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While the itinerary was excellent overall it suffered from just another temple/shrine syndrome and the high pace left too little time at other more interesting locations. i feel that some of the less impressive temples could be cut to allow more time in more interesting places. For example i feel like Ishite-ji could have been bypassed to allow more time on Miyajima Island perhaps an earlier ferry cruise. And our guide canned Hakodate Morning market for us because no one was interested.Additionally i liked the idea of more optional side tours. Other of the members of our group organised a tour of Akihabara and graciously allowed me to tag along with them and it was in the top 5 highlights for my trip. Also our guide was persuaded to take us through Hell Valley in Noboribetsu onsen and that was another highlight.
The accommodation while feeling a bit rundown in some places was over all excellent for what we needed it for i felt like the only time i was in the rooms was for sleeping. Ryoso Kawaguchi at Myajima Island was especially good.
All of the guides were very good, I liked Kay in Tokyo & Hakone the most, and Mac in Takamatsu was very well organised especially his help with suggesting the use of our free time there. Unfortunately i have forgotten the name of the person who handled our first transfer in Nagoya but she was very kind and her outstanding help had our transfer sorted out with a minimum of fuss and bother. But i felt that we were babied a bit too much towards the end of the tour perhaps a bit more communication between the guides especially on the competence of the group would go a long way.
Sarah and Stephanie were very helpful in sorting out the changes of dates and extra day for me.i think it would be good if there was a choice of formats for the tour handbook, i was emailed a PDF and ran it through a converter for a .mobi format so i could load it on my kindle but this caused some layout issues in the appendices
Would you go on another tour operating by Samurai Tours: Yes!
Would you recommend Samurai Tours to friends or family: Yes!
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