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Try OLOM's "Virtual reality" tour. For budget conscious travelers who might need a Prefresher course for future travels in Japan.
"This 95% live tour with an experienced Guide will ready one for an actual visit to Japan, after Covid-19 has been brought under control.
The views shown are sharp & clear. It seems as if you are actually walking, seeing the scenes, the residents, the shrines and temples, but one doesn't feel rushed. Your Guide can zoom-in closer, or back off. You only sit at your computer at home, and enjoy, as if being there in person. The missing 5% would be the inability to eat the delicious foods of Japan, and the shopping, of course!
I had a wonderful time with Guide Yukiko. She is such a meticulous planner, and tries to include every possibility. She is easy to talk to, accommodating, and flexible with hours.
Even though I have taken this 'Virtual' tour with her already, I shall surely select Olom Tours, and Guide Yukiko for an actual tour with her, post Covid."
Travel site, OLOM Japan, is a wondrous selection for those looking to Japan for short vacations.
Guide Yukiko is probably the best Guide in Tokyo! She takes care of Itinerary details to the minute, and provides families the opportunity for parents and even grandparents a chance to visit the "Gem" of the Orient.
If you are hesitant about bringing "mobility challenged" family members on a OLOM trip, please don't be.
My experience was one of amazement, not just at the beautiful wonders and history of Japan, but the incredible omotenashi (friendliness/service/consideration) of the people.
If one needs a wheelchair getting around, or even if hesitant about walking a lot, have no fear. Service provided by JR and other private lines is nothing short of fabulous!
I needed a wheelchair for longer distances, and Guide Yukiko made arrangements, calling ahead, so at every station a wheelchair was waiting directly outside when exiting the train. I do not believe any other country provides such fabulous goodwill
and service for their visitors!!
Please encourage elderly parents/grandparents to travel with entire family. Your experience will be an OLOM experience (One Lifetime One Meeting).
Guide Yukiko also has a Nursing degree/license to cope with health situations.
(HM Visited March, 2020)
We only had two days in Tokyo on our recent trip to Japan. Prior to our visit we were able to communicate with Yukiko to plan our itinerary. We enjoyed a Tea Ceremony at the Imperial Hotel ( small additional charge) and then visited the Asakusa area with the Sensoji temple and Nakamise shopping area. From there we traveled via subway to the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Along the way Yukiko taught us about the subway system, the traditions at the temples and shrines and other Japanese culture. With so short a time frame in Tokyo, we efficiently visited major attractions with a knowledgeable, friendly, bilingual guide. I highly recommend the private half day tour and our guide, Yukiko.
(Wendy.S visited Feb.2020)
This was our first trip to Tokyo and we booked two tours with OLOM. Yukiko was great from the start, communicating our every needs and helpful leading up to the trip. Our first tour was a full day with private van. The driver was extremely courteous and Yukiko was fantastic in planning a very efficient route against the flow of traffic. We covered temple, shrine, food, shopping, crossing, tower, sky tree, bridge and many more hot spots. There was flexibility when we got off and she adjusted to all of our needs. I strongly recommend going with OLOM/Yukiko for your tour guide in tokyo.
(Henry.L visited Jan.2020)
I want to thank you very much for all your assistance with our many passengers during the Rugby World Cup.
We have been so impressed by your efficiency and professional approach. You are very reliable and always helpful.
I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone.
(Adele.D visited Oct.2019)
We came to Japan after my son was granted his wish of visiting Japan. The Make A Wish Foundation reserved a tour of some of the areas that he wanted to see. Our guide, Yukiko, was so receptive to my son's wants and made sure that his time was spent the way he wanted.
She made sure that we were all comfortable while covering a lot of ground in Tokyo. She was sweet, kind, knowledgeable and patient. She took us to see the famous Tokyo tower, the Sensoji Shrine and Akihabara.
At the end of the tour my son said the he was so happy that he thought that he would die.
Thank you Yukiko for all your attention, you made our trip to Japan so memorable.
(Katherine.J visited Aug.2019)
Guide Yukiko is a wonderful tour Guide! For nearly a week, she took me to many interesting & memorable places in Tokyo. Her patience and flexibility provides customers with many options; in the event of inclement weather, traffic situations, and even avoiding excessive crowds (a miracle to do in Tokyo). Her tours are planned with amazing precision, as to prices, times, distances, etc.
She has a medical background, being a Registered Nurse, and I believe Food sanitation 'engineer' also.
Most families are hesitant to include grandparents on International trips. As long as medically cleared to travel, she welcomes "mobility" challenged people to come along and enjoy the beauty of Japan!
I have osteoarthritis in both knees; yet I thoroughly enjoyed the wonders of Nippon. The sights/sounds/foods, and especially the "omotenashi" of Japan cannot be forgotten!
If beef is what you prefer, ask to dine at Sasaki's place where even 'Kobe' beef is served @ discount (before lunch hour).
(Henry.M visited Jun.2019)
This has been my second tour with Yukiko and both have been amazing. Yukiko does an amazing job at providing suggestions and then setting a very detailed itinerary. She comes well prepared with further explanations of the sites you are visiting and does a great job at providing the history of the site or attraction you are visiting. When I return to Japan I'll be looking her up for another tour.
My family used Yukiko as a guide on our fist visit to Japan 2 years ago. We enjoyed our time with her so much that seeing her again was a large part of the reason we decided to visit Japan again.
Yukiko plans each day with military precision but she is very accomodating and ensured that each day was personalised to suit the wishes of my family. We now have life long memories of Mt Fuji, the Fish Markets, Takeshita Street, the Imperial Palace etc.
We have also had unique experiences with Japanese food that we would never have otherwise had.
Yukiko is now a cherished family friend and we truly hope she can visit us in Australia so that we may return the hospitality,kindness and friendship she has shown to us.
We would highly recommend Yukiko to any visitor to Tokyo.
I agree 100% with previous reviewer. All of that person's comments indicates the comprehensive package Guide Yukiko presents travelers to Japan. First time visitors will surely come away gushing with admiration for this tour guide's expertise, knowledge, and adaptability in every area possible.
It was mentioned that a ceremony at a Buddhist Temple which most visitors might not include in their itineraries, was "most impressive," and one comes away from that solemn ritual humbled, and at peace. My own experience at the ceremony was joining a group of local residents presenting any personal object to be 'blessed' momentarily over fire, by the monk. In my case, a cane, and after returning to my seat, was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion.
This Temple ceremony, surprisingly, is in the middle of Tokyo, and one need not trek to outlying areas to witness and participate. Truly a memorable experience!
Other experiences were to actually see and hear the Emperor at his usual birthday appearances (4 + signing Guest book). If visitors want to see Japan's greatest Emperor (opinion), before he abdicates, visit Japan by end of April, 2019.
Lastly, Guide Yukiko organized dinner at an authentic Kaiseki restaurant. Our party was overwhelmed by the delicacy and presentation of foods. Pricey; yes, but a once in lifetime experience.
Trust me; visit OLOM Japan Tours, and select Guide Yukiko-san!