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I would like to commend you for the excellent preparations made for my family's Shikoku Tour. Although I was not able to join them, my wife and daughter enjoyed themselves thoroughly through out the seven-day tour. All of the accommodations were top class, and your independent tour instructions were very effective in helping them to get around all the interesting sights. Best of all was the assistance that they got from Takeo-san who went out of his way to be a very good host to them. I will certainly recommend services of Japan Roads to my friends who are planning to visit Japan.

-- C. H.

Just got back from a fantastic trip. Everything worked out perfectly. Your staff and associates in Japan were hugely helpful and provided lots more very useful information. Not to diminish anyone's contribution to this excellent experience but I would like to single out for special praise whoever chose and booked the Hotels/Ryokans. I suspect it might have been Mizue, who's handwriting was on all the cards, and most of the added information. There was only one Hotel I would have called average. Many were good, several were outstanding and a couple were truly memorable, and I say this from the perspective of a man who has traveled the world for 35yrs (well over 2 million miles at the last count) and stayed in some of the best.

-- Anon

Please convey my heartfelt thanks to those involved, but especially to the person who arranged the superb accommodations; it is, as you know, not just (or even) a matter of the infrastructure that makes an accommodation outstanding, it is mostly to do with ambience, staff, location and that indefinable something. Whatever "it" is your accommodations person can spot it.

-- Anon

Once again, many thanks for arranging everything, and effusive praise for all your staff. I would unhesitatingly recommend your company to any like minded folks who want to explore for themselves, need guidance and want the assurance of top quality accommodation at the end of the day.

-- H. B.

I believe the Shoguns and Samurai Tour was the best we went on after 5 previous Tour of Japan especially the Minshukus and Ryokans.

-- P. Fujimoto

We want to commend Mari Ohara in the highest terms possible. She said "Yes, of course!" to every request anyone made and followed through. You couldn't possibly have come up with a better ambassador of Japanese culture than Mari. It was a terrific trip. The food, the variety of sites, the pace: everything was superb. Hats off to everyone involved, and, again, thanks especially to Mari-san for sharing her love of Japan with us.

-- D. Kirby

Aria is a golden asset. When I first met her I was surprised that such a relatively young person would shoulder so much responsibility. But she is well up to the task. She accommodated a wide variety of requests and requirements with the most practical aplomb I could imagine. And even when taxed beyond what I would have thought reasonable, she remained chipper and upbeat. The trip lived up to my expectations or exceeded them on many levels. Thanks for the great memories.

-- R. Patterson

I would like to take this opportunity to commend and thank you for the marvelous vacation we recently enjoyed in Japan. The entire experience exceeded our already lofty expectations. Both tour guides (Ms. Junko Dougaushi in Tokyo and Ms. Ritsuko Nakayama in Kyoto) were knowledgeable and extremely helpful. We were more than satisfied with Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo and especially with Iwaso on Miyajima Island. I am so glad that you suggested a night at a ryokan. My wife and I found Japan to be as advertised - modern (yet ancient), safe, and clean, with incredibly polite people. The sites were interesting, the transportation was exceptionally punctual, and we enjoyed the food. Our only real disappointment was that we did not have enough time in Hiroshima. We could easily have spent an entire day (and night) there. By the time we arrived from Tokyo, we had just enough time to walk around the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Park. We could not wait on the long lines to enter the museum because we had to catch the ferry for Miyajima. However, we understood that the large crowds were partially due to Golden Week. Kyoto Century Hotel was okay, but not nearly as excellent as were the other two accommodations. The fact that it was impossible to have reserved seats on most of the shinkansen was not a major impediment as we simply arrived a little earlier to ensure that we would catch the correct trains (which we did). We have taken numerous wonderful trips over the years and this rates overall as among the best ever. Thank you again for your attention to detail. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone planning a trip to Japan.

-- Dan Ecker
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