Posts Tagged ‘Kyoto’

We had a fantastic time

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Hi Steven,

We had a fantastic time, everything went smoothly and I was very thankful for JTB sending someone to meet me at the airport to arrange all the train tickets and JR pass etc. The students said Kyoto and Takayama were their favourite places and experiences. The school visit, however short, was enjoyed by the students. Everything was well organised, no complications with any accomodation – very thankful JTB was there to back me up. Thanks for your help, and Renee’s as well.


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.


Love Japan!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Good morning, Teruhiro.

Our hotel in Kyoto that you booked for us was wonderful and our stay very special.

Thank you for your assistance.

I do love going to Japan.

Regards, Stephanie

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

Just wanted to let you know

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Hello Eri,

I’m not sure if you remember me but you helped organize my recent visit to Japan and I met up with you at your workplace one morning to collect documents etc just before I left. 
I returned from Japan last Friday and I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time and to thank you for all your help.

All went very smoothly , the hotels were all easy to locate and very close to a railway station. I particularly liked Matsumoto (great castle!) and Kanazawa, which is like a smaller and less crowded version of Kyoto. The weather was lovely and sunny and a lot warmer than I had expected.
Tokyo was buzzing of course. The Studio Ghibli museum was a lot of fun, I’m glad I made the effort to go there.
Tsumago was interesting and “off the beaten tourist track” and the surrounding countryside was absolutely stunning.
Anyway, thanks again for your help. If you need a reference at all let me know.


Everything was Perfect

Monday, May 20th, 2013
Hi Eri,
I just wanted to tell you that my daughter and I had a fantastic time in Japan.
It was one of the best holidays I have ever had and I can’t thank you enough for organizing everything for me.
Everything was perfect and with your instructions we had no trouble finding our way around Tokyo and Kyoto.
It was an amazing experience.
Thank you so much for everything.


A Wonderful Holiday

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Morning Emerald,

I would like to thank you for your time and effort in putting together our travel Itinerary to Japan during a demanding high season on a short notice, as well as putting up with my particular preferences. You have pretty much saved the trip.

Peter and I had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed touring the cities using the impressive train service without any problems.

The impressive hotels were very much the Tokyo ones particularly the Park Hyatt and Kyoto’s Brighton hotel was amongst the very good ones.

Your detailed instructions and pamphlets were very helpful.

Kindest Regards,

Loved the Snow Monkeys

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Hi Clem,
Ashley is back, really enjoyed the trip
He has worked out the trains now..thinks he should go back now..
Just didn’t like Tokyo much, but loved up at the Snow monkey’s & Hiroshima & Kyoto
People very kind & friendly
Thank you so much for your help with him
Kind Regards

Thanks for the Brilliant Job

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Good morning Olivia,
We all wanted to pass on our thanks for the brilliant job you did in planning our holiday in Japan. Everything went really well. But  we would have liked to have had more time there!! We all want to go back to different spots to look in more depth.
We decided to use our Rail passes for everything,as we enjoyed the trains so much.Especially the wide view Hida trains which we decided we preferred over the bullet train. Much more space,and great for the views,which of course were stunning through the Alps.
Loved both the ryokan style hotels of course. But we were also very impressed with our budget hotels. In particular, the Shinjuku Washington Hotel scored top points for location-local shops, eateries; proximity to tourist info at Tokyo local government building; the station close by; drop off from the airport bus at the hotel door-great after a long flight; convenience store and cafes in the building; its own laundromat; quietness; and wonderfully helpful staff who even came up and opened the window with a special tool for me as I found the heating stifling [same in all hotels but had opening windows, thank goodness] everywhere indoors.
Also you arranging 2 rooms for most of the trip was a great idea giving us that extra space.
Only disappointment was APA Hotel Kyoto Ekimae. A bit shabby, window  over a stairwell, poor room layout as compared with the others we stayed in, but worst was very disinterested and unhelpful staff- we almost missed our Nara tour because they failed to give us clear directions as to where we had to go and how to get to pickup point for the tour!!
We have already recommended you and JTB to many people. 
Again many thanks,
Susan, Adrian and Zoe.

..would be very happy to use JTB again

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Thank you Olivia, our Japan trip was a great success, and I had intended to email you to let you know, but your welcome home arrived first.
Your bookings all worked seamlessly and both hotels were excellent choices without being too expensive. The transfers and connecting rail and bus tickets all worked perfectly. The couple running the Terry hotel were a delight and very helpful and accomodating.
Tokyo is a wonderful city, and has only wetted my appetite to return with my wife in the springtime to explore further, perhaps Kyoto, and more traditional and country areas, although that would have to be in 2014.
I would be very happy to use JTB again, and hope that I can contact you closer to the time to stitch together an itinerary.
Yours sincerely,

Very Impressed with JTB Service

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Dear Yoshie,
We’re back home from our holiday in Singapore and Japan last week.
We were very impressed with the JTB service. A JTB representative is always there to meet us at every train arrival as well as to send us off at every train departure to ensure that we have boarded the right train safely, etc.  We took the Nozomi Bullet Train from Kyoto to Tokyo. Wow, so fast and accurate. The train system is also very good. We should use it here in Melbourne.
Japan is a very nice country, clean, and the people are very courteous.  The people are always willing to assist us even if they don’t speak very good English. 
Thank you very much for all your assistance and service in making our holiday in Japan a wonderful experience.
I attach three photos of our trip, one taken at Mt Fuji (5th Station), the second at Tokyo Tower and the third one Russell and I with Hachiko (the dog) at Shibuya. 
Please tell the JTB management in Japan that we were very impressed with their service and we wouldn’t hesitate recommending the service to others who are thinking of travelling to Japan.
With best wishes,

Takayama – a great opportunity to experience a ryokan

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
We felt blessed when we were greeted by the lovely guide at Osaka airport after a long queue for fingerprinting, face recognition etc. Of course we were weary, and it was a great luxury to be swept to the hotel in a very flash Toyota limo.

Hyatt very good. Room on first Japanese second floor, so a good view of the roof below, but it was very quiet and comfortable. By far the smallest of our three rooms, but great bed, bath and breakfast.

The bike tour was a huge success. Although we had a couple of rain showers we managed to visit all the temples/shrines/palace as well as stopping at a tiny ‘hole in the wall’ for noodles, which is what we had requested.

If you have any clients remotely interested in architecture or art I would certainly include the Miho Museum. It is absolutely breathtaking. Almost worth the trip to Japan, and made so much easier with the car. Again, the blossoms not out, but magnificent.

Cherry blossoms started to really bloom while in Kyoto, and being the weekend the Japanese tourists were out in force, quite a few in national dress.

Takayama – a great opportunity to experience a ryokan. That place also had a great onsen on the ground floor, and contrary to our expectations we were provided with three not one excellent dinners. The first in a private room of their main dining area, the second at Hotel Alice? where we were served slivers of the heavy duty cholestrol steak. Third night another private room in their sushi bar part of the hotel. I would certainly recommend that place. The town also features some very pleasant walks, and of course the famous floats.


Thank you for all your effort

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Dear Lily;
We had a phantastic time at Niseko, the accommodation at the Vale was excellent as it offered a very spacious lounge with kitchen and dining as well as two very comfortable bedrooms with beautiful views to the slopes and Mount Youthie. The location of the Vale is also very convenient. Overall we had good weather and fine snow. However the biggest discovery was the friendlyness of the japanese people, they were just so kind and helpful wherever you went and we found them so accommodating. Please promote it as every visitor will enjoy the overwhelming japanese hospitality.
After one week in Niseko we had a nice time in Tokyo at the Prince Hotel in Shinigawa, again a great and convenient location to get around in Tokyo which is just so exciting with all the variety it can offer. No problem to go by train everywhere. We also went to the fishmarket at 5.00 am in the morning and had a beautiful fish breakfast with all the delicacies what a unique place in the world.
However the highlight for me was the train ride on the bullet train to Kyoto and Hiroshima, what an experience, but that is just the daily life for the working people.
For me Kyoto is a beautiful city including the surroundings, again very friendly people and unbelievable culture unfortunately we could not make it to the “SUMO Wrestling”. Kyoto was very peaceful and relaxing.
Our final destination was Hiroshima where we stayed at the RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL close to the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Museum. This is the most impressive  location one can visit to find peace in yourself. Everyone has to visit this place to learn how we should shape the world for our future, the we will realize we cannot continue as we are now as we have to seek and find peace for this world. Again we just indulged in the kindness of the japanese folkes.
After two days Hiroshima we returned to Tokyo for an ovenight stay at the Prince Hotel and again enjoyed the busy atmosphere.
We left on Sunday 18 March and can only find praise for the time we spent in Japan  and are looking forward to discover more.
Therefore please help us to find more beautiful spots in the country where we can meet more local people.
I would like to thank you for all your effort to make all the necessary arrangements for our holiday you just have made it so good for our journey.
looking forward to planning our next holiday during 2013/14 to Japan.
Kindest regards from

We had the most amazing time in Japan

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Hey Clem

Just wanted to write and say we had the most amazing time in Japan. It was so diverse everything we did. We loved the hotel in Kyoto great position and so nice….we felt grubby arriving there with a backpacks after a week snowboarding and staying in a hostel.

Everything with the transfer and JR Pass was easy to work out. The Mt Fuji trip was good too just a pity it was shy that day!! We also made it to Osaka and managed to get Sumo Tickets and it was a lot of fun to watch.

I even managed to eat more then just sushi with my allergies which was nice too haha

Kind Regards,