Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Simply Perfect

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Hi, We have just returned from our 18 day holiday in Japan.

I just wanted to let you know it was the perfect itinerary for us. Our wish list was all ticked off and we feel like our schedule was well planned and timed out for the days we had.

I was travelling with my two teenage girls and 10 yr old son, and we all agree it was truly memorable and great fun. Specifically, we loved the Dynamic Tokyo Tour. We saw so much more in one day than we could have in a much longer holiday or on our own. It was nice to be above ground on the bus for a change, as you see so much incidental scenery from the bus rather than popping out from the subway into a new realm. The Tokyo Dynamic Tour included a wonderful lunch, the yummiest teppanyaki we’d ever had, and wandering the gardens at both the lunch and tea ceremony sights felt like a privilege. All the staff we encountered were generous, caring and humorous. The Nakamise walkway up to Sensoji Temple was such a surprise and we wouldnt have gone if it wasnt part of the tour.

We enjoyed the Mt Fuji trip and agree with Clement that it was a good choice to make that our first day in Japan, I think we would otherwise have wasted a day acclimatising and wandering aimlessly. Being on tour for our first day, forced us out of bed early but more importantly gave us time to get used to the currency, weather, language and ask pertinent questions to a tour guide face to face.

We are grateful for your recommendation to stay at Biyu no Yado Ryokan in Yudanaka. The homestyle feel and traditional meals and accommodation were something we had never experienced. Very memorable for us all to sleep on futons and tatami, and the food surprised us so much. Some of it challenged us to try but everything was delicious (even the dried up salted looking fish that stared up at us from the plate), we agreed it was the best thing we ate all week. From here we enjoyed the snow monkey visit and found two staff; Daniel and Kaori, exceptional hosts.

Most importantly for me, I found all your notes helpful. Validating passes, locating reference numbers for bookings, phone numbers, meeting times etc- it was all so clearly laid out that I was able to enjoy the holiday knowing nothing would go wrong if I followed your instructions. So a big thank you from me, I enjoyed my kids company more for never having to “get stuck”.

Thanks Clement, should we be lucky enough to return to Japan, we will definitely use you guys again.

Warm Regards,
Jodi

Wonderful Cooking Sun Japanese cooking class

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Hi Koyomi,

We returned from our Japan holiday on Monday.  Everything went to plan with our rail passes and USJ tickets.  I really want to give you feedback on the Cooking Sun Japanese cooking class.  It was so wonderful and I can highly recommend it.  We caught a taxi from Kyoto Station as this seemed easiest, but found our way back very easily after the class.  Fuki, the lady who taught us, spoke excellent English and was just so nice.  There was only Jemma and I in the class and it was very hands on.  We learnt a lot and were very proud of the obento box we produced.  I will send you a couple of photos on a separate email.  Great value for money. 

Regards, Karyn

Wonderful Cooking Sun Japanese cooking class

Bento Boxes - Japanese Cooking Class

Cooking Class was Great

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Dear Teruhiro,

I did have a very good experience in my Cooking Sun class and wish I had more time in Kyoto to do the afternoon class. I will recommend your services and Cooking Sun to my friends and on trip advisor.

I am happy for you to use photos taken of me in the class for promotion. Thank you for asking.

Regards
Jenny

Thanks for your help

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Hello Miyuki

I’m sorry I have not replied earlier to your very helpful reply to my request. The good news is that I now know what those sake bottles mean and your help was invaluable.

You put me on the right track with your translations and after much Google work, I have found the answer: forty two years ago my friend and I were driven out of Tokyo to a restaurant for lunch and those bottles came from that restaurant. It still exists and is called
“Takaosan-Nanushi-Gonsuke” and it is located in Hachioji, one hour’s drive west of Tokyo. I must have bought or was given the bottles after our lunch which I remember was around the Irori and much sake was consumed.

Thank you very much for your help in this matter and thank you for organising our trip to Japan. We absolutely loved the country and its people and we will visit again with JTB.

Arigatou gozaimashita

Max

Thank you for thinking of us

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

This tour was excellent. The flights were good and the seats you arranged were fine. We were very happy with the way the tour was organised in every respect. We were met at the airport by our guide and taken to our hotel, and everything was well organised and flowed beautifully. Great hotels, good food, sightseeing was well organised and we very much enjoyed the trains.Thank you for looking after us and we have been recommending you and the tour to anyone who will listen. Hope to deal with you again in the future. 

Skiing at Hakuba

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Hi Peta

Just emailing to let you know that Daniel and I had a fantastic time in Japan, the skiing at Hakuba was awesome, the accommodation was great, the owners of the lodge made us feel very welcome and it was lovely to share stories/information in the common lounge/dining room with everyone else, lots of fun. All of the hotels you booked were great to stay in and the Japanese breakfasts were delicious too.

The rest of the holiday in Tokyo and Kyoto was brilliant too, with many wonderful temples, shrines and castles to see and of course great food including delicious pastries which was an unexpected surprise.

Your instructions on the Itinerary were absolutely fantastic and very helpful, which made our trip much easier when we had to work out how to get to places we were staying at.

Thanks once again for your great service and we are very happy to recommend you and the Platinum travel service to everyone we know.

Cheers, Armando

The whole tour was so well organised

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Dear Olivia,
We were wondering if you could pass on our sincere thanks to Takeda-san in Sapporo.  The whole tour was so well organised and everything ran smoothly.  The Aspen Hotel in Sapporo is a wonderful base and the banquet dinner last night was superb.  Takeda-san, in particular, went to so much trouble to make sure that those with special diets were so well catered for.
We really appreciate the effort put in by everyone at JTB to make this tour so enjoyable.
Thank you Olivia, Takeda-san and tour facilitator extraordinaire Michiko Suzuki. What a team you are!
If there is any feedback needed for any part of the tour, we’d be happy to oblige.

Thank you so much,
Lorraine and Ron

So nice to have everything organised for me for a change!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Dear Kathy
 
Just a quick email to let you know how much Tony and I really enjoyed our trip to Bangkok.
 
I felt so spoilt because you organized everything so beautifully from the hotel to the dinners to the transfers.  It felt nice to let someone organize me for a change.
 
I doubt whether we’d ever get invited on one of these trips again but I can only hope.  The people are so down to earth and friendly and I hope I can see you all again one day.
 
P.S.  The flight on the way to Melbourne was half empty.  Most of us had three seats to ourselves.  I had a good sleep on the way home.
 
Thanks Kathy

Mary 

In short, it was brilliant!!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Hi Olivia,
 
I just wanted to feed back about our trip.
In short it was brilliant!!  Everything you had organised was perfect, so thank you.
 
Here are a few comments for any future people you might book holidays for – I am sorry if you know these points but thought we would let you know
anyway:
 
1.  The snow is unbelievable!!!!    All resorts were covered with heaps and
there was fresh powder snow almost daily.
 
2.  Happo One is a fantastic resort to ski on with a sensational view and great wide runs.  However, I would suggest for absolute beginners it may not be the best…….the blacks are hard, the blues/reds are a bit harder than in victoria and so are the greens (although some of these might have been labelled dotted green).  For absolute beginners, we found the Tsugaike resort had a lot nicer green runs (a bit like the summit at Hotham or the bourke st buller run – but heaps and heaps of them).  Otherwise I found Happo One to be magnificent and would strongly recommend it for intermediate or experienced skiers.  Also, at Happo there were also heaps of runs which kept the day interesting.
 
3. I don’t know if you have used it much but the Yamano resort was fantastic.  The rooms were nice enough, the view of the ski jumps every morning at breakfast was spectacular and to top it off the Japanese bath was sensational at the end of every day’s skiing.  One of the complaints on trip advisor was the small bathrooms which is true, but I suspect none of these people used the gigantic japanese bath/sauna. Most of all, the service was top notch.  The hosts spoke English mostly pretty well and were always helpful.  We could call them anytime and they would come and pick us up in the resort (or drop us off).  Also, Yamano was really close to the chair lift.
 
4.  Regarding where to eat, I would tell people to relax…..everywhere we ate it was magnificent.  We even had 2 hot pot meals in Yamano which were great.  What I would recommend to people is to go to Echoland……its a small town nearby Happo (you can still get views of ski jump) and there are a number of restaurants here.  We went to Zen and Izakaya Hie (make sure to order okonomyaki -japanese pancake here!!).  Both were sensational – although we probably would give the vote to Zen.
 
5.  The snow monkey tour should be strongly recommended.  I think you had said we could use the JR East pass to get there, but when we spoke to the information centre at Nagano about this, we were told the way to get there was by bus so we didn’t book the train.  However, at our resort we saw a tour to the monkeys, lunch at a sake factory (can’t remember the town name) and finally the Zenkoji Temple in Nagano city.  By far the highlight of the day was the monkeys…..they are so cute and worth the trip!
 
6. My final comment is with the JR East pass.  It was useful to have all the tickets booked on day one so we knew where to go, what time and with a reserved seat, but I am not sure costwise whether it is cheaper just to buy the tickets on arrival.  As I said, we didn’t particularly mind and was pleased to have the reserved seats but given we only travelled narita-tokyo-nagano and return on the JR pass, others on a tighter budget might find it more useful to buy the tickets over there.
 
As I said, we had a brilliant week and hopefully will return.
 

Andrew

Memorable Ryokans

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Hi Olivia

Just a short note to let you know that Phil and I had a fantastic time in Japan. Everything went smoothly. The rail travel was easy, especially as the people were so friendly and helpful. All of the accommodation was great, and in convenient locations.  The ryokans were especially memorable.  The first one in Takayama took a bit of getting used to because it was so different- we made lots of mistakes with shoes and baths but no one seemed to mind too much and it was a great experience.  The second one in Miyajima was absolutely beautiful – huge room and one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in!  (I think they may have changed our booking to a western style room).  The food was also wonderful wherever we went, but the meals in the ryokans were particularly good (although at times a bit confusing!)

Thanks again for organising the trip for us.  We are hoping that we can get you to help us to organise another one very soon!

Regards,
Kerry

Everything went so smoothly

Friday, October 12th, 2012
Hi Kathy,
 
How have you been?  Just want to thank you for having organised such a great trip to Japan for us  again!
 
Everything went so smoothly , this time, we specially enjoyed the stay in hotels as the breakfast was 100 times better than the youth hostel ones.
We didn’t need to carry luggage as often as we used to, what a relief! For our next trip, I hope we can keep the same arragement for hotels and etc.
 
We were treated as VIP in the school, did our visit much longer than expected as the principal kept taking numerous photos and taking us to many venues. 
 
Our girls enjoyed Onsen and shopping so much. We were all tired, but safe!
 
Thank you again
Kind regards,
Lizhu

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
Yoroshiku

Peter

Very impressed by Japan

Friday, May 25th, 2012
Eri
 
Just to let you know we had a great Holiday and were very impressed by Japan.. It’s a truly fantastic place made even better by the people who call it home.. I can honestly say that my encounter with Japan has been  fantastic.. I enjoyed the people the culture and the food the scenery .. everything.. and its soooo clean and the people are sooo respectful.. we could learn a lot from Japan
 
I will be going back 
Thanks for all your help
Regards Kieran

A superb holiday

Monday, May 7th, 2012
Hello Yoko,
Well what a superb holiday it turned out to be. We hit the jackpot with everything. The weather was good (less 1 day) Cherry Blossom in full bloom. And Mt Fuji you couldn’t get it any better.
 
Our tour escort  Kierin words can’t describe him. Each night when we didn’t have anything planned for a meal he took those of us who wanted to go with him to a differently Japanese style meal. In Hiroshima he found one (okonomiyaki restaurant) that could do gluten free so I went  with the whole group. Enjoyed it so much I had 2 of them. 
 
The tour far exceeded what I thought it would be like. And I have recommended it to friends here since my return. An extra day or two in Tokyo as I had originally planned would be an idea for your tours as 1 day is not enough. And name tags as it is hard to remember everyone’s names. 
 
The tour was excellently organized. You just could not fault it anywhere. And I’ve had almost 30 holidays overseas.
 
And the tour guide—next time he goes on a tour let’s know.
Our whole group might go again.
 

Regards Graeme 

Kieran Okonomiyaki

Thank you for all of your work

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Dear Eri,
I would also like to thank you for selecting such excellent hotels especially Keio Plaza hotel in Shinjuku (ichi-ban) because of the variety and best quality of food at the buffet restaurant –  and the quad room which we understand is very special size in Japan.
 
and Biyu No Yado with beautiful onsens and snow Monkeys were special and Yukki our host is so considerate of us.
 
We had such beautiful sunny weather and Cherry Blossoms were everywhere we went !!!
 
We have had a beautiful holiday and we managed to work out the trains and we just went where we wanted to and when we wanted to.
 
The only time we got lost was in the subway shops under Osaka Umeda station – that was very big – but we did take a compass.
 
Thank you for making all our arrangements,
everything went as booked and our family had a beautiful holiday.
 
Everyone in Japan was glad to see people starting to visit again after 2011.
 
Domo arigatou gozaimasu.

Peter