Posts Tagged ‘Hokkaido’

Best Family Skiing Holiday

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Our family of six (including four children between 9 and 14) had the holiday of a lifetime skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido in late January 2016. We flew from Brisbane, with a short stopover in Taiwan, Taipei, then straight on to Sapporo, Hokkaido. It was a very comfortable trip, with no jet lag, and we were met by JTB staff and put on a coach for a short but scenic drive through the snow to Rusutsu Resort.

The Rusutsu Resort facilities and service were fantastic and there was plenty of the most beautiful soft powder every day. There’s plenty for the kids to do — a two-storey merry-go-round, a wave pool with slide, dog sledding, snow mobiling, etc. The hot springs were a highlight. I recommend Rusutsu Resort for families with both experienced skiers and beginners, and it is the perfect introduction to Japan for first-time visitors. We are recommending this trip to anyone who will listen. Thank you JTB for one of the best holidays we have ever had.

From Jenny

Brilliant Planning

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Hi Olivia,

This email is to first thank you sincerely for the brilliant planning you put into the trip. It went exceedingly well, even though the first two weeks were unusually wet. It didn’t stop us – it just meant a few more in-door things to find and do e:g museums which we might add, the Japanese do very well. And as expected, the flights on the first day left us tired. Hokkaido was quite cold and the weather really broke up about two days after we were back on Honshu. We considered ourselves lucky with that part of the trip.

Will write up comments on the hotels for you in coming days, but they all suited our purposes. Obviously they were of varying standard but their location and Staff helpfulness were really good. Will also provide some must do’s  for some of your future customers.

And finally, yes! a little shudder on our last night in Tokyo was just a reminder as to where we were.

We will catch up in person soon, but as in previous years, your work and assistance with our trips has been of great comfort to us and greatly appreciated.


Paul and Rita.

Fabulous Trip

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Dear Yoko-san
I hope you are well. The trip was fabulous. I had a very enjoyable time. Everything went well, the food was delicious and the hot springs were soothing. I had no problems driving in Hokkaido and saw a fox, deer and squirrels.
It was very hot though.
I did see the Hiroshima vs Yokohama game and enjoyed it very much. It was nice on hot summer’s evening. (Yokohama won by 1 run)
Thank you so much for your kind help
Arigatou gozaimashita


Everything went without a Hitch

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Hi Noriko,
Thank you very much for your contribution to our long awaited return to Japan.  Everything went without a hitch, and whilst we couldn’t do the trip down to Hiroshima this time, it was a wonderful visit yet again.
We spent 8 days in Sapporo with the family, (we hadn’t seen the kids for almost four years), then overnight in Hakkodate, down to Sendai where we were treated to a traditional sashimi dinner at a beautiful restaurant with nine old friends, all of whom had been terribly affected by the Earthquake/Tsunami.
They’re tough people,  and they’re recovering amazingly well.
The cherry blossoms were in full bloom in Hokkaido because it had been so cold so late.  We had one day where it was Minus One Degree – a little hard to take after an Australian summer.
I have hundreds of photo’s, and once I’ve had time to sort them out, I will send you some.
Many thanks again,
John and Sue
PS:  We are hoping to return to Japan  in October for two weeks (if finances allow), so expect to hear from us again soon.

We were very pleased with the services offered

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Dear Olivia,

I know that Lorraine has already sent you an e-mail describing how well the trip around Hokkaido has gone. We fully endorse her comments!

In addition, we want to let you know that the arrangements that you made for us personally – JAL trips between Osaka Kansei and Sapporo Chitose, and overnight accommodation at the Bellevue Garden Kansei Airport Hotel – all went according to plan. We were very pleased with the services offered and would like to that you for making the arrangements and helping to make our trip a great and memorable success :-)

Kind Regards,
Eileen and Mike

Most enjoyable time

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Dear Olivia,

I was wondering if you could pass on the following comments/ review to JTB in Hokkaido?

We have just spent the most enjoyable time with two wonderful people helping us understand and come to love this amazing island of Hokkaido. Our bus driver, Kumada San was always extremely courteous, kept the bus impeccably clean, impressed us with his careful, smooth and safe driving and his ready smile.

Suzuki Michiko San is amazing. Not only does she have very good English, she is extremely well researched and seems to be able to read our minds. We often start off with questions about the topic or sightseeing spot but before we can voice them, the answers come in her descriptions, which are clearly presented and very interesting. From the very beginning, we were impressed with her excellent manner, her kindness, patience and willingness to help as best she can. We learnt so much, not just about the sights we visited, but about what it is like to live in this land of long winters. We came away with a better understanding of the culture of the peoples of Hokkaido, even some of the stories and songs. It was sad to say goodbye to a lovely person, whom we came to look upon as a newfound friend.

With Kumada-san and Suzuki-san we had the best team in Hokkaido. Thank you to all involved in making this possible.


the arrangements were perfectly co ordinated from JTB

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Just to say thank you for organising the trip . We had an excellent time in Niseko and the arrangements were perfectly co ordinated from JTB and Hokkaido trails . The apartment was very comfortable , nicely furnished and equipped . We will certainly use your service again if we return to Japan and would recommend to others



Our drive around Hokkaido

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hi Olivia

We’re back from our drive around Hokkaido. It was fabulous. A lovely and mostly rugged area to drive through.
The hotels you booked for us were great: In scenic locations with good facilities, helpful staff, good food and character.
The driving was easy, the GPS helpful even though the written instructions on screen were only in Japanese/Kanji.
The spoken instructions were in American. A quick lesson on pushing the right buttons when we picked up the car was enough for our basic needs.

Osaka was extremely and unusually hot for this time of year, mostly minimum of 27°C and maximum 35°C. Just took it a bit easier.

Want to return to Hokkaido… and other quieter islands also. We’ve visited Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa in the past and are now keen to take to the wheel there also.

Will return to JTB for our next bookings.

Thank You

We had a wonderful time!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Dear Yoko,

Thank you for your help organizing our recent trip to Hokkaido. Jerry and I returned only a few days ago. We had a wonderful time! We were very pleased with all of the accommodations – but especially enjoyed the Shiretoko Grand because it gave us the opportunity to stay in a tatami room. While we were a little too early for the fall foliage, we saw beautiful scenery in the rural areas and also saw some wildlife (deer, bears, and cranes).

We appreciate the help – couldn’t have done it without you!

Carol, South Australia