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Japan Classics

10 days 8 nights
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2021
Tokyo, Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Saiko, Lake Biwa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka

Your First Classic Trip to Japan

A classic trip to Japan should include the must-sees
but also the hidden gems to leave lasting impressions
Throbbing Tokyo energy draws you to another world
Gracious culture leaves a sense of awe
, as deep as Fuji's beauty
Then, like on a time machine, w
hiz through the countryside
By
bullet train from modern Tokyo to ancient, elegant Kyoto.
So many wonderful memories to create
Your first trip to Japan won't be your last

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Highlights

  • Tokyo | Find colorful atmosphere in one of the world's most unique cities
    • See a unique perspective of the waterfront and Sky Tree tower aboard a water bus on Sumida River
    • Experience the most vibrant neighborhoods up close - The East Gardens of Imperial Palace, Asakusa, Shibuya, Harajuku, and Ginza
  • Kamakura | Rickshaw Tour: The best way to explore the historical town of Kamakura
  • Lake Kawaguchi & Lake Saiko | Overnight in a hot spring and explore local outdoors near Fuji for a better chance to view Japan's elusive icon
    • Iyashi No Sato Healing Village: See Mt. Fuji against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses. Try dressing in a kimono or samurai armor for an even more memorable experience
    • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum: A 3-star Michelin attraction highly rated for its unique dyed kimono on display
    • Soak in hot spring baths to rejuvenate your body and enjoy an evening of delicious Kaiseki banquet with Karaoke
  • Shinkansen | High Speed Bullet Train. See the beautiful countryside from the comfort of your seat as we travel from Tokyo to Kyoto in just 2.5 hours
  • Kyoto | The heart of tradition and culture
    • Kyoto is an intimate city best explored on foot! We've created a perfect walking tour to share hidden alleyways and local neighborhoods with you while avoiding crowds with our carefully-arranged itinerary
    • Tour two iconic UNESCO sites: Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kiyomizu Temple
    • Yuzen Dyeing Class: Learn about a traditional Kyoto artform
    • Ride the nostalgic Romantic Train to magical Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Nara | Pay homage in the first capital. Visit World Heritage site Todai-ji Temple
  • Osaka | "Eat (or shop) till you drop" in the Dotonbori district, the "Kitchen of Japan"
  • Seasonal Highlights | Feel the beauty of different seasons
    • Mar 31-Apr 6: Cherry blossom viewing along Sumida River on a water bus in Tokyo and Maruyama Park in Kyoto
    • Apr 5-12: Enjoy the Lake Kawaguchi Cherry Tree Festival
    • May 8-15: Visit Mt. Fuji Shibazakura (moss blossom) Festival
    • Jul 17: Special arrangements included to watch the Gion Festival Parade in Kyoto! (+$ 350 USD due to high season)
    • Nov 6-22: Fall foliage special light-up viewing in Kyoto

Itinerary

Open All Days
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Japan
Arrive in Narita Airport (NRT) 2
46 mi
, 1 hr
45 mins
or
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12 mi
, 30 mins

Tokyo
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!
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Ginza, Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Tokyo
City highlights from Sumida River
City highlights from Sumida River
Visit Tokyo's most festive district
Visit Tokyo's most festive district
  • The East Gardens of Imperial Palace:
    Stroll through the East Garden, one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful palace grounds by avoiding the crowds. 
    *Tours depart on Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, May 8, May 15, Jun 5, Jun 12, Jun 19, Aug 14, Oct 16, Nov 20 and Dec 18 will visit Imperial Palace Plaza due to the closure of The East Gardens of Imperial Palace.
  • Tokyo Cruise or Mizube Line:
    Cruise down Sumida River on a water bus. Along the way, take in a spectacular view of the Tokyo skyline.
  • Asakusa: 
    Free time to explore this vivacious old Edo district filled with unique Japanese delicacies. Don't forget to see the famous Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and most festive temple.
  • Walking Tour of Shibuya, Harajuku, and nearby Omotesando: 
    See Tokyo's most vibrant neighborhoods. Get acquainted with this unique city on our introductory tour!
  • Explore like a local!
    Explore the exciting city on your own. Plan your own route or take one of our suggested courses for you to enjoy as a guideline. Whether your interest is in relaxation, culture, dining, or shopping, the city has a boundless array of fun and different things for everyone. Dinner is not included tonight so you may take advantage of unlimited dining options in the area.
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Ginza, Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
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37 mi
, 1 hr
15 mins

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75 mi
, 2 hrs

Lake Kawaguchi
Praying Jizo Statue in Hase Temple
Praying Jizo Statue in Hase Temple
Rickshaw drivers guide you in Kamakura
Rickshaw drivers guide you in Kamakura

Kamakura

  • Walking Tour from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine:
    Pay homage and find hidden treasures in local craft shops along Kamakura's main street.
  • Rickshaw: 
    Discover Kamakura as you ride through Japan's first shogunate capital.
  • Hase Temple:
    See remarkable coastal views of Sagami Bay set within peaceful zen gardens.

Lake Kawaguchi

  • Kaiseki Banquet Dinner:
    Finish the day with a true cultural experience in our hot spring hotel with panoramic views of Mt. Fuji on the observatory deck. Dress in yukata robes and enjoy a traditional banquet dinner (with karaoke!).
  • Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen:
    Soak in the hot springs to unwind and experience one of Japan's most relaxing national pastimes.
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Fuji View Hotel  (Fuji Kawaguchiko Hot Spring)
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4 mi
, 20 mins

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71 mi
, 2 hrs

Tokyo
View Fuji from the Healing Village
View Fuji from the Healing Village
Gardens of Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Gardens of Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Lake Kawaguchi
  • Morning Refresh:
    Take the morning to relax and stroll through the hotel's extensive garden. In spring time, more than 300 cherry trees bloom! It is also recommended to wake early and watch the sunrise from the Fuji View Hotel lounge. 
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum: 
    This small, unknown museum captures Japanese elegance perfectly with a touching story. The "Symphony of Light" kimono display is not to be missed, but the building and gardens are also attractions themselves.
    *Tour departs on Dec 23 will visit Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center due to the closure of Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

Lake Saiko

  • Iyashi No Sato Healing Village:
    Escape the crowds to the farm town atmosphere of the Healing Village for intimate views of Mt. Fuji set against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses. Try on a kimono or samurai armor for a fun and unique photo op!

Tokyo

  • Sightseeing Bus Tour:
    Enjoy a beautiful night view of Tokyo cityscape.
 
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Ginza, Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Tokyo 4
288 mi
, 2 hrs
30 mins

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13 mi
, 1 hr

Lake Biwa
Board the bullet train from an iconic station
Board the bullet train from an iconic station
Walk I.M. Pei's famous Miho Museum corridor
Walk I.M. Pei's famous Miho Museum corridor
Tokyo
  • Bento (Japanese Lunch Box) Buying:
    Before boarding the bullet train from Tokyo Station, enjoy a memorable experience by shopping for your own bento in a depachika (department store basement market). Use our suggestions or choose any exciting culinary delights which might catch your eye.
  • Shinkansen (Bullet Train):
    Experience a true modern marvel by riding the bullet train to Kyoto Station (2.5 hours).

Lake Biwa

  • Miho Museum: 
    See an incredible collection of antiques from Asia and Europe at the Miho Museum, designed by I.M. Pei.
    *Tours depart on Jun 10, Jun 12, Jun 15, Jun 17, Jun 19, Jun 24, Jun 29, Jul 1, Jul 6, Jul 10, Aug 19, Sep 7, Sep 9, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 18, Dec 21, and Dec 24 will visit Nijo Castle or Sanjusangendo due to the closure of Miho Museum.
  • Ryokan (Japanese-Style Hotel) at Lake Biwa:
    Unwind in an outdoor hot spring.
    Roll up your yukata sleeves and indulge in a traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki banquet dinner and karaoke!
 
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Yumotokan  (Ogoto Hot Spring)
Hanakaido  (Ogoto Hot Spring)
Biwako Hotel  (Ruri Hot Spring)
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33 mi
, 1 hr

Kyoto
See Golden Pavilion glitter under sunlight
See Golden Pavilion glitter under sunlight
Learn the ancient craft of Yuzen Dyeing
Learn the ancient craft of Yuzen Dyeing

Kyoto

  • Arashiyama:
    Walk through the flourishing bamboo forest and discover the alluring beauty of the surroundings.
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple:
    Visit the icon of Kyoto, the "Golden Pavilion," covered with gold foil.
  • Yuzen Dyeing Class:
    Learn about an elegant traditional Kyoto artform and create your own keepsake.
  • Gion:
    With only a few geishas remaining, Gion is one of the few places you might catch a glimpse of these elusive figures in your evening free time.
  • Wagyu Beef Dinner:
    Enjoy a delightful meal of authentic Wagyu, the most desirable breed of cattle raised in Japan, known worldwide for being more tender and flavorful.
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Kyoto Hotel Okura
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
Kyoto
Early morning Kiyomizu Temple is much more intimate
Early morning Kiyomizu Temple is much more intimate
Browse century-old shops of Kyoto
Browse century-old shops of Kyoto
  • Kiyomizu Temple:
    Avoid crowds and enjoy an early morning visit to Kiyomizu Temple for a bird's-eye view of Kyoto.
  • Kyoto Walking Tour:
    One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Kyoto's elegance is on foot. Join our guide to explore quaint alleyways of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka and appreciate historical neighborhoods and sites (In case of extreme hot or cold weather, seasonal adjustments may be made in order for you to have the best experience)
    • The first part of the walking tour covers a distance of about 1.5 miles on fairly flat ground over approximately 1 hour of time. We will take a break in a cafe near Maruyama Park for about 1 hour.
    • The second leg of our walking tour will end at the foot of the pilgrimage path to Kiyomizu Temple. This distance is 0.8 miles over fairly flat ground in about 45 minutes. The footpath up to Kiyomizu Temple is uphill.
  • Kyoto in Depth:
    We include free time to further enjoy the area. We encourage you to try the following suggestions:
    • A. Appreciate unique architecture and tour the Nishiki Market with our tour guide.
    • B. Take in more of Gion's unique character.
    • C. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine independently either by train or taxi on own. Transportation and entrance fee will be at your own expense.
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Kyoto Hotel Okura
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
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27 mi
, 1 hr

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20 mi
, 1 hr

Osaka
Say "Hello" to Todai-ji Temple's Great Buddha
Say "Hello" to Todai-ji Temple's Great Buddha
"Eat till you drop" in the kitchen of Japan
"Eat till you drop" in the kitchen of Japan
Nara
  • Todai-ji Temple:
    Travel to Japan's first capital. Stand in awe in the presence of one of Japan's largest bronze Buddha statues. Interact with temple deer, known as messengers of the gods in Shinto belief.

Osaka

  • Osaka Castle Park:
    Explore the castle filled with historical and cultural significance. Energetic travelers will want to climb to the top floor balcony for a panoramic view of Osaka.
  • Shinsaibashi:
    • We built in free time so you may freely roam through Osaka's largest shopping district and get to know the city at your own pace.
    • "Eat till you drop" in the Dotonbori restaurant district, known as the "Kitchen of Japan." For dinner, be sure to try local specialties such as Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Hakozushi, and Kitsune Udon. Our provided suggestions and maps will help you navigate the bustling district.
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Imperial Hotel Osaka
Osaka 2
34 mi
, 50 mins

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10 mi
, 20 mins

Your Next Destination
Osaka
  • Guests with morning flights:
    You will be directed to take the limousine bus bound for Kansai or Itami Airport after breakfast.
  • Guests with afternoon flights:
    Your morning is free and our guide will provide directions for you to explore Osaka city for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Based on your departure time, the tour guide will direct you to take the airport limousine bus.
 
A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 7 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights: We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. You may also book your own flights based on the following times to match our airport transfer schedule. If arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please meet us at the designated place on your own expense or call us for transfer pricing. We're sorry, but missed activities will not be made up.
    • Pre/post hotels: We can help arrange hotels matching our tour schedule. For prices and availability, please contact our team.
    • Please review the Terms & Conditions before you book.
    • Is This Trip Right for Me?
      • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
      • Wheelchairs Accessible: Guests in wheelchairs welcome, but please understand some sites are not accessible. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
      • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 2 years or older to join this tour
      • Dietary Restrictions: It is important everyone has a great dining experience with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergies, no sashimi, no lamb, etc.), please let us know 30 days before tour date. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.
    • Accommodations:
      • Our rooms for this tour are reserved with twin rooms (2 beds/room), but hotels may have different configurations. Please refer to the Hotels section for details.
      • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
      • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
    • Visas:
      • Japan allows US or Canada passport holders to stay 90 days visa-free. If you are holding a passport from a different country, please check with your local consulate.
      • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
    • Passports:
      • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
      • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and two blank “Visa” pages.
    • Flights and Luggage:
      • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
      • For travelers who have booked your own tickets, we recommend reserving at least 3 hours connecting time between international airports.
      • Luggage allowances will vary based on the rules for each airline. Excess baggage fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

    Stays of a Lifetime

    Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
    A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


    Tokyo :

    Ginza, Imperial Hotel Tokyo

    The choice of world leaders, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries, this iconic and prestigious five-star hotel features an impressive setting overlooking the lush Imperial Palace Gardens and is walking distance to Tokyo's most affluent Ginza and Marunouchi neighborhoods. This hotel has been awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for luxury and service several years in a row and Travel + Leisure's Worlds Best Awards.

    Tower Building Standard Room    
    31 m² (334 ft²)
    110 x 205 cm * 2 Bed    
    170 x 205 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Tower Building Standard Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 195 cm)

    Tokyo :

    Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

    A sleek upscale hotel enveloped by skyscrapers and the vibrant Shinjuku district. Find yourself just a short walk from the world's busiest rail hub, densely dotted with depachikas, underground shopping arcades, and the most popular restaurants, shops, and attractions in the heart of Tokyo.

    Plaza Superior South Tower Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
    152 x 203 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Plaza Superior South Tower Room + Rollaway Bed (120 x 188 cm)

    Yamanashi :

    Fuji View Hotel

    Founded in 1936, this hotel is in a class of its own. The hotel offers unrestricted views of Mt. Fuji and boasts a vast garden area with over 300 cherry blossom trees. The hot spring waters can be enjoyed in both indoor and open air settings.

    Standard Twin Room with Lake View    
    36 m² (388 ft²)
    120 x 210 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Standard Twin Room with Lake View + Rollaway Bed (110 x 195 cm)

    Shiga :

    Yumotokan

    Surrounded by tranquil mountains, the Yumotokan is a Ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) featuring hot springs baths and stunning views of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Ogoto Onsen, the local hot springs for the hotel, has been supplying natural mineral-rich water for 1200 years.

    Japanese Room    
    8 tatami mats
    100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
    Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room

    Shiga :

    Hanakaido

    The Hanakaido is famous for embodying the elegance Kyoto. Featuring hot spring baths and lakeside views of Lake Biwa, enjoy their indoor bath, outdoor hot springs and a beautiful Kaiseki dinner in traditional Kyoto style.

    Japanese Room    
    8 tatami mats
    100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
    Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room

    Shiga :

    Biwako Hotel

    This hot spring hotel is known for its comfortable fusion-style rooms, each offering a private lakeside balcony view of Lake Biwa. Enjoy an expertly-prepared Kyoto-style banquet dinner and fabulous service. 

    Lake View Deluxe Floor Lumina Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 203 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Lake View Deluxe Floor Lumina Room + Rollaway Bed (110 x 188 cm)

    Kyoto :

    Kyoto Hotel Okura

    Centrally-located in Kyoto city, the Okura is within walking distance from Gion, popular restaurants, and exciting shopping areas. It is a Kyoto icon and has long been regarded by locals as one of the best places to stay in the city.

    Standard Room    
    37 m² (398 ft²)
    120 x 210 cm * 2 Bed    
    180 x 210 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Standard Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 210 cm)

    Kyoto :

    Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

    Near Shijo-karasuma, the heart of Kyoto, this luxury hotel is conveniently situated for sightseeing and shopping activities. In addition, all hotel rooms and banquet rooms feature free broadband internet access.

    Superior Room    
    36 m² (388 ft²)
    120 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Superior Room + Sofa Bed (100 x 190 cm)

    Osaka :

    Imperial Hotel Osaka

    Known as one of Osaka's best luxury hotels, the Imperial Osaka is located near Osaka Castle on the cherry tree-lined Okawa River in a relaxing, resort-like setting. Free shuttle service to Osaka Station is available as well as complimentary bikes to explore the area (10-min. ride to Osaka Castle).

    Standard Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    105 x 205 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 205 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Standard Room + Rollaway Bed (97 x 195 cm)
    Philip P.
    (11/01/2019) Philip P.

    My wife and I recently enjoyed the Japan Classic Tour. At first, we doubted Super Value's veracity, as what they offered seemed too good to be true for the asking price. Comparable tour companies paled in tour value and substantially exceeded SV's costs. But SV delivered in every way possible: stellar hotels, superior transportation, excellent and abundant authentic Japanese meals, interesting venues and local tours, and unique country special offerings (such as visits to Onsen, traditional baths; famous gardens; and a night at a Ryokan). Above all, SV - - in this case Tour Guide Eriko - - provided the most careful, attentive and personal service to each and every guest imaginable or possible. Eriko is university educated, smart, witty, pleasant, with excellent knowledge of Japanese history, culture, art and modern traditions. Her English was near flawless. Far above and beyond any expectations, Eriko worked tirelessly to ensure every guest's personal comfort, particularly regarding meals, accommodations and airport transfers. We highly recommend Super Value [now Supera Tours] and tour guide, par excellence, Eriko.

    Tim N.
    (05/21/2019) Tim N.

    My wife and I recently returned from the Japan Classics-10 day tour.  We had a great time!  Our tour guide, Eriko Kimura, is the best!!  She was well organized, always friendly, and extremely helpful to everyone in the tour.  She did a good job explaining the history, traditions, and customs of Japan.  She went over and beyond what you might expect a tour guide to do.  The hotels were very, very nice.  The variety of experiences was amazing.  Even sleeping on the floor on futons and tatami mats was surprisingly comfortable.  What a great variety of delicious, glorious food! The tour is great for first-timers to Japan.  It gives you a nice variety of experiences and leaves you ready for a return trip. Did I mention that Eriko is the best!!!

    P. O.
    (06/28/2019) P. O.

    We used Super Value Tours for a trip to Japan in May/June 2019. Our guide, Miki, was excellent: very organized & super efficient in managing all our rooms, transportation, setting up meal reservations, very mindful of food allergies/preference, & giving directions to places of interest (in addition to the scheduled tour) or for transportation at the end of the tour. She was great in relaying history, culture, & whatever questions we threw her way.  We stayed at very nice hotels & had impressive meals which we probably would not have afforded on our own. The itinerary was great & we hit the major sites of interest plus a few extra fun stuff like dressing up in kimonos or as samurai, & a workshop on dyeing a keepsake with multi stencils.  We have now joined our friends as major fans of Super Value Tours & hope to use this tour group for trips in the future.

    Michael W.
    (09/01/2019) Michael W.

    My wife and I have visited all 7 continents and over 50 countries. This is the first travel review I have ever posted. We took the Japan Classics Tour in September 2019. It was wonderful. Our tour guide was Eriko. She was amazing. She was organized, caring, encouraging, hard working, and extremely knowledgeable. I could go on. I think she was the best tour guide we have ever had. We loved her. Everything about the tour was first class. The food was great. The hotels were fantastic. The buses were top notch. Unlike most tours, we were provided great meals 3 times a day. There were absolutely no corners cut. Everything was paid for. It was apparent that Eriko was afforded superb support by her people back in the "office". Everything ran like clock-work. The itinerary was excellent. It was apparent that it was thought out. We could not have been more pleased. We would highly recommend this tour...