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Best Place Visited on the Japan Tour: Kinkakuji Temple and Todaiji Temple
Best Experience on the Japan Tour: Seeing the Cherry Blossoms everywhere!
Want to Visit again/next time: More time in Kyoto and Osaka
Overall, tour was a fun experience. Days 3, 4, and 5 felt rushed at times but we covered many sites. Tour handbook should be clearer on the overnight luggage arrangement for Kyoto and it would be good to include dinner suggestions.
Bus and driver were fine, some of the time allocated to major sites was too little. With a backup guide, may have been more efficient to have 2 groups of 16 each to make instructions and coordination easier. Note: please do not post any of my pictures on your website.
We stayed in hotels well located in Kyoto and Osaka Japanese style hotel in Atami was fun Narita Excel Airport Hotel is awful! Sheraton Osaka air conditioner did not work and they couldn't fix it
We had different meal experiences; only the one in Kyoto was memorable Generally, breakfast was too rushed and lunch was average.
Seio was a good natured, funny, kind, patient, and caring tour guide who tried very hard to make the tour enjoyable. Sometimes, logistics didn't work but she was always pleasant and helpful
We covered all major highlights in four days up to Osaka. Some wonderful sites.
Sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms overwhelming trees from the mountains, next to the rivers, and inside the cities in clusters of pink flowers. This breathtaking view can be seen with our fully escorted Essence of Spring Tour traveling from Tokyo to Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Nara, and Kyoto.