We were paired with this travel agency and this agent to help plan our 2 week trip to Japan. The initial planning went really well. Our agent offered great advice on the things we wanted to do and really listened to us about what we wanted from the vacation. We were able to craft a nicely planned vacation that was still flexible enough for us to meet with friends or go off and figure things out on our own with free days. The guides in Tokyo and Kyoto were both excellent and very knowledgeable and would highly recommend them both. Our half day guide for the Fushimi Inari shrine and sake tours was also very good. We only had one issue during the trip and that was on the day of our ramen cooking class. We were contacted by someone from our travel agency several days earlier asking to move our class time up 1 hour earlier. We had responded saying this change was fine. We received no confirmation of the time change afterwards and assumed everything was ok. When we arrived to the station there was no one to meet us. We waited around until we decided to look for the school ourselves, which fortunately having intermediate Japanese language skills, helped us get to the school. At the school our sensei had no idea of the proposed time change and our translator called and said she never heard confirmation about the time change. Overall there was a very poor instance of communication that seemed to go through too many people and someone dropped the ball. Other than this though, the entire trip was very enjoyable and memorable.
It is hard to pick out a single most enjoyable or memorable part of our trip to Japan as we had so many and it was just a very fun trip overall. All the food we ate was fantastic including Kobe beef in Kobe at Mouriya Honten, a wonderful kaiseki at Kikuchi in Tokyo, perfect sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro's in Roppongi Hills, okonomiyaki, Nagoya wings, katsu, ramen and more! The sites were all beautiful with the sakura in full bloom all across Osaka and Kyoto. The Philosopher's Path was especially beautiful and wonderful to walk through in full bloom. Grabbing some konbini food and beer and sitting under a the sakura was also a wonderfully relaxing experience. The castle in Himeji was a fun to see and go through and the vast number of temples and shrines in Kyoto are endless! Hakone was a fun getaway to slow down the trip and relax in the mountains and hot springs. The whiskey tastings at Yamazaki distillery were fantastic as well as the sake tastings at Gekkeikan. We learned the art of making a delicious bowl of ramen and learned about many different aspects of the Japanese people, life and culture. So yes it is very hard to pick any one moment when almost all the moments were fantastic.
If we could take the trip again we would definitely try to eat even more! We felt like we didn't fully satisfy our craving for all foods Japanese but maybe that is impossible? And if we could do this trip again we would visit a whole new set of places such as northern or southern Japan although the big three of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka still have plenty to offer and we wouldn't be opposed to just going there again.
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