We traveled to Japan with our 13-yr-old grandson and our travel agency did a fantastic job for us! The hotels they chose were excellent and in great locations, the guides were fun to be with and knowledgable, and most of the activities went off without a hitch. We were so impressed with the preparation documents they provided us; no other guidebook was needed. This trip was unusual in that it was for our grandson and his interests were anime and manga - our agent and her team went out of the way to make those interests integral to the trip. Also, my husband has fish allergies, a big problem in Japan. But they found us a ryokan that served excellent non-fish for him, while I could enjoy the wonderful seafood. In other words, they really listened to our requests.
Mainly we enjoyed sharing this new country with our grandson, and there are too many memorable parts to name! We loved the Ghibli Museum, One-Piece Tower, Akihabara's weirdness and Tokyo's energy in general. Of course, the cherry trees were truly amazing, even with the crowds we had been warned of. And the trains - what an incredible network they have. We could learn from that in the USA! We also loved the baseball game in the Tokyo Dome, and eating sushi at a kaiten. And ramen - our grandson lived on it!
We have already reported to our travel agency that the manga lesson at Yokohama Comic School was a huge disappointment - not their fault, but the instructor's. Instead we would schedule the trip around a weekend at the International Manga Museum in Kyoto, which was great but where they only have lessons on the weekend. Otherwise, we would have planned more time to just wander the neighborhoods. For example, in Tokyo the "kitchen street" was fascinating to us all with the plastic food, etc. And in Kyoto we watched a strange kind of croquet/golf game in a school yard on our way back from dinner on evening.
TRAVEL COMPANY COMMENTS:
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your detailed feedback. We are thrilled to hear that your family enjoyed an amazing trip to Japan. It was a great pleasure working with you to plan this trip of a lifetime, happy to hear you appreciate all the fine details that went into your trip. We will be sure to make some changes to the Manga Lesson for any future clients that might be interested is this activity. Thanks again.
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