Thanks for such an unforgettable trip!!

Mon, 14 Mar 2016

Thanks for such an unforgettable trip!!

Juliane, We got back yesterday and am happy to say everything went incredibly well and is a credit to your excellent planning. Well done.

It was a great mix of cultural and skiing experience. 

The night tour of Shinjuku (with "Honda" our guide) was amazing. The Nozawa Onsen ryokan was excellent - we stayed 10 days!! They did raise their eyebrows when we checked in! The village has plenty of variety and the skiing was enjoyable. We visited Madarao for a day as well and did the snow monkeys tour.

Your suggestions of Takayama and Kanazawa was good although still very cold. I did not realise we had to take our bags with us on the Ainokura tour and left them at the hotel. We let the tour guide know who then notified the hotel. We were absolutely amazed the hotel offered to bring the bags up to the tour - a one hour drive!! Please pass on our appreciation of this unbelievable service.

Our favourites were Kyoto (The tour guide Fumi was great) and staying at the monastery at Koyasan. We lucked being there for the spring ceremonies where the monks burnt the annual pile of prayers!! We also joined the chanting in the morning before breakfast.

Katsuura was worth seeing but maybe only one night would have been enough. We pigged out on oysters at Toba.

JR east tourist office at Tokyo station were also amazing. We conveyed our thanks on departure.

Thanks for such an unforgettable trip!!


Greg & Diana

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