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by Chandra Malavalli on Japan Holidays
A memorable trip for all of us

Hi Juliane,

Thanks for all your help during the trip. Apart from the day lost due to cyclone, it was a memorable trip for all of us. Your notes and the trip guide was very helpful and informative. I do apologise for your lost long weekend and really appreciate you taking the time out to get things moving for us. Special thanks also to Ms Yuka for showing us the ropes of Tokyo. The guide at Koyasan was also very helpful and informative. Japan holidays will be recommended to all my friends who plan their Japan trips in the future and we will be using your help in planning our future trips to Japan.

Chandra Malavalli

by Wayne McMillan on Japan Holidays
impressed by the honesty and efficiency here.


A quick note to let you know we arrived safely and are having a great time. Our guides Satoko and Yuriko have been so helpful and friendly l don't know how anyone could find their way around Tokyo on their own. The Park Hotel in Tokyo  and Ryuguden in Hakone are both first class. If the rest of our trip is as good as the start we will be very pleased.

I must tell you that our visit to Asakura Mokkou Woodworks exceeded all expectations!

Mrs Reina Asakura was not fluent in English so I am not sure that she realised what a highlight the visit was for us. Could you please pass on to her our deep appreciation of the generous time she spent with us, how honoured I was that she allowed me to use their tools, and our thanks for driving us back to the station.  Her husband is a true master of fine woodworking and their product is world class.

I was very pleased to get my phone back, and impressed by the honesty and efficiency here.

We have just started to get the rain from the typhoon this morning I'm Takayama. The Ryokan here is fantastic and the food and service is first class. We won't need lunch today after our Japanese breakfast.

It has been a great trip with all your arrangements working very well. We really enjoyed the range and quality of accommodation and the timing of each stay. The help and knowledge of the guides also added to our enjoyment of the trip.

by Sue McPherson on Japan Holidays
Kyoto with my group of almost 60 people

Dear Judy,

I recently returned from Kyoto with my group of almost 60 people. I want to say thank you for
All the hard work that you did with the organization of our tour. On arrival we were met by your representatives and were very pleased to see them with the sign for Our tour.

Your guides worked in a very professional manner at all times, were pleasant, knowledgeable and most
Helpful. They were on time and were loved by all the group.

Our Accommodation New Miyoko Hotel had all the facilities that you would need, bar, 3 restaurants, lovely little shop for souvenirs and so so close to shopping, Kyoto train station. Our find was the rooftop bar where you
Could eat and drink as much as you like.. I know a lot of people ate there.

The excursion that you planned were really well received by all the group. Particularly the Bullet train ride which is everyones dream to do. I could not have faulted the tours they gave us a glimpse of the cultural experience
That you want when you visit Japan. Hiroshima, miyajima shrine and so many more unexpected sites.

One of the highlights of course was the Kimono dressing and tea ceremony. How lovely to dress up and
Feel so elegant and then the traditional tea ceremony was amazing.

On our free days we discovered that it was so easy to get around Kyoto and many went to Gion area and
Were lucky enough to see the Geisha.

All in all everything went so smoothly and efficiently and a job well done.

Thank you again for your time and effort in making this trip so memorable for so many of our group.

Kind regards

Sue McPherson
International Tour Manager
Stonestreets Travel

by Stephen Wakelam on Japan Holidays
Hakuba Trekking

Thank you Kahoru,

You have been so helpful, which made our trip go very smoothly and we had an amazing time!

It was a special time my father and I could share together!

by Barry Pratt on Japan Holidays
Summer Festivals Tour and more

My very first ever visit to Japan and after a little settling in, thoroughly enjoyed it.  A very well- planned and organised itinerary through Lawson Dibb of Japan Holidays.

I had an extra day before and after which makes a difference to do things one cannot do including a Samurai demonstration and a real "Hands on" Demonstration experience in using a Katana for real on a rolled Tatami mat on a prop.

The Festivals are wonderfully Japanese to celebrate to start of Summer bring much colour to areas in Aomori Prefecture as well as Rice Paddy Art which is a real feast for the eyes as they have now done it in 3D which is very clever in the sowing technique which takes six months.

The Onsen experience was great as I had a private Onsen in my room at a Hotel in Mountains. Public is available at Hotel as well having a wonderful Authentic Dinner and Room in true Japanese style.

The Shinkansen Bullet Train was a wonderful way to see the country with efficient ease and local Trains were effective as well.

All accommodation was comfortable and appropriate for tour. The tour guides were very helpful in dealing with local protocols which made the trip enjoyable. Tasting Japanese food was better than I first thought and did get used to the variables in cooking. I am a Sake convert and saw the processes involved there at a Brewery and a Sake Info centre on Audio Visual. Last day of official Tour saw the Top of famed Mount Fuji on way to Hakone to see a Buddhist Temple and cruise on Lake Ashi and took to Hakone Ropeway cable car.

My summing up is highly recommended to all concerned.

Thanks so much for the wonderful review Barry - will pass on your thanks to Lawson..

by Janene Hill on Japan Holidays
I loved the Happo Valley trek!

Hi Kahoru
Many thanks for organising my trip to Japan. It was fantastic!
I really enjoyed staying at Yoshinoso. I have sent you photos with my hosts. It is a family business. Mother, father and son. They were kind enough to drive me to the train station and also assist me to find the timetable to Mt. Koya. Their onsen was the best one I experienced.
I loved the Happo Valley trek.
The trip was very well organised and easy to follow and well-paced with plenty of time to catch trains.
Thank you once again for all your help organising this holiday. It was a healthy and happy break for me!
Sincerely, Janene

by Merryl and Ed Berry on Japan Holidays
Princess Cruise Shore Excursions in Japan

We recently sailed for 16 days around Japan on a Princess ship.
Judy and Tony organised shore excursions at several ports as well as a memorable stay at a ryokan. There attention to detail was super and the guides they engaged for us were very warm and willing to change as we asked so we saw the best that the ports had to offer.

Thanks so much for the lovely review Merryl and Ed - so glad everything went smoothly for you. Cruising around Japan has to be the best...!

by Helen Ferguson on Japan Holidays
My first trip to Japan in March/April was great.

Hi Juliane,

My first trip to Japan in March/April was great.  Your attention to detail with my itinerary was appreciated and your inclusion of the small “extras” made such a difference.  Being able to move, mostly, away from the tourist trail made for a much more relaxed trip.

The highlight of the trip was certainly the cherry blossoms which I was lucky to see everywhere from Nagasaki to Sendai.  The gardens are amazing and I certainly will plan on returning in Autumn to see the colour changes.   I found the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto worth an early morning walk, it was so peaceful walking up the Mountain with few people and many birds – I would recommend this as the crowds were arriving by 9am.  The Snow Monkeys were worth the extra travel – I could have watched them for hours!

Travelling by rail was easy and quick, the hotels all comfortable with good service, the guides were so helpful and knowledgeable and most seemed interested in showing Japan in its best light.   The people there were so helpful and respectful of others – Japan is certainly a country worth a second trip!

Many thanks for your patience and professionalism in the organisation of my trip,

Helen Ferguson

by Alf & Lillian Tornatore on Japan Holidays
A wonderful time in Japan

Dear Kahoru

Lillian and I had a wonderful time in Japan. We appreciate your expert assistance in organising the itinerary, bookings and logistics. Thanks once again for all your help in making our holiday so memorable. We would be happy to recommend your services to our friends.


Alf Tornatore

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

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