Our Japan travel agency worked with us to develop an itinerary that fit our needs and our limited schedule. The result was outstanding! We were able to move at our own speed yet see an amazing amount in the time we had. Our guide for two days was attentive and flexible, modifying our tour on the fly as needed to avoid crowds and see as much as we could. We like to travel as independently as possible. Our agency provided many suggestions, transportation guidance, and accommodations that allowed us move at our own pace. Overall, this was a great travel experience.
The visit to the Moss Garden at the Kokedera Temple was the high point of the trip. This beautiful, unusual garden is a Zen masterpiece. The side trips to Nara and to Miyajima Island near Hiroshima were also very memorable. Our stay the first night at the Ryokan Nissho Besso was most enjoyable. I think we were the only Westerners in the hotel that night.
Since we are not shoppers, I think we would schedule less time in Osaka. However, we made the most of it by spending a delightful morning at the Osaka Castle, an alternative suggested by our travel agency. Otherwise, I would not change anything.
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