour with my American stepson who lives and works in Tokyo to see some of the sights that aren't on the tour (and, of course, his very small apartment!). Staying at the same hotel as our tour group.

Annette Tucholke Oct 30, 2014 at 01:09 PM

Hi. I am on the November 4 trip, flying from Newark NJ to Narita. This is my first trip with Road Scholar. I'm looking forward to the trip!

Joni Lavick Sep 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Greetings! Arriving the night of the 23rd and planning to take the following modern Japan walking tour 24th @3p. I would love to have company if anyone is interest you can check out http://www.contexttravel.com/city/tokyo/walking-tour-details/aesthetics-stylizing-modern-japan. See you all soon!
Nancy Newlin Sep 21, 2014 at 01:45 PM

Please report back on the walking tour: value for money, worthwhile, things you didn't see on the Road Scholar tour, etc.

Marina LaPalma Sep 15, 2014 at 09:51 PM

it was wonderful!

Frances LeVangia Sep 11, 2014 at 01:33 PM

Hi. I am on the Sept. 23 trip. First-timer for Road Scholar, been to Japan twice before but years ago. Flying from St. Louis thru Houston to Narita.


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