We are back from our 21 day trip and we just wanted to say that it was an excellent trip in all respects and we are very happy we went. A lot of walking but there was a lot to see and it was all worthwhile. Ray was very pleased the trip went to Nagasaki,a smaller city with its little trams going up and down the main streets and lots of history.Lorna was pleased to visit Osaka and Kyoto which allowed us to see our home stay friends of 20 or so years ago.The weather was mostly very good but it turned cold on the northern island.The tour directors were still able to make the most of our stay in Hakodate and Sapporo including a visit to a remarkable chocolate factory and the ski jump at Sapporo.
On the last day in Tokyo we were able to arrange a late check out at the Shinagawa Hotel At 1800 Yen per hour and we took an extra 4 hours which,for us, was well worthwhile. Lastly thank you very much for your help. Everything went very smoothly from the initial arrangements, supply of documents and the trip itself. Incidentally from 1/8 Qantas will fly direct from Brisbane to Tokyo and return.The flight ex Brisbane will be a much more convenient time but we are pleased we did not wait.