My favorite SGT — HyperJapan, JPop and Go


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Overlaying 5 unbelievable locations in ten nights, this fast-paced tour will introduce you to a few of Japan’s most vital popular culture. Dates are nonetheless out there; e book now.

What makes an awesome tour? Is it the locations visited, the individuals you meet, the meals you eat? A combination of those three and you realize you’re in for a deal with.

On this version of ‘My Favorite Small Group Tour’ we caught up with Fergal, considered one of our tour chief consultants, who ran three of his fave excursions — HyperJapan, JPop and Go — in 2023.

Why is HyperJapan, JPop and Go your favorite?

Fairly merely, I discovered the tour to be totally pleasurable, each for the purchasers and for me as a tour chief!

It’s additionally a simple tour for me to steer, for just a few causes:

  • I really like historical past — Japan is filled with so many thrilling historic details, with a wealthy and diversified tradition. I’m at all times studying new issues.
  • I’m a samurai fan — the birthplace of the ronin makes for a really gripping place to go to, and study extra concerning the traditions which have formed Japan for generations.
  • I really like anime! — the HyperJapan, JPop and Go tour actually leans into Japan’s obsession with its personal type of animation. Having a love for it makes it really easy to speak passionately with our purchasers.

What’s your favorite vacation spot on tour?

My favorite vacation spot is Osaka!  The Tate-do (stage model sword-fighting) expertise is at all times improbable, adopted by the joy of Dotonburi — suppose scrumptious meals and engaging tradition. It’s a profitable combo that everybody at all times enjoys.

Want some peace and quiet to replicate on all of the enjoyable you’re having? I believe the guided zazen meditation expertise is the right complement to the hustle and bustle of the remainder of the tour.

The place do you like to go to eat?

In Kyoto — Wagyu Yakinku Toku for among the finest Wagyu beef you’ll ever have. Mainly, the cows are reared within the least demanding surroundings potential — surrounded by the mountains of Shinshu, the meat right here is next-level tender. All loved with views over the Kamo River. Not one for vegans, sadly!

In Hiroshima — Honke Soncho no Mise. A tremendous place to get well-fed, sit and watch the knowledgeable preparation from the cooks, and style quite a lot of attention-grabbing dishes. Who thought cabbage and noodles could possibly be so attention-grabbing?

What are your favorite motels on the tour?

In Osaka — Resort Vista Osaka Nanba is a good location for sightseeing.  The employees are at all times very useful/pleasant.

In Kanagawa — the Fuji Visitor Home Hakone has actually caring employees and in a good looking spot. Oh and there are non-public scorching baths, which at all times goes down effectively with purchasers.

Give me some good nightspots on the tour?

Close to Dotonburi, there are a variety of small whisky bars which might be seemingly by no means busy, and don’t are inclined to have international crowds. For purchasers who need that ‘genuine’ consuming expertise, I’ve at all times had constructive suggestions. The perfect two bar’s to go to are Bar N and Bar Selection.

What’s nice a few small group tour?

There are such a lot of the explanation why I like to recommend taking a small group tour. Firstly, the organised itinerary by our workforce, means you’re getting a great deal of experience packaged right into a ten-day journey, delivered with actual hands-on care from our insiders.

With a small group, you possibly can expertise quite a lot of Japan comfortably, go to eating places/spots that will usually be troublesome, all whereas having an insider readily available who will translate for you, make the journey clean, and likewise clarify about Japanese tradition and all the things you see on the way in which.

Ask me about…

I really like music, films, tradition, historical past, and linguistics. I typically discuss to purchasers about these matters, typically at nice size!

I’m at all times versatile to what our travellers wish to learn about or do. I can suppose on my toes in case there are particular requests or if one thing unpredictable occurs. I’m actually pleasant, and love constructing rapport; by the tip of the journey, I hope everyone seems to be nice pals!

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