We are not serious photographers but more of the snap-and-go type. Nevertheless we took over 1000 photographs. What we were looking for was out-of-the-way sights in Japan not on the mainstream and
more traditional, with a backdrop of autumn colours. This tour considerably exceeded our expectations. From beautiful Himeji Castle to Mt. Aso volcano, and onsen to cooking our own meat in a restaurant over a charcoal flame, we saw some of the best that Japan has to offer.

The hydrofoil side trip overnight to the National Park island of Yakushima with its beautiful waterfalls was particularly memorable. The icing on the cake were the tours of the Shinkansen bullet train maintenance facility, and the TOTO toilet factory and museum.

Julius is a caring and capable tour guide and we feel privileged to have made his acquaintance. We are fitter than we have been at any time in the past ten years. Be prepared to walk! As a couple we are widely travelled, but this tour stands out as probably the best we have ever been on.