We have just finished an amazing day spent with Saki, and enjoying the home visit and sake brewery tour It has easily been out best day so far in Japan and doubt it well be beaten. Saki and her family are amazingly friendly, attentive and gave us many authentic experiences we could not have had elsewhere. This is time spent in her family home and we believe anyone that wants and respects an authentic experiences would enjoy this. The sake brewery tour was also a very genuine boutique style experience in a sake house run be two people in a fifth generation family company. Completely different to anything else we have come across on Japan.
Thank you for your very thoughtful review! We had such a great day with your visit, my family is very happy to be able to have you at our home! I appreciate a lot your interest in our culture and foods, seeing your reaction made us very happy. Please try to cook them again at home too! I hope we can see again in Australia or here at my house again!
We give Saki our highest recommendation, she was a wonderful & friendly tour guide! She absolutely made Ghibli Park possible for us - she purchased the tickets, helped with scheduling our trains from Tokyo, and also navigated the park itself, which does not have much English signage. We would not have been able to see such a wonderful park if it were not for Saki's assistance, and my daughters and I are very grateful! We would not hesitate to recommend her for anyone looking to visit Nagoya or Ghibli Park!
Hi Erin, Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! It was great to meet you and be able to attend on your highlight event in Japan. Seeing you & your daughter's reactions for the park made me so happy:) I hope that day becomes a nice memory for you guys. Have a great time for the rest of your time in Japan, and please come back again when the new areas open!haha
Cooking experience: Nagoya We had a wonderful time with Saki, she speaks English as her mother tongue because her husband is American. She picked us up at our hotel in Nagoya to go to their home to cook, we were very excited because sharing a lunch with a Japanese family, entering their intimacy is getting to know the country and culture on another level. We also fell in love with her mother, who cooked with us, her little boy and her husband. Everyone cooked something! I cut the fish and vegetables (from Saki's garden) for the sashimi. My daughter Camilla cut the vegetables and the tofu for the miso soup that she made with Saki's mother. She also helped Saki with the chicken wings. My wife made the karaage under Saki's mother's directions.The table was set with all those plates and everything was delicious. After lunch we went to a typical Japanese room with "tatami" on the floor and the Buddhist altar. My wife and daughter made "ikebana" with beautiful flowers to decorate the room. There is a place in the room specially designed for the ikebana. We still had the desert to eat, so we put on a “Yukata": a summer kimono made of cotton. Dressing up is not as easy as you can imagine, there are many pieces to wear in a certain way. Saki’s mum and Saki helped us to dress the yukata properly. It was a remarkable moment almost a a ceremony to me. We took some beautiful pictures in the garden with Japanese fans and traditional flip-flops. We made matcha tea and ate delicious and colorful "mochi". It was nice to see how regular people lives in a Japanese house and to know how is living in Nagoya country side. Saki's mother speaks a little English, so we also communicated with her and connected a lot. It was an unforgettable experience, we were sad to leave them!
Thank you so much for your super thoughtful review!! It was such a great time to welcome you our home, my mom was also so happy to get to know you guys. We really appreciate to come all over to our house, our family never forget you! You are very welcome anytime to my home if you have opportunity to come back to Japan. Mi casa es tu casa!haha
We are a family of 4 with 2 kids and booked Saki to arrange for a customised tour to Ghibli Park. Just from our interactions, it was clear Saki’s dedicated and very understanding of what we needed in terms of planning and itinerary . She turned so awesome. Our kids aged 9 and 4 also had a good time with Saki who is just as enthu and knowledgeable about Ghibli movies. What was more impressive was her consideration and sincerity. She would run ahead to check out the queues, get the lifts and find out what’s happening so we don’t waste any time in the park. We also booked Saki for another half day trip of Nagoya where we experienced a bit of the local life checked out the castle. She also gave the best recommendations - like when I told her I was hoping to eat the famed Nagoya chicken wings, she found a great spot just next to our hotel. Along the way, we really connected as friends. I was so touched that she got a little souvenir for my kids as a farewell gift. Hope we meet again, Saki! In the meantime I’m definitely recommending her to all my family and friends. You can entrust Saki with your trip.
Thank you so much for your super generous comment about my tour! It was my pleasure to guide you and so happy that our relationship ended as friends now!! You have such an adorable family, I hope your little ones liked this experience:) Please come back again to our region, maybe my home visiting experience! Thank you again for your thoughtful words, I really hope we can see in the future!
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