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Japan Holidays Testimonials

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by Sue and Les Szekely on Japan Holidays
A wonderful trip to Japan

Les and I have come home after a wonderful trip to Japan. Judy Luxton of Japan Holidays helped us create a fabulous journey including small towns outside Tokyo and Kyoto. Her patience and expertise was uncompromising especially seeing that she had to deal with a group of 6 friends choosing their own preferences.Her advice was invaluable demonstrating her intimate first hand knowledge of how to get around and what to do.Thanks heaps Judy & Anthony

by Wendy and Adrian Lindner on Japan Holidays

Hi Juliane,Adrian and I are settled back home, after our wonderful trip to Japan. Just wanted to thank you for providing us with a well thought out program.Our highlights were the Sumo practice session, the bike ride, the ryokan, the Shinkansen(so efficient) the food (very healthy, we tried it all!)and the polite, gentle people, Mt Fuji, the gardens and castles....The guides were helpful, with Akira being the best, full of information, and very sprightly for a 75-year old.One thing we found with our first guide being on a Monday, the imperial palace and garden were closed, which was a bit disappointing.Accommodation was very well situated, being close to the railway stations. The hotel cycle in Onomichi, was unique, a great concept. All very comfortable. Shinagawa was a good base to start with.The app was very helpful as could access it off line.All in all a great trip.Many thanksRegardsWendy and Adrian

by Jane, Gary and Peter Johnson on Japan Holidays

Hi JulianeWe arrived back in Canberra yesterday after having a great time in Japan and a really interesting holiday.Thank you again for your detailed planning which we followed-it would have been hard otherwise as not much English is spoken.The accommodation was fine and we particularly enjoyed Gakanosho, Setoda, the Anraku-ji Temple and the Sotetsu Fresa Inn.The Beppu hotel was fair as the room needed a a good airing.The train trips were all good.We enjoyed the Hidden Christians tour and both Ken and Toshi (not sure of spelling) were well organised, very helpful and good to travel with. The April 2016 earthquake in Kumamoto with the damage to the castle may not encourage Australian tourists to visit a pleasant and interesting town.The Shimanami Kaido was a highlight and we needed the 2 days to cycle it. To do it in one day is for the young and very fit!The Shikoku walk was good although the path to the next temple was not always clear. We found a detailed guide book with the paths marked was helpful.Kyoto is a big city but easy to get around with the all-day bus passes.We found the Japanese to be helpful and pleasant to deal with and didn't have any problems.So a great time and now back to the daily routine.Kind regardsJane, Peter and Gary

by Stephen & Lyn Fry on Japan Holidays
A very, very, big Thank you!

World Heritage & Kumano Kodo TourHi Judy,Lyn has just finished putting our photos into our photo album. (So many memories)We would like to thank you and Japan Holidays for a truly enjoyable holiday in Japan.We had a wonderful time and every day was new a varied Japanese experience from the varied transport ,the people, the locations, the sights, the food, the accommodation and the bathing experiences,  Just wonderful!Please pass on our thanks to, all those at Japan Holidays who had a hand in the planning and organisation of the tour, the local guides, who assisted us to follow the correct path and learn about Japan, our bus driver who got us safely to our destinations, and overall everyone who helped us  understand Japan and interpret the sights and customs of  a wonderful country.Also if you have the opportunity please pass on our thanks to the proprietors and staff of each of the locations at which we stayed for a great job of looking after us.Overall:     “A tour very well done!”To you Judy,A very, very, big Thank you!You were always there to assist Lyn and I and all our fellow travellers.You ensured that we made all the transport , bus , taxi , train, plane connections and looked after all the other issues etc etc etc etc.(With a minimum of fuss as far as we were concerned, while behind the scenes maybe it did get a little busier.)You ensured it was a very enjoyable and memorable Japanese Holiday. Thank you!

by Pauline O'Neill on Japan Holidays
Japan - Everything and More

Japan, what can I say – a country of contradictions and travelling with Judy and Japan Holidays’ World Heritage and Kumano Kodo Cherry Blossom Tour ensured we experienced its every mood.From arriving in bustling Tokyo as the cherry blossoms were emerging in bursts of sugar pink to walking the historical streets of Nara and trekking through ancient cedar forests. Shinto shrines, warming onsen, breakfasts of steaming miso and the impenetrable language barrier.This country is rich in history, culture, serenity and beauty. Adding to the pleasure was our fun group of travelling companions. The food – what can I say - amazing. Each stop along the way was accompanied by first class and varied accommodations (a mix of the traditional Japanese Ryokans with tatami mats and futons to five-star international style hotels).Japan Holidays’ commitment to small group travel meant we were able to access restaurants and accommodations not generally experienced by larger tour groups. Judy’s breadth of knowledge and contacts, degree of organisation and her genuine consideration of each of our “failings” was incomparable. Japan Holidays sets the bar high.

by Di and Bob, Denise and Peter on Japan Holidays
Our guides were amazing and we would like to acknowledge a number of them..

 We are all home safe and well after a wonderful trip. The organisation, instructions, accommodation, people and food were excellent, thank you very much for your efforts, (there are a couple of suggestions for possible changes or improvements at the end of this message).We found using the train system very easy ( we did have an expert navigator in Peter so that really helped). The trains are amazing and were one of the many highlights of the trip.Accommodation was very good and locations were spot on for access to transport, restaurants and attractions. The highlight was the Asunaro Ryokan in Takayama, it was outstanding.Our combination of guided and self guided tours worked out well. Our guides were amazing and we would like to acknowledge a number of them - they made sure we enjoyed the wonders of Japan.* Yuriko Suzuki, Tokyo, our first guide for the trip. Wow she spent an extra two hours with us. She had also made up a folder of info including Kanazawa. She had recently visited there and because she knew we would be self guided she had collected information on what we should do while there.*Akiko Ishikawa, Kyoto*Keiko Tanaka, Hiroshima/Miyajima*Etsuko Suzuki, NaraOne thing we learned is we should always use private guides, it is so much better even if adding to the cost.Japanese people are so hospitable and very welcoming, nothing was too much trouble and everyone went out of their way to ensure we had an amazing holiday.As mentioned earlier there were a couple of things that might be worth keeping in mind for others doing a similar trip. I must say that none of these lessened our enjoyment in any way.*The bus tour in Kyoto on 28 March (morning session only). This was very rushed and the guide rushed us through a number of attractions. We could not hear the commentary as it was a large group and she did not have time to wait for us all to gather near her.*The walk from Tsumago to Magome would have suited us better if it went in reverse. We didn’t realise that, our way, most of it was uphill.*There was no information on our itinerary re the distance to the Ryokan in Takayama ie how far it was and if we could walk or needed a taxi. Luckily we found a very helpful person at the bus station who could show us on a map and of course it was only a few minutes away.As indicated earlier overall our trip was excellent and was made very easy because of the organisation by you and Japan Holidays. We feel we covered everything we needed to for a picture of Japan and the Japanese people. Denise even had the opportunity to attend a cooking class on our last day in Tokyo which was fantastic.

by Alastair Kellock on Japan Holidays
Great trip

Japan Holidays provided us (2 couples) with a wonderful trip. The suggested itinerary, train timetables, location of hotels etc worked out wonderfully while still giving us the flexibility to change our schedule if we so wished.Our three personal guides in Tokyo, Kyoto and Matsumoto were excellent. We will retain many fond memories. Likewise our stays on Miyajima Island and Takayama in traditional accommodation were remarkable.We have no hesitation in recommending Japan Holidays to other people who do not like to be part of a fully organised tour but have the basics like accommodation and travel arrangements organised for you.A special thanks to Kahoru for your genuine and generous attention to all of our requests for information and help in planning the trip. It was a pleasure dealing with you.Alastair and June, John and Rita

by Gail, Bruce and Zac on Japan Holidays
Last-minute Easter Break

A last minute decision to holiday in Japan over the Easter break was saved by some expert advice.With next to no time to plan anything and not having travelled to Japan before, the initial excitement of having found the perfect getaway was followed by a sudden feeling of doubt.We were unsure about what areas to visit, the best way to travel and what to do in the short time we had. One email and one phone call to Juliane from Japan Holidays and we were sorted.Juliane was very knowledgeable and took time to answer all of our questions. She gave us useful and practical advice tailored to our needs and based around creating the best trip for us in the time we had. She organised everything from flights and insurance to private tour guides and also gave us tips on the best way to spend our time and how to get around.We saw must-see tourist spots as well as delightful little out of the way places that we would have never found on our own. In addition, the whole thing was booked in no time with very little effort from us. We even got reminders after our booking about useful apps to download that were useful while we were away.This was especially impressive given our last minute decision to go to Japan was during Cherry Blossom season, one of the busiest times on the Japanese calendar. We highly recommend Japan Holidays and can’t thank Juliane enough for her help with our trip. Wonderful destination and service.-Gail, Bruce and Zac

by Allison and Ken, QLD on Japan Holidays
Skiing and Cherry Blossoms

Hi JulianeWe had a very busy but amazing trip. We loved it and were very happy with the guides in Hiroshima and Kyoto. It was the best way to experience the cities in such a short space of time. They were both knowledgeable and helpful. They listened to what we wanted and facilitated a great experience. Thanks to both of them.We loved traveling in Japan and are keen to return in the near future .Thanks to you for all your efforts. Everything ran very smoothly and was amazing. We saw and did all that we imagined and more. Thanks againAllison and Ken, QLD

by Sue Cummins on Japan Holidays
Everything went really well

Hi Kahoru
Hope you are well. I just wanted to say a big thank you for your efforts in relation to our trip to Japan in November. Everything went really well.
A highlight of our trip was our stay at Minshuku Kamada – the owners were so hospitable and it was a fantastic accommodation and a top location. The couple were so kind and the husband even took us out on the boat in the morning before we departed. Plus, they cooked us an amazing breakfast. I would definitely recommend staying there to others!
We also enjoyed our stay at Citadenes in Kyoto. It was in a convenient location and very comfortable rooms.
Thanks again!

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