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by AH on 11/10/2018
Sendai, Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima and Kyoto
Historical sites(e.g. Temples, Shrines)
I had excellent customer service from Jessica from first contact, to booking and the actual holiday itself.
During my holiday I experienced train problems due to heavy rainfall and was stuck on one train for over 6 hours when the journey should have taken less than 2. Again, upon contacting Jessica she immediately notified my Ryokan and rescheduled my pick up from the station. I should note that this train incident was rare and otherwise train travel was hassle free and punctual.
I was very happy with all the hotels chosen by Jessica - all were very well located next to sites and public transport. The hotel in Hiroshima was less than 10 minutes walk to the Peace memorial park and other sites. If you visit Hiroshima, you really must go the museum; it was fascinating and touching.
The Japan Rail pass was excellent value for money - I worked out that I saved almost £100 compared to buying individual tickets. The travel sim card also came in extremely handy.
All in all I had a great holiday and would certainly book through the Japan Travel Centre again. Special thanks of course to Jessica!
Tips for other travellers - the Mitsui Garden hotel provides a complimentary smartphone device with data that you can take outside with you. The Dormy Inn hotel provides free tasty ramen from 9:30pm.
by snakeman4968 on 18/09/2018
Tokyo, Sendai, Nagano, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Karatsu, Himeji, Osaka, Nagoya, Nara
14 Day JR Rail Pass
Hard to know where to start with a review as we did so much, but we basically had a brilliant time in Japan.
We based ourselves primarily in 3 cities, 4 nights each in Tokyo & Fukuoka, 3 nights in Osaka and 1 originally unplanned night in Nagoya, due to our flight being rerouted after Typhoon Jebi damaged Kansai airport. Visited lots of other places from each base, using our 14 day JR rail pass including Sendai, Nagano, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Karatsu, Himeji, Nara and Nagoya.
Whilst in Fukuoka we were up early one morning to catch a glimpse of the 'Hello Kitty Shinkansen' at Hakata Station. As it was a Sunday morning and very quiet we just jumped on it, as it's covered by the rail pass.
The rail pass itself we found was really good value, I managed to calculate the distance we covered, with the help of the HyperDia website, and we travelled 3301 miles in 12 days, mainly on Shinkansen routes, but used express and local trains too.
I will certainly be visiting Japan again, will probably get a rail pass again and will definitely be booking it through Japan Travel Centre once again.
by rich on 18/09/2018
Japan was super cool, just a very nice place to visit and the people are super friendly and really nice.
by Dorset Girl on 16/08/2018
Kaoru organised my holiday which was wonderful. Everything went according to plan and Kaoru kept a close check on all the arrangements. If I had any queries she answered them straight away. I did not know what to expect in Japan but from the moment I arrived it was efficient, clean organised and the people polite and helpful.
by TimR on 01/07/2018
April 30th - May 17th
Hirosaki, Morioka, Niigata and Yokohama
14 Day Green
Others(Please state below)
Gardens, including Sankien in Yokohama, Saito Residence in Niigata and Fujita Memorial Garden in Hirosaki. Also historical industry sites such as Hashino iron works near Kamaishi, the Osarizawa copper mine near Kazuno, the Sado Island gold mine, and the flood defences museum near Niigata. I had great help from the Goodwill Guides in Morioka.
Japan Travel's help, advice and bookings were great, as was the Rail Pass.
by Excellence on 01/05/2018
11 April 2018
Thanks to Kaoru who made all arrangements for transfers, accommodation, guides and tours we were able to experience Japan in the most wonderful way.
The professionalism and kindness we were shown was exemplary and we would not hesitate to recommend The Japan Travel Centre too highly.
Kaoru made our visit to Japan unforgettable.
by Carol on 23/04/2018
March 31 to April 14
by sophina on 19/04/2018
24 March -7 April
Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Kyoto
14 Day Ordinary
This was a great trip- the itinerary, the route, the variety were all excellent. The arrangements were all very clear, apart from finding the apart-hotel in Kyoto which was a bit tricky from the map. But otherwise it was a perfect combination of help with planning and arrangements but being free to decide what we wanted to do and when. There is only one thing I would have changed - half-day mount fuji tour would have been enough and allowed extra time in Hakone which we liked very much. It was great to see Mt Fuji from a distance, but travelling to the mountain was not very rewarding.
The accommodation was adequate - not unreasonable for the price. The ryokan on Miyashima was outstanding, we had a great kai seki dinner there.
We took day trip to Naoshima art island from Kyoto which was really great experience, beautiful location and fabulous contemporary art to see. Would highly recommend.
by TastyTravelTitbits on 09/04/2018
Tokyo, Yudanaka, Takayama, Kanazawa, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Shirakawa-go.
14 day pass
For some time now I wanted to write and thank you for organizing our most splendid trip to Japan. We found traveling on the rail pass a breeze, given that we had 2 kids (6 and 8) traveling with us. We loved all different hotels you booked – the locations were perfect, the ryokans were amazing (the food! the onsen!). We didn't know that Japan would deliver such diverse food and cultural experiences. We traveled for three weeks and didn't eat the same thing once. We loved the off-the-beaten-track experiences our longer timeframe allowed – discovering Obuse as a culinary highlight close to Yudanaka, the lunch stop at Shirakawa-go was a treat and everything in between. Miyajima was for me a personal highlight, somehow encompassing the complete Japanese experience: breathtaking landscape, beautiful and quirky shops, and of course, delicious food. We would love to travel to Japan again and hope we can realize this dream, with Japan Travel Centre, in future.
by Andrew on 04/04/2018
10-17 February 2018
Fukuoka, Akizuki, Fukutsu-shi
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Staying at the Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)
The week my wife, son and I spent in Japan was the best holiday of our lives. Japan is a city of contrasts, from the busy and futuristic downtown area of Hakata to the quiet and peaceful traditional village of Akizuki. Everywhere we went people were friendly and helpful, and we had no trouble making our way around the country despite our limited knowledge of the Japanese language. The highlight of our trip had to be staying at the Seiryuan Ryokan in Akizuki; the gardens there were stunning, the food was exquisite, and the staff bent over backwards to make us feel welcome and to see to our every need. It had begun to snow as we arrived, and when we stepped into the dining room for our meal we were greeted with the most beautiful view through the picture window; the koi pond surrounded by snow covered trees was like something out of a fairy tale. We are already planning our return trip for 2019!
Japan Travel centre were very supportive all the way, tailoring our itinerary to my specific requirements and quickly making any revisions I requested, as well as providing plenty of information to enable us to travel to our various destinations within Japan. We will definitely be booking through them again.
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