Here are a few comments from some of our customers.
The "Golden Route Tour" offered by the Japan Deluxe Tour company was the perfect introduction to Japanese culture.
Representative Yuki Koguchi was easily accessible by email and phone to promptly answer our last-minute questions, make changes to our itinerary, and provide logistical details for an extra day in Tokyo and Kyoto.
We received...[Read More] our tour package in the mail, which included a detailed color brochure of our itinerary, meal vouchers, tote bags, luggage tags, passport protectors, and city maps of Tokyo and Kyoto.
Thanks to Yuki, we could relax and enjoy a worry-free trip.
(Hotels & Restaurants)
Every hotel was luxurious, clean, and accommodating.
The rooms were fully equipped with hot water brewer for coffee and tea, mini-refrigerator, HDTV, internet access, bathrobe and slippers.
The modern marble bathrooms were equipped with heated bidet toilets, salon-quality toiletries, blow-dryer, razors, cotton swabs, and more.
The sumptuous breakfast buffet included both a Japanese breakfast (udon noodles, grilled salmon, tofu custard, a variety of pickles, fresh sliced fruits, and vegetables) and a Western breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, cereal, yogurt, pastries, and breads).
Our tour package also included delicious lunches and dinners at regional estaurants thoughtfully selected by Mr. Ushiyama.
Highlights included a Kaiseki dinner comprising traditional Japanese soup, salads, pickles, sushi, tempura, noodles, and tofu custard served in an array of beautiful
Japanese pottery, and a Shabu-Shabu dinner comprising a hot pot of thinly sliced beef simmering with onions and mushrooms.
We also enjoyed a lunch of hibachi-grilled pork. Foreign foods can sometimes challenge the digestive track, but all of our meals were so fresh that we felt more
healthy after taking this trip!
On the Golden Route Tour, everything was novel and interesting, a feast for our senses. Even the rest stops were impressive with fresh foods, super clean restrooms, and fun coffee machines which showed a video of what was happening inside the machine. We explored many ancient temples including Sensoji Temple where a traditional Japanese wedding was being held, the Imperial Palace courtyard, a tea ceremony, an Edo-period Museum with a replica of the
Nihonbashi Bridge and a kabuki theater, a kimono textile factory featuring amazing textile artists, live silk worms, and a kimono fashion show, Owakudani sulfur springs where delicious black eggs are boiled in the sulfur water for healthful benefits, a ninja museum in Iga where we experienced a weaponry performance and the revolving doors of a ninja house, a hot spring resort in Hakone which restored our body and soul with a meditative soak in a private outdoor hot spring followed by spa treatments for face, hair, and body, the deer of Todaiji Temple where
domesticated deer begged us for crackers, a geisha in Gion rushing from her dorm into a black limousine, and numerous shopping opportunities from Tokyo's modern malls in Ginza and Akihabara to traditional temple kiosks and specialty shops that line the quaint streets of Kyoto.
Our tour bus was very comfortable and expertly driven by the owner, Tsuji-san, who purchased umbrellas for all of us on the day that it rained. We also rode on the famously punctual and fast Shinkansen bullet train, a cruise boat on the Sumida River, a pirate ship on Lake Ashi, and a cable car that offered a birds-eye view of the picturesque Lake Ashi valley.
(Our Tour Guide)
This extraordinary trip would not have been possible without our exceptional tour guide Hidesada Shimazaki who showed us the heart and spirit of Japan with his gracious demeanor and enriching lessons about Japanese culture - music, language, literature, religion, and art. He sang us a traditional Japanese song, read us Moon Princess, and taught us how to fold origami during our bus rides.
We were very fortunate to have Hide-san as our guide to the treasures of Japan.
Our experience with Japan Deluxe Tours was excellent, from start to finish. The Golden Route Tour was a first-class experience that we’ll never forget. Every moment was a treat, a delightful surprise, so much more than we expected. If you're thinking about a trip to Japan , we highly recommend Japan Deluxe Tour for an unforgettable adventure with attention to detail and lots of heart.
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Naomi, Japan Deluxe Tour Golden Route Tokyo-Osaka, 2011-06-12
We would like to thank you for a fantastic tour. It was everything you promised, and more. We would especially like to mention our guide, Atsushi Inoue. He made a great trip a superb one, with his knowledge, professionalism, dedication and sense of humor. He met us with a shopping bag full of brochures, maps,and other 'goodies' that surprised...[Read More] and delighted us each day. He was always bright and cheerful and vey efficient. As our guide, we'd follow him anywhere!
Video Message from tour member joined our tour in April 2011.
Dick and Judy Wabol, Grand Tour of Japan - Osaka to Tokyo - 4/7 , 2011-04-07
My family recently went on the Spring Elegance Tour from March 14th-March 18th, and I am writing to commend the company and staff for providing an amazing and unforgettable experience. Because of the recent tragedy in northern Japan, we very nearly cancelled our trip outright, but were convinced by communication from your company and others that...[Read More] we should proceed with the trip. Because it was something we have been planning for and dreaming about for such a long time, we decided not to be intimidated by the dire warnings in the news media, and we flew into Osaka on March 13th.
We (me, my husband, mother and two children) were met at the airport by our guide, Hidesada Shimazaki. Being in his capable hands, along with our bus driver Mr. Ishida, made it possible for us to have the most splendid time. I cannot compliment him enough for his positive spirits, his sense of humor and his great knowledge about the places that we visited. He truly made it possible for us and the other tour members to experience Japan the way it was meant to be experienced. We were all exquisitely aware of the terrible events unfolding in other parts of the country (I am sure all of us watched the English version of CNN wherever we could tune it in), but rather than have that knowledge cast a shadow over our experience, Hide-san acknowledged what was happening with daily updates, and very ably provided alternatives for us when power outages and such made the scheduled locations unavailable. He had to work very hard to deliver a special experience as we got into Tokyo, but he did so with great aplomb.
In addition to the considerable skills of Hide-san and Ishida-san, we enjoyed every meal, and every hotel we stayed at was of excellent quality. Our transportation was top-notch and everywhere we went we were treated with friendly graciousness. It was hard to remember that a devastating natural disaster had just occurred days before—until we turned on the television in our hotel rooms, of course.
I suspect that this year's tourism season for Japan has been greatly damaged by the earthquake along with so many other things. I hope you will consider posting this letter on your website to let people know that we can confirm it: Japan has so much to offer despite the terrible toll that the earthquake has taken. We are already planning for when we can go back!
Thank you again for making our dream vacation the absolute trip of a lifetime....[Close]
Kimberlee, Spring Cherry Blossom Tour - Osaka to Tokyo - 3/14, 2011-03-14
I'm writing this email to thank you for a wonderful trip we recently had in Japan. The itinerary worked out great and the daily arrangement of the tour was excellent. We were able to taste different food, try various types of transportation, and see different aspects of Japan. The most impressive is that there ware no commission-driven shopping...[Read More] trips or contrived "cultural" shows. Thank you very much!...[Close]
Penny, Golden Route of Japan Tour 5 nights 6 days - from Osaka to Tokyo, 2010-09-12
I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time touring with Otanisan as our guide. She did a fantastic job, sharing all of her knowledge about each temple and shrine that we visited and each new experience that she orchestrated. Our group was the perfect size not too big and we had a chance to get to know each other as we shared the...[Read More] sights together. Your company did a fantastic job. Thank you very much!...[Close]
Charity, Golden Route of Japan Tour 5 nights 6 days - from Osaka to Tokyo, 2010-09-12