As part of the Japan E-Learning Top Scorers Familiarisation Trip, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office hosted eight Aussie travel agents on a 5-night tour of Japan’s Tohoku region, from 6-12 November.
Located on the northeastern part of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the agents took a shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Sendai, went on a 1,000 step pilgrimage to Yamadera mountain temple, enjoyed a cruise of Matsushima Bay and a visit to a traditional castle town, and painted their own kokeshi dolls to take home as souvenirs.
The accommodation was varied, and included stays at a family resort, ski resort, city hotel and ryokan (a Japanese-style inn), complete with a kaiseki meal and natural hot-spring baths.
The trip was supported by Japan Airlines, Hilton Hotels, Prince Hotels and Hoshino Resorts.
The next group, departing 27 November 2017, will visit the southern region of Kyushu.
At the Ryokan about to eat a kaiseki meal (Japanese degustation)
Left, from front to back: Sarah Browning (MTA Travel), Lara Pritchard (Italktravel), Tegan Gray (MTA Travel), Stephanie Sng (JNTO Sydney Office), Yoko Kuroishi (Guide).
Right, from front to back: Christine Riou (Newport Travel), Heather Harrison (RAC Travel), Sinead Allison (Helloworld Travel), Nicole Rappel (Helloworld Travel), Sandra Brasier (Italktravel).
TOP IMAGE: Yamadera Temple in autumn