This company planned an excellent honeymoon in Japan for us! Our agent listened to everything we wanted out of the trip: hiking, classes, personal tours, a mix of urban and rural experiences. He sought our input on what activities we'd like, but he took care of all the nitty-gritty details. It was clear that he had extensive experience traveling through the country, and his itinerary package gave great recommendations for ideas for our free time. He kept the trip under budget, too, which meant we could splurge on some fantastic meals and souvenirs.
It was a joy to use a flawless travel company. They arranged everything so we didn't have to worry about details: Checking in and out of our hotels was a breeze; the tour guides were on time and spectacular; the transportation logistics planned out and train tickets paid for. We didn't have a single hiccup! As a type-A, detail-oriented person, I can't stress enough how well-organized this company is!
We best enjoyed staying at a few traditional Japanese inns called ryokans. I doubt we could have discovered such lovely gems on our own. The inns provided AMAZING 15-course traditional Japanese meals that were a feast for our eyes and our mouths. One inn was part of a large hot springs, so we especially enjoyed relaxing in the hot waters. The relaxing pace at the ryokans complimented our stays in more bustling areas like Tokyo.
Our tour guides were fantastic and made a big difference to our experience of Japan. Our guide in Tokyo pointed out all sorts of details that we never read in our guidebooks, and she wove cultural and political history into her explanations. We've talked about the guide every day since we returned from our trip, and we've kept in touch with her over email!
We also thoroughly enjoyed the ikebana flower arranging class. The interactive experience made Japanese culture come alive in a way that a museum can't. The teacher was obviously very experienced in her craft and shared with us about her family's tradition doing ikebana.
We would spend more time in the city of Kanazawa. The city is a cultural and historical treasure, so we wish we had more than a few hours to explore it. I don't think we could have squeezed more out of the trip, though, so we'll have to visit Kanazawa again on a future trip to Japan!
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