We booked a 15 night tour of Japan with Evaneos after a careful search of the market. Evaneos works with local agents and we were paired with Jerome, our local agent, in Tokyo who put together an itinerary covering all the cities and sights we wanted to see (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone (for Mt. Fuji), Hiroshima, Himeji and the snow monkeys), booked all the hotels according to our budget, and suggested and arranged particular events and experiences including a tea ceremony, 2 traditional Japanese guest houses (ryokan), cycle tour, hot springs, flower arranging and a beef meal with sake tasting.
Japan is quite an expensive country to visit and it can be difficult to plan an itinerary without knowing exactly where to go and what to see but this way, we could have a customised itinerary including as much or as little in the way of guided tours and support at a good value price. This worked very well.
It was cherry blossom time too so we wanted to know the best places to get good views of the trees in each city and Jerome was able to make some good suggestions. Some of the transport arrangements were also quite complex but Jerome was available both before the trip and during the trip through e-mail, Skype and WhatsApp (and phone if we had wished) to answer questions and resolve last minute issues.
Overall, with Jerome’s help, we were able so see a great deal of Japan in quite a short time and would not hesitate to recommend his service and the Evaneos approach.
A cycle tour was arranged with K*** B*** S*** Cycling tour. This was a customised tour with just one of us participating so, although we were following a pre-planned route I was able to do it much at my own pace and stop to take photographs as I wanted. Kyoto is fairly flat so it wasn’t too much trouble to ride the bike and my guide [sorry, I’ve forgotten his name] was careful to explain all the controls (which included a good set of gears) and the traffic rules. My guide was also very knowledgeable about the local area and Japanese culture such as the art of geisha, with a good standard of English and also helped out with buying some small souvenirs. I would recommend K*** B*** S**** Cycling tour as a good way to see some of the major areas of the city in a way that connects with the local community.