Numbers on tour, cash, packing and laundry
We are taking the Essence of Japan tour on May 11, 2020 and I was hoping to get a few questions answered. First, just out of curiosity, approximately how many people take the "classic" tour? I'm asking to get an idea of how many of us will be at meal reservations, bus/train trips, etc. Second, what's a realistic amount of cash (yens) to bring. I've read that most merchants prefer cash and I'm not sure how much of an "allowance" (if any) Tauck will provide as they have done on river cruises when we've travelled before. Third, in the "need to know" section, it refers to only having access to an overnight bag for two nights of the journey. Is that per person as I'm assuming? Finally, the trip is roughly two weeks and we are advised to pack light. Any suggestions on how to follow this directive and still have clean socks and underwear? I apologize for the extent of my ignorance but this is the quintessential 'trip of a lifetime' and I'd like to be as well-prepared as possible.
Thanks very much, Kim Gridley