I came back on Monday after three fabulous weeks in Japan. Everything went well until I caught a cold on the second last day in Tokyo which I have brought back with me. Over the 21 days I had four days of rain which wasn’t too bad and I expected it would be wet. However it was warm and humid which I quite like.
The itinerary was great and I had just enough time in each place. I had no trouble with trains or schedules and took a number of local buses as well. The accommodation was fabulous – well-located, friendly and clean. It is hard to say what was the highlight but I did enjoy the Hotel Jirin at Zao Onsen and the ryokan at Kiso Fukushima because of the beautiful rooms and food and baths. Also, by taking two meals a day, you get to know the staff more and can interact.
My Japanese listening, reading and speaking improved considerably but I need a lot more work on writing!
Thank you once again for making all the arrangements. I hope to pop in next week some time if that is suitable.