What travel style works for you really depends on what you deem important to your trip. Is it maximizing your time? Do you want an expert to craft your plan utilizing local knowledge, relationships, and access to get to you places you likely couldn’t? Do you like to do all your research, consult with friends, and budget time for the unexpected?

Whatever your style, we get it and can help you immerse yourself in Japan.

Best Styles for You in Japan

These things make every traveler and every trip a unique opportunity.

I have utilized all styles depending on my trip motivations. While backpacking South America in my mid 20’s, I was on a shoestring budget and my goal was to stretch my travels as long as possible which allowed me to stay for almost 2 years! Without a shot clock counting down, cost was my primary concern over access or any particular site or activity.

I have also found myself on extended business trips in places like New Orleans where there are main highlights (and some off the beaten path) that I wanted to take in. Through a combination of research and accumulated knowledge from social network, I pieced together a thoughtful self-guided trip with focused daily itineraries.

In some of the harder to travel places I have been to, the expertise and curation of the trip through guided tours has paid off well. Visiting the Mayan ruins in Honduras or on my trip to the Peruvian Amazon, my guided tours made my trips so much more enjoyable. I knew when booking that my tour providers were knowledgable of the region, the history, and packaged their expertise to my benefit as a visitor getting a complete experience for the short while I was visiting.

What is the best way to see Japan?

We think all three. It really just depends on your time, your goals, and what you want to take away.

Guided tours

Are you short on time or is planning just not your thing? Traveling solo? Looking for a social component to your trip? Looking to get the most out of every destination? There are a lot of different reasons this travel style may fit but a guided tour might be your best avenue. Guided tours are designed either with a particular theme (ie. history tour, food specialties, etc.) or travel style (ie. adventure, luxury, wellness, etc.) so you can find your way and feel confident that your trip will meet your goals. It is also a great way to meet like-minded travelers and make fast friends on your trip.

Self-guided tours

Like a guided tour, a self-guided route is based on a thoughtful itinerary of your travel interests, accommodations and some travel arrangements booked by a company, and is planned in advance so you can get running once you drop off your bags. If moving at your own pace is a priority over than a group schedule, consider working with us on creating a trip that matches your independent style and takes the headaches of research the right spots, booking, and outlining your days off your plate while leveraging our local access and network.

We also have a unique take on self-guided with KiKO Friends. We personally love traveling with our friends and family. We have curated trips that accommodate groups traveling from 6-12 people that are lodging together but offer flexibility in activities and independence to match the diverse interests of your party. Check out our KiKO Friends trip ideas for more info.

Independent Travel

If are passionate about researching and mapping out your own travel plan, are keen to explore on your own, are budget conscience, or flexible with time, independent travel may be best for you. Japan is a very safe destination with Tokyo and Osaka being 2 of the top 3 safest cities in the world according the Economist 2019 Safe Cities Index. Japan can also be very affordable for food and activities.

If you would like to discuss trip ideas for you to design your independent travel plan, schedule a free consultation with our team to chat. Check out our trip styles page for ideas to help explore the best options for you.

Your Style Works in Japan

What travel style works for you really depends on what you deem important to your trip. Is it maximizing your time? Do you want an expert to craft your plan utilizing local knowledge, relationships, and access to get to you places you likely couldn’t? Do you like to do all your research, consult with friends, and budget time for the unexpected?

Whatever your style, we get it and can help you immerse yourself in Japan.

 

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