Can you help with hotels and other reservations?

Apr 24 | Evan | Comments Off on Can you help with hotels and other reservations? |

Yes!  I have partnered with a travel agency in Japan and in most cases can help with hotels accommodations or other activities in Japan.  Even if you are not hiring me to guide you around Japan, I can still help you get great rates on hotels in Japan or a JR Rail Pass for traveling within Japan.

Do you live in Japan?

Apr 24 | Evan | Comments Off on Do you live in Japan? |

No. After living in Japan for almost 4 years, I have since moved back to Raleigh, North Carolina, USA where I work as a Professional Photographer. On average, I spend at least 8-12 weeks every year in Japan.

What are the estimated expenses?

Apr 24 | Evan | Comments Off on What are the estimated expenses? |

My Expenses:

In additional to my daily rate, you are responsible for some of my expenses. My expenses vary, with the two greatest factors being time of year, which affects my travel fees, and the caliber of hotels you decide to stay in. In most cases, I prefer to stay in the same hotel as you, but there are some circumstances where I will stay in a hotel close by.  For 7 days or more, my estimated expenses are about $325 USD per day. This money goes toward my travel fees, hotel fees, meals/snacks when we are together, and entrance fees to temples, museums, and so on.  I never inflate my expenses, and your invoice will reflect the exact amount I am charged.

Your Expenses:

Your expenses can vary drastically depending on your lifestyle and shopping habits.  Besides shopping, the easiest ways to spend (or save) money depend on your level of accommodations and food.  In Tokyo, you can spend anywhere from about $25 USD to over $100 USD on food per day.  In terms of accommodations, you could spend anywhere from $50 USD (for a hostel) to over $500 USD (5 star hotel) per night.  For a seven day trip with average tastes in food/hotels, you can expect to spend about $2000 USD, but this does not include your flight as this varies too drastically for me to estimate.  Again, I have to stress that this estimate could be much lower (or even higher) than what you actually spend in Japan depending on your spending, eating, and drinking habits.

How much does a tour cost?

Apr 24 | Evan | Comments Off on How much does a tour cost? |

The cost of a private tour varies with length of stay in Japan, time of year, number of people in your group, how much planning you require from me and other variables.  Most private tours fall in the range of 400 – 550 per day + expenses.  Group tours vary depending on our plan and accommodations.

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