After going on the Manga tour in 2016 we knew we wanted Japan Journeys to help organise our honeymoon this year (2019). We met with James and went through all the places we wanted to see and travel to, included a few days in Seoul, South Korea, on the way home. He was incredibly helpful and also suggested various places we hadn't thought of travelling to, which turned out to be some of our favourite moments! The main one of these suggestions to mention was to visit Miyajima Island. This is now hands down my favourite place in Japan and I wouldn't have had the chance to stay there had it not been for James suggesting it. Having all the hotels booked for us, travel suggestions, information on baggage transfer and places to see in areas travelled to made for a very stress free honeymoon! Having the app with our itinerary also proved to be a life saver! Small details, such as providing the hotel address in Japanese on our itinerary, really helped make everything smooth. There were only a few mishaps with suggested trains, but most of these were due to the timetables having recently changed, so unavoidable. Our visit took us to Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Rabbit Island, Okayama, Kyoto, Nara, Arashiyama, Tokyo, Sendai and Seoul. With Japan Journeys' help we managed to squeeze so much in to our honeymoon. Definitely recommend using Japan Journeys if you're planning to go! Thank you James, Louisa and everyone at Japan Journeys!  
Kathryn B. - Independent Traveller 2019
Had an amazing time on the Manga tour and Kyoto extension! We got to see and do everything we wanted to without any regrets, even going to extra places on an evening with our guide. The holiday was well planned and we were well informed about everything we needed to know and do on the Kyoto extension. Our guide was amazing and friendly, feeling more like a friend than a guide. Would definitely recommend for anyone into anime and manga.  
Emma J. - Japan Summer Manga Tour 2019
I have wanted to go to Japan for years, and the Japan Journey's Manga tour not only let me live out that life goal, but made it the best holiday I've been on. Kay was both helpful and informative, and looked out for all of us, along with being a fan anime/manga fan. The Kyoto extension was amazing, even without a guide, all the info we needed was there, and easy to follow, but was flexible enough to let us explore at our own pace. Everyone on the tour enjoyed themselves, myself included, so much so I had to hold back the tears at Kansai Int Airport when returning home. Highly recommended tour, and company
Calum M. - Summer Manga Tour 2019 and Kyoto Extension
No wonder Hokkaido is where the Japanese holiday, a complete antidote to the frenetic but enjoyable lifestyle of places like Tokyo. If you enjoy nature and walking then Hokkaido has it all from beautiful city parks and gardens to stunning nature reserves with mountains,lakes and more trees than the black forest has dreamt of. Then when your day is done there are irresistible onsen and some of the best food on the planet. A huge thank you to everyone at Japan Journeys for their organisation of the holiday basics that gave us the flexibility to do what we wanted when we wanted. We couldn't have asked for more, brilliant!
Paul F. - Highlights of Hokkaido 2019
Our two weeks to Japan will remain an unforgettable experience thanks in no small part to Japan Journeys’ help. Their tour was faultlessly organised (it was great to alternate big cities and countryside stopovers) and the meet and greet person at the airport was really helpful.  All the hotels were positioned very conveniently and we particularly loved our stay at the Ryokan Ginyu. Japan Journeys was flexible when it came to changing some of the itinerary and their suggestions for places to visit were always worth investigating. I would thoroughly recommend Japan Journeys to anyone visiting Japan for the first time.  They do all they possibly can to take the stress out of travelling!.  Thank you!
Claire and Nigel B. - Independent Traveller
Just returned from our Essential Japan Independent Tour. We had a fantastic 2 weeks in Japan and all the arrangements made for us by Japan Journeys worked well with no surprises. The Japan Journeys team provided all the information we needed to be able to navigate the trains and buses, find our hotels and the places of interest in each town we visited. Although we prefer to travel independently, we knew very little about Japan before we went so this tour was just what were looking for - help with deciding our itinerary and booking accommodation. Thanks again to the Japan Journeys team!  Brenda C., Canada, 2019
Brenda C. - Independent Traveller 2019
Just back from our Classic Japan Tour.  Had an amazing time, so well organised thanks to our guide and Japan Journeys.  Visits to Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo were made so very easy as our guide had lived in Japan for two years and spoke the language it made our experience so easy as we would have struggled on our own with the language. The three hotels we stayed in were excellent, well positioned and all provided amazing breakfasts.   Loved Japan but know we would have struggled if we had travelled independently.  Can’t think of one negative comment.   Money well spent, thanks so very much.
Susan M. - Classic Japan Tour at Cherry Blossom Time 2019
What an absolutely fantastic experience! There was a great mix of activities and locations to satisfy everyone and helped give everyone a much more rounded impression of Japan. All the information provided before the trip was incredibly helpful and Kay the tour leader was fantastic and helped make everyone feel very relaxed on the other side of the world! The extension was incredible too, with the Ryokan being a very memorable experience! Lots of written information provided beforehand and given some very useful websites to use too. This was truly a trip I will remember for many years and can't wait to visit Japan again. I can't thank Japan journeys enough for all their hard work, and if anyone reading this is even slightly tempted by the trip, DO IT, you won't regret it!
Richard M. - Japan Manga Tour 2019
We had a fantastic time in the short one week tour brilliantly organised by Louisa. Many thanks Louisa for the very efficient organisation of our itinerary.
Palitha D. - Independent Traveller 2019
I was nervous at first but everyone on the tour was really nice & just had a brilliant time. Our tour guide Kay was fantastic & everything (itinerary, transport etc) where all well organised. I would honestly recommend Japan Journeys to anyone who wants to go.
Dean B. - Japan Manga Tour 2019
Had an amazing experience in Japan visiting various places Kay the tour guide was amazing can’t recommend her or Japan journeys enough.  
Ryan P. - Japan Manga Tour 2019
It was a huge pleasure to be a part of this tour to visit Tokyo with so many other like minded manga and anime fans. Great amount of activities and places to visit. The Ghibli Museum was a huge highlight for me in particular, such a beautiful building. Huge thanks to the tour guide Kay for organising everything for this trip and being overall a wonderful person to either ask for help or just to socialise with. If like me initially you've wanted to visit Japan but feel nervous or intimidated in any way, I HIGHLY recommend booking for this tour if you have the chance to. It's made me more confident in visiting Japan and has given me a week that I'll never forget and look back fondly. I can't wait to go back to Japan in the near future!  
George B. - Japan Manga Tour 2019
We had a wonderful trip, which followed the schedule "Essential Japan", with the addition of Nagasaki. The organisation was excellent and everything worked smoothly. The material and advice provided was a real help and made travelling easy. I highly recommend Japan Journeys!  
Michael L. - Independent Traveller 2018
Thanks to all at Japan Journeys for organising our holiday, it all went very smoothly. Only been back a week but we miss Japan already. Tokyo was like 10 cities stacked on top of each other, and the temple gardens of Kyoto were perfection. Cheers!
James H., Independent Traveller 2018
We had a wonderful trip, thank you so much. Very well organised! Your meet and greet person at the airport was very helpful and we think that we would have struggled without him. We particularly enjoyed the resort in Hakone, the shopping in the Harajaku area (Tokyo), the guided tour in Kyoto. You over exceeded our expectations with the dinner you arranged for us in Kyoto: interesting combination of flavours, amazing taste. We loved the culture and gastronomy. The Japanese are very welcoming people. All in all Great experience! Again thank you for making our honeymoon unique.
Victoria & Oliver, Independent Traveller 2018
Having always wanted to see Japan but being rather nervous about it and not knowing where to start, I contacted Japan Journeys in 2016 to help plan a trip for my son and I. We have now been twice to Japan, the first time to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Kyoto and the second to Hokkaido. The Japan Journeys team were extremely helpful with their advice, put together itineraries, made suggestions and basically helped me gain confidence that such a trip with a 12 year old in tow was nothing to worry about. They took the hassle out of booking the various accommodations and each one that they booked for us - from city hotels to traditional Ryokan - were of good quality. I'd recommend Japan Journeys to anyone thinking about travelling to Japan, either as part of a group tour or as an independent traveller. They clearly have a wealth of valuable experience and most importantly, have a real passion for what they do. Should I be lucky enough to visit Japan again, I'll no doubt be in touch with  Japan Journeys to help plan my trip.
Neil G., Independent Traveller 2017
I had a fantastic time in Japan. My first time in Tokyo was amazing yet overwhelming - thankfully Louisa was an excellent tour guide and I saw far more of the city than I could have managed alone. I also gained useful experience of the public transport system. The tour became increasingly independent as it unfolded which fitted my increasing confidence with getting around. In the last 3 days I enjoyed full freedom around Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka in a way I didn't think possible on the first day. I managed to see everything I wanted to and much more over a 12-nights trip which was so packed that it felt like much longer!  
Tom C., Japan Summer Manga Tour & Kyoto Extension 2018
Japan Journeys is an excellent company. They could not have been more helpful. Our holiday ran smoothly from beginning to end. Their advise was invaluable and the price was honest. The hotels chosen were excellent. I would definitely recommend them and would travel with them again.  
Siobhan S., Independent Traveller 2018
The itinerary design was ideal for getting a fantastic insight into this amazing country, it's culture and the incredibly friendly people we met. The 'meet & greet' chap was great - sorted out our rail passes and tickets - basically took all the hard work out of a necessary chore after a long flight - and put us on the right train. Hotels were in the best locations and of a high standard. Just wished we stayed for longer.  
Derek and Margarita, Independent Traveller 2018
The independent tour Japan Journeys arranged for us gave us a great experience of Japan, as first time visitors. All the bookings worked well and there was enough English written up in the main tourist areas to manage without knowing Japanese! Our main comment is that Japan Journeys took the time and trouble to ask the right questions to understand the type of holiday we wanted when we were booking the trip so they were then able to arrange the perfect holiday for us.
Sarah W., Independent Traveller 2018
Our trip was amazing - organised for us down to the last detail in our itinerary and on our app which is a brilliant idea. Accommodation was excellent, especially Nakayasu Ryokan in Kanazawa where the evening meal in particular, was outstanding. Rail travel was perfectly synchronised and made so easy by having a Japan Rail Pass. All lived up to our expectations - the only thing was - 2 weeks was far too short! I will definitely return, and will only travel with Japan Journeys - the best for tailor-made tours. Thank you to a great team!
Angela G., (South Africa), Independent Traveller 2018
A brilliant holiday.  We had enough guidance to feel comfortable on our first trip to Japan and enough independence to do as we wished.  Hotels, from the large international style Metropolitan (with a great roof bar) to small Japanese Ryokan's were all great. The routing that was given to us was a great introduction to Japan and showed a range of areas from mountains to the mega cities!!  Good breadth of geography and 'feel' gave us insight that without the guidance we would never have achieved. Finally....the restaurant recommended for us on the last night was a marvel to behold!!
Larry and Alex, (UK), Independent Traveller 2018
Japan is a spectacular country with an amazing culture. We had a really wonderful time. James, Mario and all the team at Japan Journeys were extremely helpful in finding the right accommodation for us and organising a great holiday at the peak of the cherry blossom season. Thank you!
Mark and Silvia G., (UK), Independent Traveller 2018
Fantastic trip, really enjoyed every part of it, was also really useful having a lady meet us at the airport and helping us book trains/collect our JR passes. Hotels were great too. Only thing we would change - we wish we had two nights in Miyajima. We really wanted to explore but didn’t feel that one day was enough.
Karen D., (UK), Independent Traveller 2018
My sister and I had an amazing trip with the wonderful Ryuhei who was our tour guide.  The group was a lovely mix of 20 people and we had many laughs together. We were fortunate to have lovely rooms in all our hotels and only wished the stay in Kyoto and Hakone was longer! It was the first time I have done an organised tour and would certainly do it again. I would certainly recommend the Cherry Blossom tour, each day was truly wonderful with the sights and sounds of Japan.
Juliana, Classic Japan Tour 2018
Just returned from this wonderful tour which was very well planned to include many of the best locations for viewing the cherry blossom, as well as visits to several important temples and shrines. Also had a day in the countryside to experience the hot springs. A very well balanced and busy tour which suited us well. There is a fair amount of walking involved each day and the transport links worked very well including several trips on the fabulous bullet train as well as the local metro's. The guide is invaluable at the stations. Hotels were generally very good and all were well located. Our guide Ryuhei could not have been more helpful, professional and caring. He added greatly to our enjoyment of the trip and even persuaded us to take part in Karoake one evening which turned out to be great fun. Would highly recommend using Japan Journeys and we looked at many different tour operators before booking. The trip proved to be very good value for money as so much was included.
Dorothy and Colin, Classic Japan Tour 2018
I am impressed by the support provided by Japan Journeys. I am a seasoned traveller, but in Japan, I would have been most without some professional help. It is obvious Japan Journeys have quite some experience in this field. The Vamos app is a very useful feature.
Stef D., (Belgium), Independent Traveller 2018
6/1/18. My husband and I have just returned from the 10 Day Best of the West tour.  We made the right decision to book with Japan Journeys as I have it on good authority from a Japanese Tour Guide that we experienced the best of the West which we really loved.  We simply could not have done it without all the information, Vamoos App, maps, and guidance Japan Journeys gave us though. Every single itinerary connection, whether it was hotel change, airplane, or train went to plan apart from a couple of minor changes at the time and even then the staff at the railway stations were very obliging in speaking in English and helped us willingly. The subways at Osaka freaked us out a bit though due to the size and massive footfall but again we found Japanese people were only too keen to pick up on our dismay and approach us to help and even walked us to the right platforms. After this we found using the city taxis were a far less stressful thing to do and they were spotless, driven by careful, pleasant smart drivers, and we got to see more of the cities and they weren't expensive. This tour gave us a wonderful array of urban and rural sights, ancient and modern, and made all the more exciting by the fact our stay spanned Christmas and New Year's. Places we were scheduled to visit that we found shut due to the National Holidays on 1,2,3 January or we found closed for maintenance we just improvised on and found other delightful things to do. I think our only mistake was in asking for 3* accommodation (Toyoko Inns) as it is really the equivalent of our UK 2* and lacked variety in breakfast food options and no where to sit and relax in the evenings. However, the Ryokans, (Japanese Inns), were amazing and a real authentic experience. The hosts were so attentive and friendly. Tip: if you suffer from a bad back don't hesitate to ask for an extra futon which they will supply. Travelling on the Shinkansen (bullet train) was also an experience we really enjoyed. The local trains were also a pleasure as they were clean, quiet, and although bustling with people, orderly and always on time. We tried food we'd never experienced before and this was a revelation. Green Tea and Chestnut Icecream will never be forgotten! To top it all we had better weather in Japan than the UK did over the 2 weeks with the sun out most of the time. One of our biggest initial fears was using the Japanese high-tech loos but we did some research on YouTube and we were fine and now miss them back home. The highlight of the trip has to be New Year's Eve at Kitamido Temple in Osaka where we sat through a Buddhist Ceremony then got to ring the bell to herald the new year in. One tip we would advise though is to ask for an extra night a Miyajima island as there simply wasn't enough time in the schedule to see any of it other than the famous Otori Gate. We would definitely recommend Japan Journeys and would like to thank you them for a fantastic tour.
Amanda D., (UK), Independent Traveller 2017
Visiting Japan was a long held wish and we had definite ideas about some of the places we wanted to see. We felt some trepidation about venturing independently into such a different culture but we need not have worried. Japan Journeys' planning was meticulous and made our trip stimulating but stress free. The accommodation (3-4 star) was excellent and well-located, close to railway stations. Our Japan Rail Pass took us smoothly from place to place on a variety of trains, and encouraged us to make several side trips. We found the book, 'Japan By Rail' by Ramsey Zarifeh and Anna Udagawa, published by Trailblazer, a useful adjunct to the Japan Journeys'itinerary. We took three separate Day Tours; in Tokyo, to Nikko, and round Kyoto, which  helped orientate us for our own explorations. The volunteer-guided day trip JJ organised for us in Arita (Kyushu) went particularly well, thanks to a delightful guide, Junko, and two of her friends. Our holiday was truly memorable and we have already recommended Japan Journeys to friends.
David and Jenny C., (UK), Independent Traveller 2017
This is the second time we have travelled with this company and on both occasions we have travelled off the beaten track for at least some of the time. The arrangements have been faultless, the attention to detail superb, and we have happily travelled around on our own without any concerns at all. Fantastic holidays, wonderful company and staff who really take the trouble to find out what it is that you want.
Berendina N., (UK), Independent Traveller 2017
You were asked to put together an itinerary to include flights, Hotel accommodation and suitable visits to places that would suit our interests. You had to fit in with my commitments to my Medical Conference, and you accepted this brief without comment or complaint; and succeeded to perfection. We were travelling alone (just two of us ) with NO knowledge of the language, or the geography. And you put together an Itinerary which was detailed and comprehensive so that we completed our considerable journeying without mishap. We learned so much, and were so inspired by a unique and delightful culture.. It could never have happened without your help and your meticulous, and faultless planning. Thank you.
Richard G-A., (UK), Independent Traveller 2017
We love everything about Japan; its people and the culture, and this was our second trip to this beautiful country. Japan Journeys staff are outstanding in every way, always ready to give advice and help. The accommodation we stayed in was 3 star, though personally I would say it was higher. The luggage transfer system is outstanding, so there's no need to carry heavy luggage around the country with you. All travel arrangements were arranged for us, and a 'meet & greet' service was waiting at the airport, who helped us get our Rail Passes sorted and made sure we had everything for our trip (this was ideal after a long plane journey). Without a doubt I would use Japan Journeys again, and I would and have recommended them. This is a country you would have to go back to, because there is so much to see and do.
Philip and Tom, (UK), Independent Traveller 2017
Absolutely fabulous trip - even for my non-quilter partner. Great value too! Japanese-speaking Leader who took us on public transport on occasion and who gave so much more than necessary eg took us to local eating places etc even for non-included meals. No criticisms whatever. Fabric outlets amazing too!!!!
Elspeth Russell, Quilters
This was a great holiday. Helpful and knowledgeable guide, excellent itinerary, good travel arrangements and good hotels. Also lots of material shopping. What more could a quilter want? Thoroughly recommended.
Janet Thomas, Japan Quilt Tour
The tour was a trip of a lifetime. The tour was excellent, well-planned and coordinated...and worry-free. All I needed to do was pay and show-up. I live in Hawaii. There were other Americans in the group who came from the mainland. I also travelled alone for the first time to Tokyo. I had no trouble at all synchronizing my flights with the group that came from London. The pre-trip instructions were very clear. The best part was having David as our Tour Leader. He went beyond my expectations. Id like to do this again next year with my best friend who also quilts.
Adelina Baker, Japan Quilt Tour 2014
Wonderful trip, everything I hoped for as I have wanted to visit Japan for so long. The tour guide was exceptional, not only knowledgeable, but genuinely wanted to make every experience really interesting and memorable. I can't wait to go again.
Elaine Davies, Quilt tour 2015
Have just returned from a most wonderful tour to the Japan Quilt Show. This was a fabulouse holiday and extremely good value for money for the amount of things we did during our 12 days in Japan. Ths was mainly due to our excellent guide and courier, David Stanton, who managed to keep a group of 40 ladies safe and sound and fully informed at all times. Every day had a special highlight but, for me, our final day where we dressed in traditional Kimonos was just so special. I cannot recommend this tour to highly. The Quilt Show was spectacular; the Temples magnificient, transport perfect. Couldn't fault the whole adventure. Wish I could go again next year!!
Sylvia Taggart, Japan Quilt Tour 2016
We had the most fantastic tour of Japan during April 2016 with our lovely guide Vanessa. There were only 12 guests on the tour and we were there to see the Cherry Blossom. We were not disappointed and saw some beautiful sites, both in Kyoto and Tokyo as well as trips out to the mountains and lakes of the area. The temples were spectacular and the parks and open spaces most beautiful. We especially appreciated the free JR pass which was included and we were able to go on the Bullet Train many times without paying. Our guide Vanessa was most knowledgeable and helpful, with a great sense of humour. All in all, we can thoroughly recommend Japan Journeys if you want to see the very best of Japan without any hassle.
Brenda & Stephen Soskin, Classic Japan Tour
We had a great time and all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The weather was lovely, lots of bright sunny days and only an hour of rain in Nikko. We found your schedule and tips very comprehensive and the daily directions and train times especially helpful.
Caffyn Family, Independent Traveller (2010)
It was remiss of me not be clear how terrific our guide Yoko was. It was quite a task to herd a group of disparate people through train stations and onto buses. She did it competently and with good humor and met many diverse needs and desires with kindness consideration and patience. She couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.
Susan Kent Cakars, Independent Traveller Manga Tour
Fantastic trip! Travel arrangements excellent throughout tour. Hotels good. Tour guide David outstanding, very helpful. Dealt very graciously with a group of older women, who wanted fabric shops etc. Especially helpful with restaurants and food ordering. Would certainly recommend company to anybody, and would love to do another tour!
Valerie Lillie, Tokyo Quilt Show 2014
James was very helpful and patient when choosing our tour as we wanted to do something a little different. His suggestions to meet our needs were very helpful and in the end we were absolutely delighted with the tour, All arrangements went very smoothly, hotels good and locations excellent, would highly recommend Japan Journeys to anyone to tour wanting to Japan especially if you are looking for something different than the standard tour.
Carolyn Hyde, Independent Tour
We enjoyed a wonderful "cherry blossom " tour very ably led by David. The itinerary gave us many great experiences including: beautiful temples & gardens;interesting train journeys; and a variety of enjoyable eating experiences and is highly recommended !! David & Ida Stanyer March 2015
David Stanyer, Classic Cherry Blossom Tour
Just done the summer manga tour. Amazing trip, couldnt fault it. The guide Yoko was amazing. Easily the best of my life.
Andrew Holmes, Manga tour 2016 summer
We had a wonderful trip enjoying the best of Japan in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. The Japanese hospitality was wonderful. Our accommodation was excellent and needless to say the trains were on time.
Mary Ledwidge, Independent Traveller
Couldn't have asked for a better trip. All the information given is easy to follow, plenty of time to enjoy the cities as well as the curriculum. The tour guide, David is fantastic, helpful and friendly and made all of us feel welcome. For the extension it is independent but the detail in which the instructions go to make it so easy to follow. Can't wait to use again!
Gavin Stewart, Summer Manga Tour August 2014 and Kyoto Extension
I was very pleased by the organisation of the Bonsai-tour. The Japanese speaking guide Jake made many things easy such as selection of restaurants for ordering food. The location of the hotel in Tokyo was excellent; very close to the exhibition and very close to the Ueno station so that excursions in the city and to Omiya Bonsai village were very easy to undertake. The guide Jake was very helpfull and kind.
Herman Verschraegen, Bonsai Kokufu tour 1-12 February 2016
We had a great time discovering Japan. Much of the credit for this is down to you and your team – and we thank you for it. Travel arrangements worked like clockwork and the helpful hints and the paper work were invaluable.
James & Nerys Kerr, Independent Traveller 2012
The independent traveller tour suited our needs perfectly. A real plus point was the detailed itinerary and maps we were provided with. This outline structure meant we were able to spend more time enjoying Japan and less thinking about which train etc. to get next, while also supplying some local insight Overall an amazing trip which was easy to customise, straightforward to book and I still struggle to believe how much we squeezed into the time. Thanks for providing a formidable service, which I’d have no hesitation in recommending.
Andy Gibbard 2010
This was a compromise between being completely on our own in a very different culture or enduring a group tour with a guide; it worked beautifully. Representatives answered questions efficiently and tailored the trip to suit us. Highly recommended!
Sandra Duncan, Independent Traveller
An amazing time spent in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima/Miyajima. The trip was very well organised by David and Natsumi and the information provided was very easy to understand and informative. The hotels were all excellent and incredibly easy to find. The ryokan on Miyajima was a highlight with very friendly, welcoming staff who all spoke excellent English. Too many highlights to list in this fantastic country but certainly Mt Fuji, the temples of Kyoto, Octopus on a stick and Hiroshima were just a few of thousands. As a lone traveler I never felt lonely and always knew I had the back up of an excellent company behind me should I need it. Highly recommended.
Dave Patience, Independent Traveller
I would like to say thank you to Japan Journeys for a fantastic trip and formost to Jake our guide - on a daily basis he went beyond what was expected of him, researching all that we were to see to make sure that he could answer all questions and to provide assistance when needed. He was fantastic and our trip would have been poorer had it not been for him. Thank you - I had a most memorable and beautiful of trips. Rgds Nicky
Nicky McNamara, South African Architects Tour
We had a wonderful trip and arrived home fit and healthy. Thank you for a great time full of good memories. It exceeded our expectations.
Cedric & Julie Steffens (NZ), Bonsai Tour 2014
I had a Fantastic time with Japan Journeys. I was traveling by myself so I was very nervous to be traveling with a group of people I've never met but everyone was so outgoing. Japan Journey's travel arrangements made my trip pleasant and the accommodation was relaxing and comfortable - Japan Journeys took note of my request of a single room which I was very pleased with. The tour guide was very informative and friendly throughout the trip so you'll learn some culture/ history, where to shop/ eat and any general Q&A! My only disappointment was that I should have extended my holiday! Overall I would recommend Japan Journey!! Thank you ^__^
Josie Cheung, Manga Tour March 2014
Excellent introduction to Japan at a great time of year. All the arrangements were spot on. From meeting up at Heathrow right through to the return home everything ran smoothly and was well organised. The amount of free time was good, although it was impossible to fit everything in. Japan is a fascinating, spectacular destination, everything works and the people are wonderful. I will return and wouldn't hesitate to use Japan Journeys again, perhaps as an independent traveller next time.
Andrew Ingles, Classic Japan/Cherry Blossom tour 2014
Fantastic trip. Once in a lifetime experience. Port tours were educational and well planned. Cruise ship staff made us feel comfortable and covered our every need. James at Japan Journeys made planning of our trip effortless. Thank you to all for a memorable experience.
Sharon Milan, Timeless Japan Cruise
I would like to thank you all (and especially David) for such an interesting and illuminating trip. Japan has been on my “must do” list for many years, and I was not disappointed by my experience.
Richard Pratt, Classic Japan TOur 2013
Fantastic first trip to Japan - all we hoped for and more! Don't usually do tours but Vanessa really did a great job making sure we got the full experience and kindly sharing her own experiences and knowledge. A well led, small friendly group. We took extra days before and after the tour and appreciated the help from the home team to arrange our rail passes and help us make the most of our time checking out the bonsai's at Omiya and exploring beautiful Kanazawa. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Mandy and Andrew, Your Tour Classic Japan Tour
After a tour we now organise all our independent trips through JJ. The team are like friends now, always going out of their way to help and to make sure everything is perfect. We'll be taking our new baby with them next year!
Sarah Hurley, Manga Tour & Independent Tour
Wasn’t sure what to expect from a “Guided” holiday but it turned out to be fantastic! David, our Guide, was brilliant throughout and was the perfect mix of ‘in charge’ and ‘responsible’ but great fun, and very personable and caring too. Loved the mix of Japanese culture and history and the wonderful Bonsai trips. All done in the right order we felt. Many thanks for a wonderful holiday.
Jo Dawe & Robert Hilton, Bonsai 2011
This is my second trip to Japan I've booked with this company and I have thoroughly enjoyed both trips. Highlights would have to be going to the onsen in Odaiba in Tokyo and walking the mountain trail at Inari shrine in Kyoto. If I ever plan to go back to Japan I will definitely be booking through this company again.
Robin Jenkins, Total Japan 2016
Overall, this has been an excellent experience. Our guide has been a great leader, calm, professional and personable.
Tim Eason & Sarah Jarvis, Classic Japan Tour 2012
I have travelled with Japan Journeys four times. They are by far the best company out there. Guides are amazing, friendly, knowledgeable and always helpful. Crew at home are fantastic. Tours are once in a lifetime. Can't recommend these guys enough.
Andrew Hurley, Numerous Manga Tours
We found James to be very helpful in navigating our trip to Japan. We had a wonderful time and most definitely would recommend our friends to use Japan Journey Tours!
Sandra Rotholc, Independent Travel
We have been on several tours with JJ (Japan Journeys) and for us is the first & only agency we consider when planning our next venture to Japan. First, they provide excellent direction. No grey areas about who or where to meet. All travel & hotel arrangements within Japan are meticulously set and secure. We love the architecture, arts, and bonsai gardens. Bonsai is Richard's interest so we have attended several major bonsai shows in Japan with JJ. This has led us to several bonsai nurseries and also to several pottery kilns where authentic bonsai pots are made. Our last trip was based more on business as these were the items we were primarily interested in. Japan Journeys made this trip just perfect for us and we really enjoyed every moment as well as re-connecting with many of the people we've met before. Our thanks to all of the staff at JJ for great trips to Japan!
Betty & Richard Geisreiter
This is the second time that Japan Journeys have planned our trip for us. The service is excellent with clear and detailed directions.....we didn't get lost once! Will be booking through Japan Journeys again!
Mrs Whittaker, Independent
The trip was varied and so well planned. David is the perfect tour guide with a good sense of humour and a genuine interest in the welfare of all in the group. His knowledge and understanding of the culture and language enabled us to maximise every minuite of our time spent there. I would highly recommend David and Japan Joiurneys to anyone interested in travelling to this fascinating part of the world.
Mandi Grant, The Quilt Tour Jan 2015
I would certainly have no problem in recommending your service – we enjoyed the independence that we had but felt secure in the organisation from the start of the holiday.
Barbara & Keith Evans, Independent Travellers 2013
I enjoyed my trip very much and all the info you sent me was very useful. I loved staying in the ryokan and I would like to return to Japan, and will recommend you to my friends.
Linda Morris, Independent Traveller (2011)
A trip of a life time made even better by japan journeys, who sorted everything. we had a large group that was filled with amazing people, lead by David the best tour guide ever!, it was more like a mate was showing us around and letting us in on his favorite places and did not the expect the extra evening plans that he sorted for us to get the most out of our visit, and well done for looking after so many of us. cant wait to go back and will defiantly choose Japan Journeys again because of all the friends i made and great knowledge of the tour leader. Thanks You so Much
Tom Quarterman, March 2015 Manga Tour
My sincere thanks to Japan Journeys for putting together a superbly organised trip. Can happily recommend all aspects of your organisation, planning and choice of bookings.
Salim Suterwalla, Independent Traveller 2013
The range of craft trips were ideal for my interests and I particularly liked the hands on elements when I could try the skills.
Wendy Benn, Quilt Tour 2011
We had an excellent time and would like to thank James, David and yourself for what was a very memorable and enjoyable holiday. Your organisation of our plan was perfect and the documentation provided was more than enough for us to get us through the holiday hitch free.
Phil & Monika Joslin, Independent Traveller 2012
A superbly organised and superbly executed tour.The guide gave us his undivided time and went out of his way to introduce us to the local cuisine in local restaurants.He showed a deep knowledge of the country and its culture .The excursions were of great interest and easily undertaken.The hotels were of an extremely high quality and with good central locations. This was without doubt the best holiday we have ever had. If you want to visit Japan, look no further than Japan Journeys.
Mr C Cary, Classic Japan
We had an amazing time on the tour, met a great group of people and totally fell in love with Japan. David was an awesome leader,we learned a lot about Japan and how to get around with confidence. The Kyoto extension was wonderful. My only suggestion for possible future visits would be to add at least one more night at the Ryokan on Miyajima, it was such a beautiful island. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Thank you Japan Journeys staff for all of your excellent customer service and showing us a great time in Japan.
Rebecca Ronk, Manga Tour March 2015
For someone just leaving school, I was obviously very worried about going to Japan on my own. The support that Japan Journeys leant for its tours was fantastic - although my tour was independant, and I was alone for the duration, they still provided a fully comprehensive itinerary that allowed for adjustments and customisation. The hotels they booked were all fantastic, and they provided insider advice about Japan about things I never would have thought of. It made my trip run smoothly so that I could enjoy all of the fantastic elements of Japan! My favourite section was the time spent staying in a homely Minshuku, although the tour around Nikko was a close contender! If you have any interest in Japan, particularly if you want to go alone, then I wholeheartedly recommend you take a Japan Journeys tour. You will not regret it! Thank you Japan Journeys for the tour, I would definitely go on another.
Emily Luke, Essential Japan Tour
An excellent tour from start to finish. David, our guide, couldn't have been better. I loved everything about Japan, so it has been hard for me to choose some highlights. However, here are the three, which I have finally chosen: 1) The beautiful view of the Golden Pavilion, which one sees from across the lake. 2) The excitement of travelling on the Shinkansen and having a clear view of Mt.Fuji from the train. 3) Being dressed in a 12 layer kimono. I thought that I'd be "out of my comfort zone", but it turned out to be a fantastic experience and one which I'll never forget. I thought that Japan was a very interesting and beautiful country and I'm thrilled to be going there again in 2015 - with Japan Journeys, of course!
Barbara Pitter, Quilt Tour 2014
What a wonderful experience full of quilts, kimonos, Temples & Shrines. The group of 40 ladies got on really well together which possibly made David's job a little easier. He is a fantastic Tour Guide and the programme ran like clockwork. Thank you & well done David and Japan Journeys for 'one off my bucket list', Thank you.
Janice Leather, Japan Quilt Tour
Just back from fantastic tour based in Tokyo and Kyoto. Tour very well organised and led by David who was very knowledgable and helpful. This was my first trip on my own but I felt welcomed in the group and really had a great time.
Willi Povey, Japan/Q tours
Just came back from the Anime/manga tour 2015, which was our honeymoon ???? I could not have asked for a better holiday! I could not fault anything! David was fantastic, even organising extra visits/ dinners in the evening, so we were never short of things to do. The hotels were brilliant, aswell as all the day trips, and the airlines. I did everything I wanted to do and more. Even our second extension week was amazing ( which was unguided). We were given recommendations of what to do and were explained to thoroughly how to get around. I will definitely be recommending japan journeys to everyone I know and will be using them in the future!
Wendy Q, Manga Tour 2015
Testimonial - a great tour with David who showed us lots of unexpected things and was a marvellous guide. He was so kind and friendly to all the group and made Japan very memorable for all of us.
Jane Thompson, Japan Tour
I thought the itinerary was spot on and got the right balance – difficult to do everything in 8 days but certainly you got an appreciation of culture and the beautiful country through the Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima experience. All great, and different Japan experiences. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
John Anderson, Independent Traveller 2012
The independent traveller tour suited our needs perfectly. A real plus point was the detailed itinerary and maps we were provided with. This outline structure meant we were able to spend more time enjoying Japan and less thinking about which train etc. to get next, while also supplying some local insight Overall an amazing trip which was easy to customise, straightforward to book and I still struggle to believe how much we squeezed into the time. Thanks for providing a formidable service, which I’d have no hesitation in recommending.
Andy Gibbard, Independent Traveller (2010)
The tour was absolutely outstanding!! We really enjoyed our guide’s upbeat positive personality, and his knowledge of Tokyo, the culture, customs and especially the food was superb. It added so much to the experience and made the trip truly extraordinary.
Frank & Carolyn Troxell (USA), Summer Manga Tour 2009