Archive for November, 2019

Accommodation was perfect!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

It was fantastic we had a great time away.


Accommodation was perfect location and comfortable.


Keio Plaza was perfect, really spacious rooms and plenty of food options.  Especially because they had the Disney Shuttle from the hotel too.


The notes on the docs were a life saver because Japan rail stations have so many exits so it was so good to have the info on where to exit and how to get to places.


Hiroshima Day tour was fantastic and really well set up.


Robot restaurant was incredible!


Thanks again for all your help!

It really helped to maximise my time

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

 *The comment below is from a customer who booked tour through agent


Overall it was amazing, and I’m so glad I sought the advice of professionals. It really helped to maximise my time. Please pass on my thanks to Clement.


Kamicochi was an amazing place to visit, very unique. Beautiful Japanese style rooms and onsen. It even snowed.

Matsumoto was a tiny room (I couldn’t fully open my suitcase!!) but perfect in terms of location.

The Kurube Alepen Route as a big day, but I left the hotel by 8am. This made it much more relaxed. I even spent a good two hours walking on snow-covered tracks at the highest point “Murodo” which was truly amazing. I didn’t get to my accommodation till about 8pm, but it was worth it. The only thing was that the baggage porter service shut a week earlier, so I had to lug my suitcase up and down some VERY steep steps (there was no lift options). I managed ok, but wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that might struggle a bit physically.

The Takeyama hotel was very modern and nice. The bus service was reliable, and they even have cheap e-bike hire. Not that it bothered me, but this was easily the most touristy spot on the trip.

The Hakone Hotel was very beautiful, but a bit out of the way, and I felted a bit rushed with the travel times either side.

The Shibuya Hotel was also perfect. The room was soundproofed, so no problem getting a good nights sleep. It was in a perfect location for anyone wanting to be in the heart of Tokyo.

The bar-hopping tour was a lot of fun. All the patrons were genuinely interested in food and culture insights. The guide Kyu, was really good.

Fell in love with Japan

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Hi Rie,

Thank you for helping so much with our honeymoon holiday. 
Trip went very well and fell in love with Japan (food, people and culture)
Everything was great. 
Min 4 days. Shinjuku area is excellent 
Tokyo tower at night was magnificent 
My Fuji- clear day on top. Very fortunate
Best 5 days on trip with so much to do
Hotel had a magnificent indoor pool
Arashiyama was magnificent 
Nara trip was amazing
Gilza really appreciated the peace memorial and museum
Great hotel
Fukuoka – maybe 1 day there is enough
Outlet shopping was great
Beach front was magnificent 
Osaka – need more days here as it’s huge
Onsen hotel was unique and enjoyable
Food is amazing
Would not change much and weather for this time of year was perfect. 
We will go back I’m sure one day. 
Best Regards
Leo & Gilza

We had a wonderful time

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Hi Peter,

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising our holiday in Japan.
We had a wonderful time – the hotels you booked were fantastic.
We managed the trains (with the massive assistance of our daughter!).
Loved the beautiful people and the food. Favourite places Kyoto and Hiroshima and Hakone. We climbed Mt Misen too which was pretty hard!
Will definitely recommend your services and contact you for our return trip one day!!
Cheers, Emma

The organisation by JTB was first class!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

We are back from Japan and grateful that we bailed out of staying in Hong Kong!


Everything went exceptionally well. We had great weather, 18 to 21 degrees every day; only one day with a couple of showers but we were checking out the department stores that morning.


All the hotels were excellent and situated very well for getting around. The hotel in Kyoto ran a shuttle bus service every 15 minutes to and from the station. (I think many hotels operated a shuttle service.)

Since we were there 7 nights we became very proficient at using various modes of public transport. We had bought Pasmo cards in Tokyo which allowed us to use trains, subway and buses with ease. So easy with

written signs on the vehicle and spoken announcements in Japanese and in English. (Pasmo does the same thing as a Sueca card – like Myki only much better!) We also used the trains in Tokyo and found it easy to

get around.


The organisation by JTB (Sunrise Tours) was first class. We were met at the airport as promised and directed to a car which took us to the hotel. At every point of changing towns were taken to the station and

accompanied to the right platform. On the first day we were given a page detailing what time we would be picked up from our hotel on every day on which we were doing a tour. On about two days we had our guide

all to ourselves; another day we had one other couple join us. In Takayama we were fortunate to stay in a traditional Ryokan and have dinner included which was served in our room. (I think the original hotel had been

changed.) The list of pickup times we were given on day 1 even outlined approximately what time we would be picked up on day 13 (after we had 5 days to ourselves to explore); the exact pickup time was notified to

the hotel before 6pm the night before.


Thank you for all the work you put in and the hotels you selected. Back to the real world now. (I think we had much better weather than you did here in Melbourne!)


Kind regards,


Sue and Rick

Had a great time time together in Japan

Monday, November 18th, 2019
Hi Rie,
Thank you for your email.
Karen and I had a great time time together in Japan and the bookings and accommodation you arranged proved excellent choices. Whilst the primary purpose  of the visit was to take part in the recent RWC (which Japan did an excellent job in hosting) we also enjoyed venturing outside of Tokyo; including Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka and different parts of Hokkaido; where the Autumn colours were a site to behold.
Obviously will be a very busy time in Japan next year with hosting the next Olympics. 
Not sure when we are next likely to be back in Japan. Our next venture into the  region is likely to be to Korea. 
Again, thank you for your thoughtful follow up and certainly we will have JTB in mind on our future visits.
Kind regards

I had a great time thanks

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Hi Rie,

I had a great time thanks. In the end I stayed in the Yokohama/Tokyo area as the day I planned to go to the foot of Mt Fuji it was wet with a lot of low cloud, however I got a perfect view of Mt Fuji as we took off from Haneda airport on my flight home.

All the tickets you got for me were in excellent positions and the instructions for getting to/from the grounds worked well. One interesting thing I found out was in much of the subway there were plenty of escalators going up but few or none including lifts going down which made it very difficult when I had my cases with me. I therefore changed plans for getting to Haneda airport on Sunday and took a short taxi trip to the Express bus way terminal next to the Shinjuku Railway station and took the bus to the airport. Very quick and comfortable and saved all the up and down stairways. 

The Japanese did a magnificent job hosting the RWC. It was also nice to make a visit where I could experience some of the culture and meet many of the “locals” unlike on my previous visits made for business purposes where that opportunity did not arise. I have no doubt I will at some stage make a return trip and will contact you at that time.