I am pleased to be able to say that our experience with this Japan travel agency met or exceeded our expectations on every level. We had visited Japan five times in the last 25 years and it is a place we love. We had previously made all our own arrangements but this trip we wanted to explore some areas that were a little more 'off the beaten path' and that would be a more unique cultural experience. This was the mandate we gave to the agency and they took our idea and ran with it. When we arrived at our hotel in Tokyo all our travel vouchers were waiting for us. We also received a welcome e-mail and contact information so we could get in touch with our agency at any time if we needed any help at all. They sent us on a wonderful tour of the Inland Sea. We took many ferries and visited and stayed at some of the most dramatic settings I have ever seen. Then we went back to Honshu, to the north shore on the Sea of Japan. Our travel agency arranged rental cars for us which was wildly optimistic on their part but in the end gave us the flexibility to see many smaller towns and attractions that you couldn't get to any other way unless you tracked down a bunch of day tour buses which wouldn't have suited us nearly as well. The european style accomodations ranged from good to excellent. The Japanese style hotels and the Ryokans that our travel agency provided ranged from excellent to incredible. One of the big features of this travel agency's service is the daily itinerary of highlights where you are visiting. Whether it was Tokyo or Iwamiginzan the company had recommendations for fascinating things to do or see that you won't find in Frommers or Fodors. As we neared the end of our trip my wife and I said to each other on more than one occasion how much we felt that the value that we received by letting this travel agency plan our trip for us far exceeded what we paid for it. We would recommend their service highly.
Jim & Michelle Mc Donald
The Oedo-Onsen Monogatani on Odaiba in Tokyo. An unlikely spot to enjoy a traditional hot spring bath.The Seto Islands...in particular the Inujima Art House Projects. The Mari Ryokan In Shodoshima...outstanding and visiting the Yamaroku Soy Sauce factory (not the Soy Sauce Museum). Taking the ferry and exploring the islands of Megijima and Ogijima with 'electric assist' bicycles. The Kosanji Temple On the way to Onomichi... the most impressive temple we've seen in Japan. Cycling the Shimanami Kaido route from Onomichi.. .70 km (the whole thing) was a bit beyond our endurance level but the tourist office said just take the ferry to a nearer island and we happily enjoyed a 25km ride.The limestone caves at Akiyoshidai... truly mammoth. The accomodations and service at the Hagi Honjin including their great Onsen with fourteen different baths. The Takyo Abeke Ryokan in Omouri. Our most impressive accomodations. Wonderful restored Inn with family style meals in a small, ancient town. A little difficult to find but well worth the effort.. Our one day personal guided tour of Kyoto with our delightful guide and a private car. I thought 8 hours with a guide would be too long to spend in company. We are usually a little more solitary. But our guide was terrific and we learned so much from her... I wish we had longer. Lastly the whole rental car thing...it was very doable and allowed us to really roam. Good call on the part of our travel agency. Also staying at a 'Machiya' in Kyoto. We would never have stumbled on this wonderful option on our own.
We would want to see even more varied parts of Japan and we would certainly ask this company to do our homework for us and send us there.
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