Profile photo for Myaen Verzosa
3165 messages
active 1 hour ago

Myaen Verzosa

My name is Myaen and I am a travel consultant for Japan Travel.

I believe in helping people plan their perfect trips. I believe in the power of travel to bring people together and create lasting memories.

Japan is one of the most amazing places to go to. It is safe, the public transport is superb, and the food will make your tastebuds burst with joy!

Here at Japan Travel, aside from arranging car service, personalized tours, and activities, we are also excellent sources of information concerning great restaurants, and good and unique sites to see.

Feel free to contact us to assist you in planning your dream vacation.

How did you get involved in travel?

"My family has always been fond of traveling.
When I got older, I realized that I love to research and do DIY trips which are truly perfect since I love to travel. Going on vacation for me means a time to self-reflect, and reset, and exposes me to new things.
Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to see, taste, and try new things."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Jiufen in Taiwan is one of my favorites! It is a charming little town east of Taipei.
It is the place that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's film, Spirited Away. It is known for the narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with teahouses, street-food snacks, and souvenir shops.

It definitely was one of my bucket list checked!"

Myaen is part of the following groups: Japan Travel Agents
Top itineraries and travel advice
Family itineraries
Luxury itineraries

Recent trip reviews for Myaen

Leo was a very good guide. He was most helpfu...
Japan | May 15 - May 26, 2024

R
Robert G.
Basking Ridge, NJ | Reviewed on May 27, 2024

Leo was a very good guide. He was most helpful in getting to and from the various sites. He was knowledgeable and patient with us. The food tours and the guides were also excellent

Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on May 28, 2024

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! It absolutely warms my heart to hear how Leo made your experience truly special with his helpfulness, knowledge, and patience. And I'm thrilled that your culinary adventures were such a hit! Here's to countless more amazing journeys ahead for you and your family. Wishing you all the best!
Best regards,
Myaen of Japan Travel

Experience the best of Japan
Japan | May 6 - May 16, 2024

Lorraine
Lorraine H.
Kuwait | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
The overall trip was great. The first three days in Tokyo were relatively unplanned, but Myaen offered wonderful suggestions for visiting sights. We enjoyed having the unscheduled time. Leo, our tour guide in Kyoto, was knowledgeable and friendly. Visiting Nara was one of the highlights of our tour. The bowing deer were adorable and the Toda-ji Temple was my favorite temple. I also thought the Golden Pavillion in Arashiyama and the Bamboo Forest were trip highlights. The Iwatayama... Read more

The overall trip was great. The first three days in Tokyo were relatively unplanned, but Myaen offered wonderful suggestions for visiting sights. We enjoyed having the unscheduled time. Leo, our tour guide in Kyoto, was knowledgeable and friendly. Visiting Nara was one of the highlights of our tour. The bowing deer were adorable and the Toda-ji Temple was my favorite temple. I also thought the Golden Pavillion in Arashiyama and the Bamboo Forest were trip highlights. The Iwatayama Monkey Park was not my favorite experience, the trek up is rigorous for minimal interaction and is very crowded. Our favorite guide was Ako, who took us to Miyajima Island. She was a thoughtful, knowledgeable guide, even bringing tea and snacks up to the top of the mountain for us to enjoy the beautiful view.

We requested a minimum of four-star hotels, and they were, for the most part, very nice. The hotel in Hakone, Hakone Airu, is traditional and a beautiful facility. The food was amazing! In a traditional hotel room, we slept on mats and didn't have raised seating, which might be physically uncomfortable. The ensuite onsen was delightful. I wish we had more time in the town because it was truly charming.

My least favorite hotel was the Hotel Vishio, only because the hotel had no restaurant or bar. The shared baths were very nice, and the room was large and comfortable, but since we were out all day on tours, we could have used some on-site dining. It is conveniently located across from a shopping center with a large Don Quixote (worth checking out).

I highly recommend the JR pass. Taking the trains was incredibly easy, affordable, and comfortable. Be sure to have your passports to make seat reservations through the kiosk.

Having your passport for shopping is also necessary because many stores will not charge tax if you have your passport.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel GrandBach Tokyo Ginza
Tokyo

Like most rooms in Japan, it is small but comfortable. The bathroom is great, with a full bathtub. The staff here were super helpful and friendly. The breakfast menu is limited.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to subway lines
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hakone Airu
Hakone

The hotel facilities are beautiful, and the dinner and breakfast were amazing. However, it was very slow to check in and check out. We had limited time in Hakone, and a significant portion of the time was spent waiting for service support. This hotel has a lot of potential.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
It took a long time to check in and out
Cleanliness & Comfort
It's an authentic traditional hotel, which means sleeping on the floor and floor seating. Therefore, it may not be easy for anyone with physical needs.
Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA

The hotel room was spacious for Japanese standards. It is new and modern. It doesn't have an on-site restaurant (except for breakfast—which was GREAT!) or bar. There are shared gender-specific bathing facilities. The staff is less helpful. For example, they couldn't help us with dinner reservations or suggestions.

Location
Near a shopping mall with plenty of food choices and a wonderful Don Quixote.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
THE KNOT HIROSHIMA
Hiroshima

This hotel has a beautiful rooftop bar with a great view—perhaps the best thing about the hotel. Breakfast is a set menu and wasn't really to my liking. The restaurant on the first floor is quite good but book ahead for reservations. Having the reception area on the 14th floor is a bit inconvenient, and only having access to toiletries on the first and 14th floors was a bit of a pain.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Within walking distance of the Peace Park.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Cordia Osaka Hommachi

The rooms were very small, and the beds were against the wall. However, the bathroom and shower are amazing. This was the only hotel with a coffee maker in the room. The bed was also the softest and most comfortable. Most hotel beds in Japan are pretty hard.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the subway
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on May 20, 2024
Hi Lorraine,
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback and kind words!
I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip overall and that my suggestions for Tokyo were helpful.
I’m glad Leo-san and Ako-san made a positive impact on your experience, especially with their knowledge and thoughtfulness. Your feedback on the Iwatayama Monkey Park and Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA is very much appreciated and will be taken into consideration for future recommendations.
Thank you again for...
Read more

Hi Lorraine,
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback and kind words!
I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip overall and that my suggestions for Tokyo were helpful.
I’m glad Leo-san and Ako-san made a positive impact on your experience, especially with their knowledge and thoughtfulness. Your feedback on the Iwatayama Monkey Park and Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA is very much appreciated and will be taken into consideration for future recommendations.
Thank you again for sharing your experience, Lorraine. It was a pleasure assisting you with your trip, and I look forward to helping you with your future travels to Japan!
Many thanks again from me and the whole Japan Travel KK team!
Best regards,
Myaen

Wonderful Visit to Japan
Japan | Mar 22 - Mar 31, 2024

D
David S.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Apr 02, 2024

Kim Kim did an amazing job of planning, organizing, and communicating both before and during our trip to Japan. Myaen was always in contact wanting to ensure that we were prepared and understood our timetable. We would absolutely use Kim Kim again in the future.

Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on Apr 02, 2024

Hi David,
Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your feedback means a great deal to us, and we're genuinely thrilled to learn of your positive impression. Knowing that you'd consider entrusting kimkim with your travel plans again in the future brings us immense joy. It was our pleasure to assist you and your family in creating memorable experiences in Japan, and we look forward to the opportunity to assist you again whenever you're ready to plan your next adventure.
Best regards,
Myaen

Couldn’t have planned it better!
Japan | Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2024

Camille
Camille C.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

We had the greatest trip. We had enough going on everyday but not too much that we felt overwhelmed or rushed. We had a good variety of activities. Myaen was the greatest. We planned everything together, gave me all the information I needed and checked in on us periodically through the trip. Couldn’t have asked for a better time in Japan and we are so excited to return!

Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on Mar 29, 2024
Hi Camille,
I'm thrilled to hear that you had such an incredible time during your trip to Japan!
It was truly a pleasure planning your trip with you, and ensuring you had all the necessary information and support along the way was my priority. I'm delighted that you felt supported throughout your journey.
Thank you for your kind words and for trusting us with your travel plans. Knowing that you're excited to return to Japan is the best compliment we could receive. Whenever you're ready to...
Read more

Hi Camille,
I'm thrilled to hear that you had such an incredible time during your trip to Japan!
It was truly a pleasure planning your trip with you, and ensuring you had all the necessary information and support along the way was my priority. I'm delighted that you felt supported throughout your journey.
Thank you for your kind words and for trusting us with your travel plans. Knowing that you're excited to return to Japan is the best compliment we could receive. Whenever you're ready to plan your next adventure, we'll be here to assist you every step of the way.
Wishing you and Jon many more unforgettable travels ahead!
Best regards,
Myaen

Our trip to Japan. Kim ...
Japan | Oct 15 - Oct 25, 2023

narayana
narayana r.
India | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Our trip to Japan. Kim Kim and Myaen We had heard a lot about this unique country, Japan, for various reasons while we visited so many, many countries across the globe, we could travel to Japan only in October 2023. KimKim as travel agent was suggested as ideal by our son Ashwin, he and his wife , Priyanka Roy, frequently use the services of this agency and had always found them to deliver very well. So we went on to the website and filled in our details and... Read more


Our trip to Japan. Kim Kim and Myaen

We had heard a lot about this unique country, Japan, for various reasons while we visited so many, many countries across the globe, we could travel to Japan only in October 2023. KimKim as travel agent was suggested as ideal by our son Ashwin, he and his wife , Priyanka Roy, frequently use the services of this agency and had always found them to deliver very well. So we went on to the website and filled in our details and requirements. We were give Myaen as coordinator for our ten day trip. From then on Myaen was super active. She suggested an itinerary and addressed every concern we had. If the budget was going beyond our expectations, she edited some of the items, every which way Myaen made every effort to tailor our trip to our needs. For Hakone she felt we would do well to have a guide with us for a day. Akira, an English speaking guide was a God send, but for her, we would never have enjoyed and seen Hakone the way we did. Every hotel that Myaen booked for us, each little activity , be it the tea ceremony or the calligraphy session was most enjoyable and gave us great insight into the culture of the country. Also the day to day itinerary Myaen had suggested, we followed it almost to the end and we were never disappointed. She was also on the phone to convey immediate messages and extremely prompt to respond to our very many queries no matter what time of the day. A most memorable trip in all, many thanks to KimKim and Myaen.
Our only disappointments, again not to do with KimKim or Myaen …..the inability to communicate with most people, including the hotel staff , as they barely spoke or understood English, and the absolute lack of vegetarian food. Hotels had been informed, but they could at best only provide a few variants in bread and sometimes, salad.

Jaya and Narayana Ramanathan

Hotel Reviews
karaksa hotel TOKYO STATION

front desk was helpful, could speak english, which is more than front desk staff in the other hotels. despite prior intimation that we were vegetarians, they made little effort to provide any veg food except bread.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hakonenomori Okada
Hakone

front desk least helpful. no drinking water in the room was shown a vending machine and asked to buy. coulnt even arrange for a taxi the previous evening. however, they did make an effort to provide us vegetarian food for dinner.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
SAKURA TERRACE THE GALLERY
Kyoto

communication was imposible with the front desk. refused to make any changes in their dishes to give us veg.food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel GrandBach Tokyo Ginza
Tokyo

as always no communication was possible.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Activity Review
Explore Hakone
Explore Hakone
Japan
Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on Oct 30, 2023
Hi Jaya and Narayana, Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed and heartwarming feedback about your recent trip to Japan. I am truly delighted to hear that your experience with kimkim and our services was a memorable one. It's wonderful that your son Ashwin and his wife, Priyanka Roy, recommended kimkim to you, and I'm grateful for their trust in our agency. We take great pride in delivering tailored and exceptional travel experiences, and I'm glad that I could be a part of... Read more

Hi Jaya and Narayana,

Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed and heartwarming feedback about your recent trip to Japan. I am truly delighted to hear that your experience with kimkim and our services was a memorable one.

It's wonderful that your son Ashwin and his wife, Priyanka Roy, recommended kimkim to you, and I'm grateful for their trust in our agency. We take great pride in delivering tailored and exceptional travel experiences, and I'm glad that I could be a part of planning your adventure in Japan.

I greatly appreciate your kind words about the itinerary, and I'm thrilled that it met your expectations. It was my pleasure to address your concerns and make adjustments as needed to ensure your trip was perfect for you. I also believe that having Akiko-san, added a unique dimension to your journey, allowing you to fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty and culture of the region.

I'm also pleased to hear that the hotels and activities I arranged for you were enjoyable and provided insight into Japan's rich culture. The tea ceremony and calligraphy sessions can indeed be transformative experiences.

Your feedback regarding the language barrier and limited vegetarian food options is noted. Japan, with its unique culture and cuisine, can present challenges for travelers with specific dietary requirements or limited language skills. We'll continue to work on solutions to improve these aspects of the travel experience for future guests.

Once again, I'd like to express my gratitude for choosing kimkim and Japan Travel, and for entrusting me with planning your journey. Your appreciation and kind words are a tremendous reward for the effort we put into creating memorable trips. If you ever decide to return to Japan, please know that I'm here to assist you with your travel plans.

Wishing you many more unforgettable journeys in the future.

Best regards,
Myaen

I think we made the most of the 11 days we had
Japan | Jun 13 - Jun 23, 2023

J
Jim B.
Mequon, WI | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2023
I think we made the most of the 11 days we had in Japan. Instead of going to Shibuya, we went to the Skytree and instead of going to Nikko, we went to Koriyama to visit family. The subways and trains are very convenient and efficient, there was no need for us to get a taxi or ride service.
Without KimKim, we would not have gotten the guided tour of Nara and our guide Emi was amazing. In addition to her knowledge of Nare, we asked her a lot of questions about Japan in general.
We also...
Read more

I think we made the most of the 11 days we had in Japan. Instead of going to Shibuya, we went to the Skytree and instead of going to Nikko, we went to Koriyama to visit family. The subways and trains are very convenient and efficient, there was no need for us to get a taxi or ride service.
Without KimKim, we would not have gotten the guided tour of Nara and our guide Emi was amazing. In addition to her knowledge of Nare, we asked her a lot of questions about Japan in general.
We also would not have booked the traditional tea ceremony without KimKim and that was another great experience. The hosts were very informative and allowed us to stay a little longer to ask additional questions. The kimonos made for a very nice family photo.
The running routes suggested by Myaen were very useful although I did like the path going north along the Kamo river better than the path going south. We also visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium to swim per her guidance. I would warn people to bring a towel. The gyms that I go to in the states provide locker room towels but the Tokyo gym does not.
Myaen was frequently checking in with us to make sure we were getting along well and was quick to answer our questions.

Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on Jun 30, 2023
Dear Jim,
Thank you for the positive feedback! I'm glad to hear that you were able to visit Skytree and spent quality moments with your family in Koriyama. Japan's subways and trains are indeed convenient and efficient, making them an excellent choice for getting around. I'm delighted that you got to experience their benefits firsthand.
I'm thrilled to learn that your experience with Kimkim was valuable and enhanced your trip. The tea ceremony and having a tour guide added to your enjoyment,...
Read more

Dear Jim,
Thank you for the positive feedback! I'm glad to hear that you were able to visit Skytree and spent quality moments with your family in Koriyama. Japan's subways and trains are indeed convenient and efficient, making them an excellent choice for getting around. I'm delighted that you got to experience their benefits firsthand.
I'm thrilled to learn that your experience with Kimkim was valuable and enhanced your trip. The tea ceremony and having a tour guide added to your enjoyment, and sometimes it's the unexpected activities that become the most memorable. We feel privileged to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. We hope that your time in Japan has left you with wonderful memories to cherish.
Wishing you and your family many more incredible adventures ahead! It has been an absolute pleasure assisting you throughout your trip, and we look forward to the opportunity to assist you again in the future.
Best regards,
Myaen

A Fabulous Trip to Japan - Thank you Kimkim travel; thank you Myaen!
Japan | Jun 2 - Jun 15, 2023

Peter
Peter B.
Wellfleet, MA | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023
This was our second time using kimkim travel (last year they organized our road trip to Ireland)... and thank you kimkim and Myaen - another "home run!" We just returned from a phenomenal 2-week self-guided trip to Japan, which included several days in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima Island, and Hakone. Myaen was superb as our Japan specialist, helping us think thru what made sense for 2-weeks, as well as recommending the right neighborhoods and hotels to stay in. Our focus for this trip... Read more

This was our second time using kimkim travel (last year they organized our road trip to Ireland)... and thank you kimkim and Myaen - another "home run!" We just returned from a phenomenal 2-week self-guided trip to Japan, which included several days in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima Island, and Hakone. Myaen was superb as our Japan specialist, helping us think thru what made sense for 2-weeks, as well as recommending the right neighborhoods and hotels to stay in. Our focus for this trip was Japanese contemporary art, and we were not disappointed... so many wonderful museums, exhibits, and places to see. We were also delighted that our contact with our trip planner, Myaen, did not stop once the trip was planned and paid for. Myaen contacted us regularly before the trip, reminded us about appropriate local travel passes to purchase, how to use the visiting Japan website (which makes entry into Japan easier and faster), etc. And Myaen reached out almost daily to make sure the trip was going well, and that any questions we had were promptly answered. We plan on using kimkim again for our next adventure, and wholeheartedly recommend them to others. Kimkim listens, and helps you plan the trip you want - not the most expensive package they can sell. And if you are planning to visit Japan - ask for Myaen.

Activity Reviews
Explore Asakusa
Explore Asakusa
Tokyo

We stayed in Ginza, and as we started our trip in Tokyo, we were pretty jet-lagged and tired - and came close to not leaving Ginza. Boy are we glad we decided to make the short subway trip to Asakusa. Ginza is beautiful and modern, and not far away in Asakusa, you can get a feel for old Tokyo. Temples, shrines, and real neighborhoods. We even had dinner Sunday night outdoors on a small street where we were the only tourists.

Quality of Experience
Traditional Kyoto
Traditional Kyoto
Kyoto

We loved being in Kyoto. Within a few blocks of our hotel were temples, shrines, as well as many restaurants and shops. And it was very easy to get to the Bamboo forest and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. We spent three nights in Kyoto and could easily have enjoyed several more.

Quality of Experience
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone

We had heard this was a great museum... it was fantastic. The setting and the sculptures together added to the experience - it really needs to be seen.

Quality of Experience
Onsen, Ryokan, and Mt. Fuji Experience in Hakone
Onsen, Ryokan, and Mt. Fuji Experience in Hakone
Hakone

We wanted a traditional onsen experience and we got one. Our hotel was very traditional, and had several beautiful communal baths right on the property... Our days typically started with using the baths before breakfast, and again after dinner. While it was unfortunately too cloudy to see Mt. Fuji, the Hakone area was beautiful and relaxing. A great 3-day end to our 2-week trip.

Quality of Experience
Tokyo Departure
Tokyo Departure
Japan

We had a private car from Hakone to Haneda - very pleasant and stress-free way to end our trip. It was a snap to check-in and check our bags, and to get thru passport control.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on Jun 23, 2023
Hi Peter!
Thank you so much for your wonderful words and thoughtful feedback regarding Kimkim and your trip to Japan! Working with you to plan and organize your vacation was truly a pleasure. It's always rewarding to help create memorable experiences for travelers like yourself. Thank you for sharing wonderful photos of your trip and thank you for choosing our services. We are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. We hope that your experience in Japan has left you...
Read more

Hi Peter!
Thank you so much for your wonderful words and thoughtful feedback regarding Kimkim and your trip to Japan! Working with you to plan and organize your vacation was truly a pleasure. It's always rewarding to help create memorable experiences for travelers like yourself. Thank you for sharing wonderful photos of your trip and thank you for choosing our services. We are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. We hope that your experience in Japan has left you with wonderful memories to cherish. Wishing you and Leslie many more incredible adventures ahead! It has been an absolute pleasure assisting you throughout your trip, and we look forward to the opportunity to assist you again in the future.
Best regards,
Myaen

We had a fantastic vacation! Our favorite act...
Japan | Jun 3 - Jun 15, 2023

Kristin
Kristin F.
Peachtree City, GA | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2023

We had a fantastic vacation! Our favorite activity was the Ramen Cooking Class in Kyoto. Thank you!

Local specialist: Myaen Verzosa
Myaen
Myaen Verzosa
Local specialist in Tokyo | Replied on Jun 19, 2023
Hi Kristin,
Thank you for the positive feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic vacation in Japan. It brings us great joy to know that you enjoyed your time, and we are especially delighted to hear that the Ramen Cooking Class in Kyoto was your favorite activity. It's always rewarding to help create memorable experiences for travelers like yourself.
Thank you for choosing our services, and we are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. We hope that...
Read more

Hi Kristin,
Thank you for the positive feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic vacation in Japan. It brings us great joy to know that you enjoyed your time, and we are especially delighted to hear that the Ramen Cooking Class in Kyoto was your favorite activity. It's always rewarding to help create memorable experiences for travelers like yourself.
Thank you for choosing our services, and we are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. We hope that your experience in Japan has left you with wonderful memories to cherish.
Should you ever decide to visit Japan again in the future, we would be more than happy to assist you with your travel plans. There is always more to explore and discover in this beautiful country.
Wishing you and your children many more incredible adventures ahead! It has been a pleasure to assist you throughout your trip.