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Self-Guided FAQs 

On the site you will find details of each Self-Guided Adventure itinerary. These packages are for independent travel so you will not be with a group and can travel at any time you like. There are no fixed departure dates. Below you will find some common questions we get asked about these trips.

  1. How will we get around Japan without a tour leader?
  2. We would like to add some extras to our trip. What can we add?
  3. What if something goes wrong? Who can we contact?
  4. I like the look of some destinations from one of your Self-Guided itineraries, but also some of those from another itinerary! Can I do both?


How will we get around Japan without a tour leader?

We will provide you with a comprehensive Info-Pack for your trip. This will contain all of the vital information for your trip, including comprehensive transport instructions with bi-lingual timetables, addresses and maps for all of you accommodation, a destination guide to each place you will visit and a huge General Information section covering a wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying a hot-spring bath!

All of our Self-Guided itineraries include a meet-and-greet service on arrival at the airport and most include a day’s private guiding in Tokyo at the start of the trip. These reassuring services will help introduce you to Japan, and will give you extra confidence for traveling the country independently.

Our customers like the flexibility of our Self-Guided trips, allowing you to travel independently, but with the safety net of knowing that your hotel arrangements are taken care of, and knowing when and where you will be getting on your next train!


We would like to add some extras to our trip. What can we add?

We have a set of standard extra elements that can be added to your trip. This includes private guiding services, tickets to sumo wrestling tournaments (depending on tournament schedule) and a range of fascinating geisha experiences in Kyoto. If you have a particular interest of activity in mind that you would like to experience in Japan, just let us know.


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What if something goes wrong? Who can we contact?

Throughout your trip you will have the support of English-speaking staff at our Japan office in Nagoya. Our Japan office will have full details of your trip itinerary and are only a phone call away in the unlikely event that you should have any problems while you are in Japan.


I like the look of some destinations from one of your Self-Guided itineraries, but also some of those from another itinerary! Can I do both?

Our Fully Tailored Trips are built specifically around the destinations that you wish to visit during your time in Japan, so providing the transport links are there, we can make it possible! Take a look at the details of our Fully Tailored Trips.

Inside Japan Tours - Independent British Travel Awards 2011 - Best Tour Operator To East and Central Asia
The Guardian, The Observer - Travel Awards 2010 Winner - Best tour operator (small)
Inside Japan Tours - Silver at the British Travel Awards 2009