- On 17th January 2019
- In Press Release Tokyo Private Tours
One Hundred and Eighty! Maction Planet scores 180 100% 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor
PRESS RELEASE: Maction Planet is excited to announce that they have reached 180 reviews on TripAdvisor, all rated ‘Excellent’, TripAdvisor’s 5-star ranking.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with over 660 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide: approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants. At time of writing, Maction Planet is currently ranked 6th out of 372 Tokyo tours on TripAdvisor. Maction Planet was awarded a 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers.
“One Hundred and Eight-eeeeeeeee”
“180 reviews is a huge number for us, and not just because it is the highest score possible with three darts in one of my favourite sports! To be ranked 6th out of over 370 Tokyo tours on TripAdvisor is a real honour” said Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet. “This is another milestone in our journey and we couldn’t have got there without our guests and the commitment of everyone at Maction Planet and our collaborators. Thank you to everyone for their support.”
“The reviews reflect the growth of Maction Planet. For example, we are seeing more reviews for our travel planning, such as this review by Lars B, written after we planned his family’s 18 day trip to Japan along the Golden Route of Kyoto and Hiroshima, the Art Islands of Naoshima and Teshima and hiking, onsen and sightseeing in Hokkaido.”
“We are also receiving many guests due to our ongoing collaboration with TDR Explorer. It is a joy to see the impact we have had on people’s trips. We even got a shout out from Stephanie when she guest-starred on the hugely popular TDR Explorer podcast!”
“The secret is out”
Reviewers continue to bestow praise upon Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, calling him the “best tour guide in the world let alone Tokyo” (“not hyperbole”), describing how he took trips “to another level” and urging people to “stop reading these reviews and book Mac now!“
“Words really cannot convey how incredibly humbling and motivating read these incredible reviews is. They are our number one barometer that we are on the right path in our mission to make Maction Planet the Number One tour provider in Tokyo, and beyond.” said Mac. “Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to share their Maction experience with the world.”
Whether you are a travel guest or apparel customer, a regular reader of our blog or a listener to Maction Planet Radio, a huge DOMO ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU for your support.
Highlights from recent reviews
“Mac is the man!!!: Our day with Mac was so refreshing. It was more like having a friend show us around than a formal tour.” – – jordan341
“Mac-daddy: We didn’t want Mac to leave. Having hired 40+ guides over my travels throughout the world, I can honesly say that Mac was the most interesting knowledgeable and fun guide I have ever interacted with… Mac figured out what we were interested in and what made us tick. His knowledge of the city is nothing short of encyclopedic.” – Ross G
“What an amazing tour guide!: I have travelled to 6 continents and over 40 countries and I have never meet a tour guide with as much expertise and passion about the country he is guiding as Mac. His knowledge of Japan is encyclopedic, is deeply insightful about Japanese culture, and he goes the extra mile to make sure that his guests are satisfied.” – B3093NW
“A Maction Hat-trick: There are many tours around the world that claim to go off-the-beaten-path but Mac really delivers… we visited some amazing bars which I would never have even known existed as there is no English language information about them online… The fact I have used Mac again is testament to the relationships he builds with his guests. – Dave S
“Book Mac for as many days as possible in Japan – RIGHT NOW!: We travel A LOT (over 75 countries) but I have never felt the need to write a TripAdvisor review before… We spent 10 days touring Japan with Mac, and it was the best holiday we have ever had… Mac provides the level of service of the highest end bespoke tour operators, but the value is insane. The access he has is also incredible. He was able to get us private museum viewings, get unbelievable bars to open early for us to suit our schedule… the man is truly the King of Tokyo… Not just Tokyo. We enjoyed Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Hiroshima and much, much more… His intricate planning meant everything flowed perfectly… No one else could have shown us what he did in our 10 days together and still made it one of the most relaxing trips we have ever had. No stress at all! I hope as many people as possible get the chance to experience the mind-blowing adventure that is touring Japan with Mac”.- Runeverday
“THE BEST tour experience with THE BEST guide: Mac is everything you want in a guide! He can answer any question on restaurants, history, nightlife, and yet he’s also the best guy in the world to grab a drink with. It’s rare to want your tour guide to hang around with you during your entire trip, but trust me, you will not be able to get enough of Mac’s knowledge and sense of humor. Whatever you want your Japan experience to be, Mac will tailor it to you and he will deliver on all fronts… I wish he could be my guide on every trip!” – L2772
“Mac is THE MAN!!: First of all I would like to start with a message TO YOU, reader. If you are in search of a guide in Tokyo stop looking 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 tale! No joke! He is so good at understanding what the client wants to see and experience that every place you go is absolutely phenomenal!… Mac was precisely able to calculate the time we needed, and still enjoy everything without being rushed. Only the very BEST guides are able to accomplish this.” – Renata_Almeida76
“I mean it, stop reading these reviews and book Mac now! No request is too big or too small, Mac WILL make it happen. He shopped with us for Hello Kitty, Bao Bao purses, rare nike Jordan sneakers. You name it, he found it. He even found a store that sold the sake that Obama drank, even though it is made in a different part of Japan… Even with all that shopping, we still had time to see so many cool, unique things & experience the sites, sounds, and tastes of authentic Tokyo… Mac also takes some awesome pictures! He has a great eye for detail and always made sure to get the perfect shot… We are world travelers and have had private tours in Australia, Europe, French Polynesia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, US and no one has left such a lasting impression on us. Mac is such a unique and personable guy who is truly passionate about Tokyo and life in general. His energy is contagious! He is the best tour guide that we have ever experienced.” – FoxyDocOrlando
“We spent two days touring Tokyo with Mac and what an amazing experience it was!.. I am 100% confident it was the best choice we made… Mac has encyclopedic knowledge of Japanese history, religion and culture… He even indulged my interest in learning as many Japanese expressions as possible so I could communicate more effectively at restaurants. Also, Mac went above and beyond making sure we had an incredible time even after we parted ways… He gave us a killer sushi recommendation in Tsukiji… that spot alone is worth working with Mac. Book early though, since the secret is out on the Maction Planet experience.” – 374elenal
“An amazing day with an amazing guide!: I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day and to get to see so much of Tokyo!” – we_are_off_again
“This is a must-do activity in Tokyo! Although we don’t normally use tour guides when we travel, we are so glad that we decided to tour with Mac on this trip. We booked a 10 hour day with him on our first full day in Tokyo, and it was awesome! We fit so much into this one day… We had so much fun that we even hired Mac for the next evening to explore the nightlife in Tokyo. He took us to some cool bars that no tourists visited. He gave us great advice on places to visit for the rest of our trip in Japan as well. Mac is a cool friendly guy. He is from the UK and absolutely loves Tokyo. It was really fun to tour with someone who is so enthusiastic about his city.” – Mon S
“Exactly what we hoped for and more!: For Tokyo, we hired Mac for 2 consecutive evenings… we really needed some local guidance to get the most out of the flavor of Tokyo at Night. Mac to the rescue! We also had the additional challenge of some dietary restrictions. My husband has Celiac.. Mac knows the city like the back of his hand. Beyond just being knowledgeable about the history, he has a special talent for connecting with people, Alone, we never would have been brave enough to venture down some random alley at night, then up a random narrow stairwell, then through a closed door. But! With Mac, this led to the best little micro-bars, all with a different vibe, and all with amazing people and drinks. These little local experiences really made the trip… In Kyoto Mac was able to arrange for us to meet up with his associate… who was so nice, knowledgeable, and accommodating… it was incredibly interesting to get the perspective of the Japanese culture from someone who was not Japanese. He was able to communicate some of the subtleties about the local culture that I think can only be observed by someone who grew up in a different culture. Thanks, Mac, for everything. Most of our favorite memories from the trip are ones that you created with us. We’ll look you up next time we return to Japan, and yes, there WILL be a next time! Kanpai!” – Shayna R
“Big in Japan: Mac did a great job showing us the sights around Tokyo. He took us to some places that we would have never found on our own and did a great job judging how to engage our 1, 11 and 14 year olds. At one point he stopped mid-sentence and rushed away. I thought he might have seen someone he knew but it turned he’d caught a glimpse of the first blossom tree of the season. He wears his love for Japan on his sleeve and it’s infectious. Thanks Mac. See you next time!” – DavidA_UK
“Best Tour Guide in the World: Not hyperbole! My husband & I have traveled far & wide; We’ve never experienced anything like our 6 days with Mac! He approaches his guiding experiences with such zeal, enthusiasm & sheer love of Tokyo… in a way that’s totally infectious. Initially, he was to be with us for 2 days & do some advance planning/suggestions for our first trip throughout Japan. We had such a blast in Tokyo with him, we begged him to continue with us, since we couldn’t imagine Tokyo without him. [He] constructed a completely bespoke experience for us. It was the best trip ever because Mac was far & away the best guide ever! I cannot imagine anyone who would not benefit from a little time with Mac. I can unequivocally & enthusiastically recommend Mac!” – meenkie
“Best Guide with the most knowledge ever!!!: Mac is the best guide I have ever had. He is a master at describing the culture, history and people of Tokyo and of Japan. He led us to little known tourist places of food and… the most well known places as well. I cannot recommend him enough!” – Nora B
“Best Guide in Tokyo: Mac is a walking encyclopedia who knows all about Tokyo and then some. He is passionate about his city and will personally cater his tours to your interests. You will get to see a Tokyo that is unlike the typical Tokyo tourist tour. He is charming, funny, quick witted and a blast to spend time with. You will not be disappointed. In fact, you will probably add extra days of tours once you experience your first tour with him. One of our sons celebrated his birthday while on tour with Mac. He took us to a great restaurant/bar/izakaya and surprised him with a birthday cake, “birthday” banner and had everyone at restaurant sing him happy birthday! A memorable birthday for all of us… Book Mac! – BoardingPass31714
“So much fun on a Tokyo Baseball Tour: I went with my husband to Tokyo on one of his business trips. He had one free evening and arranged a surprise for me! I had no idea what was going on until we got out of the train station and met our guide Mac, dressed in his Tokyo Yakult Swallows gear… The main highlight was meeting his baseball family. Everyone was so friendly. I think sitting with Mac and his crew is amazing value-add verses just going to a game yourself. Everything was seamlessly arranged and we even got to dress up like true fans. Plus, the Swallows won! Thank you Mac for a great night!” – Fearless828855
“Awesome tour from Mac!: Awesome tour from Mac showing us an insight into Tokyo that we probably wouldn’t have discovered ourselves after 20 visits. We’ll be back for more.“ – JaveyF
“Best tour guide in the world let alone Tokyo!: My husband and I were lucky enough to spend the day with Mac… We’ve traveled to many locations and have booked countless private tours, but hands down Mac is the best tour guide we’ve ever had the pleasure of hiring. He makes you feel so incredibly welcome right from the start and by the end of the day, I found myself believing that I had been touring the city with a very good old friend. He is incredibly charming, knowledgeable, humorous, insightful, complimentary and it doesn’t hurt that his English accent is so easy on the ears. He was super informative… and provided us just the perfect amount of history and cultural explanation. He really helped us learn and prepared us for our following days in Tokyo touring on our own.” – Stephanie G
“Mac Saves Tokyo Experience!: I traveled with my two adult boys and a friend to Tokyo and had a tour guide the first two days that we couldn’t understand nor gave us the experience we were looking for. Mac was able to see us our last two remaining days and he literally created the best memories for us… Thanks for saving our trip and showing us the best time and experience!” – karenjjordan
“Stop researching, Mac is your guide in Japan!: I’ve been to Tokyo many times, but I truly knew nothing about the beautiful city. Enter Mac! I discovered his company while reading the TDR Explorer travel blog. The rest is history, I will never use another guide while in Japan, not just in Tokyo, but in the country, period. Our tour was an adventure experience, non-stop engaging & extraordinary. First rate tour company, and Mac is just a cool guy to hang with…What was supposed to be an 8-hour day quickly turned into an almost 10-hour day. Needless to say, I’m in talks with Mac to pick-up where we left off that day! – Dave P
“Simply the best. Such a great day. We were with a 3yo kid and a baby as well as a friend living in Tokyo since 1+ year. Everybody loved it… Mac’s knowledge seems endless. Forget about Google or Lonely Planet and call Mac. Really worth it. Thanks again. Will do it again with absolutely no hesitation.” – Vincent K
“Awesome tour with Mac!: We had two great days with Mac seeing so many of the sights in Tokyo. He was terrific, fun, knowledgeable and is able to customize the trip depending on your interests. We would highly, highly recommend him!” – Mhartiv
“Planning a trip to Tokyo? Time to take Maction!: My wife and I spent an exceptional day in Tokyo with Mac. Besides the fact that he got us into a bunch of interesting places and showed us where to find the unique souvenirs we were looking for, Mac is just a cool guy to spend a day with. He tailors the tour to the interests of the guests, and you’re never bored. With Mac you get experiences; not impersonal lectures. Next time we’re back in Japan we’re gonna catch a Swallows game and a beer with him. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.” – ChadP712
“Brilliant family Tokyo tour with Mac!: We expected a lot from Mac, given the very strong reviews, but he was even better than we thought he would be! The tour was easily set-up by email in advance. Mac really cares about quality and giving guests a unique experience and that extended to giving us hints and tips about our trip more broadly… Mac is super knowledgeable about Japan, Tokyo, art, food and so much more. But his knowledge goes deeper even than that and also covers those little details which make for an outstanding experience-for example, taking us to just the right vantage points to get the best view/photo. Even more impressive was Mac’s range which we tested as we switched from historic sites to modern architecture to baseball to ice cream and candy floss, to hedgehogs and rabbits to Japanese whisky to shopping for toys and even to an impromptu karaoke session which our daughter loved. He also took us to some great places to eat too. Overall, -an outstanding travel service and totally worth the cost. – je22
“Amazing guided visits in Tokyo: I was lucky to visit Tokyo twice in recent years for business. Both times I had Maction Planet put together a custom package of food, shrines, museums, bars, sports and hidden gems. Both times I was exhausted and full of amazing memories. Mac, his knowledge and his contacts are unrivaled. I can’t thank him enough.” – David B
“Mac Took Our Tokyo Trip to Another Level!: Touring with Mac of Maction Planet is like having a friend show you around Tokyo — if that friend has eaten at more than 1,000 ramen shops around the city and has an extensive knowledge of Japanese history, language, culture and religions… We initially booked for a 9-hour day, but ended up extending another 2 hours as we were having such a great time!” – planatlones
“We toured with Mac for our first 2 days in Tokyo… Mac took us to some wonderful places in Tokyo, he was always chatty and friendly and it does feel like touring with a friend, My sons and I enjoyed his company and loved exploring his recommendations around Tokyo.” – flowerbird
“Great Japan tour organize by Mac!: He did an amazing job of organizing our 18 day tour of Japan, arranging accommodations, recommending places to visit, personally touring with us in Tokyo, and even holding our infant son when we were a bit exhausted by him! Throughout the tour, Mac was on top of everything and helped make small adjustments along the way. The only thing we would have done differently was try to get more of his personal time, as the days we spent touring with him was one of the highlights! – Lars B
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About Maction Planet
Maction Planet is a Travel and Apparel business based in Tokyo. They run private, fully-customised tours and travel experiences in Tokyo, and beyond. Guests have described them as “reinventing custom travel” in The World’s Greatest Metropolis. Since the launch of their website in February 2017, and growing their business away from solely ‘word-of-mouth’ recommendations, Maction Planet is now ranked in the Top 5% of all Tokyo Tours on TripAdvisor, with 100% 5-star reviews – ahead of many long-established Tokyo Tour companies. They have developed a loyal fanbase, with over 3500 Instagram followers.
Maction Planet Apparel
Maction Planet Apparel designs unique T-shirts inspired by Tokyo. They work with world-renowned artists and designers, such as Livio Ramondelli, Matt Frank and Marika, and have collaborated with top Tokyo brands such as Ramen Adventures and Shochu.Pro.
Maction Planet Blog
The Maction Planet Blog presents anything and everything to do with Tokyo. In the past, it has addressed subjects such as the origins of the names ‘Edo’ and ‘Tokyo’, introduced 10 of Tokyo’s oddest museums and spotlighted the history of Kakigori. It has connected a Japanese proverb with an obscure insane avant-electropop underground duo from the 80s and exposed what the Tokyo locals are doing. Their “Mac on Tokyo” interviews with the characters which shape The World’s Greatest Metropolis are highly popular. They also tackle the important questions, like “Where do Pikachus go when they finish dancing?”
Maction Planet Radio
Maction Planet Radio was launched to bring the sounds of The World’s Greatest Metropolis to listeners around the world. Their flagship show is Tokyo ON, hosted by Maction Planet’s Resident DJ Royce Leong, with frequent guest appearances and solo episodes featuring Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet. Together, they spin tunes from a diverse range of Japanese artists, embellished with entertaining cultural commentary. To complement the radio show we recently launched the Tokyo ON website, tokyophonic.com with more content including a vast library of podcasts, DJ mixes, music articles and artist interviews to increase understanding and awareness of Japanese music as well as enhance the experience of Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour guests.
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