Small group, countryside tours of Japan


What Guests Say

We are leaving this beautiful country today and, although we look forward to being home again, we will miss Japan.

Yesterday we spent a long time in the garden. What an exquisite place! Despite a cloudy and rainy day, the garden glowed with red maples and golden ginkos. It was a perfect ending to our trip.

We are so delighted that we had the pleasure to take your tour. The itinerary was perfect for us, with its balance of cities and countryside, castles and gardens, hotels and the magnificent ryokan.
And you were the perfect guide for us, knowledgeable, funny, insightful. We so enjoyed every minute we spent with you!

Best wishes to you and thanks again for the huge role you played in making this a trip of a lifetime for us. We will never pass a Starbucks or hear the word hobo without thinking of you!

JoAnne and Alex      Upstate New York

My wife and I spent the month of September touring with Gem Tours. This was our first time to Japan and we wanted to get a sense of the country without travelling in a large group. Yoshi provided us with an incredible experience that we could have never matched on our own. He took us from big cities to small villages and always provided the best accommodations in a mix of country inns and upscale hotels. Yoshi was always there for us, extremely attentive, watchful and dependable. Like travelling with a friend, we felt we could talk with him about anything we saw or wondered about. Highly recommended.

J & D Neidhardt       Portland Oregon


I wanted to thank you again for our most enjoyable tour at the cherry blossom time. It was a very educational and friendly introduction to your interesting country, and you took us to so many beautiful places I want to come back to Japan to see more.

M & A Duncan      Sydney Australia


We just returned from our Eight Million Gods Tour with Gem Japan Tours. This was our first tour and the experience was amazing. With just the two of us, we felt like we were getting very personal service and attention. We followed the itinerary and everything was so well planned out. Navigating on our own would have been difficult. The food and lodging was first class. We both loved Japanese food and we were not disappointed with the great food. We have nothing but good memories from our trip.

R & K Buckland        Idaho  USA


We appreciated your tour, Eight Million Gods - It was creme de la creme, a superlative tour which showed us the backroads and less touristy part of Japan. At night we were treated to ryokens with hotsprings and served delicious diverse dinners--a truly exquisite experience. Your knowledge of history gave us a lot of background to understand different periods of Japan. Thank you for sharing yourself and your knowledge.

C. and D. Gandy     Ontario Canada


Judy and I want to thank you again for a memorable vacation. Though we have taken three prior trips to Japan, it would have been impossible for us to have the experience you created with the Eight Million Gods Tour. From the glorious colors of autumn foliage to the warmth of soaking in the onsen, we enjoyed every moment. It is obvious that you have taken great care in the selection of attractions to see and where to stay. Your fund of knowledge about Japan is impressive as is your English vocabulary. We would recommend your tour to anyone who wants to see the "real" Japan.

B. Schindler      San Francisco, California

For my first trip to japan I did an exceptional 2 weeks tour with yoshi as a guide. His charismatic mix of western experience and deep knowledge of the japanese culture and history plus his "cool" sense of humour gave him top marks as an alert, helpful and very likeable guide.

Catherine Gowen      Switzerland

Yoshi was our guide on a tremendous tour through various parts of Japan, he lead us to Kamakura, Hakone, Atami, Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo. This tour was a lifetime experience for us, thanks to Yoshi. He was an excellent planner, everything went exactly according to schedule, he is a strong leader and always had perfect control over the situation. Yoshi has a huge cultural knowledge and he was a passionate explainer. We would like to stress that we had an excellent time with him, due also to his agreable nature, added with a lot of sense of humour. Yoshi has an incredible knowledge of the Japanese culture, together with a strong international background. Therefore he was in a perfect position to pass on some of his knowledge to us as interested tourists. To us, Yoshi was a fine guide that we can only recommend to anyone wanting to do a tour in fascinating Japan.

D & A Spiess          Switzerland


After a quite busy week we just settled down this week-end and were still full of our impressions about our marvelous trip to Japan. We would like to deeply thank you for everything you did to make out of this holiday a extraordinary experience which will still accompany all of us for lasting long years. We appreciated your commitment and your devotion, every detail was organized and all of us found in this trip something to remember in particular.

P & A Sansonetti       Switzerland


Just to tell you how happy and grateful we are with the tour you took us during 2 weeks.
It was fabulous! Has been one of the best trips of our life! And Japan was at its very best with the cherries blossoming everywhere!
We did not change a bit the chosen route. Everything went as planned. It is the result of your experience and your love for your country.
We are beginning to recommend this very special tour.

R & L Mayor            Mexico City

I hope you had a pleasant summer vacation. I want to thank you again for guiding us on our memorable trip. We had a fabulous time!!! ! i count my blessing is small achievements. The girls really found part of themselves that they did not know before.

J. Chang           Toronto  Canada

We spent two weeks on the Thousand Cranes tour in March during the time of the cherry blossoms. We were a family group of 5 ranging in ages from 3 to 68 and we all had a wonderful time. Yoshi is a great guide and he really does take care of everything making our trip stress-free. He was very knowledgeable, charming and patient. By the end of the trip we all considered him to be a good friend. During our stay we got a taste of Japan that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. If you want to experience Japan I would highly recommend this tour and Yoshi.

Pamela & Vikas       Ottawa    Canada

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