Thank you SO much for all you did for our trip: we had an absolute ball, and your organisation for us was fantastic. We are already planning a return in for koyo in late October/early November next year, 2013!!
All the hotels were great: the Metropolitan in Sendai gave us an end of corridor room, which was wider, and had western beds on a slightly raised floor: sort of a cross between a western and a Japanese room and really big: it was wonderful.
I think I could live in the Nagoya Marriott forever: the rooms are HUGE, and the bathrooms are to die for: although next time we might be really picky and request a room with a better view we were on the lowest of the guest floors (20th) which was fine, except we looked straight out on the adjacent tower..no view at all.
Granvia as always suited us perfectly. I love that place, and the new Osaka station is fabulous: loved it.
And having brekky included at the Shinagawa Prince was amazing: we LOVED that! AND we paid minimal extra (1000Yen per hour) for a late check out
yesterday: we had a quick shower and long brekky, left the hotel for some sightseeing around 9.30am and returned about 1.30pm, had a quick udon noodle lunch, and then a shower and left the room around 3.30pm for the 4pm limo bus: best way we have left Japan ever usually we travel up from Osaka, never again!
It was so good to get to the airport feeling fresh and clean before the flight, and yet we had still done quite a bit on the day, Happoen garden, and the historic Shinagawa Tokaido Post road area.