We journeyed from Tokyo, across the country on a bullet train to Kanazawa/Kaga Onsen and then flew down to Ishigaki Island on the Southern tip of Japan and ferried to our stay on the tiny but beautiful island of Taketomi. Every hotel was perfect and we couldn't have asked for a better itinerary for seeing city/country/beach on our own all in one trip. Our Tokyo hotel was very conveniently located to the Shibuya subway/train station, making it quick and easy to get around. And, even though the area around the station is busy, the hotel was just a short walk away on a quiet street. The suites were roomy and the staff was very helpful.
Our Ryokan in Kaga Onsen was top notch. A beautifully designed 16 room ryokan where each room was very large and beautifully appointed. The spa and 10-course meals were something you'd expect at a 5-star hotel in a large city. The trip down to Taketomi island was amazing and we were two of very few Westerners. The resort was designed to be low key and fit into the original design of homes on the island. It was all individual villas with large, private outdoor areas and it was a fun 10-minute bike ride into the small village. Definitely a spot to relax. In the end, I would say that this well-planned and organized trip wouldn’t be possible without our travel agent who guide us throughout our trip.