Travel Planning Made Easy
Planning your trip to Japan should be fun and part of your complete experience, but often is it confusing and stressful. You need an expert, a friend you can trust who has the knowledge and network to make your ideal tour. Someone who will listen to you then answer your questions, give you useful advice and make an itinerary designed for you. Japan Roads will work with you to create your ideal Japanese experience. So Let's Get Started.
Why Do You Want to Visit Japan?
This is really at the heart creating your ideal custom tour to Japan. What are you looking to do? What do you want to see? This is mostly a personal process but below are a few topics to get your brain juices flowing. Also ask question when you have them.
- History – Nakasendo, Shirakawa-go
- Traditional Culture – Tea, Geisha
- Food – sushi, udon
- Modern Culture – Harajuku, Tokyo, Osaka
- Fashion – Ginza
- Anime/Manga – geek culture
- Martial Arts – Samurai- sumo
- Hot Springs – snow monkeys
- Japanese Aesthetics – gardens, architecture
- Time of Year – spring, summer...
Where Can You Go to Do the Above?
This is where expert help comes in handy. Japan Roads will listen you to you and recommend destinations that will meet your desires. Below is a short list of popular destinations and what there specialties are:
- Tokyo – modern Japan, fashion, Anime/Manga
- Kyoto – high arts, imperial history, traditional Japan
- Hakone – hot spring baths, history
- Nikko – history, natural beauty, hot spring baths
- Takayama – merchant history
- Shirakawa-go – old Japan, rural history
- Tsumago/Magome – old Japan, travelers history
- Hiroshima – modern history, peace
- Miyajima – natural beauty
- Beppu/Yufuin – hot springs
- Koyasan – spiritual history
- Hokkaido – snow, natural
- Nagano – skiing, mountains, hot springs
- Iya Valley – remote beauty
Of course there are hundreds of other destinations that are worth visiting but this will give you a great starting point that we can refine in the next step.
How Should Your Tour Flow?
You want to spend as much time in the destination and as little time on the trains as possible, right? If you are visiting Kyoto would it make sense to travel to Noboribetsu and then the next day to Iya Valley? Years of experience has given Japan Roads the insights to not only plan the flow of your tour but to recommend destinations that work well together and allow you to do and see what you want.
Where Should You Sleep?
You accommodations can have a huge affect on your experience. Where you stay, the style of the accommodations and other considerations will set the mood for your tour. You will also need to consider if a ryokan (Japanese inn) is right for you and if you are in the right destination for a ryokan.
Personally I love ryokans in areas with onsen (hot spring) baths, where the ryokan is the destination. You will arrive at the ryokan and be transported back in time. Your hostess will have you sit down in the reception area to check in while your bags are taken to your room. You will then take a relaxing bath in the onsen and feel all your travel stress dissolve in the warm water. Dinner will be served in your room or in the ryokan's dinning area. You will eat slowly, enjoy the variety of food and pleasant conversation. This is Japan.
What to Do and See in the Destination?
There is a ton of information about what to do and see in Japan. Both Tokyo and Kyoto have complete guide books dedicated to them with hundreds of suggestions. This can be overwhelming and you can spend hours researching what is good for you. Japan Roads will create an detailed tour packet specifically for you including possible day trips that you may enjoy.
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