Inge Arnold ~ LOTE (Japanese), History/Geography Teacher ~ April 2018
Thank you Saizen for your assistance and guidance with organising our tour! The accommodation, rail pass, transport and activity bookings, and flights all went really smoothly. I especially appreciated having the extra eyes over our itinerary plans, Simone did a great job checking the train times were feasible, which saved stress changing trains at busy train stations with such a large group. The attention to detail with the Trip Booklet was fantastic.
Canterbury College, QLD
Susan Walduck ~ Coordinator for Staff Development & LOTE Teacher ~ September 2017
Saizen Tours was able to source the perfect accommodation for us In Hiroshima. We wanted to see the Peace Park early in the morning and they found us a ryokan where we only had to walk for 10 minutes and could comfortably see the crane displays, Sadako’s Statue, the Peace Bell and the Atomic Bomb Dome all before breakfast. When facing an equally busy schedule upon arrival at Kyoto, Rondell gave us the name of a luggage transfer service so we could spend our sightseeing time with day packs rather than our large tour bags. This made travel easier and was cheaper than using the lockers. Their knowledge ensured our trip ran smoothly.
LADA Family Group, QLD
Jane Laverty ~ Japanese Language Teacher ~ June 2017
Saizen Tours organised everything for our 19 person tour. We would not have been able to do as much if it was not for Simone and her team of dedicated and experienced staff. Everything was planned and set out in such a way that I, as the tour guide, felt comfortable and completely at ease. They are simply amazing! All their planning lead to a hassle free two week tour of Japan.
Jindabyne Central School, NSW
Anna Campbell ~ Japanese Language Teacher ~ April 2017
Thank you so much for all the work you put into organising out wonderful trip!
All the students had a very valuable experience and had a lot of fun.
ANA flights were very smooth nothing was a miss and the staff were professional and friendly.
Accommodation was brilliantly located and convenient.
The most valuable experience for the students was the opportunity to spend time with the university students in Hiroshima, I would love tho include this in every future school trip to Japan. A close second would be tea with the Geiko in Gion.
All meals were absolutely delicious! Plenty of food and the student's particularly enjoyed the buffet in Osaka and the Hiroshimayaki in Okonomiyaki mura, Hiroshima.
I will definitely continue to use Saizen in the future and recommend your company to other teachers.
Scarborough State School, QLD
Claire Klich ~ Teacher of Languages ~ April 2017
The little red tour book that Simone from Saizen Tours prepared for us was the most valuable piece of luggage we took with us. It included highlighted maps, suggested train timetables and platform numbers, suggested sightseeing spots and so much more. It was in our day pack or hands at all times and made our trip stress and hassle free. The accommodation was exactly what we were looking for - affordable, private and close to amenities. The highlights of our tour were the hike up Mt Misen from the top of the ropeway on Miyajima (pictured) and our private guided tour of Himeji Castle. Thank you Simone and Saizen!
Hunter Sports High School, NSW
Shanelle Ingram ~ Japanese Teacher ~ April 2017
Although I have taken many school trips to Japan in the past, this was the first school trip for students from Hunter Sports High and my first time to use Saizen Tours. Rondell is amazing. Her planning and documentation was meticulous. She was always so helpful and supportive throughout the process.
My students had a wonderful time in Japan. They enjoyed the many planned activities with one of the highlights being the Maiko experience at Gion we booked through Rondell.
I highly recommend Saizen Tours, and we will definitely be using Saizen Tours next time we travel to Japan!
Balmoral State High School, QLD
Wes Sharman - Japanese Language Teacher - December 2016
We had a wonderful time. A massive experience for our kids, I just cannot replicate that in the classroom. There are alot more motivated kids from this experience. Thank you for all your help I am already cotemplating our next trip.
Ipswich State High School, QLD
Angela Owen - Japanese Language Teacher - September 2016
The tour you organised for us was a great success, thank you!
The visit to Mt Koya was cited as the highlight of the trip by more than half the group. We were running a bit late and were met on arrival by our walking-tour guide. She was easy to get along with and was very informative and interesting, as she took us on a walk through the cemetery to the temple. We were fortunate to see the monks making their afternoon visit to the monk Kukai’s mausoleum, and join in with the meditation with the monks at the shukubo temple lodgings we stayed at. The food at the temple was amazing (I would say that, I’m vegetarian!) and an eye-opening (still enjoyable!) experience for some of our students.
The highlight, however, was definitely the class we participated in after dinner: bead making. The monk and our guide helped us in stringing and sanding the beads, and taught us what each bead represented. It was a highly personal, reflective and yet still fun activity, and at the end of it we had beautiful prayer beads to keep. We all wore our prayer beads for the remainder of the trip, and it was lovely to see students still wearing them to school in Term 4.
Thank you for all the work you did in organising and supporting us on the trip, from all the Ipswich State High School participants.
St Philomena's School, NSW
Helen O'Neill - Japanese Language Teacher - September 2016
Our school has now been on 6 School excursions to Japan. 5 of these were booked through Rondell at Saizen Tours. The first trip I did I organised the whole thing myself. Since finding Saizen I would never go back to that and would not recommend it! Saizen Tours has been fabulous and I have never been able to fault them. I have travelled a lot in Japan and feel I know it very well; however, booking through Saizen took the stress out of the organising before the trip and the excursion itself. Rondell is always more than happy to chat to me about anything and is a wealth of information. I have learnt so much from her over the years and she is a pleasure to work with. The detail in the teachers/students books, fabulous student worksheets and all the other extras from Saizen I could not have done without. It certainly helped every trip to run smoothly. Rondell also has some great ideas of places to visit off the beaten track. Every one of those places we have been to, I would love to revisit. Thank you to the fabulous team at Saizen.