Extra comfort in transport and accommodation
With a focus on comfort and ease, our Comfort tours deliver the same authentic experience fundamental to any Journey to the East trip but with a few extra creature comforts to make for a more relaxed and supported trip.
Comfort tours showcase the best of Japan and take you to all the must-see sights as well as some special hidden treasures for an insightful introduction to the country’s culture and landscapes.
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Comfort tours suit those travellers who want to experience Japan’s culture and traditions while enjoying a more relaxed pace of travel and staying at premium-level accommodation with western-style amenities. They are appropriate for those who prefer itineraries with more included activities, more organised meals, and less free time.
Comfort tours stay at premium hotels (4 to 5-star). We also choose equivalent-level Japanese-style inns (or ryokan) with private ensuite facilities and western-style beds so that travellers can still enjoy traditional Japanese hospitality and the onsen hot springs experience, but sleep in the familiar comfort at night.
Most meals are included in our Comfort tours. While we include a variety of Japanese food from sashimi-style fish dishes to teppanyaki-style beef so travellers can sample authentic Japanese cuisine, most breakfasts and some lunches and dinners are western-style to give travellers comfort of familiar food. Each of our itineraries specify which meals are included on a daily basis.
Please be aware it is commonly accepted in restaurants (particularly at lunch and dinner) that some raw seafood (sashimi) is included with the meal. It is frequently served as an entree. If you feel you have had your fill of raw seafood it is not offensive to put it aside.
We use a private minivan for intra-city transport and to travel between sights. Public transport (ranging from bullet trains to inter-city express trains) are used to travel between cities. Comfort tour travellers will also be picked up by private vehicle on arrival at the closest international airport or main station to our hotel on the first day of the tour.
Although our Comfort tours are not physically strenuous, travellers need to be comfortable walking within large temple and museum complexes and between transit points. At minimum, travellers will need to walk approximately 1km at any one stretch. Japanese train stations do not always have readily accessible lifts and escalators and travellers should be comfortable going up and down stairs. Our Comfort tours are designed for a relaxed pace of travel, which means that we sometimes base ourselves in one city for 3-4 nights before moving on to the next.
Luggage and Handling
While we use a luggage-forwarding service between cities, travellers need to be able to manage their own luggage within hotels and at transit points. Porter services are not always available in hotels.
Although Comfort tours are designed so that the itinerary comprises fully organised activities and meals, there is some free time built into the itinerary.
Our guides accompany the group on all included activities and meals. As our guides are local experts and residents of the city or region you’re visiting, they do not always accompany the group at night and when it transits between cities.