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Discovery of Japan

Postby g_traveller_7657cae2 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:57 am

Hi!
In am intersted in the trip "Discovery Japan" in october 2018 ( no hike to Fiji) and have some questions:
To what extent the trip is physically demanding ?
To what extent is the problem with hauling of bags on crowded trains or up and down stairs ?
Is there the option of SAME day luggage transfer between hotels?
Thank you very much
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Re: Discovery of Japan

Postby sw22488 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:09 pm

Hi,

Hopefully I can answer a few of your questions. I took the Japan Express tour in 2014 and am taking the Backroads of Japan tour next month, so I've been (or will go) to many of the same locations included in your itinerary.

Since you are not doing the Mt. Fuji hike, you will mostly just be walking or climbing stairs, but nothing too strenuous. Just make sure you bring a good pair of shoes. Also, Japan Guide has a pretty good list of hiking areas and how physically demanding they are, so that may help to give you a better idea of what is in store. (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2427.html)

You will most definitely be carrying your bag through the train stations and onto trains quite often, so I would recommend against a huge wheeled suitcase. I would suggest a backpack, duffel bag, or one that has hideaway backpack straps. This is the one I use, and it was perfect in Japan: http://www.patagonia.ca/product/headway ... 48765.html

The luggage forwarding service is fantastic in Japan, but it is usually delivered by the next business day at the earliest. Realistically, it is best that you pack as minimally as possible and make sure that you can carry your own bags (no one will do it for you). However, when you are staying in a ryokan (or temple), your CEO will take care of organizing a transfer, and you will just take your overnight bag to the ryokan. When you get to the next hotel, your luggage will be waiting for you. If you are still seriously considering using this service outside of the planned transfers, you can find more information here: https://www.jnto.org.au/questions/bagga ... d-storage/

I hope that helps, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to pack lightly. If you left something out and realize you desperately need it, you should have no problem finding it in Japan. As the saying goes, "When in doubt, leave it out".
Best of luck!
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Re: Discovery of Japan

Postby g_traveller_7657cae2 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:48 pm

Thank you so much for your advice.now the matter is much more clear
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