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Introducing...

The Uniquely Japan Experience

The 1:1 program to create your personalised itinerary

that maximises your Japan travel experience

Let me guess... 
Here's what's in your mind!

  • There are too many great options. Which one is the best choice for me?

  • I don't know how to figure out the best travel route and find the right transport option.

  • I need help finding and booking good local cultural experiences that can fit well with my travel plan.

Miyuki Seguchi

Imagine having...

Simplified Process​ 

that helps you identify your interests easily and effectively so that you'll get clear on the types of experiences you want to achieve on your trip.

First-hand knowledge

that makes the best decision for you on places to visit, accommodation and cultural activities so that you'll create an amazing travel experience.

Personalised Guidance 

to create your tailor-made Japan travel itinerary that will guide you through where to visit, what to do, and how to get around in the best possible way.

This would make your planning easier and faster, right?

Miyuki Seguchi

Hi, I'm Miyuki

I'm a Japanese-English speaking licensed guide and independent Japan travel adviser, with my mission in bridging Japan and fellow travellers like you.

 

Originally from Japan, I was educated in the UK, have worked in international environments and have gained immersive travel experiences in a few dozen countries.

 

​I have travelled around Japan extensively. ​My style of travelling is to visit the right place for the right activity -- whether it's visiting historically and culturally important sites or participating in cultural activities -- and learn the best about places from local people directly. 

Through this program, I'm so excited to guide you through the journey to create your Uniquely Japan Experience.

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Through this 8-week program, together we'll:

Map out your personalised Japan travel itinerary that includes places to visit, activities and accommodations
 
Locate the best travel route that makes your trip easier and more enjoyable
 
Have your accommodations and activities booked, saving hours of research time
 
Get yourself ready to create your amazing travel experience in Japan

What my amazing clients are saying
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I would never have had the confidence to plan everything on my own without Miyuki’s help. I would probably have ended up with a trip to Tokyo and would have missed all the experience that I achieved along the way.

Having never been to Japan before, or known anybody who has, I just needed some confidence that my plans are achievable. I had done a lot of research online with Facebook groups and Tiktok as well as on Japanese tourist websites. I was confident that my goals were achievable but it's the little things like knowing what are good/bad areas in larger cities for accommodation or booking attractions/experiences ahead of time which make you feel more at ease.

 

Being able to talk to Miyuki face to face at the start, which gives more confidence that the advice you are getting is tailor made to you and not just something that has been copied and pasted from the internet. Miyuki has also been patient with me changing my itinerary, providing me with the benefits of adding in an extra city and swapping around the order of my visits. She also helped with my alternative accommodation choices, giving me the confidence to go ahead and change the accommodation which I had initially researched for weeks before choosing. I also thought that the travel app Miyuki has recommended was invaluable on the trip itself.

I am thankful for Miyuki's suggestion of Hikone as I was unaware of the location before, and it was one of the highlights of my trip. I would advise anybody doing a multi city tour to build in some down time in local areas. 

Kirsty from Scotland

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Miyuki gave us options I wouldn't have been able to find on my own, such as good traditional Japanese hotels with hot springs, local festivals and sights that are lesser known but well worth seeing.

I know everybody says you should visit Kyoto and Osaka on your first visit. What really struck me was what Miyuki said about how to plan a trip to Japan: we should think about what we want to experience instead of what places we want to visit. We were unsure about how to find locations and activities that best suit our interests. I thought it would be great if she could help us with that. 

Her service is really professional and well organised. I really liked in-person consultation sessions. I was somewhat concerned about the heat and rain in Japan. Through her advice, I realised that the time of the year we go is a good time without much rain and heat. This made us feel more confident to go a bit further south during our trip. She has also provided links that I would never have found on my own. And I've searched very hard! 

Miyuki really helped us make progress with our itinerary and supplied us with lots of ideas and helpful links. This process really confirmed the things that interest us. I feel very happy and the trip is more prepared than ever! 

Extra information about the habits of Japanese people and how to get around was really useful too. I think a lesson about the way of the Japanese (日本人道) gave us a lot of the value.

Ron and Jan from the Netherlands

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The format of the program was easy to follow and having a file to build out our trip and ask questions allowed for a seamless planning experience.

Since we had no prior experience travelling to Japan, we needed recommendations and someone to help guide us in creating a travel itinerary. We didn't know where to start! 

 

We loved working with Miyuki and all of the suggestions she provided based on our interests. The format of the program was easy to follow and having a file to build out our trip and ask questions allowed for a seamless planning experience.

 

We are confident the itinerary we have planned for our upcoming trip will provide us with an adventurous and balanced experience. We are excited to visit the big cities but really looking forward to experiencing some of the quieter towns along the coast and in the mountains.

 

We had such an amazing time in Japan. Miyuki’s recommendations were great and we really enjoyed our time. I'm so glad we got to try the different hot spring onsens and stay in a traditional ryokan. We had so many memorable experiences and hope to visit again soon!

 

Zach and Kelly from the United States

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Miyuki’s itinerary planning services are above and beyond. I’ve used a few similar services to plan trips in the past and Miyuki is the most helpful by far.

Before working with Miyuki, we were overwhelmed with all of the opportunities and options when going to Japan. The culture is rich and the landscape is gorgeous and we didn't know how to direct our time.

I love that Miyuki gave personalized recommendations. After some emails and an initial meeting, she developed a detailed itinerary which we reviewed and adjusted together. She then helped advise us on route, accommodations and activities based on our preferences. She really gave personal recommendations that catered to our priorities and steered us towards the most authentic experiences.We were given guidelines and roadmap to follow and it was immensely helpful. I especially appreciated the care she took with recommending traditional accommodations and locations to stay.

 

Our trip is two months away and I have little anxiety because I know we’ve made excellent decisions with Miyuki’s help. We were able to create an itinerary we are excited about and are comfortable with our navigation from place to place. There are four of us planning this trip and I think it helped everyone get what they wanted out of it.

Morgan and Nick from the United States

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Are you ready to maximise your Japan Experience?

Here's what's inside: 

Your Personalised Japan Travel Itinerary

Not sure about what to add to your itinerary and how to best plan your travel route? Simply answer 7 questions in my original Japan travel planner. I'll make the first draft based on your interests and needs. 

2 × 60 minute pre-travel consultation sessions

In the first session, I'll walk you through all the options I suggest for your personalised itinerary. The second session will be an opportunity for you to finalise the details and have all your questions sorted so that you'll be fully ready to create your amazing travel experience.

Unlimited private chat support

Want advice on how to make bookings? Keen to know what choice is the best for you? Need your itinerary reviewed after making adjustments? I'll help you with all that to best support your planning and decision making process for a period of up to 8 weeks. 

The 8-week Japan travel essentials course 

This self-paced course is designed to help you build essential knowledge to create amazing experiences in Japan. You'll receive weekly content with actional steps and practical guidance that will support your travel planning journey. 

1 × 30 minute post-travel debrief session

Reviewing your travel experience is an important step for you to best plan your future trips. Let's discuss the ways to better prepare for your next trip to Japan. 

Let's summarise!

The 3 steps we'll complete through this program

Define

Identify your interests and get clear about your travel priority.

Design

Create your travel plan. Confirm your interests, and make bookings.

Deepen

Deepen your knowledge.

Be ready to make amazing experiences happen.

Miyuki Seguchi

Let me tell you the truth! 

One of my key learnings through working with dozens of my clients over the past year is that knowing the basics about Japan is crucial in making the best decisions for you. This is especially important if you are looking to gain authentic experiences in Japan.

To help you with that, I have decided to add a brand new component, which I'm so excited to introduce...

Introducing... 

The Japan Travel essentials
The 8-week course to get yourself ready for your Uniquely Japan Experience

In this self-paced course, you will learn everything you need to know about Japan in the most efficient and effective way so that you can:

Be aware of what to plan and prepare for before your trip

Make your travel experience much more enjoyable, efficient and easier

Minimise the risks of disappointment and regret

Every week, you'll receive self-paced content such as tutorial videos, audio files and downloadable guides that are designed to help you achieve a specific goal, so you can stay focused on completing your travel planning journey.

Want to know more?

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Here's what's inside the essentials course!
Week 1 
Set your
travel priority
  • I'll simplify your various options on where to visit and explain what each choice means to you. 

  • Be familiar with how your choices will shape your experiences on what to see, what to eat and where to stay.

  • You'll be able to prioritise your choices based on your learnings. 

Week 3
Book your accommodation
  • Learn about different types of accommodations that are widely available in Japan.

  • You'll gain a good understanding of locations, budget and service levels you should expect for each option so that you can make the best decisions based on your needs.

Week 5
Learn history to
make better choices 
  • Know the basics on Japan's major historical time periods from the Emperors and aristocrats to samurai to modernisation.

  • You'll have a basic idea on the context behind historical and cultural sites that are scheduled to visit.

  • This will help you make better decisions on where to visit and also achieve deeper appreciation during your visit.

Week 7
Pick up basic Japanese
  • Learn about simple Japanese words and phrases that you can use when you are at shops, restaurants, stations and accommodations. 

  • I'll teach you what exactly to say, how to best start conversations and what responses you should expect so that you can confidently interact with locals.

Week 2
find out the best choices in each season
  • I'll walk you through what Japan is like throughout the year and how it's like when travelling in each season and holidays.

  • You'll be able to build appropriate expectations for your travel season and find out the best options in each season.

Week 4
locate your
travel routes
  • Familiarise yourself with Japan's extensive train networks and how you can best utilise public transport.

  • I'll show you how to use apps and other tools that will help you locate the most appropriate travel route from place to place.

  • You'll be able to change your travel schedule comfortably even at the last minute.

Week 6
Know authentic
Japanese cuisine
  • Discover a variety of authentic Japanese cuisine from high quality multi-course meals to casual street food.

  • I'll teach you how they are associated with particular seasons and specific destinations.

  • You'll have a better idea on where to visit in order to try out these types of Japanese food.

Week 8
Prepare for the Japanese mindset
  • Be aware of unique Japanese behaviours and customs, which you may not used to in the West.

  • I'll suggest ways to better prepare for possible encounters so that you can accommodate yourself in these situations and have a pleasant journey.

special bonus for you!

Imagine... you have just come back from your amazing trip to Japan with lots of memorable experiences like many of my clients have. In fact, these clients of mine all said they want to plan another trip to Japan. I would love to make a long-term partnership with you even after your upcoming trip to Japan and so I'm so excited to give you: 

life-time access 
to the Japan Travel Essentials!
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My plan is to regularly update and revise the content, so even after this program ends, you'll gain access to new content and the most updated version of the course for ever! This means you'll never be alone in planning your future trips to Japan!

Sounds great!

What's the investment?

The fee is based on the number of days you'll be in Japan with a minimum investment of JPY 115,000, which is about $ 777 USD. If your trip is for more than 10 days, JPY 5,000 per day will be added to the minimum investment.

 

To give you an idea, the prices for 14-day and 21-day travel planning will be JPY 135,000 ($910 USD) and JPY 170,000 ($1150 USD) respectively.

Up to 10 days
(the minimum investment)
JPY115,000($777USD)
11+ days
add JPY 5,000 per day to the minimum investment
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It was so nice to have a partner in planning! Miyuki is very organized, helpful, informative, and professional. We highly recommend the program to other people interested in traveling to Japan!

Before joining this program, we were facing challenges of knowing where to go, narrowing down the choices, making a route and assessing whether a location was worth visiting. 

Miyuki really took time to understand what we wanted to do and make recommendations accordingly. Review of our itinerary was invaluable. We also appreciated the very tailored advice. It saved us a lot of time in planning.

It was also nice to have the Facebook group as a companion to the program. We found it helpful to ask questions once the program is finished. Now we are confident in our trip and feel much more prepared!

Amanda and Graeme from the United States

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We had an amazing, once in a lifetime trip! I thank Miyuki so much for all of her help - it made it a most memorable experience.

I was looking for an authentic, cultural experience for my first time in Japan. My challenge was finding travel information from native Japanese people. I did not want a travel itinerary based on foreigner's blogs, of which there are many.

 

I felt good that I have completed this program. It also relieved the stress of endless research on my own. 

 

We had an amazing, once in a lifetime trip! We especially loved Koyasan, the minshuku stay in Shirakawa-go, everything related to food, the art museum near Mt Fuji and the autumn colors. 

 

I loved Miyuki's travel itinerary. I thank her so much for all of her help - it made it a most memorable experience.

 

Kaitlyn from the United States

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I can't thank her enough!

The value of Miyuki's guidance for planning my itinerary has been immeasurable.

 

After finding out my interests and a few specific activities I wanted to accomplish during my upcoming visit to Japan, she provided a list of cities and sites for my further research which led me to a few more places I didn't know about and probably would never have known about without her. 


A couple of things I did on my own without her help rounded up as not being as good as the stuff that she has recommended.

 

I cannot recommend her enough. If you have an opportunity to use her services, you won’t regret it.

Michael from the United States

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I am now confident that I will be able to travel around Japan alone!

Before joining this program, I was a little anxious about organising transportation around Japan, and what the best flow of the places I wanted to see would be.

 

I liked the ability to ask questions via email as they came up during the planning.

 

I am now confident that I will be able to travel around Japan alone and organise my bookings and transportation easily. I am looking forward to an exciting trip!  

 

Amanda from Australia 

Got questions? I've got the answers!
  • Q: I'm interested! What should I do now?
    Awesome! Please complete this form as the first step. I'll review and be in touch shortly with the next steps. If you are the right fit for the program, you'll be invited for a 1:1 introductory session where you can share with me about your travel goals and you will also have your questions answered.
  • Q: Am I the right fit for this program?
    This program is for you if you are willing to learn about Japan before your trip and to try out authentic Japanese experiences loved by locals. This program is not a done-for-you service, so your initiative is the key to successfully creating your travel plan and completing every step of the process. I will help you through the whole process from setting your travel priority to designing your trip and completing bookings and will also provide the input and resources you need along the journey.
  • Q: How far in advance should I enrol in the program?
    Based on my previous experience of working with my clients, 8 weeks should give you sufficient time to have your travel plan ready from scratch and complete bookings. It's however advisable to enrol in the program at least 3-6 months before your trip. Popular accommodations and cultural activities will be booked out a few months in advance so I recommend having your itinerary ready in time for the reservation to open so that you won't miss anything you want.
  • Q: What's the process of working together over the course of this program?
    You'll be first asked to answer 7 simple questions and I'll make the first draft of your personalised itinerary based on your answer. During the first consultation session, I'll walk you through all the options I suggest and brief you about pros and cons about each option. Over a 8 week period, you are encouraged to do your own research, make decisions and complete bookings. If you're facing any challenges in regards to planning and bookings, I'm only an email away and will give you input, resources and all other support you need so that you can move your travel planning journey faster and with ease. You'll also receive self-paced content from the Japan Travel Essentials course every week so that you can build Japan travel knowledge effectively and complete your travel planning journey successfully. During the second consultation session, I'll help you finalise your travel plan and solve all your concerns so that you will be ready to create amazing experiences in Japan. You will have the flexibility to work at your own pace and complete the program within 8 weeks.
  • Q: Do I get to ask questions outside of consultation sessions?
    Of course! Private chat support will be available over a 8 week period between the two consultation sessions. I will get back to you within 48 hours except for the weekends and Japan's public holidays.
  • Q: When are the consultation sessions held?
    I keep my Fridays free for consultation sessions, so the available time slots will be: Thursday evenings in North America, Friday mornings in Europe and the UK, and Friday daytimes and evenings in Australia and New Zealand. I can offer some Saturday time slots if you are in a European time zone and if you have work commitments on Fridays.

Which one is the choice for you?

The Uniquely Japan Experience is not a group program, so you will have personalised support, have all your questions answered and complete your travel planning journey easier and faster. 

Do it yourself
General
  • A cookie-cutter itinerary covering only major tourist attractions that are full of international tourists

Time consuming
  • Hours of researching without knowing what you are looking for and using the Internet where misleading, biased and promotional content do exist

Lack of trust
  • Online communities where a number of people are sharing their own opinions that confuse your decision making process further

Work with me
 Personalised
  • Your tailor-made travel plan based on your interests with recommendations on lesser-known and yet worth-experiencing places and activities

 
Time saver
  • My simplified travel planner that helps identify your interests easily, combined with first-hand Japan travel experience and knowledge that makes your decision-making process faster

 
Reliable
  • An accountability partner who helps you make the best decisions and will build a friendship that lasts even after your trip

I'm committed to giving my full support to every single client, so there are only limited spots available every month. If you're ready, apply now! 

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Kind words 

Miyuki has opened the door for me to interact with locals and break the ice.

 

Her language course online and the material provided proved to be invaluable for getting around at train stations, shopping centers, museums etc. Only a few language skills make a huge difference! 

 

Miyuki's travel suggestions were all perfect, the tour to the green tea farm and the superb guide in Kyoto. All tailored to our needs, thank you for that!

Andreas from Switzerland

I joined this program because planning a trip to Japan was overwhelming!

 

Miyuki was very thoughtful about helping me craft the right itinerary for my family of five.

 

We have a complete and well planned itinerary and are excited about our trip.

Lorie from the USA

My challenge was to trim down the itinerary for a convenient travel time and an efficient visit. Through working with Miyuki, I’ve learned about the local train system and ease of visit between cities.

 

She has made great recommendations not to travel from town to town, from hotel to hotel, but to stay in one location and travel from that location, which made our journey much much better without having carried things around and we were able to see so many wonderful places.

 

I highly recommend her!

Lori and Alan from the USA

Are you ready to create your Uniquely Japan Experience?

Let's do this together!

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