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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 KahoruMany 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 KahoruLillian 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.Regards,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

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.

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