Aussie agents explore Tohoku

Aussie agents explore Tohoku

EIGHT Aussie retail travel agents jetted off to Japan courtesy of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney office earlier this month.

The group embarked on a five-night fully hosted tour of the country as part of the Japan E-Learning Top Scorers Familiarisation Trip.

Supported by Japan Airlines, Hilton Hotels, Prince Hotels and Hoshino Resorts, the agents explored the Tohoku region on Japan’s main island of Honshu.

Highlights included a shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Sendai, a 1,000 step pilgrimage to Yamadera mountain temple, a cruise of Matsushima Bay and a visit to a traditional castle town.

The team relaxed at varied accommodation ranging from a family resort, ski resort, city hotel and ryokan (a Japanese-style inn), complete with a kaiseki meal and natural hot-spring baths.

Pictured at the Ryokan about to tuck into a kaiseki meal (Japanese degustation) are, left from front to back: Sarah Browning, MTA Travel; Lara Pritchard, Italktravel; Tegan Gray, MTA Travel; Stephanie Sng, JNTO Sydney Office and Yoko Kuroishi, guide.

Right, from front to back are: Christine Riou, Newport Travel; Heather Harrison, RAC Travel; Sinead Allison, Helloworld Travel; Nicole Rappel, Helloworld Travel and Sandra Brasier, Italktravel.

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