Maction Planet
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Scotland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As I described 2 years ago, Mac is not a Content Provider but a Context Provider. It was this difference that meant that on our return to Tokyo and Japan we contacted Maction Planet again to take care of our trip.

This time we used him personally for our entire trip around Japan. We could not have made a better travel decision.

Mac took the time to listen to our requirements and then crafted an incredible itinerary without requiring any more input from us. Mac has logistical and organisational skills par excellence and a fantastic depth of local historical knowledge for everywhere he is guiding. How he holds all this information in his head, and then relates it in such an enthusiastic, memorable and informative way, is beyond me!

It was a great journey into the heart of Japan, told through the eyes of a man with a wealth of knowledge and street smarts. I have toured with many dozen guides over the years (no exaggeration) and Mac really stands out head and shoulders above the herd.

Food is a very important part of our travel experience. Mac has that covered all over the country with incredible restaurants which visitors would never find in the unlikely event they even visited the off-the-beaten track towns and villages that Mac took us to.

You could use some operator based out of your home country but I am unsure why so many people fail to understand that the best thing to do is to go direct to the source! In fact, your travel agent sat at home will use these underlying tour providers which are based in Japan, often with one or two intermediaries in place. Cut out the middlemen and go direct. Save money and get a 100% authentic experience where you as a guest always come first.

We had a great time and would definitely recommend Maction Planet for their incredibly attentive service and spot-on execution. Arigato Gozaimasu! We all have Mac to thank for this. You are a legend!
Written March 17, 2020
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Renata_Almeida76
Orlando, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Mac is so amazing that this is the second time that we have toured with him. If you are in search for a guide in Tokyo stop looking for it right now! I guarantee that you have found the best guide available in Tokyo and his name is Mac!

Mac made our Tokyo experience feel like a fairy tail! No joke! He is so good at understanding what the client wants to see and experience that every place you go is absolutely phenomenal! I truly fell in love with Tokyo in a way I never expected, everything there is just THE BEST you could possibly EVER experience in terms of a big city that has many amazing things to offer. I have heard of some people saying that there is no city like New York City but I am sorry, Tokyo puts NYC in the dust! There is just NO comparison AND I am NOT exaggerating! I’ve had the opportunity in my life to visit many places around the world and many times visited NYC and my personal opinion about all of this is that Tokyo is the winner, period! This entire experience made me feel like I wanted to turn into a Japanese lady and even purchased a kimono this trip! By the way, Mac knows the best places to buy kimonos that are top quality for rather discounted prices. His connections throughout the city from finding the best hidden ramen to locating frog balls accidentally while in the restaurant district are second to none!

He expertly navigated us from our Tokyo hotel to the bullet train through the Mt Fuji area with countless means of transportation and took us for a great lunch and explored a super cool outdoor museum and then back again on the bullet train and to our hotel. This was just one day!

Also, if you are interested in TeamLab Borderless, Mac's tips will help you to avoid long waits in line. There is a strategy to expertly navigating these exhibits.

Our tour days with Mac were pretty long. We spent 7 days with him this time because the 3 last time just weren't enough! We went everywhere by foot, public transportation or bullet train. The best decision we made! Mac was able to take us everywhere we needed to go to do some shopping without messing up our itinerary destinations. Mac was precisely able to calculate the time we needed, to spend everywhere we went and still enjoy everything without being rushed. Only the very BEST guides are able to accomplish this and for a Tokyo tour he is THE MAN!!
Written May 6, 2020
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Jeff A
Columbus, GA363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I took my first trip to Tokyo this January and booked an Otaku Tour with Maction Planet. I had a great time on the tour with Mac. He had great knowledge of all the places we went and he provided a ton of information on several locations that were relevant to the movies and manga that I've seen.
The the price of the tours are well worth all the great information and sights that can be seen on the 14 hour tour of the city.
I would definitely recommend this company for anyone visiting Tokyo and wanting to see the best sights in the city for their interests.
Written February 6, 2020
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Kro49
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Having visited Tokyo before, we were extremely excited to have the opportunity to go again. However, this time was our first with young children (4 and 1). Doing our research beforehand, we found it difficult to try to plan itineraries that would incorporate elements the children would enjoy, plus sightseeing and restaurants for us, without spending too long travelling between places - which is always tricky with young children.

I can’t recommend a tour with Mac and Maction Planet highly enough. He listened to everything we wanted and somehow managed to incorporate all of our differing requirements into an absolutely fantastic tour. The youngest’s nap time was accommodated by timing a walk to a temple through the cool trees, where the oldest loved being taught how to use the water to cleanse herself.
We love trying different cuisines, and Mac managed to find amazing restaurants where we didn’t feel uncomfortable with a 4 and 1 year old, as well as some places specifically for the children such as the Kawaii monster cafe.

There is no doubt that Mac put a lot of time into planning the trip for us beforehand, but the most invaluable part for us was the fact that he has so much local knowledge that he was able to be flexible and change plans on the go (vital when you have small children). So when my 4 year old asked for pancakes for lunch, he found us a great place nearby. When we ended up in an unplanned part of Tokyo following a shopping trip to find some souvenirs for the children, he found the best soba noodles we’ve had to eat nearby.

No matter how diverse or obscure our requests - they ranged from finding a vase for ikebana, sake tasting, Japanese beer, seeing a baseball game, photobooths for the children, not to mention recommendations for every type of Japanese cuisine we could think of - Mac had suggestions and ideas.

Mac’s knowledge of everything ‘Tokyo’ meant that he had interesting things to tell us about everywhere we visited. If you want to leave Tokyo feeling you have made the absolute best of whatever time you have there, I would highly recommend booking with Maction Planet.
Written May 31, 2020
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Jennifer
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Maction Planet’s deep knowledge of Japan and incredible service and attention to detail helped put this trip on my top 2 list of all the holidays I have ever been on, second only to Antarctica.

I spent 14 days in Japan and was apprehensive heading there alone. I wanted a mix of some planning and touring, so having read all the reviews here I decided to contact them. I also contacted some other companies including some very high-end travel agencies, but through our back and forth I could tell that Maction Planet were the ones who truly cared about my having the best time in Japan.

Maction Planet know how to customize a trip so that it is a really personal experience. Basically, you can have any itinerary you want and they make it happen. Guided days, non guided days, bizarre japan, temples, nights out……whatever you desire.

I got to see so many amazing things that I was interested in — the beauty, the traditions, the culture in cities and outside cities, a little history, a lot of delicious food, many kindnesses from the Japanese people, the shinkansen, the onsen, and so much more.

All of the guides had such incredible knowledge - light years above anything I have experienced elsewhere. As for the overall trip, I just can’t believe how meticulously coordinated everything was by Maction Planet, and the incredible thoughtfulness and kindness everyone I met in Japan. I’ve had friends and random people on social media ask me who helped arrange my trip, and I’ve sent raves reviews about Maction Planet.

On a personal level, this trip gave me better self confidence in myself and decreased any anxiety I had about traveling alone. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I hope one day, I can go back and even take my mother next time around. She’d love it!

I just want to thank everyone at Maction Planet, because this was truly a trip of a lifetime! I could not have done it without all your help. It was a trip I’ll cherish for a long time. Thank you Mac, Kyoko, Kosuke, Miki and Maction Planet!
Written March 5, 2020
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Diane
Knoxville, TN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
I created a TA account because Mac is so amazing. Where do I begin about our awesome 14 hour day with Mac! First he comes to pick you up! Helps you navigate Tokyo metro (which is busy all the time) and begins to show you the beauty of Japan and their culture just by riding a train. As you can imagine it only expands from there, as he shows you a Tokyo that isn’t on the websites. We absolutely loved learning about how Edo transformed into the Tokyo we see today through the eyes of the Japanese; seeing beautiful back allies, parks, temples, shrines and the new! Added benefit he takes amazing photos. PS the pic of us is not at the famed Fushimi Inari, looks like it right?! The secrets of a tour with Mac! You cannot go to Japan (he does tours not just in Tokyo!) and not take a tour with Mac. Mac if you are ever in the states you are invited to my house any day, but you have to take off your shoes and socks (just a little inside joke)!
Written March 14, 2020
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Dudley W
Ohio21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
You might not be able to travel these days, but you can still visit Japan for a few hours on a weekend evening.

Maction Planet has hosted our family for two amazing trips to Japan in 2018 and 2019. The tours exceeded our every expectation and I would confidently say they were the best tours we have ever experienced. They were actually really more immersive experiences than tours.

With the lockdowns of 2020 preventing leisure travel, Maction Planet has pivoted to offering online small group Japanese cooking classes. Over the past few months we have been able to join Mac for six classes o learn to make yakitori, miso ramen, udon, katsu curry (maybe our favorite?), chirashi sushi, and okonomiyaki.

The classes have all been funny, educational, and produced delicious dinners. Many of the participants are repeat attendees. This is a great activity for couples or families.

My review doesn't do Maction Planet or the classes justice, but I do highly recommend them to you.

We can't wait to go back to Japan and travel with Maction Planet, but in the meantime we will take full advantage of these great cooking experiences.

Also if you are looking for a bit of insight into the energy level and entertainment that Mac offers, you can check out his YouTube channel for dozens of great videos on all things Japan!
Written January 29, 2021
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Theresa K.
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
My husband and I were interested in Japan’s history and experiencing local culture off the beaten tourist track. Maction Planet had the tour options we wanted and with so many positive reviews here, we went for it. So glad we did! Mac exceeded all expectations, showing us an eclectic mix of  so many Tokyo places we never could have found ourselves.

From first contact, the Maction Planet team was responsive and detailed. We trusted what they’d put together, and we were not disappointed.

Mac”s an inspirational character and his enthusiasm for every experience is so infectious! The value he brings goes well beyond pointing at buildings and a generic spiel. He’s so engaging and knowledgeable on everything from history and culture to architecture, entrepreneurship and economics!  In no time at all we connected with Mac as if he’d been our best mate forever! We especially enjoyed the whisky tasting and hearing all about the fascinating history of Japanese Whisky!    

Mac honestly went above and beyond. He's truly far more than a guide in every respect. We've done a lot of traveling, on many tours with a range of guides  and we can honestly say - so far - he’s simply the best! 
 
He really cares for his guests and even helped us with a few details for other places where we’d booked rival guides, helpfully answering any questions and picking up their slack. Thanks Mac! 
Written January 13, 2020
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Tim S
Los Angeles, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
In my first review of Maction Planet, posted in October 2017, I gave a very detailed description of Mac’s service - before, during and after the tours. All I can say is that, over two years on, we received more of the same, and more of the more! Maction Planet just keeps getting better and better.

We have recently returned from a three week trip around Japan, which we so thoroughly enjoyed. Actually, “enjoyed” is a ridiculously inadequate word to fully express the wonderful experiences we had under the superb guiding and planning of Maction Planet.

Like a good Savile Row tailor from London, Mac, the Founder and Lead Guide, took enormous care and expertise to make our visit very personalized and of unparalleled quality. We can recommend them unreservedly. This was what we really wanted out of a holiday so we could spend time focusing on the important things such as bonding and actually enjoying ourselves!

This company goes beyond the average tour companies in endless ways. Principally, they implemented visits to places, people, restaurants, hotels and events which were not standard touristy destinations. We were taken to “hidden” places which were unique, insightful and enormously memorable.

I must also once make mention of the quality and expertise of Mac as a guide. He is a pillar of the global guiding community. It is truly tough to articulate how good he is. That is why in my previous review I tried to break it down almost scientifically. His guiding is a place where science and art meet. Plus, I agree with other reviews that describe him as an inspirational figure.

You would be doing a MAJOR disservice to yourself if you choose any other guide in the places he does tours as he simply is the best. Thank you Mac for making our Japan trip so memorable. It is people like you that keep us coming back.
Written March 12, 2020
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Venture325874
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Even more delights with the best guide in Tokyo

Having had such a great time on my last visit it was a no-brainer to contact Mac to arrange some of my tours around Tokyo.

I booked two days of his 14-hour full-day extravaganzas and once again was not disappointed.

His “Trust the DJ” approach is perfect for anyone who wants to sit back, relax and actually enjoy their holiday. I just told Mac what I was (and was not) interested in and away we went. Despite having been to Tokyo before, Mac still managed to come up with several areas of town I hadn't visited, and he finds ways to make even places I had gone to new and exciting and full of hidden secrets.

In the evenings we focused on the drinking and nightlife sides of the city. I think one thing which makes Mac's tours unique is that he'll find a way to bring in talking about different aspects of culture and history while talking about Japanese sake and craft beer.

As a man who has started his own business, in a foreign country with one of the hardest languages in the world no less, Mac is also an great person to discuss entrepreneurship with. He is generous with his knowledge and experience and his ability to come up with great ideas while also discussing the history of Japanese Whisky is second to none. He's also visited over 100 countries so there is no lack of fascinating stories!

It all makes for one entertaining and educational time. No better way to spend your time in Tokyo than with Mac. Until next time…!
Written February 26, 2020
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