Overall we had a wonderful time, everything went smoothly, on schedule, as planned — with flexibility where we requested. Our accommodations, guides, and sushi-making lesson were excellent. We were very pleased. This was a mother / son trip (he's 29); we wanted to accommodate both of our interests in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and, because we have been to Japan previously, wanted some days scheduled with a guide and other days free to explore on our own. The Zicasso representative was most helpful and friendly.
It would be difficult to select — we timed this trip for the cherry blossoms; everything was lovely and memorable.
There is only one adjustment I would make; originally I had hoped to spend a couple of nights in a small, family-owned ryokan. Because we weren't able to get a reservation at a small ryokan, we stayed in a larger hotel in a Japanese-style room for two nights. While the onsen was very nice and the food (breakfast and dinner are included) was excellent, the Japanese-style room and the hotel just aren't as charming and don't feel authentic the way my past experiences in small ryokans have. It worked out just fine, but ideally I would have the small ryokan or if we had to be in a hotel, not opt for the Japanese-style room.
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