Michiko was a very kind and lovely person, as well as a great guide to have at Nikko, an area more geared more towards Japanese tourists than foreign ones. She did a great job translating and explaining the important historical sites to us. We encountered several rituals which we would not have understood had she not been there to inform us, and she helped make our visit respectful by guiding us through the customs and etiquette of each place. She was particularly helpful at the Imperial Villa, where she helped translate a number of questions we had about the villa's history to the Japanese-speaking staff. She did at times struggle with speaking English, but we were able to work together to find the right words and got some interesting context. We wish we could have gone somewhere a bit more local for lunch, but otherwise her itinerary worked for our Nikko day trip. We loved the addition of the enchanting Imperial Villa, which we would not have thought to visit without her guidance. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to visit Nikko without knowing the history and customs of its attractions.
Thank you for your review. You wanted to have "soba (buckwheat noodles)", right. You should have let me know in advance. Actually, I know some good "soba" restaurants there. But I'm reluctant to take my foreign guests to a soba restaurant and make a reservation at some long-established restanrants which serve good western dishes unless I'd had any special requests for lunch. Because soba could develop a severe allergy condition. (I have a certification as a medical interpreter, I have no intention of using it though.) Anyway, you are blessed with many things including weather. If it had not rained at the very end of the tour, I could have show you another good place to you!