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Shogun Trail JS

Visiting: Japan
Tour Duration 13 Days
Reviews for Shogun Trail 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

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4 John Roche, 12/12/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Enjoyed the whole tour.

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5 Shogun Trail, 26/11/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The Geisha district in Kyoto was highly captivating and exciting to every one of us on the tour.

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4 Julie E, 20/04/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

This is so difficult as the trip was full of amazing highlights: Travelling by Public Transport: From the moment we arrived! Also the variety of transport: the different trains, the Shinkansen 'Bullet' trains were perhaps the highlight but we also travelled on the Kyshu Sea Side Liner and the Kamome Express. Also we went on underground trains, trams, boats, taxis and only ONE mini-bus (such a wonderful break from being transported in a bus everyday). Tokyo: Plenty of 'free time' to explore Tokyo so a good guide book is essential if you want to make the most of this incredible city. Our guide showed us some great parts of Tokyo on our first day including the 'busiest crossing the world'-we went back the following evening for the 'buzz'. We also visited the park in Tokyo to see all the Japanese eating under the Cherry Blossom. Kyoto-Full of amazing sights-our favourites included Nijo Castle, the Bamboo Forest, Ryoanji 'Zen' Garden and the beautiful Golden Pavillion. Also make sure you visit the temple of the 1000 Torijj gates! See if you can climb right to the top. Hiroshima-Hard to put into words but very glad we went and had time to appreciate the importance of what happened there. Nagasaka-We took the optional 'boat trip' to the island featured in the James Bond 'Skyfall' movie. This became a highlight as we were treated to the full 'Japanese' Tourist experience. It wasn't cheap but we absolutely loved it! The view over Nagasaki harbour was breathtaking. Hirado Tour-Very enjoyable-guide, a volunteer, spoke amazing English and was so informative. The driver negotiated the roads very well. The views over the islands were breathtaking. Karoke Evening-Unforgettable Party! 500 Miles was our wedding song so we loved joining in. Additional Highlights: Seeing small Japanese children taking part in a Cherry Blossom parade. Nara-Get the Kyoto guide to give you a map of Nara and circle the highlights. We were impressed by the size and structure of the Todaiji Temple but my personal highlight was seeing the Kasugataisha Temple (of a 1000 Lanterns) as it was incredibly beautiful and we arrived just in time to witness a wedding being photographed-bride and groom in traditional dress!

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4.5 jandoyle, 15/08/13


Jan Doyle

Tour Name

Shogun Trail

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

An excellent trip, well planned to see the diversity of Japan. We went at cherry blossom time (march/april) and it was beautiful. Hiroshima was very thought provoking. The islands were spectacular. Managed to see the top of Mount Fuji flying back to Tokyo. It was a trip of a lifetime for me.

Tour Leader Name

? Sorry cant remember.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

He was excellent, very relaxed and informative. Pollite at all times. Good local, cultural and historical knowledge even though he was from Canada!

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Pack for comfort and variety of weather conditions. I took stuff for changing for dinner, didn't need it. People knew it was my first Explore holiday because I had the largest suitcase!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Hotel in Koyoto was excellent, others in cities were basic but ok, beds were hard!

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