My tour with this travel company to Japan was spectacular! The focus was on an immersive experience, and I worried this might mean an elimination of classic sights. Since I'd never been to Japan, it was important to me to have both a local experience as well as learn the history and see what "tourists" see.
My reservations were quickly abated, as the tours was a wonderful balance of both. We ate in local restaurants and took public transportation, visited famous temples, and took walking tours through monasteries. One of the most amazing experiences was chanting with Buddhist monks high in the mountains at a traditional Buddhist Monastery in Koyasan, as rain poured down outside adding to the mystical feeling of being out of place and time. Truly spectacular and something I'll never forget.
Our guide, Kozo was amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable and as a local himself, eager to share his culture with all of us. I also very much appreciated having someone who spoke the language along with us.
I felt that I got to experience the whole of Japan, I visited the most prominent cities and also got to see the historic side of the country as well as the religious side. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone, having a guide made the experience easier and much more informative than it would have otherwise probably been. I wouldn't necessarily go back to Japan, not because it wasn't a great place because it was but because I felt that by doing this tour I saw and experienced everything I wanted to and I don't feel there is much more to go back and see, which for me is a positive and shows how good the tour was
I would highly recommend this tour! My one warning would be to say that you will be lugging your suitcase around on public transportation, which can be a bit of a drag. Pack light!