Testimonials

“Terrific. I will highly recommend this tour to my friends. I enjoyed every minute. The tea ceremony and tour of Gion add a lot of value.” “The Shinkansens were awesome.”

Carlos Galvan-Torres, New York, NY

“I loved the trip and it was a perfect sample of Japan.”


Ramona Memmer, Seattle, WA

The trip was all it was advertised to be. The small group made it much more personal. The exposure to Japanese traditions, the ryokans and foods were wonderful.” “Each was unique with its own atmosphere. All were enjoyable, and the locations were excellent.” “I enjoyed the presentation of the meals. Always a surprise, and a tremendous variety.” Our tour guide was very relaxed and willing to help each of us. Kept a steady pace, but not hurried.” Our local guides went out of their way to accommodate everyone. I couldn’t compliment them enough.” -”Wow! What a lot of planning went into the timing of the transportation.”

Nalda Callicoat, Enid, OK

“Having never been on an organized tour before, I was very apprehensive. But everyone made me feel at ease.” “Great service from the ryokans’ staff, very good locations and extremely clean.” Our local guides spoke very good English and had very good knowledge of Japanese history.” “Being a very organized person, the tour handbook was extremely helpful! I can’t tell you how many times I read it, before and during the tour.”

Heidi Hammond, Charlottesville, VA

The trip exceeded our expectations in every aspect. One of the best tours we’ve ever done, and we came away loving Japan.” “Good variety and well-thought-out.” “Best food we’ve ever had on an organized tour. Enjoyed the variety from the Kaiseki meals to the bento box lunches.” “The Tour handbook was very good! Better than any other tour we’ve been on, especially for getting a feel for what the trip was going to be like before we left. Always on top of everything!” The Tour was “Very well put together. Obvious that a lot of thought went into it, and it paid off.” “We feel we experienced everything and had a great opportunity to mix with the Japanese. It enhanced the whole experience.”

The Wysockis, Boston, MA

“I could never have had this experience on my own. This tour is bursting with great experiences. It’s well-organized and well-conducted – a genuinely wonderful experience. Thanks for enriching my life!

Karen Briggs, Sacramento, CA

“Very impressed by all aspects of this tour. It was a fabulous, very well-planned tour with knowledgeable guides, great ryokans and great food.”

Alison Clement, Placerville, CA

“One of the best run tours we’ve been on. The guides “read” of the group during the hot days helped greatly.”

Carol Burrows, Overland Park, KS

“The entire experience was wonderful and any anxiety about coming to Japan was totally eliminated by having such competent and helpful individuals assist with our travels. Thank you for a great trip and a lot of wonderful memories.” “Nice mix of big cities and more rural areas. The itinerary gave a view of modern and traditional Japan that was fascinating. Loved the Maiko session and the tea ceremony.” “The staff at all the ryokans were gracious and helpful and the public baths were an experience!” “Excellent! Our Samurai Tours guide had a wonderful foundation in Japanese history and culture, and was extremely helpful and friendly!

Renea Harbert, Maryville, IL

“We had such a memorable trip. The culture, the sights, the others in our group and the tour guides were all enjoyable.”

Rob and Rose Welton, Juneau, AK

“I have never done an organized tour before, but this has been a wonderful experience.”

Danetta Schnetzer, Independence, MO

“Enjoyed the variety of activities including the introduction to the Buddhist temples and practices. Even more enjoyable were the experiences of the quiet areas.” “Even though fish (both raw and cooked) is not my favorite, the food was always well prepared and presented. I appreciated the western breakfasts. I also appreciated the different experiences at the restaurants.” Our Samurai Tours guide was helpful, easy-going, and observant of individual needs.” And the local guides were very personable and informative. Each guide went out of her way to meet our needs and answer questions.” “Enjoyed the various transportation experiences and the well-timed organization.”

Floydette Seal, Edmond, OK

“Really liked the ryokans. They were exactly what we’d hoped for.” “The Kaiseki dinners were beautiful and a wonderful experience.” Our local guides were knowledgeable, interesting and prepared. They were also very sweet and fun to be with.” Our tour handbook had Really helpful material, especially the packing list suggestions and the ryokan etiquette.”

Kimberly Smith, Arlington, VA

“The location of the ryokans was optimal for exploration.” “The logistics were handled smoothly. Thanks for stopping at Starbucks.”

The Hoopers, Seattle, WA

“Ryokan locations were great – easy access to ‘sites’ and transportation. The TourHandbook was Outstanding! Far exceeds the ‘big guys.’ Fantastic! Loved the trains and all the varied local transportation.”

Laura Shwala, Laurenceville, NJ

“I really appreciated the opportunity to try the many varieties of Japanese food.”

Donna Mead, Olathe, KS

“Our guide had the patience of Job. Thank you so much for a really fantastic two weeks.” The Tour Handbook was “Very well laid out. Covered everything we needed to beforehand and then some.”

Rebecca Ann Gummo, Warriors Mark, PA

“Our guide rocked.” Our local guide went ‘above and beyond’ in helping to arrange special outings for each of us during the free day in Kyoto.”

Erin Endom, Houston, TX

“The volunteer guides in Kyoto you arranged for us on our free day were great.”

The Cosels, Seatauket, NY