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A varied itinerary, well organised, with good accommodation and an excellent guide – what more can you need from a tour company and a tour? Dragonfly Tours Japan and the Kyushu Gateway tour had them all – and good travelling companions too. A big thank you to Russ for arranging it and to Kaori for being our guide. I thoroughly recommend the company to anyone considering a first visit to Japan or to someone making a return visit.
Roger Fairholm
United Kingdom
Kyushu Gateway Tour
We have been back from our trip to Japan for a while now and the memories are as vivid as ever. We had a brilliant time and it was definitely one of our best-ever holidays. This was, in no small part, due to you and your company. We loved the fact the trip was well-planned and efficient, but at the same time, really good fun! Although Gordon and I did everything on the tour, it worked really well that people could choose to opt out of activities. Japan is clearly a fascinating country and your knowledge of life there made all the difference to what we absorbed while on the tour. It’s the only country I can think of where the super-modern and very traditional exist without any seeming contradiction. Our guide Katy-san was superb. She worked so hard for us and coped with the unexpected so pleasantly. I learned a lot about Japan with her, especially the philosophy of Shinto. She is a genuinely nice person who made each day a delight. Japanese food was a revelation as like many, although I liked sushi, I thought that was basically it. I was amazed at the range of food, how good it was and how inexpensive. The breakfast at the Dormy Inn, in particular, was outstanding and I doubt I will ever come across pickled burdock anywhere else! Travelling by train and bus was key to the experience, as you felt part of what was going on, instead of looking out of a coach window. And finally, the Japanese school-children we met who wanted to practice their English, especially at Hiroshima, were delightful. I would thoroughly recommend your trips as the best way to experience Japan and wish you every success!
Libby Bernard
UK
Heartland Tour
Just to say again: what a wonderful trip we had on September's 'Ancient Highway' tour! We did so much, and in such a short space of time: lots of the classic sights, plus lots of the moments that make holidays and really stay in the mind - a glorious swim at Miyajima (and feeding the bossy deer that walk the streets there), and a lakeside sake picnic while waiting for a bus, and walking down the Highway itself, in the shade of enormous cedars..... And all the practical bits - train tickets, hotel bookings, luggage forwarding (genius, that) - worked so seamlessly, we didn't have to worry about anything. Actually, you got us so confident with the transport system that, after the tour ended, I successfully did a side trip to Yokohama and back *on my own*! Wow.
Anna Pollard
Kingston-upon-Thames, UK
Ancient Highway Tour
I consider myself fortunate to have had such great travelling companions and tour guide. It was quite the experience, thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating! (You can quote me!)
Ulo Nurmsoo
Canada
Ancient Highway Tour
It is close to a year since I enjoyed the magic of Japan and the exceptional hospitality of Dragonfly Tours, the fact that this experience remains fresh in my memory is due to Mamia (our guide) and the small size of the group. Great flexibility in daily extras was always discussed during the evening meal, which in itself is a fantastic event. Highlights of the tour are too many to mention (as corny as that sounds), but true. I have travelled quite extensively and if I should decide to return to Japan, which is most likely I will be doing it with Dragonfly Tours, who remain firmly in my favourites. Well done to you all.
Simon and Mary
UK
Crimson Leaf Tour
It is close to a year since I enjoyed the magic of Japan and the exceptional hospitality of Dragonfly Tours, the fact that this experience remains fresh in my memory is due to Mamia (our guide) and the small size of the group. Great flexibility in daily extras was always discussed during the evening meal, which in itself is a fantastic event. Highlights of the tour are too many to mention (as corny as that sounds), but true. I have travelled quite extensively and if I should decide to return to Japan, which is most likely I will be doing it with Dragonfly Tours, who remain firmly in my favourites. Well done to you all.
Simon and Mary
UK
Cherry Blossom Tour
We just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed the Heartland Tour we did with Dragonfly Tours recently. The tour went amazingly well, and we particularly enjoyed the diversity of sights and activities covering all things Japanese. Kaori was invaluable helping us get around and get fed and was really great fun! A real credit to her country and to Dragonfly. People were friendly and our tour group were brilliant to travel with and we have some new memories which we will cherish forever. All the best to you and your family, hopefully we can come back one day! Enjoy the hobnobs! Bettina and Richy 
Bettina and Richy
UK
Heartland Tour
Firstly, please accept our apologies for the immense delay in getting our review to you. Our time in Japan was truly amazing, and we have recommended it to so many others. Here is what we wanted to say about the Heartland tour: "My wife and I booked the ‘Heartland tour’ through Dragonfly tours. We also wanted to visit Hakone during our visit to Japan. Russ was very helpful during the planning phase particularly with options for our stay in Hakone. My wife contacted Russ via the Dragonfly website - communication was swift and Russ answered all our questions. When we arrived in Tokyo, Russ was there to meet us at the airport (Haneda) and guide us to our hotel. As we’d arrived early in the morning he gave us a list if things that we could do, and then instructions to meet the rest of the group that evening for our first dinner. It was a lovely train ride with Russ, getting to know him better. That evening we met up with our guide Kaori (totally out of this world!). During the tour she gave us an insight into the current but also historic life in all the areas we visited. She was excellent in organising the group, giving us tips on where to eat and drink and generally fun. We really appreciated that the tour uses local transportation methods - trains, bullet trains, metro & bus. So much nicer and exciting than sitting in a 'standard' tour bus. Each area had it's different highlights and so it is difficult to say what we loved the most. But a few things that stand out are: Geisha district in Kyoto with free time for my wife to take photos - we stumbled upon 2 Geisha going for a stroll in the park; the amazing way the Japanese people have re-built Hiroshima and learning about the paper cranes; walking through the Okunoin Graveyard - so beautiful, peaceful and a great time to reflect; and strolling through Tokyo at night - the lights, people, sounds, smells - a pleasant assault on all the senses. There was plenty to do and see and we felt nicely immersed in Japanese culture without being overwhelmed. There was an excellent balance of tours and rest/ free time. We were fortunate to get some great views of Mount Fuji from the bullet train, and again during our tour extension in Hakone. In the build up to the tour Russ posted us a personalised tour booklet with an in-depth itinerary and helpful tips for visitors to Japan - so exciting! We have kept this as part of mementos of our time there. We cannot praise the tour highly enough and would highly recommend this tour company." Thank you once again for a fabulous holiday. Keep well, and best wishes to you and your family. Anju & Neetul
Anju & Neetul
UK
Heartland Tour
Our Heartland tour of Japan with Russ was one of the best vacations we've ever taken. We learned so much about Japan and saw more than we ever expected. If we return to Japan we will take another tour with Dragonfly tours (and Russ).
Diane Corbett
USA
Heartland Tour
As for publishable comments it is quite simple. There should always be a "secret ingredient" in every holiday to make it magic and you, Russ, were it. Dragonfly were a great group to go with because we saw the insiders point of view and you were so helpful right from the word go. Every success to you.
Peter M.
England
Takayama Tour

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