Just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for your help in organising our trip to Japan recently. We had a blast! Ishigaki was a great little spot and the people there were awesome. Even got to do karaoke with the Mayor!
The hotel Prince Shinagawa was fantastic – clean, great breaky, easy access to trains and a view of Fuji-San! The Kill Bill restaurant was great, and the robot restaurant in Shinjuku was very Tokyo quirky, but fun. My Japanese friends thought it was interesting. About 80% of the people there were foreigners. We had dinner afterwards in Golden Street which is full of tiny eateries and bars. That was a definite highlight.
We headed straight to Hiroshima from Tokyo in one hit, dumped our bags at the ryokan I organised near the station, and headed to Miyajima. Well worth the trip – what a spectacular place. Stunning views and the oysters cooked fresh on the stone grill! Yum!
One night in Hiroshima, back on the shink to Kyoto, with a stopover at Himeji Castle on the way. Dinner in Gion, then the next day spent going to various shines/temples – Kiyomizu-dera, Sliver Pavilion (best gardens in Kyoto!), Gold Pavilion and finally Ryoanji with it’s fascinating rock garden.
On the express train to KIX, overnight at the Nikko Hotel (again, great place) then off to Ishigaki.
All the timings/connections were spot on thanks. And we certainly got our money’s worth with the rail passes.
This was my travel buddy Troy’s first ever overseas trip, and he had a blast. Thanks for all your help in organising it.
I have attached a few photos of the trip for your viewing pleasure! I may put some up on the JTB Facebook page soon.
And thanks for your help with the other team members who travelled to Ishigaki too! The tournament was great fun.