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Sadie's bat mitzvah trip, Japan - Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2019

Traveler: Naomi B. - Local specialist: Nicole Rhoden

My granddaughter became a Bat Mitzvah and my gift to her was a trip anywhere in the world. She picked Japan. Nicole Rhoden helped me plan the most spectacular adventure I could have imagined. My granddaughter loves anime and manga and we were able to include a visit to the Ghibli museum on our first day (tickets are hard to get, but Inside Japan Tours was able to secure them for just the right day and time) and an amazing full day tour in Tokyo with Chantel Furbert in Akihabara, Harajuki and Shinjuku. If you are traveling to Japan with a teenager you should definitely ask for Chantel or if you are traveling without a teenager you should definitely ask for Chantel! After Tokyo we went to lovely ryokan in Hakone and had a lot of fun exploring all for two days including a memorable hike on the Tokaido Trail. Shipping luggage was as easy as promised so we were able to travel light to Hakone. We loved Kyoto! In addition to the International Manga museum, we fed monkeys and deer, rented bikes and best of all, toured the Nishiki Market with a guide from the Women's Association of Kyoto and bought ingredients which we used when we cooked a dinner at the WAK townhouse--one of the most delicious meals on our trip--among so many delicious meals.

Nicole was so responsive and helpful. The travel packet gave us all the information we needed. It was a trip for the memory books. I cannot recommend highly enough!

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Nicole Rhoden, local specialist, responded to this review:

I’m thrilled that you and Sadie had such a wonderful time in Japan. You were a joy to work with, and your adventurous spirit really made this trip great! I loved hearing your stories about all of your fun encounters and the creative ways that you and Sadie spent your free time. I’m happy that we could share some of our favorite hotels and activities with you. I’m glad you enjoyed the food too, and I hope you have fun recreating the recipes at home! I hope you and Sadie always treasure the... read more

I’m thrilled that you and Sadie had such a wonderful time in Japan. You were a joy to work with, and your adventurous spirit really made this trip great! I loved hearing your stories about all of your fun encounters and the creative ways that you and Sadie spent your free time. I’m happy that we could share some of our favorite hotels and activities with you. I’m glad you enjoyed the food too, and I hope you have fun recreating the recipes at home! I hope you and Sadie always treasure the memories that you made together.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to go to Japan again! Our company also works with other countries in Asia, so I’d be happy to introduce you to one of our Asia specialists should you ever like to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, or Myanmar.

I sent Chantel your review and pictures—she was thrilled to see them!