Ninja trip - Mar 31 - Apr 12, 2019

Traveler: Linda O. - Local specialist: Natalie Collar

I liked working with KimKim because I always felt in control of our trip. I liked being able to add experiences which allowed us to make the trip personal. We could make decisions along the way and not have a tour guide telling us to get on the bus.
Our first tour guide in Tokyo (name?) was wonderful. She interacted with the children and they learned so much. She took the time with them and let them set the pace somewhat, making adjustments to places and time easily if needed.
The second tour guide in Kyoto was very nice but seemed more intent on getting us through everything rather than creating an experience.
The experiences such as tea ceremony and ninja lessons, and cooking lessons were wonderful. One of the highlights of the trip.
Our only complaint was the time schedule in Hakone. We were unable to fully enjoy the area due to the bus schedule. We didn't realize how far away from the train station was the hotel. We figured we would drop off our overnight bags and then explore. But we were 25 minutes out of town. However, the inn was wonderful and the children had a great time playing in the room and attached hot spring bath.
The support team was wonderful in helping along the way with questions and suggestions.

I loved that my grandchildren were immersed in the culture and loving every minute. My grandson even asked if he could live in Japan ! We bowed at every torii gate, prayed at every shrine, admired the cherry blossoms, and became pros at public transportation.
Thanks for a wonderful trip.

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Natalie Collar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for writing about your trip in great detail, Linda! I enjoyed reading through your travels and how everyone enjoyed them. Thank you for also sharing pictures from the trip, I can see the enjoyment in your grandkids' faces! It really sounds like you all were able to have rich, cultural experiences that will last for many years to come--how amazing that your grandson grew so fond of Japan that he wants to live there! I recommend it :)

Having a one-night stay in Hakone makes it tough... read more

Thank you for writing about your trip in great detail, Linda! I enjoyed reading through your travels and how everyone enjoyed them. Thank you for also sharing pictures from the trip, I can see the enjoyment in your grandkids' faces! It really sounds like you all were able to have rich, cultural experiences that will last for many years to come--how amazing that your grandson grew so fond of Japan that he wants to live there! I recommend it :)

Having a one-night stay in Hakone makes it tough to fit in sightseeing as well as relaxation at the ryokan accommodations. This is great feedback for future trips, and I am glad to hear you all enjoyed the hot springs.

Again, it was a fantastic experience working with you and your family, Linda! Please don't hesitate to contact us again if you take a second trip to Japan.