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blt-reviewI couldn’t ask for better tour guides. Both of them were absolutely great! Both showed great understanding and knowledge. Keep up the great work! If I ever go back to Japan, I’m looking @ Pacset as a option for traveling. Thank you for all you have done.

Jessi, BL Teahouse 2013

Summer Matsuri 2013

The Summer Matsuri tour was awesome. Being able to see the Metropolis that is Tokyo then in just a few days you turn down the volume and you tour Ito, a relaxing small town. You are able to experience a lot in such a short time. Evan was amazing. His knowledge of Japan is expansive. If there is a particular place you wanted to visit, he can get you there. He also keeps the tour lively with funny voices and funny jokes. If you are looking for a fast paced visit to Tokyo then a slow paced jaunt into a quaint village, then this is the tour for you. –Ricky
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Summer Matsuri 2013Evan was a joy to travel with and kept the tour fun no matter what got thrown at us (like fireworks ash =) The tour has been an amazing summer memory I’ll never forget and hope to return with Evan and PacSet within a year or two. –Chris

Summer Matsuri 2013Tour guide was great. Local knowledge was vast and he made the trip entertaining, informative, and easy to understand. Don’t think I could have done even half of the things that we did if I had done this as a solo trip, nor would it have been as fun. –Edward

Summer Matsuri 2013The Summer Matsuri tour was awesome. Being able to see the Metropolis that is Tokyo then in just a few days you turn down the volume and you tour Ito, a relaxing small town. You are able to experience a lot in such a short time. Evan was amazing. His knowledge of Japan is expansive. If there is a particular place you wanted to visit, he can get you there. He also keeps the tour lively with funny voices and funny jokes. If you are looking for a fast paced visit to Tokyo then a slow paced jaunt into a quaint village, then this is the tour for you. –Ricky

Summer Matsuri 2013Evan was absolutely amazing, informative, and accommodating. PacSet is truly about traveling with friends and making memories! –Liz

NYC Hearts Japan 2013

An awesome tour overall. You guys may be small but you’re doing a fantastic job. Evan is a great guy and an excellent tour guide. The tour felt unique and customized and hit most of my major “to-do’s”. The cost of the tour more than justified the whole experience. The food, the destinations, the tour mates, the learning and cultural sharing, everything was phenomenal. You guys are doing everything right so please keep up the hard work!! Thanks for an incredible experience PacSet!!
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NYC Hearts JapanThis was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I had so much fun shopping and going on wacky adventures with Evan as my guide. I am going to try and come back as soon as I can…I love Japan so much and Evan allowed me to experience everything to the fullest he was so much fun and showed me so many things. Thank you for creating the greatest experience possible. –Austin

NYC Hearts JapanAmazing Tour! Evan was a very personable and wonderful guide. He made the tour great. The other group members were also awesome. Everything we did and saw was amazing. I loved the tour. It would be amazing to have more time to stay and travel Japan with the group. Thank you Evan and PacSet Tours. –Max

NYC Hearts JapanEvan was amazing and made the entire trip seem like we were all here among friends. Every little need was taken care of and I was totally relaxed and entertained. It felt very fun and casual being there and it was absolutely my dream com true…All in all, the trip was amazing and completely surpassed my expectations. I would absolutely recommend PacSet to anyone for the price, the value, the service, and the experience. Keep up the good work! –Adam

NYC Hearts JapanThis tour was awesome! Even though it was swelteringly hot and exhausting (mostly from carrying around so many shopping bags haha) I had a ton of fun. We got to experience both old and new Japan, shopping, sightseeing, and so much more. Evan is a great tour guide ad kept everyone in high spirits, and our group had developed a bunch of inside jokes by the end of the tour. I would definitely recommend this tour to others (though I also recommend a fan for the summer tours!) –Brittany

NYC Hearts JapanOur tour guide was extremely well versed in Japanese, and his itinerary of activities for the tour and locations to visit was both fun and interesting; if I ever come back for a second tour, I’d definitely be glad to have Evan show us around once again! –Matt

NYC Hearts JapanAn awesome tour overall. You guys may be small but you’re doing a fantastic job. Evan is a great guy and an excellent tour guide. The tour felt unique and customized and hit most of my major “to-do’s”. The cost of the tour more than justified the whole experience. The food, the destinations, the tour mates, the learning and cultural sharing, everything was phenomenal. You guys are doing everything right so please keep up the hard work!! Thanks for an incredible experience PacSet!!

School of Summer 2013

School of SummerUnlike tours that just have a guide that takes you to major spots in a country, PACSET knows what they are doing and can give you an inside look of Japan! From the secret food hot spots to the hidden shops and activities, PACSET knows how to put together a tour that isn’t just a block schedule of events. The tour guide, Evan, is funny, creative, and helpful and really knows his stuff. If you want a tour that is more than just a history book, one that is full of engaging and fun events, then PACSET is the place to go! -Tyler

School of SummerThere’s a welcoming atmosphere, and you’re bound to make a friend or two on this magical journey. -Taylor

BL Teahouse 2013

Considering I’ve been wanting to go to Japan for over 12 years now, I’m extremely happy that my first time over there was with Pacset. The itinerary was very well structured and hit all the areas/destinations I’ve ever wanted to go to. Evan and Lanny are definitely the best guides you’ll ever have. Easy to talk to, extremely helpful, fun and easy going. They love Japan and the culture and it just makes the tour even better when you have guides who are excited to talk about the country. I will definitely 100% rely on Pacset for all my future tours to Japan :) Thank you Evan & Lanny! -S. Grant
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BL Teahouse Review“Pacset tours is by far the best trip hands down of my life! The tour guides, Evan & Lanny, aren’t just tour guides. They become your best friends. Evan’s fluent Japanese and extravagant sense of humor had me howling with laughter 110% of this trip and Lanny’s amazing multitasking abilities and mother-figure presence kept the group serene and worry free. This magical adventure of maid cafes, drag shows, cat cafes, train roulette, an overabundance of fancy food and frilly cakes, politeness from the locals, manga, anime, historical culture, festivals, many life-long friendships, and a whole lot of laughter would not have been possible without Pacset tour’s very own Evan & Lanny. If you want your mind blown, then talk to Evan & Lanny because they are professionals at making magic happen.” -Vanessa

BL Teahouse Review“Evan & Lanny are awesome tour guides. Short and sweet. They make traveling fun, educative and they’re both really easy to talk to and get along with. I’d recommend anyone I know to tour with Pacset, and I would also tour with them again. Thank you!” -Megan

BL Teahouse Review“I love Evan and Lanny as tour guides. They were informative, fun and good sports. Evan is an awesome tour guide.” -Kynesha

BL Teahouse Review“BL Tour was so much fun! Evan and Lanny were great and provided many memorable moments. The destinations were well-picked and I am glad I was able to experience this tour with everyone! <3″ -Hari

BL Teahouse Review“We were a huge group and Evan & Lanny were so patient and accomodating. I give them super props for keeping everyone organized. They picked so many fun things for us to experience! I learned a lot of historical information as well! And the onsen was amazing. I wish I could have spent more time there. I would definitely go on a tour with Pacset again and I made so many new friends! I never laughed so hard than I have for the duration of this trip. I have so many stories to bring home to family & friends.” -Katya

BL Teahouse Review“Quirky, slightly rushing but awesome tour guides! This was my first tour out of country and didn’t know what to expect but upon arriving I was greeted with friendly fellow tour participants and quirky/hilarious tour guides. From day one the fun began and it was one thing after another. Never a dull moment, always fun and excitement, definitely a great introduction to international travel and will definitely had me returning for a future tour!”

BL Teahouse Review“This whole tour has been absolutely fantastic. Evan and Lanny were amazing – knowledgeable about their destinations, great at handling any issues that arose and have wicked awesome skills at roommate matching. The itinerary was fantastic, a great balance between destinations and explore/relax time. Between sight-seeing, activities and so much rib-hurting moments of laughter, not only is this the best tour I’ve been on, I would not hesitate to travel with Pacset again.” -Tasha

BL Teahouse Review“This tour was amazing! Between Roppongi Kingyo, the Kanda festival, Swallowtail cafe, the onsen and all the shopping we got to experience some amazing this Evan and Lanny were great guides and they did a wonderful job as I know it can’t be easy guiding such a huge group. They were extremely helpful giving directions to different places during free time so everyone could go see what they wanted. I would definitely tour with Pacset again.” -Samantha

BL Teahouse Review“Every yaoi fan girl/boy needs to go on this tour with these amazing tour guides, because they won’t find any guides better suited for the job.”

BL Teahouse Review“I didn’t expect everything to run smoothly and promptly. You guys really did a good job letting us have free time also taking us to locations we wanted to go.”

BL Teahouse Review“I couldn’t ask for better tour guides. Both of them were absolutely great! Both showed great understanding and knowledge. Keep up the great work! If I ever go back to Japan, I’m looking @ Pacset as a option for traveling. Thank you for all you have done.” -Jessi

BL Teahouse Review“Considering I’ve been wanting to go to Japan for over 12 years now, I’m extremely happy that my first time over there was with Pacset. The itinerary was very well structured and hit all the areas/destinations I’ve ever wanted to go to. Evan and Lanny are definitely the best guides you’ll ever have. Easy to talk to, extremely helpful, fun and easy going. They love Japan and the culture and it just makes the tour even better when you have guides who are excited to talk about the country. I will definitely 100% rely on Pacset for all my future tours to Japan :) Thank you Evan & Lanny!” -S. Grant

BL Teahouse Review“Tour was super fun and definitely a great experience. Lanny and Evan were the best tour guides I’ve ever experienced and definitely impressed by how well they managed us.” -Madeline

BL Teahouse Review“Overall, I cannot imagine a better first trip to Japan. The itinerary was filled with interesting experiences, and allowed for plenty of options to get out and explore. The guides were both very knowledgeable and helpful, and overall, accommodating. They also both had great senses of humor, and knew their audience. Overall, they helped me to make the most of my time in Japan. I never imagined I’d be able to see so many amazing locations: temples, shrines, butler cafes, spectacular performances and an onsen in a seaside town, all in one trip; with two of my favorite comic creators. I definitely hope to tour with Evan and Lanny again.” -Kim

BL Teahouse Review“Our tour guides were not only friendly and caring, but also goofy and informative. They were knowledgeable about our destinations and Japanese culture. They went out of their way to ensure our safety and assist anyone who has having trouble. I would book a trip through them again in a heartbeat and have already recommended them to my friends. They made me feel very special and this trip is one I will always fondly remember. “

BL Teahouse Review“I was interested in this trip not only for the pop culture but to also experience the traditional culture as well. I experienced both of these to the fullest! We went to a variety of destinations that were not only fun but had a historical significance as well. Although there is always more to see, I felt I experienced so much for what I paid – I got more than my money’s worth on this trip! I enjoyed it so much that I’m already considering when my next Pacset tour will be!!! I was very nervous traveling to a country where I couldn’t speak the language, but I was provided with so many tools and good advice that I was able to relax and truly experience Japan.”


Animated Spring 2013

This is the best anime tour out there! We got to visit so many local shopping places that tour groups would not have considered…I couldn’t find another tour that allowed for so much freedom and caters so well to anime fans. The cherry blossoms were so gorgeous! They were everywhere we went. I have friends who came to Japan on their own and I bet we spent half the money they did on trip expenses, saw at least twice as much, and brought back tons more loot than they did. Thanks, Pacset! -Cindy
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“We had a fantastic vacation with Pacset Tours. Evan was very professional, yet approachable and entertaining. For the price paid and the scope of the tour, you can’t beat Pacset. We will definitely travel with them again.” -Chad

“The tour was awesome! I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Evan is a wonderful tour guide who somehow manages to be attentive to the needs of each individual in the group. That sort of personal touch is hard to find. Other tour groups would prefer to bus their entire group around the country instead of braving the subways and metro. Evan even takes the time to visit each person with a turn down treat at the end of each night which is awesome…This is the best anime tour out there! We got to visit so many local shopping places that tour groups would not have considered. I wish I had utilized the luggage inside another luggage tip that Evan recommended….We got to see and visit so many places in a span of 10 days. I couldn’t find another tour that allowed for so much freedom and caters so well to anime fans. The cherry blossoms were so gorgeous! They were everywhere we went. I have friends who came to Japan on their own and I bet we spent half the money they did on trip expenses, saw at least twice as much, and brought back tons more loot than they did. Thanks, Pacset!” -Cindy

“This tour is very focused and organized. I’m very impressed with all the sites we visited and being immersed in Japanese culture. There were plenty of shops to get anime goods alongside traditional gifts. The tour accomplished everything that an anime fan could ask for. It was a solid effort all around. The trip also coincided with our anniversary. Evan was kind to acknowledge that and gave a special cake to celebrate with other group members. I can’t thank Evan enough for a wonderful trip!” -Chris

“The tour is pretty laid back and Evan is knowledgeable and funny. We saw a lot while we were here and shopped even more. I will be recommending the tour to my friends and anyone else that wants to see the best of Japan.” -Andrew

“I thought the tour was pretty fun. It could be tiring at times with so much activity in such a short amount of time. Seeing the sakura trees at the castle at night was one of the best things I’ve had the pleasure of being able to do. Evan was a great help when it came to answering questions and helping out the other tourists. He also had a very good rapport with people in the area when we went anywhere. It was nice hanging out with so many people with different backgrounds who had at least one common interest. I believe the people on this trip had made quite a few new friends.” -Steven



Japan Holiday 2012

“It felt less like going on a guided tour and more like traveling with a bunch of mates and an especially knowledgeable friend.”

 

“I’m really glad I had the opportunity to tour through PacSet. Evan was a phenomenal tour guide and makes sure everyone has a great time (even though it’s hard not to!). The tour was planned out perfectly and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I highly recommend touring through PacSet for anyone that wants to experience Japan to its fullest potential.”

“I thought Evan was a great guide and even though it was only 4 of us he made the trip a lot of fun. The tour was amazing and I am so glad I got to see so many cities especially the Kansai area. I will definitely tell all my friends about PacSet and I hope to go on another tour in the future with them!! :)”


Anime De-Tour 2012

Wow! What a trip! This was an adventure of a lifetime. Japan has a culture that is a great combination of the old and the new, and I believe that this tour was a great representation of both. the places we visited were beautiful, and the people we met were wonderful. The best part to me, was even though we had a large group, the guides made it feel like a personal tour. I would highly recommend PacSet Tours to anyone! -Kyle
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“Thank you for making yourselves available all the time to answer questions and help with things like directions, shopping, food and activity suggestions.”

 

“Wow! What a trip! This was an adventure of a lifetime. Japan has a culture that is a great combination of the old and the new, and I believe that this tour was a great representation of both. the places we visited were beautiful, and the people we met were wonderful. The best part to me, was even though we had a large group, the guides made it feel like a personal tour. I would highly recommend PacSet Tours to anyone!” -Kyle

“I really enjoyed the whole tour. Not being an Anime fan I was worried I would not like parts of the tour, but the guides made sure I found something I liked at each stop.” -Amy

 

“This tour made everything I had ever dreamed for Japan to be a reality, giving me healthy doses of old, new, high and low class Japanese culture that I never would have thought I could experience. If I could only make one trip to Japan it would have to be this one. <3″ -Haleigh

“I didn’t know what to expect being a Canadian that had never been to the conventions or traveled out of the country, but I was amazed by the whole experience. From the moment I arrived, Evan, Lanny, and Becca were sincere and generally awesome. The group was fun and up the challenge of filling every hour of every day, and I completely forgot I was on a tour. It was like a family, and so much better than I thought it could be.” -Aleesha

“When we got off the plane and trying to find the tour guides I have to admit I was a little nervous, but after meeting everyone who was extremely kind and approachable, I was put at ease. In my opinion, the tour guides created an energetic and safe environment to have fun and be a tourist. I felt I could ask them anything as well they were super diligent in keeping us up to date with info. I thought the pacing of the tour was planned out well! It was busy and fast paced in the beginning and then eased up to the end. I feel refreshed going back home instead of tired which I really appreciated the thought behind that. Taking the train was a great experience too! I was so pleased we got a chance to figure it out ourselves. It was beneficial to get that kind of knowledge, I now feel comfortable and confident to take it on my own again. This tour far surpassed all my expectations and they were high. I feel that this tour not only showed me how amazing Japan is but prepared me for many return trips, <3 I am going to be highly recommending this tour company to my family and friends for sure. Thank you! <3″

“I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in such a detailed and packed tour. Although, I did spend all my money on this trip, it was worth it. I would be even more interested in slightly cheaper accommodations in order to help lower the overall cost. I plan to recommend this company and especially this Japan tour to everyone that I talk about my experience with. Thank you!”

Summer Matsuri 2012

PacSet was awesome at planning our tour and setting up times and reservations to experience a great blend of pop culture and history. Evan is knowledgable about a wide variety of Japan and is able to provide insight to answer questions, make suggestions that fit areas of interest and organize events. Both guides have great personality for leading a group.
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“PacSet was awesome at planning our tour and setting up times and reservations to experience a great blend of pop culture and history. Evan is knowledgable about a wide variety of Japan and is able to provide insight to answer questions, make suggestions that fit areas of interest and organize events. Both guides have great personality for leading a group.”

“”Kyle and I got in a day late due to A. Airlines failing hard, but we picked right up on the tour! Evan met us and got everything taken care of smoothly. We traveled all over, saw interesting things, and ate great food. Next time I’ll bring an umbrella. Japan summers are HOT XD Evan and Lanny were both patient and accommodating. I felt like I was traveling with a group of buddies rather than some sort of strict tour group. Will definitely come again!” -Deanna

“I would never think of coming to Japan unless it was once again with PacSet. The people are great and Evan has a fantastic karaoke voice ^_^”

“I don’t know if it was the tour guides, the group, or the location, but I had an absolute blast even though I was a sweaty and exhausted mess (other than the onsen). I feel like I’ve experienced an unforgettable part of Japanese festival culture. I also know I’ve made new friends in the guides and the group. I plan to go again, and I hope peace and love for all those that went with me on this one, will join me on the next, or whomever might join the tours I unfortunately won’t see.” -Kyle


Starving Artist 2012

Evan’s tour is like hanging out in Japan with a very knowledgeable friend. We ate at small local joints, visited hidden temples, and did many fun thins in japan that I could never have thought a tour company could provide!
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“Evan was the star in all this. I’ve lived in Seattle for years and yet I felt he beat me in how well one can know a city. Although this tour was primarily for artists, when my interest diverged from the group, he not only set up an alternate mini tour for me to check out on my own, but he had it figured out so that I practically seamlessly rejoined the tour at the next destination. Evan’s knowledge and connections made this tour possible — and awesome!” -Dan

“Evan’s tour is like hanging out in Japan with a very knowledgeable friend. We ate at small local joints, visited hidden temples, and did many fun thins in japan that I could never have thought a tour company could provide!”

“An overall inspiring and unique experience. My first time visiting Japan could not have been better. It was super fun and super professional.”

Animated Spring 2012

Evan is a wonderful guide. If you are traveling to Japan, you must travel PacSet. The locations you’ll see are spectacular, and you’ll never forget the trip. Your guide Evan is both knowledgeable and funny.
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“Evan is a wonderful guide. If you are traveling to Japan, you must travel PacSet. The locations you’ll see are spectacular, and you’ll never forget the trip. Your guide Evan is both knowledgeable and funny.”

“This tour is highly recommended on behalf of myself at acparadise.com. Fans of Japanese cultures and entertainment will enjoy every bit of the adventures PacSet packs! If you like going on a trip and enjoying the wonders of freedom without following a flag every step you go — this tour is just for you! Just remember to pack space to bring back all the goodies back home!!!” -Imari

“Evan certainly knows what he is doing. I was never in doubt of his abilities. He took his duties seriously and made the trip a lot of fun. This tour was unlike any other tour I have ever been on (with other companies)…I would recommend this tour to any of my friends.”

“Excellent tour. Well planned and fun. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely use them again for future trips to Japan.” -Gregory

“For being my first tour, I will use it to measure the rest.”

 

“If you like manga and anime, this is the tour for you! Shopping in Akihabara for the latest electronics or playing games, eating the best ramen…don’t forget the maid cafe (dare you to challenge them to a game of Jenga)…going to Nakano Broadway to find pretty much anything you can think of. For the fashionistsas, there is Harajuku. Not to mention shrines, anime museums, the onsen, and so much more. Evan is the best host and guide. He is knowledgeable and friendly, not to mention he has a neverending sense of humor! 1, 2, 3, GO TEAM!!!” -Brooke

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