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review 30 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Noto Peninsula except for Wakura and the villages in the various parts of the countryside. Having a car made the difference.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a car and balance ryokans with western style beds and chairs

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Maybe as the less visited parts might welcome the business

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fascinating but exhausting. Sleeping in Ryokans not always comfortable even if they are fun.
Tour op to respond to Q3 - 2nd May

review 11 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the snow monkeys

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Think twice it's not as good as it appears, maybe go on an organised tour, tailor made wasn't what we thought and expensive for what it was.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

No

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Not the best holiday we have ever been on, too many problems, Some poor hotels, Guides who weren't that knowledgeable. Japanese not too helpful. Poor signposts not many in English, etc. etc. Damaged suitcases which we were told we could claim for when we got home by our rep. but have since found we cannot! it should have been done at the airport so now we are minus 2 cases. Glad to get home could now do with a holiday.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Mr and Mrs Harrison, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip to Japan, and Iím sorry that you felt disappointed by the trip. We have been trying to make contact with you since your return but havenít yet managed to get hold of you, we have therefore emailed you with a thorough response but would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you, not only to respond to your queries, but to also address any areas for improvement going forward. We take our clients feedback very seriously and ultimately a clientís enjoyment of their trip is our number one priority. I hope we can speak soon.

review 18 Nov 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto, visiting a multitude of temples, the Japanese people, experiencing the highly technical toilets (!), having a cooking lesson in a Japanese person home, staying in traditional ryokans with steam baths, staying at a Buddhist temple and joining them for early morning prayers.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Thoroughly research exactly what you want to do before you go. We squeezed in some additional visits to places that we didn't think were possible e.g. by getting up early and making use of our Japan rail pass. If you want to upgrade your flight class then try to do this at the time of booking as additional fuel surcharges may make this very expensive. If you are going on your honeymoon, it may be worth finding out if there are additional people travelling at the same time as you and staying at the same places. This may make you change your itinerary so it remains a private holiday for just the 2 of you. Don't bother with the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, its over-rated and very expensive for fairly average food. If you stay at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo then you still get amazing views from here (and theyíve got a good cocktail bar)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes in several ways, particularly doing having the cooking lesson at someoneís home through WAK, this was an amazing cultural experience. Also staying at traditional ryokans supports the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

First class, although expensive I think it was worth the money.

review 25 Nov 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

In all honesty it is very hard to pin point one defining moment. It was all brilliant.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Learn some basic Japanese.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

review 22 Apr 2006

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It's hard to say just which part was the most memorable because it all was - but it was extra special because it had a personal aspect to it - we were not 'just tourists'. We wanted to go to Japan because through my family history research I had discovered I had relatives there whom I had never met. The big thrill was meeting them - and finding the family graves of my ancestors. This aspect was built into the itinerary with free time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We made a few business cards with our names in Kanji and Katakana on the reverse. These proved extremely useful, especially with introductions to people with very limited English. If you can't find anyone to help with the Kanji, at least have cards with your name in English. If you do take business cards, be sure to keep them in pristine condition. Take the time to try and learn a few basic words - such as thank you and excuse me! The Japanese appreciate the effort even though the conversation will continue in English. I also bought a book on Japanese etiquette, fearful of making a terrible social blunder. At least you will know what to expect! Finally - don't be afraid to try Japanese food!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I don't think we were able to offer the locals anything they did not already have, and we could learn a lot from them about environmental issues. The streets were totally litter-free because nobody dropped anything, and if they did, they picked it up themselves instead of leaving it. Recycling is big there, too.

4. Any other comments?

Five out of five!

review 10 Dec 2006

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the first macaque monkey appearing in the undergrowth upon entering the "monkey park" outside Kyoto. Eventually it got a bit overwhelming being surrounded by so many free + living monkeys, but seeing the first few was very exciting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Try not to plan to do too much - especially with regards to temple visits! Unless you have a particular interest in comparing and contrasting temples and shrines of different types and ages it is probably enough to focus on a few or you may get templed-out!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

No, not particularly. While the hotel chain in Tokyo was Japanese, staying in a hotel is not really very environmentally friendly. And in the roykan I was surprised (shocked) to realise that our sheet, towels and dressing gowns had been changed whilst we were out - and we were only staying two nights! We used public transport or walked to get around, but other than that there wasn't anything we could have done to make the holiday any more green, that I can think of. Going on a long haul flight probably cancelled out anything positive we might have done in any case!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

**** - Very good, we enjoyed it thoroughly.

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