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Planning a holiday from start to finish is overwhelming. It helps to have a friend - someone who really knows Japan.
A friend who can point you towards the 200-year-old boutique hotels, suggest local restaurants with the freshest ingredients, find fun cultural activities not listed online and support you when you need a little bilingual help.
Kuroko is that friend.
We tailor-make your holiday around your interests, preferred pace and travel style. Our clients have learned how to dye kimonos, enjoyed romantic riverboat rides under the cherry blossom, and relaxed while soaking in an onsen (hot spring) overlooking a waterfall. No itinerary is ever the same.
Fee starts at $450 AUD based on trip length.
A tailored itinerary full of local experiences and unique sights
Accomodation reservations in boutique hotels and ryokans
Transport logistics including timetables, bookings and time suggestions
Recommendations for local Japanese restaurants and authentic experiences
Fill out a questionnaire followed by a consultation which we’ll use to plan a trip tailored exactly to how you want it.
Email and talk with us, share what you like and what you don’t, while we fine-tune your dream itinerary. We craft tailored tours that consider the ‘you’ in every aspect.
Once you’re happy with your itinerary, we handle the bookings, and you pack your bags. Feel prepared with both a hard copy and a digital version of your itinerary and reservation details.
Kuroko is like having a local let you in on all the best spots- places you wouldn't know about otherwise. They took care of all the logistics (especially valuable in a smaller area where communication can be difficult) so the trip was stress-free from start to finish.
Rika also went above and beyond while we were in Japan. She made sure we knew about an impending typhoon and was ready with alternate accommodation if we needed it. We had a wonderful trip. Thanks for everything, you did an outstanding job. We'll definitely recommend you to friends and family.
Thank you so much, Kuroko for planning such a wonderful trip for us. The time you spent getting to know us and preparing an itinerary that was so well suited for us was amazing! Thanks for being so contactable during our entire trip. You made it so easy to make any changes we needed. You were so patient with us. My most memorable day was Kyoto. It was perfect and our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed her company very much and was grateful to have someone who knew exactly what to do, and where to go. The lunch in Kyoto booked for us is one I will always remember as it is just a magical place. Kuroko's organisational skills are right up there. All our packages arrived at the hotel and were waiting for us when we got there. The allergy card you prepared for our son is a testament of how much care and effort you put into planning our trip. Thank you again for making our trip a memorable one. You're a gem!
Our dealings with Kuroko Boutique Tours were thoroughly pleasant, efficient and highly cost-effective. We thereby saved an enormous amount of time and angst; all major logistical issues were expertly addressed and we were enabled to take full advantage of the world's best train system...rather than being defeated and/or stressed by its complexities.
We were expertly advised, but never "pushed"; our questions were answered speedily, and we were even able to communicate when we were in Japan whilst Rika was in Australia, or vice-versa. Rika also provided pre-marked local maps, plus some strategic instructions in Japanese that neatly anticipated circumstances where language difficulties could otherwise have proved problematic. We intend to return and to engage Rika again.
We used Kuroko Boutique Tours to plan an itinerary during our stay in Japan, and it definitely helped with maximising our time there. Great suggestions were given, and we particularly enjoyed our time in Naoshima and other activities such as the green tea grinding class and the Wagashi making class. Rika was also very responsive to any messages and emails and tailored our itinerary to suit our needs well. She was also very helpful in making any changes we wanted. We recommend Kuroko Boutique Tours if you want an insider's knowledge to Japan 👍🏼.
Kuroko Boutique Tours went above and beyond what I would have expected. I very much appreciated the prompt communications when we were in Japan. Rika's involvement in planning our Japanese holiday made it the best family holiday ever. It is not an easy country to travel in but having booked and our custom made itinerary ensured we navigated the country easily. I would love to go back and do a tour with Kuroko Boutique Tours again.
What a wonderful service I received. My husband and I opted for a customised itinerary. In the beginning, Rika asked many questions consolidating requirements. She delivered exceptionally. We were able to immerse ourselves in the Japanese culture from sightseeing ancient temples in the day to enjoy the social circuit at night. She fine-tuned our itinerary to such detail. Specifications included how long it would take to walk to a specific train station. She was easily accessible during our stay as well. I would definitely use this service again.
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