Shaun Dunn review 29 Sep 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Highlights were places where the crowds were less and we could take more time to get a sense of place. This was mainly in the small shrines and temples and also on Miyajima island. Seeing Asimo the robot in Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Idaiba. Having a lunch at Shigetsu, Tenru-ji temple in Kyoto.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Do some research before you go so you can get a good idea of where things are generally. For us, we had a vegetarian with us and it was hard to find places that could do this. We did have a short list of places to go - if you are vegetarian or vegan you need to be prepared. Aside: it will be interesting to see how this works for those traveling to the Olympics in 2020, many of whom I imagine would be looking for veg/vegan offerings. Booking all our shinkansen seat reservations in advance worked well - we found a less busy JR station to do this in Tokyo.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I'm not sure how to answer this - yes, we shopped in local shops and stores, we ate in restaurants so this would have benefited local economy. I can't say whether we helped with environment (we traveled by train so maybe).
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
We had a few issues with insect bites at the Machiya residence which I have fed back on separately (our son slept on a mattress on the floor rather than a bed and this may have contributed). That aside and the challenges with vegetarian eating the overall experience was great (the people, the local guides we had, the transportation and itinerary). Great experience.
Read the operator's response here:
Many thanks for your review. I am delighted what a great time you had both in Japan and traveling with us. Especially that my recommendation of eating at Tenryu-ji Temple and having a true Buddhist lunch proved a highlight!
Indeed, veggie food is still not widely eaten through-out Japan - despite having so many delicious vegetables and of course... tofu! However, we are going to make this a focus over the next few years and try to collect more resources. As a veggie myself, I would find this incredibly useful too!
Once again, many thanks for traveling with us.
All best wishes,