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
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!)
Sue and Rick
Nov. 2019 Kyoto