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Program #19725RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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. There’s 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.
Alice from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/30/14
As reviewers before me have said, this is a wonderful intro to a most interesting country. We learned a lot, saw a lot, ate a lot and walked a lot. It has whetted my appetite for a return visit.

Joseph from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13
We were also on the Oct 29th, 2013 program. Others have provided excellent reviews. I can only add that Japan has a unique culture and history. One should utilized the excellent suggested reading material to prepare for the trip to maximize your understanding of the culture and history while in Japan. I would recommend Totman's book and the DK Eyewitness Japan book.

Nancy from Delanson, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13
I thought the trip was a stimulating and broadening experience. Japan is a very nice country -- very clean, the people very honest (I lost my iPhone and it was returned to me), varied in landscape and size of city/village, beautiful. Thank you to Kathleen Aoki and Naomi Addyman for their thoughtfulness, patience with us, knowledge, good planning. The hotels where we stayed were very nice, the food fantastic and varied. I would have liked to learn more about Japanese gardens, and ikebana.

Elissa from Lowell, MA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13

Hugh from Hoboken, NJ Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13
I am still enjoying so many things that I learned about Japan as a place and as a culture. Thanks Kathleen and Naomi!

Stephen from Hayward, CA Number of programs attended: 41
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13
If Kathleen is the tour study leader it’s a must do trip. As she puts it, it’s Japan’s history and culture through stories and her experiences. Her enthusiasm is such, as we are treated to her commentary on our listening device (the greatest thing ever invented …thanks RS) that it is actually disappointing when she goes offline. Who else can get the group to get on hands and knees to peer at nails that allowed for “nightingale floors”? The provider, Walk Japan, does an excellent job in varying the type of Japanese cuisine offered at meals. Hotel sites are close to attractions and rooms are functional (already missing the high tech toilets). There were free afternoons for individual exploration at each major stop. Naomi, the other leader, handled the logistics end of the trip faultlessly. Thanks Walk Japan for having such capable individuals. Be prepared to walk as you cannot truly experience Japan on a bus. Stairs are plentiful and steps are irregular, especially at Matsumoto Castle (on purpose). Easily slip off footwear is convenient but make sure the footwear is comfortable for walking. Forks are available but develop your chopsticks skills. Embrace the vending machines as they are everywhere. Arigato Kathleen and Naomi

William from Norman, OK Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13
This program offers a great opportunity to learn about Japan's unique culture. The local organization (Walk Japan) supervising the program did an excellent job. The program was very well designed and administered with ample free time. The meals provided were great. Tour highlights were: 1. Tokyo (everything). 2. Matsumoto Castle. 3. Narai old post town. 4. Shirakawa-go village of thatched roof A-Fram farmhouses. 5. Kenroku-en gardens. 6, Kyoto's Golden Pavillion. Our Oct. 29-Nov. 13 trip was perfectly timed to see the beautiful fall colors in the gardens and in the Japan Alps. Above and beyond everything else were the incredible Japanese people. Their politeness and courtesy to strangers exceeds anything else that I have experienced over a lifetime of travel. If you have an interest in Japan, I don't believe that you could find a better designed itenerary or a better local staff to assist you. Our hats off to local guides Naomi and Kathleen for their excellent work on our behalf.

Gloria from Clarkston, MI Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 10/29/13 - 11/13/13
Wonderful accommodations, interesting food and a great cultural experience.

Vaughan from Monterey, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/13 - 05/22/13
Fabulous trip!! Group leaders and participants were inspiring within an incredibly inspiring setting - historical and modern-day Japan.

Lynne from Monterey, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/13 - 05/22/13
Cultural Highlights of Japan was a fabulous experience, and I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

Alice from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/23/12 - 11/07/12
This tour is far more strenuous than advertised with a lot of walking and many long meals where participants have to sit on the floor.


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