Posts Tagged ‘Tokyo Disneyland’

Thank you for your efforts

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Hello Olivia,
 
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 weeks in Japan.
Just to recap a little, we spent the first 4 nights in Tokyo (Shiba Park Hotel); the next 2 in Yudanaka (Ryokan Biyu no Yado); 4 nights in Kyoto (Ryokan Hatoya); 4 nights in Osaka staying with Japanese friends; 3 nights in Hiroshima 1 in Kurashiki and, our final 2 nights in Tokyo at Shiba Park Hotel again.
In Tokyo, we had two pre-arranged tours you booked for us.  A half-day Tokyo tour and a full day Mt Fuji / Hakone tour.  Both of these tours were excellent.  As we were travelling with our 11yo daughter, having English-speaking tour guides made everything so much easier for her … and for us too.
Shiba Park Hotel continues to be a friendly, comfortable and conveniently located as well.
I’ve already mentioned Yudanaka and Ryokan Biyu no Yado.  What a wonderful little town and a brilliant inn.  The Snow Monkey park was my wife’s choice, so I didn’t know what to expect.  However, the two nights we spent there could easily have become ten! 
We had the best time there with Yuki, Masao and Craig.  They couldn’t do enough for us.
Kyoto and Ryokan Hatoya was a different story.  This was my third visit to Japan, and third to Kyoto so, I’d seen most of the touristy things already.  My wife and daughter enjoyed it though.
Ryokan Hatoya was excellently located, so close to the station.  It was very comfortable.  Some of the staff spoke quite good English, but it was hit-and-miss as to whether they’d be on duty when you needed them.  Their onsen was good too.
One area that was curious to us was breakfasts.  Not only at Hatoya, but it was highlighted there.  There seems to be a notion that Westerners eat huge breakfasts.  Here, and at Yudanaka, our breakfasts were far, far bigger than we could eat.  It resulted in a lot of wasted food and a feeling that we’d ‘let down’ our hosts.
My last visit to Japan was 18 years ago and, back then, the breakfasts were not nearly as big as they seem to have become.  Maybe there could be some education of accommodation providers to offer a ‘tick the box for what you’d like’ for the set breakfasts.
Some of the places we stayed at, offered buffet breakfasts (Shiba Park Hotel and APA in Kurashiki).  We found that a good option too.
While in Kyoto, we did a day trip to Arashiyama.  This was a very pleasant, easily accessed area.  The unfortunate part for us was that we chose a long weekend to be there.  Naturally, that meant we had several thousand of our closest friends there too.  Oh well, you can’t do much about that!
If you were lucky enough to be there on an average weekday, it would be quite scenic and a lovely day out.
Apart from the very well conducted Kyoto/Nara all day tour, we also found Nishi-Honganji Temple; walked the Gion District and found some great places to eat.
Can’t say too much about Osaka.  We stayed in the home of friends in the southern suburb of Yao.  They showed us around their town, mainly the Tennoji area and, we went to Horyuji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest temples and a truly amazing place!  On top of that, we saw the Osaka Aquarium, Tempozan Harbour Village and Osaka Castle.
Our daughter loved all these.  Tempozan Village was new to all of us and the Ferris wheel afforded great views of the city.
In Hiroshima, we did all the usual things; the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Peace Park, Shukkeien Garden (beautiful … and so close to Flex too!) and, Miyajima (always good to visit).
 
Next stop was an over-nighter in Kurashiki.  In hindsight, I’d not recommend an overnight stay in this town unless there was no other choice.
The Canal Area of town is beautiful and well worth a day trip, even a long day trip to take in as much as possible.  However, we didn’t find too much else to interest us in the 24 hours we had there.
Forget the Museum of Natural History … it seemed like it hadn’t been updated since it opened in the ‘80’s.
From Kurashiki, we went back to Tokyo and the Shiba Park Hotel for our final two nights.  It was nice to be back in an area we knew well.  Jane and Mia went to Disneyland on the following day, while I checked out some motorcycle shops.
 
On our last day, with an evening flight home, we just took things nice and easy, got to the airport early, shopped, ate and, thought of what awaited us at home.
We had a fantastic trip, made so much easier by the efforts of yourself and JTB.  Thank you for your efforts … especially after we re-arranged everything following the March disaster.
Regards,
 
Jeff & Jane and Mia

Wonderful trip to Japan

Friday, August 5th, 2011
Dear Yoshi and Kieran,
 
Well we are back from our Japan trip and I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for all your help in organising our wonderful trip to Japan. 
 
Our accommodation was lovely – plenty of room for all of us and the staff were very welcoming and helpful at all times.
 
It was easy to get around on the train system – not long to wait if we missed a train.  We found everyone in Japan so polite and courteous and we had a great time exploring Tokyo and surrounds.   Disneyland and Disney Sea Resorts were both heaps of fun – plenty of great rides and the girls really enjoyed getting photos with all the characters.  The Ghibli Museum was also very interesting and well worth a look.  We also had a look at Tokyo Tower.
 
It was a shame we didn’t have enough time to see more of Japan, like Kyoto, we just simply ran out of time.  We hope to be able to get back there some day as we really enjoyed what this lovely country has to offer.
 
We will certainly be telling our friends to book through your company if they are ever planning a trip to Japan.
 
This trip really was a prize of a lifetime and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute and have come back with a lot of wonderful memories.
 
Thank you so much – we really appreciate all your help and efforts in making this trip happen!
 
Kind Regards,
 

Janelle, Denis, Jayden and Maddison

We absolutely had the best week of our lives

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Hi Eri and everyone at JTB Australia!

We recently booked the Ghibli & Disney Special Package for our trip to Japan recently, and we absolutely had the best week of our lives there! All thanks to Eri and all the great services that JTB provided.

For someone like us who had never been to Japan before, the friendly and helpful services that you guys provided made our trip simply hassle-free! We also stayed at a wonderful hotel called the Shiba Park Hotel, which is a part of the package. Our visit to the Ghibli Museum was simply life-changing, and we left there with a completely different outlook in life, for the better of course! And our visit to Disney World simply took us back to our childhood memories, and it was an absolute pleasure to relive those moments.

Once again, I would like to sincerely thank our friend Eri and everyone at JTB Australia for all of this. Rest assured, you guys will hear from us again when we’re visiting Japan again next year! We hope you get to see Japan again in the near future too, Eri!

We now have the right to brag to our friends about our very first trip to Japan! And hundreds of photos and hours of footage we captured will definitely help :)

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Regards,

Indra

Everything that you had booked was GREAT

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hi Lily

Thought you should know that we have now been and come home. We had a great time in Japan and everything that you had booked was great.

Just wanted to let you know about the hotels if you have any other families looking to stay in 1 room.

New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto – Triple room was great the beds are nearly an Australian Double so plenty of room

Hakone Hotel – Triple room was big – 3rd bed was a sofa bed but other beds were nearly Australian Double beds as well, the location of this hotel is fantastic on Lake Ashi but the rooms are well used and could do with a refurbishment and a good clean but for 1 night and the fantastic views of Mt Fuji – well worth it.

Ghibli Museum – If we hadn’t been to Disneyland & Universal Studios in LA, we probably would have been very impressed with this, but we had and most of the information is in Japanese which makes it very hard to understand what it is all about. Although getting there & back was a real adventure!

Tokyo Morning Tour was very helpful in giving us a layout of tokyo and the guide was very helpful with directions and advise for the trains, etc.

Once again, thank you for all your help in organising our holiday to Japan, it has changed so much since I was there 20 years ago. Very easy to travel around yourself as just about everything is in English and everyone was very helpful if we needed directions.

Regards
Sharon

Thank you very much for your excellent arrangements and service

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Dear Ichiro,
I hope you are well. I just want to let you know that our trip to Japan was very successful. All of the arrangements went according to plan and we had no difficulties. The Shinagawa Prince Hotel was very easy to find when we arrived in the station. We followed your instructions. The hotel was good and its proximity to the station was great. We were able to find our way to Tokyo Disney and elsewhere quite easily. There are many signs in English. This is quite different to my last visit to Tokyo 9 years ago! The person at the information desk in the station also spoke English which was helpful. The coach and English speaking guide to Narita Airport met us at the hotel as planned.
We all had a wonderful time. Thank you very much for your excellent arrangements and service. I was very happy with it.

There was one small thing that happened. One of our students left her mobile phone at the hotel. She did not know until we were well on our way to the airport. The guide telephoned the hotel and they found it in the room. They did not think they could mail it, but perhaps they would pass it on to someone from your company. I was wondering if you have heard anything about this.

Regards,
Lyn, Melbourne VIC