10/28/2023 - 11/8/2023 / 2023-10-28
Ms. Gilberte Francois
7/11/2023 - 7/22/2023 / 2023-07-11
Myself and my daughter had great time on our tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating to anything we asked. Each day was well planned and gave us great understanding and visual representation of the Japanese culture.
7/11/2023 - 7/22/2023 / 2023-07-11
Was very interesting and detailed, personally would have liked more variety
7/11/2023 - 7/22/2023 / 2023-07-11
Our family really enjoyed this tour-- it was an eclectic mix of visiting cultural sites, observing traditional lifestyles, and dropping ourselves into modern society. Every destination was well worth the visit and every site we visited was worth it's time. Our tour guide Billy was very professional and informative, and each day's agenda was well planned. Our bus driver was excellent as well.
7/6/2023 - 7/15/2023 / 2023-07-06
Loved it, it was super fun. It would be great if there are more details about everyday activities for example how much we are gonna walk or stairs up the mountains. Some days were extremely exhausting
6/23/2023 - 7/2/2023 / 2023-06-23
Your guides were amazing, and honestly the high point of our trip. They’re were incredibly informative, went above and beyond, and were extremely accommodating to our questions and needs.
6/23/2023 - 7/2/2023 / 2023-06-23
I truly enjoyed the tour. I thought each day was filled with enough activities to see a lot of sights without being too busy. The bus and driver were wonderful! Our guide was knowledgable and kind.
6/23/2023 - 7/2/2023 / 2023-06-23
This tour was so well planned, especially for the person who only has a couple of weeks to enjoy all there is in Japan. It had a perfect balance of historic sites such temples, shrines, castles, etc. with modern opportunities like Shibuya crossing and Tsukiji fish market. I really loved the sushi making class, the geisha tea ceremony and the wagyu beef restaurant! The food was amazing and very varied--even my picky 12 year old had food he could enjoy. The hotels were very nice. I just can't say enough about this wonderful tour!
6/23/2023 - 7/2/2023 / 2023-06-23
TOUR WAS AWESOME!
6/9/2023 - 6/18/2023 / 2023-06-09
Spectacular Tour! Spectacular Time! With AJT we experienced the best Japan has to offer regarding in- depth insight into Japan’s historical and cultural lifestyle, while relishing many of the regional and traditional cuisines along the way. AJT advanced a written emailed itinerary before our arrival to Japan so we were able to research the regions and selected sites in advance, allowing us to read up on the history and geography beforehand. Once there, we had a specific plan for every day, and followed our itinerary exactly. Our tour guide 'Kim Kida' was fantastic and amazing. She timed everything so precisely that we were able to enjoy each days anticipated events, without haste. Kim is so knowledgeable, a genuine professional. She presented detailed information regarding every site we visited, focusing on historical and regional facts. The sushi making and tea ceremony were fascinating and provided us a unique 'cultural' opportunity, we were so happy to participate in. Also, we must praise our wonderful, courteous and skillful Charter Bus Driver, Kamata! With his careful consideration of the foreseen traffic and his expertise driving ability, we felt safe and assured we would always arrive at our destination. These 10 days spent under the direction of an AJT, is a time that will reside in our fondest memories, and we look forward to a time we will certainly return.
5/24/2023 - 6/3/2023 / 2023-05-24
I love all the places we visited. This very wellplanned tour gave me all different views of the country.
5/20/2023 - 5/31/2023 / 2023-05-20
My wife and I had such a great time on the tour. Kenta our tour guide was awesome. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about where we were going but also kept the group together and on schedule. He also had a great sense of humor. The hotels were all nice and clean. The choice of restaurants was excellent.
5/20/2023 - 5/31/2023 / 2023-05-20
I suggest that you add one more day and add a day trip to Nikko.
5/17/2023 - 5/26/2023 / 2023-05-17
This was our first trip to Japan and this tour gave us everything we could have asked for. We went to the cities we wanted, with a tour guide who was knowledgeable, fun, and organized.
4/26/2023 - 5/6/2023 / 2023-04-26
We saw a lot in a short amount of time, thanks to our energetic tour leader Kim Kida. We loved the stories of the places we visited. She was so skillful in flexible reorganizing when weather, traffic, or other issues came up. Bus drivers were great too getting us safely from one spot to the next. A most enjoyable trip!
4/9/2023 - 4/18/2023 / 2023-04-21
Very organised tour. Tour Leader very informative. Best hotels. Stunning places
4/9/2023 - 4/18/2023 / 2023-04-09
Leia is knowledgeable as a tour guide. She knows the facts and histories of all the places we went to. In addition, she used picture and drawing illustrations in the bus for further information before each location.
4/1/2023 - 4/11/2023 / 2023-04-14
Me and my wife had a wonderful time seeing the cherry blossoms, castles, shrines , temples , Mount Fuji and enjoyed the culture and traditions of the Japanese people
4/1/2023 - 4/11/2023 / 2023-04-01
The tour was WONDERFUL and included everything I imaged Japan to be and more. Our tour guide Barbara was great and caring as well as our bus driver, Takahiro Kamata. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who was interested in Japan and it's culture. The accommodations and food were very good.
4/1/2023 - 4/11/2023 / 2023-04-01
The good part of the tour is that it covered a lot of places. However, the tour guide, Barbara, had a problem with the English language and would stand on the bus with a cardboard printouts and speak behind them with her mask on. Anyone more than 3 rows behind could not see anything or understand what she was saying. Finally, 3 days before the tour ended, AJT put 6 of us on a different bus with an English speaking tour guide. Never again!!!!!
4/1/2023 - 4/11/2023 / 2023-04-01
I chose this tour as it aligned with the places I was interested to visit. Unfortunately, though, there were many factors that contributed to spoiling this 'costly' holiday. The leading tour guide Barbara was very inexperienced and her English was so poor that It was almost impossible to understand her. Both Barbara and the other tour guides that eventually took over did not guide us to any of the sites, just gave us some information (Barbara's were absolutely indecipherable) while on the bus, but left us to self-guide at every site. Despite communicating our concern and disappointment to the main office by email, no satisfactory solution was put in place. I would definitely not recommend this company.
3/26/2023 - 4/5/2023 / 2023-4-7
The tour was great and well organized. The guide Billy and driver Nagato-San made all the difference. I haven’t seen a more conscientious guide than Billy. The tour gave a good flavor of different areas of Japan (I believe 19 prefectures?). We got the fully Cherry Blossom experience as well as the sites, food and culture!!! The communication was clear and concise.
3/19/2023 - 3/29/2023 / 2023-4-10
This tour covered a lot of places and was directed by Billy the tour guide, who was excellent. He provided vast information about the places we would visit and about Japan's culture and traditions. He made sure that we were on time for all activities, and he was always present for any questions or suggestions. Billy is a professional that provides 100% customer satisfaction and he is a true asset to All Japan Tours. Congratulations on a well done journey through Japan.
3/26/2023 - 4/5/2023 / 2023-04-16
The best tour we have been on so far! It started with the pre-trip preparation from the Ontario office. Ms Yuki Takenaka was professional, prompt, and helpful with our family's specific needs and requests. Our guide Billy was the best part. He was very knowledgeable, punctual, professional, and courteous throughout. You can tell he always strived to make the tour perfect for everyone. The hotels were all very nice and clean. The included meals were plentiful and all well arranged. Sometimes the itinerary seemed rush but in retrospect that allowed us to cover more sites. We highly recommend this particular tour and this tour company. We love Billy!!!!
3/19/2023 - 3/29/2023 / 2023-04-3
Awesome, amazing , perfect, everything i could have hoped for. Itinerary was great. We got to see a the things we wanted to see. Hotels were great. The tour guide Kim Kida- she was amazing , energetic, helpful, always smiling, knowledgeable. She is what really really made the trip.
1/2/2023 - 1/12/2023 / 2023-01-17
This was a brilliant tour. Miharu, our guide was super. She was well prepared, knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. It was a full on tour and a fair bit of walking and steps so not ideal for those with a disability. We got to see an awful lot and it was a beautiful time of the year to see Japan in the snow. Highly recommended!!
1/2/2023 - 1/12/2023 / 2023-03-13
We wanted to travel to Japan for our honeymoon and were originally only looking into guided tours due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. We ended up choosing All Japan Tours even after these restrictions were lifted, and couldn't be happier that we did! The convenience of having transportation, hotels, and activities planned out and booked for us was worth the price of the tour, but what really gave this tour its value was our guide, Miharu. She was so friendly and knowledgeable. We loved her sense of humor and her stories helped us to appreciate the richness of Japanese history and culture. She will sometimes joke about her English not being the best, but we found her to be very witty, intelligent, and easy to understand. Some of our favorite things we did include seeing the snow monkeys, meeting a maiko, and exploring the smaller towns like Takayama and Kurashiki. We wished we could have spent more time in some places, but never felt rushed. The bus drivers were also friendly and professional. Of note, there is a lot of walking on this tour that might not be suitable for some travelers. In the case of some of the shrines, like Fushimi Inari and Kotohira-gu, there are many steps to climb, but there is always the option to shop or explore on your own while the rest of the group hikes up. At the ryokan (traditional inn) you will sleep on a futon on the floor. We loved it, but can see how some people might not prefer this. There is also a lot of traditional Japanese food included on the tour, some of which might not be appealing to Westerners. We didn't like everything we ate, but we were happy to get to try it and never went hungry. All Japan Tours went out of their way to accommodate my wife's rare seaweed allergy as well, which really impressed us. Just let them know ahead of time if you have any limitations and they are sure to find a way to help. Overall, we would recommend Miharu and All Japan Tours to anyone interested in a thorough Japan experience. We had a great time and learned a lot. We hope to visit Hokkaido next time!
11/16/2019-11/26/2019 / December 2, 2019
Excellent tour. Eveything was very well planned out and allowed me and my brother see so much of Japan. Extremely happy overall. Billy and our bus driver did a superb job! I al looking forward to telling others about this trip and hopefully after a bit of rest I can come to another AJT trip.
Alexander & Victor from Massachusetts
10/26/2019-11/5/2019 / November 8
Mihayru the guide was excellent: informative and funny.
Alan from Washington
10/26/2019-11/5/2019 / November 9
Our tour guide Katsume Meharu and the tour driver Mr. Hirakawa were awesome. Ms Meharu was a wealth of knowledge, great sense of humor, patient and generous. Mr. Hirakawa was humble and patient.
Sharon from Hawaii
10/26/2019-11/5/2019 / November 11
Our guide Miharu and our bus driver were excellent. They were both very patient with our group’s requirements. They worked long days to ensure we had a successful and enjoyable tour.
Christopher & Marilyn from Washington
10/26/2019-11/5/2019 / November 11
The tour was more than I expected, seeing all the different cities of Japan, and experiencing the many different "flavors" of each. I especially enjoyed the many attractions that I was able to see and participate in as well as the many dishes that was offered in the many meals that was part of this tour. Our tour guide Miharu kept us entertained with her knowledge of the many cities and attractions that we visited as well as the many stories that was both said and hilarious and our tour driver, My Hirakawa who was the the "bomb" in driving us everywhere.
Suzel from Hawaii
10/26/2019-11/5/2019 / November 18
I experienced such a magnificent and memorable tour! There were 11 tour members in our group...so ideal and very comfortable on our tour bus! Our hotel accommodations were the best staying at 4 and 5-star hotels as well as the fabulous meals offered. Katsume Miharu, our tour guide, was the best...very informative and knowledgeable about all the cities we visited. She worked hard and went the extra distance to ensure we were well informed of the attraction for the day. Miharu was such a superb expertise in guiding us on a wonderful and unforgettable journey of Japan from Mt. Fuji to Kobe and back to Osaka. She entertained us during our bus trips making them enjoyable and fun with much laughter and freely sharing her humorous experiences and stories. She was ever so generous in sharing with our tour group the many delicious Japanese confections from the different prefectures we visited. Miharu was also very attentive as to our group's desires, wants, and needs. Scallops and Daiso were mentioned. She and Hirakawa- san, our driver, determined where the scallops could be bought at Tsukiji Open Market and, since our travel schedule permitted, Hirakawa-san made a special stop at a similar 100 yen store enroute and our group was given time to do some shopping. Hirakawa-san, our driver, was terrific, quiet and effective...he is the kindest, polite, and most patient individual...he coped daily with loading and unloading our heavy luggage onto and off the back of the bus...and, most of all, he endured the long and extensive distances he needed to travel and got us to our destinations safely and on schedule daily. The highlight of our tour was the last night for dinner when we were extended an exclusive invite to Sakura Garden in Kobe to experience the taste of Kobe beef... such a delight for our tour group to be given this exquisite opportunity...the Kobe beef was superb and outstanding...so tender - the best beef I've ever eaten...thank you, All Japan Tours, for making this experience possible for our tour group. All Japan Tours, thank you for a beautiful Autumn tour of Japan...mata ne (see you again) when I consider your agency in the future for more of Japan! Arigatou, Sharlynn "Shar" Kiyabu from Hawaii
Sharlynn from Hawaii
10/18/2019-10/27/2019 / November 1
I have been on many tours with other operators & I must say this has been the best of all, the tour guide was nothing short of excellent, Miharu Katsume was the complete package when it come to tour guides, knowledgeable, entertaining, funny & very helpful. The hotels we stayed at where all above expectations & the food & sights where all excellent, thank you for the great time.
Shuhao & Graeme from Australia
10/18/2019-10/27/2019 / November 9
Wonderful tour. The bus was very comfortable and the 2 bus drivers we had were excellent. Miharu our second tour guide was outstanding. She was informative, very clear on the timelines, directions and instructions for visiting the multitude of sites we stopped at. We couldn't ask for a better guide and feel very fortunate to have had her as ours for the majority of the trip. The sites were wonderful to visit and we really appreciate the flexibility you gave us to go to Disney Sea on our last tour day. Everything went very smoothly and I am sure Miharu went the extra distance to ensure we got our luggage at the last night hotel. We even got a packed breakfast on our way to DisneySea from the Tobu Levant Tokyo Hotel staff. Again all the communication with your AJT office staff was so clear and helpful. Thank you for such a memorable trip.
Bonnie, David & Lauren from California
10/13/2019-10/22/2019 / November 21
This tour suited us completely. We wanted to see some of the country before making a 4 day visit to our hometown's Japanese sister city for an anniversary celebration. We enjoyed it all--good variety of activities. Our guide provided clear instructions and kept us moving on the busy schedule. She was informative about many aspects of Japanese history and culture in a very entertaining way and looked after our needs and comfort. The hotels and included meals were first class. In addition, when our arrival in Japan was delayed by a typhoon, AJT was very helpful with specific instructions that allowed us to catch up with the group two days late, and then provided documentation we needed to file a travel insurance claim.
Mary & Roger from California
10/7/2019-10/22/2019 / November 1
A wonderfully planned and executed tour by AJT. Miharu, our guide in Japan, made the tour even more special. She was funny, knowledgeable, genuine and caring, a rare combination for any human being. I have never before seen a tour guide who took such care of her group, even pushing the wheelchair of one of the guests on several occasions! In spite of the typhoon, we were steered through the country with no interruption. Our driver who kept us safe for nine long days, was efficient, patient and committed to service. I doubt if we would have enjoyed the tour this much if not for Miharu. Thank you to AJT for all the little details, fantastic hotels, attractions, and activities. Thank you to AJT for your commitment to community events concerning seniors. We strongly recommend AJT if one is considering touring Japan.
Don & Victorine from Canada
10/7/2019-10/22/2019 / November 4
Our all Japan tour guide Ms Katsume Miharu was most remarkable. Her energy, narrative of the locations covered, care for the tour passengers, particularly for the older members was very impressive. Her knowledge of demography of the cities and villages visited, and trending social norms of the country delivered with a sense of humour was outstanding. The driver Mr Uetake was helpful and cheerful too. Our ‘HanaTour-Discover Korea’ Tour guide Mr Jay Back was good, knowledgeable and energetic. He cared for our safety, meals and accommodation well. The driver Mr Lee was helpful and courteous too. We had Ms Jeanie on the last day of the tour on 'South Korea city tour' (due to cancellation of DMZ tour), and she was very caring and energetic, and supported us to inquire the status of our flights from South Korea to Japan during the typhoon 19. Overall we loved our tour, appreciate your selection of tour guides and drivers, accommodation, meals and the well planned itinerary. We felt we were cared for from pick-up at the airport until drop off at the airport/ airport hotel. We wish you all the very best
Don & Shyamalie from Australia
9/20/2019-9/29/2019 / October 1
Ai was our tour guide and she is very knowledgeable about the region, history, culture. I enjoyed her sense of humor too. She was a wonderful tour guide! I would highly recommend Ai Orikane. Another big plus was our small group of 11 ppl. This made all the difference. I enjoyed the ppl in our small group!
Maria from Seattle
9/15/2019-9/24/2019 / October 4
Ai was a very competent and interesting guide. Her knowledge of the sights visited was exceptional. Her caring attitude and organization abilities at very short notice was of the highest standard. Our Driver who was a very good driver was also very caring to my wife's inability to walk long distances and climb stairs. He went so far as to buy a wheelchair for her so that she was able to enjoy the tour and not miss out on sights that would otherwise be out of her ability to view. An exceptional team who went out of their way to uphold the very high standards to be expected from All Japan Tours. The company should be very proud to have these two employees represent them. The only negative observation would be that apart from the Wagyu Beef dinner there were too many cook your own meals. While this may be the norm for the Japanese, many other nationalities would not find this comfortable, although I appreciate that the Tour is an introduction to Japanese culture.
Robert & Carol from California
8/16/2019-8/25/2019 / September 7
Everything was excellent and Miharu was an excellent guide. The company was fabulous when we found out our flights were changed due to a typhoon. They worked with us to help us figure out a different hotel and travel plan. Then, when our flights were changed again, they helped us from the airport with getting a new hotel. The customer service was outstanding.
Daniel, Jennifer & Molly from Massachusetts
8/11/2019 - 8/20/2019 / July 7th, 2021
I was one of the best tours that we have experienced and our tour guide Miharu was the best - always avaialble and keen to show us the best things. Congratulations on the great program - we hope that we can go back to Japan again.
Ana & Nicole from Portugal
8/8/2019-8/18/2019 / August 26, 2019
This was a great trip. I rate this trip as one of the best. All the hotels were excellent( clean, friendly and excellent service, good food). The bus driver was a good driver, the tour guide was friendly and helpful. Quick response staff. I would be glad to recommend this Tour Company to anyone.
Pieteria & Marietha from Indonesia
7/6/2019-7/15/2019 / July 17, 2019
Billy was excellent in all ways. He made the trip.
Gregory & Karen from Colorado
7/6/2019-7/15/2019 / August 14, 2019
Our tour guide was awesome he was very helpful and made sure we had what we needed. Gave us suggestions on food places and translated with store when needed. He made the trip for us.
John & Sandra from California
6/23/2019-7/2/2019 / July 8, 2019
Aseem, Amita & Rahul from Virginia
6/23/2019-7/2/2019 / July 8, 2019
We enjoyed this tour very much, which covered many interesting places not only in big cities of Japan, but also other rather smaller cities. The highlight of the tour was for us our guide Billy-San, who made so much effort in making us feel comfortable. We are quite satisfied about the tour and would recommend it to people who are interested in Japan.
Bernd & Ezgi from Germany
6/23/2019-7/2/2019 / July 17, 2019
Great tour. We spent a really good time in Japan, since it covered a lot of places. Our guide Billy was fantastic and everything was just right.
Magda, Guinot & Lauren from Florida
6/7/2019-6/16/2019 / June 20, 2019
My husband and grandson traveled with me through Japan this June, beginning with a 4 day independent tour that AJT arranged for us, beginning June 4. We then joined a group tour for the remainder of our time in Japan - June 8 through June 16. All arrangements were superb, with great care given to the places we wanted to visit, and with guides and a driver who were very well-versed in all things Japanese and ensuring comfort and the best use of our time while in Japan. During the independent portion of our tour, we were met by a different guide each day who led us through the highlights of that day's city, and always conferred with us on what was most important for us to experience. The group tour, led by guide extraordinaire Billy, covered an expansive portion of Honshu island, with great care given to unusual and off-the-beaten path sites that were a joy to experience. We were fortunate to see many sides of Japan -- high-volume population city sights, extraordinary shrines and temples, some of the most beautiful castles and gardens, important museums and historical sites, and traveling through Honshu with our comfortable and expertly driven bus that allowed seeing the countryside between tour stops. It was an unforgettable trip!
Donna, Christopher & Max from Colorado
6/2/2019-6/11/2019 / June 13, 2019
Billy did an awesome job and was very informative about sites!
Lonnie & Damian from Alabama
6/2/2019-6/11/2019 / June 17, 2019
Thank-you so much for an absolutely wonderful trip! Everything was wonderfully arranged to maximize the sights and experiences. The hotels were excellent. And our guide, Billy, did an amazing job keeping 20+ people on track, while also keeping up a very interesting and helpful commentary during the trip. I will definitely be recommending AJT to anybody planning to travel to Japan!
Bernadette from South Africa
5/19/2019-5/29/2019 / June 13, 2019
Our guide, Hiroko was excellent. Very knowledgeable and made the trip so enjoyable. She always explained where and what we were going to visit. So caring and considerate of everyone on the trip. There were 23 of us.
June & Jarrett from California
5/17/2019-5/26/2019 / May 30, 2019
My husband and I could have not been more pleased with our experience with All Japan Tours! Our tour guide, Miharu-san truly did an exceptional job. You could tell she was passionate about her country, and her eagerness to share that knowledge with her group. She would spend hours every night making sure she was well prepared for the next day, and to make sure everything went smoothly. There was never a wait of any kind. The tour ran like clockwork. The accommodations and food were excellent. My husband and I took the 10 day Best of Japan tour, and pretty much saw everything Japan has to offer. Keep in mind, the tours last all day. There wasn't much down time at the end of the day. If we had to do it again, we would add a few extra days at the end so we could explore on our own. Other than that, it was fantastic. We would also like to give thanks to our bus driver, Hitoshi-san. He is still learning English, but he was so sweet and kind. He took such great care of us. We would highly recommend All Japan Tours to our friends and family!
Brian & Jillian from Maryland
5/11/2019-5/21/2019 / June 1, 2019
Well organized and enjoyed the many cultural activities and tour guide insights about Japan
Graceann & Morton from New York
5/11/2019-5/21/2019 / June 2, 2019
Very nice tour with great guides and drivers. Liked the three days in Kyoto. My favorite city in Japan! Only thing I didn't enjoy was the shopping stop in Osaka.
Robert from Kansas
4/1/2019-4/10/2019 / April 19, 2019
Mohan & Nandita from India
3/31/2019-4/10/2019 / April 20, 2019
Great tour with beautiful sceneries, well organized and great guide.
Josee & Rickey from Canada
3/31/2019-4/10/2019 / April 20, 2019
All Japan Tours was the best tour I have ever taken. Billy was very knowledgeable and made sure the tour ran smoothly. The accommodations were excellent and all of the provided meals were delicious. Thus tour was a very memorable experience.
Robert, Charles, Janet & Merrilee from California
3/31/2019-4/10/2019 / April 22, 2019
We had a wonderful holiday,Japan is really amazing and every day of the tour we saw something new and interesting. Hotels were better than expected,the itinerary included almost all must see we have read about,even the weather was the best we could expect.
Paul & Marilena from Romania
3/24/2019-4/3/2019 / April 4, 2019
BILLY IS AWESOME- VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND VERY DOWN TO EARTH! NO DULL MOMENTS! HOPE HE CAN BE OUR TOUR GUIDE AGAIN IN THE FUTURE! WE DEFINITELY WILL COME BACK TO JAPAN... Jorge, Vivian and Sophia
Vivian, Jorge & Sophi from Florida
3/24/2019-4/3/2019 / April 10, 2019
Mr. Ernesto Filoteo Revita Jr. & Mrs. Norma Malonzo Revita
1/3/2019 - 1/13/2019 / January 1, 2019
We absolutely loved this tour, being immersed in the culture, sights and experiences of Japan was wonderful. We can’t thanks our guide Suzuki enough for his genuine care and interest in making sure we got the most out of our tour and sharing his extensive knowledge and experience of his home country with us. It made for a trip of a lifetime. Our driver was also so courteous and caring and made sure he did everything he could to make our tour as safe and comfortable as possible.
Heather, Lucia & Michael from Australia
11/23/2018 - 12/2/2018 / December 6, 2018
We had the most amazing trip to Japan thanks to All Japan Tours. We did the Reverse Autumn Tour and the fall colors did not disappoint. Both of our guides, Suzuki san and Billy san were great. They were both very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Both made sure everyone on the tour was accommodated appropriately. For example, once Billy san knew I would need a fork rather than chopsticks he made sure one was provided at every meal without any prompting. Billy san also did a great job of coordinating our visits to the attractions in the best order to ensure we would have ample time to explore. The meals provided via the tour were absolutely amazing. Hotels were great too. I would highly recommend All Japan Tours to anyone. My husband and I are already thinking about planning another tour.
Randi & Kelly from Washington
11/7/2018 - 11/17/2018 / January 8, 2019
Very professionally done!
Brigitte & Stephan from Swiss
10/27/2018 - 11/6/2018 / November 7, 2018
The fall leaves tour was fantastic! Our guide, (Kim Kida) was so knowledgeable about the history of each place we visited. She was so pleasant and patient during our time with her. We had plenty of time to wonder around on our own at each place too. Our driver (Jiro Fukui) was tremendous too. He was so kind and caring. We would definitely request them both in our future trips to Japan.
Nicholas & Akane from Virginia
10/27/2018 - 11/6/2018 / November 16, 2018
Just when I thought I couldn’t be more surprised and pleased,we experienced another wonderful discovery!
John & Saralynn from New York
10/14/2018 - 10/23/2018 / October 26, 2018
We were very lucky with the weather all 10 days and our guide, Kim was very nice and have a good knowledge of Japan history. She was very caring person and dependable. We were all blessed with this wonderful trip. The traditional Japanese foods were excellent and enjoyed it very much. I would recommend everyone in the world to visit Japanese traditional beauty places. I like to thank your company for a good plan of the trip and thanks for providing us a good guide.
Masayo from Nevada
10/14/2018 - 10/23/2018 / October 26, 2018
Luckily it was a small group (20) and it made getting to know each other very easy. Of course it being a friendly group was a plus. Our guide, Kim was wonderful and very helpful in all matters. There were times I wish she had a voice enhancement device as it was times hard to hear her in crowded venues. I also wish she had been able to hold up on talking about what we were seeing until all were able to reach her whenever she stopped. The food was very good as were the hotels.
Samuel from New Jersey
10/14/2018 - 10/23/2018 / October 27, 2018
Kim was excellent. Our first bus driver was excellent. Our second bus driver - for the last 3 days - was not very good. He did not use a GPS and he seemed unfamiliar with the drive. The food was great and all the sightseeing was fun and cultural. Nice selection of hotels. Everything was very good except the second bus driver.
Virginia from Arizona
10/14/2018 - 10/23/2018 / October 27, 2018
The tour was well organised and ran according to the itenary. Kim the tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered any questions raised by the group. She was kind , considerate, and very helpful She was always smiling and obliging. We were very happy to have her as our tour guide as she took extra effort to see to our well being.
Muttyah & Santhadevi from UK
10/14/2018 - 10/23/2018 / November 19, 2018
This tour allowed us to see so many different places in Japan in a relatively short period of time. There was a good balance between time in the bus on the road and time out of the bus. Naturally, we made stops at places we would have loved to have spent more time at but now these are places we can go back to again. All of the historical stops, hotels, restaurants and shopping were super. And our tour guide Kim Kido was the best. She was so informative and she was great about sharing information about the people and real life in Japan. You are very lucky to have her.
Wedemeyer & Deborah from Texas
9/21/2018 - 9/30/2018 / October 14, 2018
My group of 5 returned from our trip in Japan doing the Best of Japan (reverse) tour on September 21st to the 28th. All Japan Tours not only made vacation in Japan amazing, they have amazing customer service and communication. The tour guides, Kim and Billy, were helpful and knowledgeable about both things on and off the tour. We always had an answer from them about any questions we had. They even helped us with some things off the tour as we stayed an extra 4 days after it ended. My husband and I are already planning to go back to Japan and will 100% be using AJT again. Dont let the price sway you. For what we paid, it was worth it. The hotels were always top notch and the events for each day had us in awe and kept our excitement going. Our driver Tahara was also courteous and amazing.
Deeja & family from Ohio
9/16/2018 - 9/25/2018 / September 28, 2018
Happy that a lot of sites were included. The temples, the bullet train ride, the onsen spa bath, Mt Fuji etc. We felt as if we had seen all the important parts of Japan.
Noel & Jacqueline from New York
9/2/2018 - 9/11/2018 / October 1, 2018
Billy is an amazing tour guide! He explained the culture, was able to assist in everything we asked, helped my proposed to my now fiancé. Would definitely recommend him as a tour guide!
Robert & Larkyna from Massachusetts
7/27/2018 - 8/5/2018 / August 15, 2018
EXCELLENT TOUR!!!!!! My guide, Ms. Katsume Miharu was an excellent guide. To be honest I think she is the one that made this tour so exceptional. Miharu was knowledgeable, professional and very funny. She has given me an excellent insight of the rich history, culture and the customs of the Japanese people. She was very professional and handled a very difficult customer with such ease and grace. She is one top notch tour guide. I plan to go back to Japan with my husband and I am definitely going to request for Miharu.
Ms. Hannah & Ms. Nellie from New Jersey
4/13/2018 - 4/23/2018 / April 26th, 2018
My niece and I really enjoyed our tour guide, Billy.
Shonna & Rebecca from California
4/13/2018 - 4/22/2018 / May 17th, 2018
The tour covered a large area of Japan and flowed smoothly. The two cooking lessons (okonomiyake and sushi) were fun and highly enjoyable. Our guide Billy- san was amazing, taking time to answer individual questions in a large group, very knowledgeable and friendly. He would tell us stories on the bus to while away the traveling time, but he also knew when we needed quiet time. Japan is a wonderful country with so much to do - this tour was an excellent introduction to its culture.
Jonathan & Juliana from California
4/2/2018 - 4/11/2018 / April 27th, 2018
Judith & Deron from Maryland
3/26/2018 - 4/4/2018 / April 9th, 2018
Our guide was fantastic (Kim Kida) and her history and story telling skills were wonderful. The tour was not just a visit to temples /shrines and gardens, but a cultural enlightment. Being a vegetarian, I was very appreciative of the care that Kim took to make sure I got great food. Good, safe drivers - Uetake and Takahashi.
Ms. Patricia Lee Propst from Colorado
9/17/2017-10/1/2017 / September 28th, 2017
Only two things would have made the tour better: 1. A listening device that would allow the guides comments to be heard without having to be right beside her and 2. A larger bus with more luggage storage space. Kida Kim did a wonderful job and has the right personality to make everyone feel comfortable and important.
Mrs. Davey & Mr. Jerry Duane Pollit
4/10/2017 - 4/19/2017 / April 25th, 2017
We had a great time on the Tour. Our two tour guides Miharu and Kenichi "Henry" were well informed and interesting.
Yoshimoto family from California
10/18/2016 - 10/28/2016 / February 9th, 2017
I recently spoke to an employee in your USA
department regarding my husband and my
interaction with a tour guide in Japan.She
reassured me that this email would be
forwarded to your Tokyo office.
I am writing in strong praise and recommendation of your Tour Guide Billy Hayashi. We toured with him October18-28. We landed in Tokyo (Narita) where Billy met us promptly on landing. The next day we proceeded on our trip which included Kyoto,Osaka, Hiroshima, Shikoku, then returning to Osaka for our return to the USA. .
The travel was easy and accommodations excellent. .
My husband is Japanese American, very knowledgable about the culture and history and speaks and understands a moderate amount of Japanese. I went on this trip to fulfill his desire to show me Japan. .
The tour and activities were excellent. My husband listened to other guides in groups nearby ours and told me that Billy provided more information than the others. .
Billy apparently is gifted in his English skills. HIs rapid understanding, response and sense of humor indicated to me that he “thinks in English”. He represents your company in a way that should be recognized and valued! .
My feelings before the tour were that I was going on the tour to please my husband. This was such a rich experience that I now tell my husband “ I want to go back to Japan”,and we hope to! .
Thank you and thank you to Billy for this memorable experience!
Tetsuo & Terry from California
10/16/2016 - 10/25/2016 / January 3rd, 2017
Four members of our family decided on the
Japan Tour Autumn 2016. We joined the tour a
day late (10/17/16 to 10/25/16) not knowing
what to expect. Our experience was one-of-a-
lifetime. We are STILL talking about Billy
(Masao Hayashi-san). He made the tour
unbelievably special. He gifted us with a lifetime
of memories of Japan. Most importantly he is a
really unique human being. Genuine, kind,
caring with great discernment when it comes to
people. Something that can't be taught. He
shepherds people gently, he somehow makes
every person feel special and looked after. He
goes out of his way for others. Our driver
Uetake-san was an expert driver and expert
with directions. There were no delays or turn-
arounds the whole trip from Tokyo to Osaka and
in-between no matter the windy roads, narrow
residential streets, busy traffic.
Everyone on the tour could tell Billy likes what he's doing and loves Japan. He would add personal insight to our daily upcoming stops. He prepared us well on every aspect of our travels (e.g. manners, garbage, restroom stops, which side of the street and escalators to walk/stand on). All of these things contributed to a stress- free tour, enabling us to totally enjoy our fellow tour companions and Japan. Billy's enthusiasm was contagious throughout our travels even though this is his job, and we were aware that he doesn't get home often. In addition to all of the knowledge, appreciation and memories we took away from our trip... we also have new appreciation for Mr. Donut, MOS burgers, Yoshinoya Beef Bowl to name a few, thanks to Billy!
THE TAKATA FAMILY
10/16/2016 - 10/25/2016 / November 28th, 2016
We took a lot of time researching tours in Japan and kept going back to what we found from All Japan Tours - there just wasn't anything that allowed us to see so much in just over a week and for the price that they offered. The Best of Japan Autumn Tour was absolutely fantastic! From being picked up at the airport by our guide to the accommodations, to the attractions, to the food, this trip could not have been better. We consider ourselves VERY lucky to have had Billy-san as our guide! Billy-san cares about his guests, he herds cats like no one else could, he's funny, and he's incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Billy-san was very sensitive to dietary restrictions and allergies and that was very much appreciated! Having a guide like Billy-san definitely made the experience even better than it could have been. While driving between cities, Billy-san passed the time by telling us about the Japanese culture, the Japanese people and the history of the next attraction. That made time go by very quickly and filled in pieces we would not have received had we tried to tour Japan on our own. Billy-san gave us excellent advice as to what to do and where to go at the end of the tour when we were on our way to Tokyo for a few days. The communication with All Japan Tours was fantastic, from start to finish. They were very responsive and guided us toward where to stay on our last night of the tour so that we were just minutes from the train station. They also guided us as to the best mode of transportation to get us to the airport from Shinjuku, even though we were no longer going to be on their tour. We could not be happier with the experience we had with All Japan Tours and would recommend them to anyone looking for a great tour through Japan.
Paul and Barb Schiola from Denver, Colorado USA
10/23/2015 - 11/1/2015 / November 9th, 2015
We just returned back from our trip. Everything was absolutely amazing:Itinerary, hotels, people in the group, and most important important, Billy-our tour guide. His knowledge,willingness to answer any question, assistance in dealing with unfamiliar food made our trip better, easier and unforgettable. I also would like to share with you some disappointing aspects of the trip - very short and amateur kimono fashion show and no WI-fi and phone and camera chargers at any seat in the bus.
Liliya and Jacob from New York
3/27/2015 - 4/5/2015 / April 16th, 2015
I wanted to tell you that I was very
satisfied with my recent trip to Japan.
"Best of Japan Tour (reverse) Cherry
Blossom Special March 27-April 5, 2015"
Our tour guide "Billie" was excellent. He was extremely helpful at every step of the way. Our hotel accomodations were great. The food and travel trips met all my needs.
I would recommend you in the future. My AAA agent was not familiar with your company and was not sure she should recommend it but it was the only trip available at the time I could go and it met all my other needs. I think she should feel confident in recommending you in the future.
Helen from Florida
8/1/2014 - 8/10/2014 / September 8th, 2014
My husband and I would like to thank all Japan Tours for a lovely Holiday which we enjoyed, We already miss Japan and I know that one day we will come again. Most of all we want to say how wonderful was our tour guide Kim. we just loved her, who was just amazing, helpful and accomadating, and our 5 star bus driverVetoke, he is the best driver. We loved the choice of hotels, every thing was organised, just perfect and professional. It is hard to imagine how anyone could not fall in love with Japan, its culture and its beautyand most of all how people were helpful and obliging. I will recommend ALL JAPAN TOURS to all my friends please give my love to Kim,and when we come again we would like to have Kim as our tour guide. we wish you all well our tour ( Best of Japan Reverse 1st of August to 10th of August )
Sam & Rose from Australia
7/27/2014 - 8/5/2014 / September 2nd, 2014
The tour was wonderful! My husband and I enjoyed our time in Japan immensely and hope to return one day soon, hopefully to see the sakura in full bloom. Kim Kida was an excellent guide - informative, friendly and very helpful in answering our questions. She even went out of her way to show me the Tourist Kimono shop, which I really appreciated (though I loved to wear the kimono, I was so hot! But loving it! ^_^;) The food was wonderful, especially the Kobe beef at the end of our tour. We would happily recommend your service to anyone looking to visit Japan. Thanks also goes to our bus driver, Uetake-san, for driving the long hours across our many destinations - he also seemed quite nice and professional as well.
Tracy and Bryan from Canada
3/23/2014 - 4/1/2014 / April 10th, 2014
Just returned from our trip and wanted to thank Miharu and Miwa-san (our driver) for a wonderful experience. This was my parents first experience traveling abroad and I think we were all a little nervous. Once we joined our group though it was so easy. Miharu took really good care of the whole group and when we had a rainy day she rearranged the itinerary so we did indoor things and we still got to see all the outdoor sights the next day. Since the weather had been cool the cherry blossoms were a little late blooming so Miharu and her whole network of drivers and guides were always communicating so as to “find cherry blossoms”. Many beautiful sights, good hotels (we were three in a room so a little more crowded but no problem), and yummy food. ( I read one of the reviews where someone’s mother wanted to eat natto every morning and that was my mom too.) Yes, you must try the Onsen, there’s lots of walking and steps so for you first timers be prepared and get in shape because they have good ice cream there too. Miharu was great, talked about all kinds of Japanese culture, the old and the very new and made the bus rides pass more quickly and had us laughing all along the way (the black pearls, prime ministers and toilets to name a few:)) Stick close to her and you’ll learn so much ( I hear some of the other company tour guides talking and they were very hard to understand.) She is very accommodating and you can tell she loves her job! AJ tours gets our recommendation!! Thanks.
Kanemaru & Fukuyama family from California
3/23/2014 - 4/1/2014 / April 8th, 2014
I was part of the Cherry Blossom tour beginning 23rd March until the 31st March 2014. I just wanted to drop a quick note of 'Thank you ' to your team for the beautiful, safe and enjoyable experience I had. Miharu was efficient, knowledgeable and always helpful with a smile on her face. The group I was part of, was also a good mix of people from different parts of the world. Everyone was there with an open mind, well, mostly everyone : ) to enjoy, learn and experience Japan. Thanks again, and I would definitely recommend your agency for any travel requirements in Japan.
MaryAnn from Dubai
3/28/2014 - 4/6/2014 / April 8th, 2014
We just finished our reverse cherry blossom tour. Everyone loved Miharu Katsume, our tour guide. Miharu went out of her way to ensure Brian had gluten free meals. We are so grateful and appreciative for that. He was able to enjoy Japanese food without any problems. Also, we had several vegetarians, people with allergies to shell fish, etc...on our tour. Miharu took care of the entire groups dietary needs and ensured the special meals were prepared. Miharu speaks English very well and is so knowledgeable about the places we visited. Most of all, she kept us laughing with her stories. All of our rooms were non-smoking! I know you cannot always guarantee a non-smoking room and it was truly wonderful to have non smoking rooms because of my severe allergy to smoke. The cherry blossoms in Kyoto were in full bloom and at their peak. The gardens were magnificent and the castles and shrines were very impressive. We really enjoyed the tour because we would have had difficulty taking the bus and trains to all the places we visited if we were on our own. All Japan Tours took all the hassle and stress out of our trip. We didn't have to worry about train or bus schedules, or what time the museums opened or closed. We didn't have to buy tickets or worry about lodging and meals. We really enjoyed our night in Atami and the chance to sleep on tatami mat and futon and take in hot Spring Japanese bath. On the long drive back from Mount Fuji, Miharu put the Oscar winning movie Departures on and interpreted the movie for us. We will watch it when we get back to the US with subtitles. Thank you so much for all your help in making this a most memorable vacation. Your extremely prompt replies addressed all our concerns and it was truly wonderful that you wrote an explanation in Japanese of the gluten allergy in details and emailed it to us. We printed this out and presented it to our server so when we had meals on our own, there was no problem in communicating the gluten allergy to the restaurant staff.
Joyce and Brian from Massachusetts
12/22/2013 - 12/31/2013 / January 13th, 2014
We got back to Australia after the Japan tour for more than a week. It was an excellent tour. We were happy with almost all aspects of the tour and the services. (The tour guide and driver were Kim and Nitta).
Son Thai from Australia
5/12/2013 - 5/21/2013 / July 2nd, 2013
I would like to express our gratitude to
All Japan Tours for the wonderful
time my husband and I had on our recent
tour of Japan. We were on the "Best
of Japan Spring Tour" in May and were
well looked after by your wonderful
and informative tour guide Miharu (very
funny lady), and the extended 3
days with Yoshi to Hiroshima. We enjoyed
every day in Japan as the people
are so friendly and the country is
extremely clean no matter where you
go. The scenery in the country areas was
beautiful and the infrastructure
was just amazing. We were astounded by the
bridges and roads. Also your
cities are very clean considering the
population. We had a wonderful group
from a mix of counties and they were all
very friendly. Miharu was always
very entertaining and made the tour a
memorable one for us. The coach drivers
were always very polite and looked after
us with our luggage and the coaches
were very comfortable. We have been on
tours in the UK and Europe and this
tour was well organised and good value for
money. The hotels were excellent
and we enjoyed the meals which were
organised for us as my husband has
an extremely strict diet being a Coeliac
and having to have gluten free
meals. I also have dietary requirements.
We would definitely recommend
your tour company to family and friends
wanting to travel to Japan and
have advised lots of Australians to visit
Japan as it is a must see.
Also a big thank you to Kanea and Kiyoshi for all the communicating by email and phone before the tour. Both of you were very prompt with your replies and very informative which made planning the tour extremely easy. We would love to visit Japan again.
Thank you for the wonderful experience.
Denise & Michael Ryan - Melbourne / Australia
4/8/2013 - 4/17/2013 / April 30th, 2013
I just recently returned from the 'Cherry Blossom tour' and wanted to let you know we had an amazing time on the tour which had so many highlights it felt like much longer than 10 days. The tour guide 'Sia' was informative, very patient and helpful. She made our first trip to Japan a great experience. I can't recall the driver's name but he also did a great job on such long days of driving and getting us through some narrow streets safely and always with a smile. I'm glad we went with your tour company and I'm happy to recommend you to anyone wanting to experience Japan. It was stress free and we were able to experience the country enjoyably. Thank you for making our holiday great. I already want to go back again.
Mr & Mrs Huber from Australia
3/29/2013 - 4/7/2013 / April 11th, 2013
Trust all's well. Wanted to give you an
update on my trip to Japan. My aunts and I
had a lovely time. We enjoyed the warm
caring Japanese hospitality, food, culture
and the sites. I am writing to
particularly appreciate and give our
gratitude to our tour guide Ito-san
Natsuhiko. May be you can pass along this
mesg directly to his tour company in
Ito-san was very accomodating, knowledgeable and above all care for the entire tour bus like his family. He was always enthusiastic to help and make sure everyone on the bus and his tour was having a wonderful time. He went out of his way to serve with gratitude and a smile always. He was always on time and happy to give a helping hand.
All 3 drivers on our trip - Hasigawa-san, and the others were very accomodating, helpful and served with a smile too. They had very long hard days and it really concerned us for their wellbeing as hey were driving more than 12 hr days, however they never let this show. They were happy and grateful to serve us too. It was an incredible experience on how patient and happy they all were.
I really hope you can pass along this mesg not only from my side but from everyone on our bus from this tour as everyone had the same feeling!
Ms Ferzeen from California
3/29/2013 - 4/7/2013 / April 9th, 2013
Thank you very much for the lovely holiday
we enjoyed. It was indeed a very well
organised tour. we saw and did everything
possible only it was too hectic. But your
country is just amazing, beautiful,
pristine but most of all your country men
are full of honesty, integrity and a
virtue so sublime humility. Mr. EtoSan
our guide does need a special mention. He
was courteous , very very in formative,
full of wit and humour and ever so
obliging. His knowledge and his interest
in seeing that every passenger was happy
and well looked after is an art worth
emulating. The food, the hotels the
sightseeing itinerary were planned and
executed to our entire satisfaction. Thank
you so much for the beautiful holiday. I
am all praise for your Company. Thank you.
Roshan & Katy from India
12/23/2012 - 1/1/2013 / Jan 14th, 2013
Happy New Year to you and all the best for
the new year
i would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and Shinsu Travel. it was a very good and memorable trip.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Special credit goes to Kim San. She is real asset to you and Shinsu Travel. She is truly dedicated to her profession and care for the group.
We especially appreciate all the information she has provided us about japan, her people, culture, food and society etc. This provides us an insight to our tour and allows us to appreciate Japan.
Hope we will find another opportunity to return to Japan in the near future.
A big "thank You" to you and your team
Eric from Australia