My husband and I had a wonderful trip to Japan. During the pre-trip stage, an excellent Japan expert, Laura, helped me in shaping the itinerary and making decisions about what to see and do. With the help of the Japanese office, the train schedule, guides and hotels were selected. Before we left on our trip we received city guides, general information for visiting Japan and our final itinerary to follow every step of the way. While in Japan we had access to the agents at our travel company's partner in Japan, for any questions or travel changes. Everyone returned my call or email even on the weekend.
This travel company is an excellent travel service company. We were very satisfied with the supeior guides who provided great insight into the culture and people of Japan. The hotels in each city were extremely comfortable. All had concierge service that helped us on a daily basis. I would highly recommend this company to anyone seeking a customized journey to Japan.
Walking the streets of each city whether in Tokyo or Kyoto familiarized us with contemporary Japanese life.Highlights of the trip: kabuki theater in Tokyo; Katsura Villa in Kyoto; the bamboo forest in Arashiyama; visiting Kanazawa and touring the 17th century samurai and geisha districts as well as observing the gold leaf craft in a local shop; the landscape and art on Naoshima; the somber Peace Museum in Hiroshima and the awesome Todaiji Temple and giant Buddha in Nara.....and last but not least, the food- from a simple bowl of ramen to the elegant kaiseki meal- everything was delicious!
If I took my trip again there is little I would do differently. We wanted a broad view of the country so we hopped on several trains (which were amazing journeys) to visit 8 places in 17 days. We experienced the rural countryside, islands and urban centers, large and small. This broad journey gave us multiple views of Japan old and new.
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