What Our Clients are Saying
A Priceless Experience
“We are so happy with our decision to use Japan and More! Without the planning and guidance that Becki and Shawn provided, we would not have experienced so many of the special wonders that Japan has to offer. They helped us maximize our time and savor each moment, stress-free! A priceless experience in my opinion.”
Leah & Alan – Austin, TX
Every day was a new adventure!
“With all of the great information you guys sent out prior to the tour, I felt that I was very prepared. Thank you Becki and Shawn for an amazing trip! Every day was a new adventure!”
Erica – Detroit, MI
This Trip Exceeded Our Expectations
“I would highly recommend this trip. Becki and Shawn were excellent guides. They made navigating the rail and subways easy. They smoothed over the stressful parts of travel which let us experience the real Japan.
This trip exceeded our expectations. Becki and Shawn even accommodated our special interests in textiles and crafts. Their outgoing personalities and cheerfulness made everything fun. Thank you so much for everything!”
Elizabeth & David – San Francisco, CA
Like Traveling with Local Family
“I’ve already been planning my FB post to let my friends know that easy, personalized travel to Japan is possible through your tours. Traveling with you guys was like traveling with local family – easy & stress-free so we could simply experience all of the wonderful places you took us.
Thank you for customizing the itinerary to our interests so well and handling the hard logistics of travel so smoothly. You both clearly spent a tremendous amount of time & effort preparing so that we’d have an amazing experience. It showed. Thank you.”
Sriyesh & Anne – Greensboro, NC
A+ well done!
“We appreciated all the historical and cultural information provided throughout the trip. Also, the excellent guidance to navigate all the transportation. Thank you so much Becki and Shawn. You were fantastic!”
Keko & Julie – Reno, NV
I Loved All of It!
“I loved all of it! Learning all the rules. Being packed like sardines. Riding the bullet train. Every moment and every city was awesome.
Y’all are the best! Both of you are really what made this trip so fun! Thank you so much!”
Michael – Houston, TX
This was a Treat!
“This was a treat! The level of knowledge, the sensitivity and ability to offer this knowledge at the right time and at the appropriate depth was nothing short of masterful.
The attention to detail, the organization and the flexibility made for a perfect experience. Thank you!”
Allan & Patricia – Miami, FL
Wonderful Introduction to Japan
“Becki and Shawn, thank you for a wonderful introduction to Japan, it’s culture, people, cuisine, and history. You guys did a great job of choosing attractions to see, places to eat and facilitating our travel to those places. Your explanations of life in Japan were authoritative. Thank you both for making this tour so special.”
Trudi & Lou – Los Angeles, CA
The Trip was a Blast!
“I enjoyed all the different modes of transportation we experienced. It was amazing seeing how different everything was. The main highlight was the energy and personalities of the tour guides, Becki and Shawn.
Becki was knowledgable, sweet, and patient with rounding everyone together. Shawn was knowledgable, funny and full of energy. The trip was a blast!”
Amaro – Houston, TX
Really Experienced Japanese Culture
“This was one of the best tours I have ever taken so far. Really experienced Japanese culture and food.”
Raj – Adelaide, AU
Relaxing & Enjoyable
“Your well organized tour allowed us to see the culture, people and cities of Japan. We were relaxed and enjoyed all of it.”
Lise & Jeff – Elkton, VA
Best Escorted Tour
“I really appreciated the very considerate and personal care you gave each of us. I have been on many many escorted tours and I can honestly say this has been the best one. You provided exactly what you promised and still exceeded my expectations.”
Geri – Miami, FL
A Fabulously Well Organized Tour
“This was a fabulously well organized tour and very well thought out. Becki and Shawn were also caring, thoughtful and insightful.”
Fabienne – Durham, NC
An Incredible Experience
“Becki and Shawn put together an incredible experience for us in Japan. From preparing us before the trip, guiding us every where and in every way, educating us with their deep understanding of the history and customs and most importantly, being two of the most pleasant and wonderful people you could ask for. They made everything fun, easy and I couldn’t have asked for more! The small group and personal attention made this an exceptional experience. Thank you for everything!”
Robert & Stephanie – Miami, FL
A Special & Unique Experience
“I was surprised at finding Japan so unique and different. All the food we ate was fresh, beautifully prepared and we even ate eel and found it delicious. Becki and Shawn are fluent culturally and verbally and guided us gently into understanding the culture. I would recommend Japan and More for a special and unique experience. Shawn and Becki are excellent guides and we recommend their tours highly.”
Mary & Barry – Boston, MA
Exceeded My Expectations!
“Thank you for your warmth and perfect planning. The trip was wonderful and exceeded my expectations on every level.”
Susan – New York, NY
“I appreciated the attention to detail, the care and thoughtfulness of you both, and the good humor. It enabled me to relax and enjoy Japan so much more. Looking forward to Hokkaido!”
Sue – Queensland, AU
A trip to brag about forever!
“I knew we picked the perfect tour company and the best tour guides after one correspondence with Becki. They have knowledge about the history and present culture, navigating transportation, finding hotels/ryokans with comfortable beds with great breakfasts that included Japanese and Western cuisine, knowing where the locals eat, how to have fun at karaoke and so much more. Every detail seemed to have been taken care of. Most importantly they truly listen to your requests and they work really hard to fulfill them. We had so much fun. A trip to brag about forever.”
Anita & Adam – Denver, CO
Like Spending Time with Old Friends!
“My husband and I had a fantastic time on our Japan and More tour! Becki and Shawn are a fun and energetic couple. They are highly knowledgeable about the country, culture, language, and people of Japan, and they are passionate about sharing it with others. They did a great job of providing a nice mix of activities to reach everyone’s interests and tastes.
Becki and Shawn made traveling between cities quick and easy. They took care of everything for our trips on the subway, train, bullet train, buses, and taxis, but they also taught us how to read the maps and signs so that we could do it on our own.
The hotels on our tour were great! Their locations were perfect for getting to and from the airport and for catching trains for our day trips. The staff was very helpful and spoke English well. The Western-style breakfast buffets were tasty, convenient, and offered a wide variety of foods to start the day off right. The rooms were larger than expected, very clean, and provided a number of toiletries.
Our tour gave us opportunities to try a wide variety of Japanese foods: ramen, yakitori, udon, octopus balls, sashimi, soba, kaiseki, izakaya, Japanese curry, Mos Burger, and more.
Going on this tour was like spending time with old friends, even though we only met Becki and Shawn a week ago. Thank you for an authentic expat experience.”
John & Karen – Chicago, IL
The Trip was Amazing!
“I had the time of my life. Becki and Shawn from Japan and More really went above and beyond my expectations. The trip was so well organized you could tell that they had put a lot of thought and care into planning the tour. The trip was amazing. It was everything I could have hoped for! I would not have been able to see and learn so much if it weren’t for Becki and Shawn!
One huge perk is that the planned activities ended around 5-6pm and I had the freedom to go out and explore the cities at night by myself. I never felt tied down by the tour group and really felt as if I was on a vacation by myself (just with guided help). I will be recommending Japan and More to my friends and family.”
Blythe – Greenville, NC
Can’t Ask for More!
“If you want a trip where you are free of confusing choices, this is the trip for you. Becki and Shawn are beautifully organized. Your experience will include moving throughout Japan as the Japanese do and experiencing local life. Everything is done with charm and kindness. Can’t ask for more!”
Lynn – San Luis Obispo, CA
Experience of a Lifetime!
“I cannot recommend Japan and More highly enough! Our family of five spent about three weeks in Japan with Shawn and Becki, and we had an extraordinary experience of a lifetime.
A couple months beforehand, we found them on the internet and began corresponding with them about our goals for the trip. We love food, and had specific requests like a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu for eel. We also wanted to visit friends who live in Japan and visit the Ghibli museum.
Becki created a professional itinerary based on our interests.
Our Japanese is rudimentary, so having two fluent companions made our travels exceptionally easy. They handled all train and bus reservations, hotel reservations, and restaurant reservations. This took a huge burden off us, allowing us to enjoy the trip with minimal hassle. Each day they would acquire the necessary train tickets, etc for us, so we able to travel efficiently without struggling.
Since Becki and Shawn both lived and worked throughout Japan for years, they have an excellent knowledge of interesting places to go and things to do. For instance, they set up a stay at an amazing ryokan at the foot of Mount Fuji. They really went the extra mile to obtain difficult reservations for us and insure we had a exceptional time. And they are both excellent company! We had great fun with them.
One particularly special experience they set up was a home dinner with a Japanese family. This is a program run by the Japanese government to promote cultural harmony with foreign visitors.
Japan and More provided us with a very personal trip to Japan that I have not experienced with other ‘tours’.
Frankly, they really go beyond providing a ‘tour’, and allowed us insights into another culture we likely would never have experienced if we were simply ‘tourists’.”
Peter – Charlotte, NC
“Our trip to Japan with Becki and Shawn was absolutely amazing! Their knowledge of Japan and ability to speak the language made everything so much easier. If my husband and I would have done this trip on our own we wouldn’t have experienced a fraction of what Becki and Shawn showed us.
We loved having the chance to see more than just one city and exploring the non-touristy areas. It was really great having someone that knew where all the good places to eat were!
Our favorite and most memorable parts of our trip was when Becki and Shawn gave us a chance to experience the real Japan! One night after dinner, they took us to karaoke (reluctantly at first). It was so much fun, we insisted on doing it one more time before we left! Another night we will never forget was having dinner with their Japanese friends.
Thank you Becki and Shawn for the wonderful memories and amazing experiences. It was worth every penny!”
Andy & Amy – San Francisco, CA
I am a raving fan!
“Japan can be an intimidating place because of the language barrier. Becki and Shawn truly explained what we saw because English was their natural language. I listened to some Japanese guides and they struggled with English. Becki and Shawn also have the knowledge and love of Japan that added to our positive experiences. I am a raving fan!”
Hal – Fort Lauderdale, FL
It’s a magical place.
“I had the honor of Becki Benedict planning a full 7 day itinerary for me and I was able to see so much, cover so much ground and experience places I would not have even considered without her guidance. She is truly an expert on the country and culture! It’s a magical place.“
Jennifer – Wilmington, NC
“The focal points were the people, their traditions, and history, thoroughly guided by Becki and Shawn’s knowledge and insights. The Japanese people are friendly and welcoming. Becki’s exceptional Japanese took us through the intimate corners of Japan where we could interact in a relaxed atmosphere.
I’ve traveled with Trafalgar Tours to Europe and have taken tours to Alaska. And found that Becki and Shawn’s tour of Japan is far superior in retrospect to seeing the everyday lives of Japan’s humble and illustrious people.
Becki and Shawn are great guides. They love the country, care about the people and appreciate the differences in our cultures.“
Judy – Cleveland, OH
Becki and Shawn
Japan Travel Specialists
Hi, we’re Becki and Shawn! We love Japan and are truly passionate about Japan and Japan travel.
We’ve lived, worked, and traveled in Japan for 20+ years, so we know where to go, what to see, and how to get there. Join us in Japan for an adventure of a lifetime!