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