One of my best experiences visiting a foreign country. An excellent guide who I can recommend. Thank you very much.
Thank you for the review. Today we walked a lot, but I am happy to know you enjoyed today’s tour. We saw a ritual to thank God at Meiji Shrine. It is held only twice a month. It was a very valuable experience. We enjoyed sushi at Tsukiji and a boat cruise on Sumida River. Please contact me again when you visit Japan next time. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Hiroshi
Tomoko was absolutely *Amazing*!! From the initial contact, she was very responsive and provided excellent suggestions that met and far exceeded the needs of our family of four with kid ages 13 & 11. She put together an itinerary from start to finish that was fun and engaging. We had a blast wandering through the fresh fish market, stopping for sashimi snacks, ice cream, and shopping for beautiful pieces of Japanese nicknacks. We all enjoyed a stop at the hedgehog cafe, Harajuku district, and wandering through the most quaint side streets. We ventured to Shibuya and checked out the crazy crossing and even had sunset reservations all the way up at the Shibuya Sky! Incredible!!! Tomoko is very knowledgeable and explained all the local sites and even navigated the train system! She is so personable and instantly became a part of our family! We loved our time with her and will absolutely have her take us (and anyone we know) around the next time we are in Tokyo. Xo, Kellie & Family
Derek's Akihabara tour was a fascinating walk through the vibrant otaku world of of Akihabara. He's not only a charismatic person, but also an idol industry worker and anime lover, so his firsthand insights added a layer of authenticity that enriched the experience. We had time to navigate through the streets and various shops of Akihabara and found some shops that otherwise I'd have a hard time finding on my own. Due to that, I was able to return on a later date and do all my shopping quickly and quite efficiently. He took me to a maid cafe, a place where I don't I'd ever go in my own, and it was actually quite an unique experience as the maids are very polite and really seem to put their heart into their jobs. Also, even if I am not an idol/maid fan, I enjoyed seeing the maids performing the live music and how the other regular costumers in the cafe loved and supported them. In retrospect and now that I am back home, I kind of regret not taking up on his offer of going to an idol show after the tour, maybe next time. His tour schedule is also highly customizable, and Derek was able to accommodate my wish of visiting a couple of retro-gaming stores. He even took a short detour to help me find some medicine I was looking for in the drugstore. All in all, I recommend his tour to anyone who wants to get their feet wet in Akihabara. Moreover, if you are into maid and idol culture, I don't think you would find a better guide.
Keiko was in contact with me prior to the trip to discuss the best areas for us to visit. She gave good advice to help us decide where we should visit and was very flexible as our thoughts of what we wished to do changed. Keiko met us in our hotel lobby and from the start provided us with interesting information about the area around our hotel. We headed to the large Shinjuku station where she gave us excellent and practical information about using this. This proved invaluable for the rest of our trip throughout Japan. We had a lovely visit to Ueno Park and then onto Tsujiki fish market stopping at interesting places along the way. It was fantastic to visit the fish market with Keiko as she advised us about the products on sale and restaurants to try for lunch. We arranged our guided tour with Keiko near the start of our trip which proved ideal as Keiko gave us advice for our other plans. Keiko was very helpful and was an excellent guide that I can highly recommend.
Thank you very much for your kind review of my tour. I am so happy to know that you enjoyed our tour. There are a lot of attractive places to visit in Tokyo. So it is very hard for most people to choose a few places for our tour. I think the two places you chose for our 4-hour-tour were suitable to understand Japanese culture. Ueno Park is a good place to know about Japanese history and we visited historical buildings in a peaceful forest. At Tsukiji Fish market, you tasted some Japanese food, and I am glad to know that you enjoyed authentic sushi at the sushi-bar I had recommended. I hope you will have a wonderful time with a lot of good memories of Japan. Arigato !!
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