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by Andy B on 26/07/2016
First visit for my family but a return visit for me
Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Izu, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Oaska, Kyoto, Nagoya
14 Day Ordunary
This was a return visit for me after many years but a first trip for my wife and son (14). We tried to do a variety of things including climbing Mt Fuji, visiting Universal Studios and going to the Sumo as well as some of the more usual tourist sightseeing destinations. The best bits were the quirky and cultural experiences such as the Sumo, staying in ryokan, Maid Cafe, Robot Restaurant, travelling on Shinkansen, etc. My wife preferred getting out of the cities and next time I'd plan to spend more time in the mountains and countryside. We had a limited appetite for seeing too many shrines and temples. We were in Kyoto for Gion Matsuri which was fun in the evenings but the actual parade is quite a serious religious affair and not a fun carnival event.
by Tom S on 19/07/2016
Hiroshima, Okayama, Kyoto, Koya-San, Kanazawa, and Tokyo. Also visited Takayama, Hakone, Miyajima and Naoshima.
7 days ordinaly
A big Thank You is due to Kaoru at JTC for making all our hotel arrangements, and suggesting an itinerary that worked well. Also for providing Japanese translations of phrases you don't find in the guidebooks such as "can we leave our suitcases in your hotel until we return tomorrow afternoon".
Particular highlights for us were staying overnight in a Monastery in Koya-San, travelling by Bullet Train, and staying in a Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku. Not to mention the great food, sushi etc!
JTC kept us well informed of progress in making bookings, and we have no hesitation in recommending them for your trip to Japan.
by Caroline on 19/07/2016
July 2nd- 12th 2016
Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara
Spent a very enjoyable 10 days touring the main sights in Japan. The quality of the tour was exceptional. Absolutely everything worked like clockwork and I can't e press my thanks enough to all those involved in putting it together. Hotel rooms and bathrooms are on the small size but everything works and the rooms are exceptionally clean. Japan is a great place to visit because it is incredibly efficient, friendly and safe and I'd recommend it to anyone.
by topper on 20/06/2016
Thank you people wonderful,very friendly and helpful. everything ,toilets,trains buses.taxis,restaurants,streets,spotlessly clean. the guides were superb and the hotels excellent. the trip to mount Fuji was amazing a must see.The trip to Hiroshima was very good and thought provoking. the bullet trains are amazing and Tokyo and Kyoto stations are well worth seeing especially Kyoto if you take the escalator to the top levels on either side of the main entrance and have a meal or a drink near the top. The emperors palace and gardens are worth a visit as are the temples but i thought as did other people that we visited too many temples. On the half day tour of Tokyo on the May 21 the trip was rushed and the visit to the Tokyo tower was a major disappointment .we were only in the observation deck for 45 seconds before we were told we had to leave by the tour guide and all in we spent less than 5 minutes at the tower. a waste of time. as i really wanted to see the to wer my wife and i visited the tower later in the day and at our own expense as we had to pay for the tickets and it would have been well worth while spending more time at the tower during the tour.But overall excellent trip.
by TimR on 20/06/2016
19th April 2016
Tokyo, Matsue, Okayama, Takamatsu, Takayama, Kanazawa
14 Day Green
Others(Please state below)
My holiday, to see gardens, traditional steel making (for swords) etc was greatly helped by JT's super local knowledge, ability to find hotels to closely match all my needs, plus their good administration.
The Green Pass was very cost effective as I undertook all my travel in Japan by rail: it was also useful as a pre-bought ticket for local trains, thus avoiding the need to queue up at ticket offices:
The river valley journeys, eg Okayama->Matsue, & Nagoya->Takayama, were particularly beautiful, even when it rained! And in the Green Car one can see out of the front of the train!
All my expectations were met - A big "Thank you"
by Jenni on 20/06/2016
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Naha
7 Day Ordinary
Historical sites(e.g. Temples, Shrines)
An amazing holiday, filled with great sightseeing trips and wonderful food. There was far too much to see in my whistle-stop tour, so I will definitely be returning. Travel was easy with the JR pass - just show it at the station gate and they let you through. There were also local trains and buses that accepted the pass, as well as the shinkansen. Language-wise, Tokyo and Kyoto were filled with English speakers, while out of the bigger cities I had to brush off my very rusty Japanese more often, but everywhere had incredibly useful tourist information centres that spoke a whole range of languages. I was away around the 2016 earthquake in Kyushu, although not travelling too close to the affect area, and the Japan Travel Centre were very helpful and willing to alter my itinerary if I'd needed to.
by PB on 20/06/2016
Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nikko and Hakodate
14 Day Ordinary
The whole holiday was excellent. Japan Travel Centre were extremely helpful and found us accommodation in central locations with friendly staff and at great rates. The Ryokans were truly a great cultural experience. Japan is beautiful and there is so much to see. It has an impressive transport system and the JR Pass was a bonus. People were friendly and the food was beautifully presented. A holiday we will never forget.
by Barney on 20/06/2016
Tokyo,Hakone,Hiroshima,Osaka and Kyoto
7 Day Ordinary
We enjoyed all of our stay from the kind, friendly and humble people to the numerous shrines,temples,castles and other touristic sites.
The 7 day Japan rail pass was good value with added RED bus travel in Hiroshima. We traveled independently but were late for the Cherry blossom season, but will definitely do the Autumn colors next year.
There were so many highlights but these were the main ones.
Mount Fuji and Hakone tour,Tokyo morning tour and evening hinode pier dinner cruise, Skytree and Tokyo tower,Fish Market, Hirajuku, Ueno park and Museums, Imperial palace and gardens, bullet train journey to Hiroshima city, bomb museum then dinner at sushi tei, picturesque Miyajima, Himeji castle and In Kyoto Philosophers path,Bamboo path,The Fushimi Inari Tori gates,Gion night walking tour and in Nara the deer park. In Osaka the Namba district along the canal followed by sky walk in Ueda. The Japanese culture and Shinto/Buddhism religions and last but not least the sake wine.
by Esperanza on 20/06/2016
24 March 2016
TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, KYOTO AND OSAKA
7 Day Ordinary
Our tour was organised by Sandy from Japan Travel Center.
She was very kind and patients and always willing to go the extra mile.
We where a group of 8 people with different requerimements regarding food and also health issues and Miss Lopez was very good a sorting out all the requests.
We also wanted a private tour to Mount Fuji and to stay at the traditional Ryokan to celebrate my birthday. Well the Mount Fuji was the high lite of the trip. It was organised to perfection. From the transport to the tour guide to the most amazing BBQ.
Kyoto was also a plesent surprise one of the most amazing cities we saw in Japan.
The hotels were very good and the choice of restaurants for breakfast was just excellent.
We are very happy to recommend The Japan Travel Center and we are looking forwards to take a second holiday in this incredible country.
by Judith on 20/06/2016
Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Yufuin, Miyajima, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Tokyo
JR Kyushu Pass
We enjoyed all of the above. Every day was a new experience.
Our one disappointment was that Mount Fuji was cloud-covered on the day we visited. We'll just have to go back to japan to see it.
The itinerary worked out for us was perfect. it included all the things I knew about and wanted to see and many surprises - big and small.
We did 3 organised excursions but mostly guided ourselves and the advance information we were given was both accurate and helpful.
Japan is an exciting mix of ancient traditions and beliefs and modern architecture and technology.
We loved people-watching, as there were many Japanese tourists visiting the sites for the cherry blossom season.
There is a wide variety of food - fast and slow. A taste treat every time. And everywhere the service is outstanding.
Of course the trains are amazing - the busiest train stations in the world, the fastest trains and the most attentive staff - and all running precisely to time.
This was truly the holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you Japan Travel Centre.
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