Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) January 08, 2014
Most quality Japan trips are very expensive because the Japanese are used to catering to large, tightly-organized groups of tourists who eat and shop together, and travel only to areas with Western-style hotels that can be reached in big buses. "Classic and Festive Japan” offers superb guiding in very small groups with options for independent exploration in areas where a guide is not necessary.
The year-round program offered by JOURNEYS INTERNATIONAL of Ann Arbor Michigan, is the culmination of nearly 30 years of designing trips to make traditional cultures and unique attractions accessible for intellectually curious Americans.
Kerina Rowley, Asia Programs director for JOURNEYS, recently accompanied a group on this flexible Japan program. “We had time for everyone to experience things at our own pace and according to our own interests, knowing that JOURNEYS had taken care of the pre-planning, reservations, transportation and back-up support. We focused on learning, observing and doing."
Visit the country's most exquisite landmarks, and meet locals off the tourist paths. Overnight in a few different traditional-style Japanese ryokan lodges. Experience the hot springs baths so beloved by the Japanese. You'll have plenty of time to explore vibrant Tokyo before visiting Mt. Fuji and scenic Lake Kawaguchi. Travel back in time in the traditional villages at Matsumoto, Hida Takayama, and Shirakawa. Perhaps best of all, spend time in the old capital of Kyoto where the simple elegance of the temples and gardens defy description.
JOURNEYS also offers family friendly itineraries and completely customized Japan exploration.
Rowley promises, "You will experience Japan, its food, customs, and joys with greater depth and authenticity than if you join a large group or try to do it all on your own without a guide.”
Special departures include the Cherry Blossom Festivals in April, the Shichi-go San and Autumn Foliage Festivals in November, and the beautiful Oeshiki Festival of lanterns in October. Or, choose your own dates and focal experiences.
Call us for personalized recommendations or for more about the itineraries, availability, special festival departures or private guided travel in Japan.
About JOURNEYS International
JOURNEYS INTERNATIONAL of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the longest standing family-owned global ecotourism company in the US. JOURNEYS offers full-service exotic, guided cross-cultural explorations, nature safaris, treks and eco-tours in remote corners of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific. Founded by current directors Will and Joan Weber in 1978, JOURNEYS boasts an extraordinary record of client and staff satisfaction and several industry awards.