This was our first trip to Japan and Akira was so helpful! He not only spent 8 hours of our first day in Japan showing us the sights, but he assisted w getting us acclimated to the culture and transit as well! I would highly recommend Akira. He was patient, kind, flexible and knowledgeable. Thank you, Akira!
Dear Kate, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that your first full day experience in Japan was a good one, and so happy that the tour helped you acclimate to things you need in Tokyo. I discovered in few seconds, soon after we met at the hotel lobby that you and Michelle have good vibes and I knew that we would have a great time. And I can easily imagine that the rest of your adventure in Japan will be enjoyable and memorable one. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together some day. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
Akira took us on the less touristy portions of Tokyo and took some very quaint Japanese places. Would definitely recommend again.
Dear Hailey, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the local atmosphere of Tokyo that day. Please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan and I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together someday. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
We visited Tokyo in Nov. 2019 from US, with our 2 young children (3 and 6 year-old). We were so relieved and pleased to choose Akira to guide us through Tokyo. He was so attentive and easygoing that he felt like our family member. We really appreciated his style of guiding us and steering us subtly, without making us feel rushed. He was also extremely kind in taking our spontaneous family pictures which we really appreciate. He is a great conversationalist as well and very perceptive. We are very thankful for his patience and sweetness to our kids. Thank you Akira!
Dear Hina, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy to hear that you had a great time that two days, just like I did. It always make me feel so good to be guide for happy family like yours. Thank you so much for having me, and also, thank you so much for making me feel like you family member. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my living city together someday. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Our day spent with Akira was amazing his warm personality, passion about cultural traditions and his local knowledge helped to show us many places within Tokyo. He took the time to speak with each of us including our teenagers inorder to know what we wished to see. We highly recommend Akira and endeavour to see him again on our next visit.
Dear Cynthia, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the day. It was my pleasure to be a part of the first Japan trip for wonderful working family from Cairnes. I enjoyed too, that day surrounded by jolly, warm and generous people, you, Paul, Lael, Kade and Kyrin, hearing about their life. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together some time soon. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira P.S. I was looking for the VB, stands for funny nickname, that your son was telling me about, but unfortunately not available in Tokyo. I’m looking forward to try and see how it works when I have a chance to visit Down Under.
If you want to see Tokyo and learn about its history too, Akira is the person for you. Akira, thank you for planning a great itinerary and showing us the parts of Japan we would have never thought to explore. Your enthusiasm and passion for your city shows and we felt it too! Thank you for a wonderful day of exploration, for taking us to the all lovely little secret spots, and for being great all around. Hope our paths cross again! Happy new year :)
Dear Sue, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour though our time was limited that day. I hope it made good introduction to Tokyo. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
Thanks Akira for showing us Tokyo. You were patient, knowledgeable, flexible and entertaining. We couldn’t have covered the sights in the time or understood what we were seeing without you. Thank you very much.
Dear Tony, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so glad you enjoyed the two days with me, just like I did. It was my pleasure to be a part of first Japan experience for jolly, curious, thoughtful and warm people like you and your beautiful family. I am wishing you a full of discovery and wonderful time for the rest of your trip and wishing you a happy new year. Sincerely, Akira
Booked with Akira and informed him in advance that I've 3 kids. He's very patient, accommodating and kind to entertain my kids. Akira brought us to the National Park so the kids will experience a different and serene side to Tokyo and also brought us to the Meiji Shrine, explaining the history and dos and don'ts. It will be more enjoyable if my kids are older. Nevertheless, my 3 kids like him very much and asked for him after the tour ends. Highly recommended!
Dear Jacquline, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy to hear that the all “J” had a great time that day. It was my pleasure for me to be a part of your Japan trip in happy family vibe (and I enjoyed answering barrage of questions from the little one....!). I’m hoping there will be another chance to explore my loving city together some day. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Our day walking tour with Akira was great! He recommended several different places we should go and they mostly ended up being great. He offered excellent commentary during the tour, which made the tour interesting. My one comment would be that we were a group that had a limited time and really wanted to move around the city quickly, and sometimes the tour seemed a little slow. We maybe should have communicated better that we wanted to move, move, move, and that we really wanted to maximize our time in Tokyo. Akira is a a really great guide, is very knowledgeable, and really knows what he is doing.
Hello Matt, Thank you very much for the review. It was unfortunate that some part of my tour was not like something you had expected beforehand. I wish I could explain more about what my tour is about. I would strongly suggest you to hire private car/ guide service, which available in Triple Lights, if you are coming back to Tokyo to visit as many places as you wish to in very limited time, so that your travel will be less stress and time/energy saving. It was my pleasure to be a guide for jolly and generous people like you and your family. I wish you and your family a lovely break at Christmas and the new year. Sincerely, Akira
We had an awesome day with Akira. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating with our needs. He went the extra mike to ensure every member of the family had a memorable experience!
Dear Maria, Thank you so much for the great review. It was awesome day for me too and I am so happy that you felt the same way. I enjoyed walking my loving city in festive and peaceful atmosphere with happy people like you and your wonderful (!) family. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together some day. Sincerely, Akira P.S. Thank you again for the opportunity to get more points at the toy shop....!
Highly professional and very knowledgeable, Akira is personable, thoughtful and accommodating, custom-tailoring his tour based on your interest and available time at hand. His English is excellent, his explanations are always insightful and sincere, he knows his stuff and has a great sense of humor. The places he showed us were a well-balanced combination of must-see historic sights, less-known yet very worthy neighborhoods of Tokyo, awesome traditional restaurants and unique local sweet shops. In other words, you're lucky if you were able to book him as your guide.
Dear Veronica, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the day. It was so much fun for all of us that we never had a chance to talked about unpleasant weather today. Also, I would like to thank you for your paying deep respect for local customs everywhere we went and I was so pleased to witness you all enjoyed being in the each moment. I am looking forward to another chance to explore more about my loving city together. See you next time! Akira
I unhesitatingly encourage other people to hire Akira to fulfill their tour needs. He is very knowledgeable about the details of Tokyo! He was prompt arriving at our hotel on time. We saw all of the places I wanted to visit and he gave many informative illustrations of what we were seeing. He even went so far as to take us to our seats on the return trip on the train in Tokyo Station which relieved me of any anxiety about getting back to our hotel. Akira is very friendly and accommodating
Dear Donald, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure for me to be a guide for your first Japan trip. It was surprising that you are so knowledgable about Japanese history and I was so glad that you enjoyed the shrine and the museum. And I respect Penny for her effort to try to understand my loving country and its culture through her experience, not through preoccupation, as much as she could, especially when she slurped to have nice bowl of noodles in soup for lunch. I would like to thank both of you for giving me the idea what it is like to age gracefully. I am looking forward to another chance to explore Tokyo together some day. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira met us at our hotel and happily chatted to us and made plans for the day. He quickly put us at ease and helped us with the train system and showed us how to buy our cards. He was like one of our friends and chatted to us about everything Tokyo and was so flexible when we showed Interest in something not on our plan and adjusted travel arrangements. We all loved Akira and was sad to say goodbye to him!
Dear Amanda, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so pleased that you all treated me as like your friend and I am very happy that we all had a great time. That was one beautiful early Tokyo Autumn which was a perfect day for walking in the city with diversity, the different neighborhoods with different atmosphere.. I am pretty sure that you all have had a great time for the rest of you trip in Osaka and in Kyoto because of the way you treat people you meet, and because of the happy vibes you all have (how can they be asshole to nice people like you...?). I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together with you and Adam, Jodi, and Rock. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira took us on a wonderful tour specific to our interests. He made excellent suggestions to my initial requested itinerary which improved it. We saw (and ate) many things we would not have otherwise — so for example he showed us the scenic neighborhoods nearby our requested “main attraction” destinations, plus a small shrine and temple. And we ate lots of yummy street food along the way! Akira was full of interesting information, good stories, and insights into Japanese culture. Highly recommended. Thank you Akira!
Dear Amy, Thank you very much for the great review. That was fun Tokyo afternoon/evening experience and so glad to know that you felt the same way. It is always my pleasure to guide people like you, who keep their eyes open for each moment with curiosity, without trying to visit places as many as they want and says “Okay, what’s next?”. I’m so glad you enjoyed the neighborhood and the dinner we had (and thanks so much for the chance to have first deep fried oyster”Teishoku”, which still makes my mouth water.....). I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
I high recommend Akira! We wanted to see the less known sights to us in Tokyo and Akira totally customized our day and adjusted as we went if needed. He is extremely knowledgable about the history, customs, foods of Tokyo and made the day very enjoyable. Akira went above and beyond throughout the day to make sure we had a great time and ate well :) Thank you again Akira for the memorable day.
Dear Adam, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was fun day for me too, and I enjoyed listening to your New York accent and enjoyed the conversation throughout the tour. It was my pleasure to be a guide for newly wed beautiful couple like two of you, kind and generous gentleman and clever, sincere, and straightforward lady. I am hoping, and I am pretty sure, that you’ll make a happiest family in the world. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Dear Akira, Firstly, excuse Mark for all his questions. He is a very curious man, but you manage to answer his questions all just fine :D. Akira, you are our perfect guide. You introduces us the way of Tokyo and showed us places where we would never knew or how to go as a tourist. Eating tonkatsu in a local restaurant was the best experience ever!! You have no idea how much you made us happy that day! Definitly recommend you as the perfect guide for visiting Tokyo. You speak very fluently English, really kind and knowledgable and always makes sure we have a good time under your care. Thank you very much. I hope the stroopwafels that we gave u were a nice treat :) Yours sincerly, Kim & Mark
Dear Kim, Thank you so much for the great review. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed the day with me. Yes, the Tonkatsu was delicious and I am very happy that you liked the dish and the restaurant’s very local atmosphere. It was fun to listen to Mark’s question since it makes me see things Japanese from different angle. Oh, thank you so much for the stroopeafle. I just finished it and it was so good (my mom loved it too). I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is very personable and was so attentive to everyone in our group. He really listened to the requests of all the group members. He has a great personality and is so knowledgeable. We had a comprehensive introduction to Japanese culture and history. We all had a fun time together with a lot of laughing. We would recommend him as a guide to anyone visiting Tokyo without reservation!
Dear Charlene, Thank you so much for the great review. It was a fun day for all of us, as I expected in a first few seconds of our conversation. I am so happy that your very first experience of Japan was present and enjoyable one with happy laughter and it was my pleasure to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira P.S. So sorry that I didn’t airdropped some of the pics that I took during the tour. I’ll send them to you if you could kindly contact me personally.
My husband and I had an amazing day with Akira around Tokyo. Thank you so much Akira for spending the day with us. You are very kind, knowledgeable and accommodating. We truly enjoyed spending the day with you and will recommend you to our friends for future visits.
Dear Fabiola, Thank you so much for the great review. I too, enjoyed spending the day with you and so happy you liked the things I like. Please don’t worry about the “bad fortune” you picked that day. Please remember what I told you( what my grand father said) and most of all, your fortune is the best since you have the Angel with you. I hope you will have great time for the rest of Japan trip, and I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Great English very flexible and knowledgeable.
Dear Ronald, Reading your simple, but great review, I can recall your warm, sincere, and straight forward personality. Thank you so much for having me. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
This is a summary for our 3 days with Akira. He was always waiting for us in our lobby. Always prompt. He had planned an itinerary that would make the best use of our time in Tokyo. When it was raining one day he was adaptable and changed our plans to an equally enjoyable experience. one day we were walking and passed an ad for the digital museum. He described it to us and asked if we wanted to go. We said yes and it turned out to be one of our highlights in Tokyo. So Akira is adaptable which we liked and listens to what his guests want. His English is excellent, he is very knowledgable and patient with explanations. We enjoyed our three days with Akira.
Hello Sheah, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m very happy that you liked the way I do guiding during the 3days. I liked the atmosphere that you all created, the unique blend of four people curious, likable, jolly and intelligent. It was my pleasure to be a part of your Japan experience. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
He cancelled tour due to typhoon. Promised full refund. Waiting to hear from you. I’ve also emailed. Cannot pay for no tour!
Dear Sue, My deepest apology for your inconvenience. The promise I made will be fulfilled soon. Whole procedure for full refund has been taken sometime because the typhoon occurred in the middle of holiday studded weekend (Monday, October 14 is national holiday). Our customer support personnel will work for that from tomorrow for sure. Forgive my asking you for your understanding about my decision of cancelation. I still believe that the decision was right since operation for transportations, subway and surface trains etc.., in the city next day of the typhoon were actually far limited than many people imagined which will be fatal to my tour (walking tour using public transportation). I will promise you again that the price you paid will be fully refund. If you have another... read more
Akira is the best of the best! He is knowledgeable, well informed on current events as well as historical events. He took us places that we would not have seen and experienced without him......genuine Japanese experiences. He is fun and easy to be around. If I get to go back to Tokyo, I will definitely choose Akira.
Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you had a great time that day. It was a bit different from what we originally planned, but I think we were successfully creating a nice, friendly atmosphere and it made me feel like I was showing my friend around my city. I was so happy to see happy mom and beautiful daughter enjoying great time together and it was my pleasure to be a part of it. I am looking forward to another chance to enjoy my loving city together again. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira met us at our hotel in Yokohama and escorted us on the the subway into Tokyo. As this was our first time in Japan it was nice to have an escort guiding the way. We found Akira to be friendly, knowledgeable and very easy to understand. We had good conversations throughput the day and he proved to be a very caring person. In fact, he made sure we had proper directions and were on the correct line when he left us at the subway in Tokyo for our return to our hotel in Yokohama. Several hours later, he even texted me to make sure we arrived safely. I would wholeheartedly recommend Akira to anyone looking for a tour guide in Tokyo.
Dear Ken, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for jolly people like you and your wonderful friends. I am so happy that it seems I could make myself understood. I hope your first experience of Tokyo was enjoyable and memorable one, and I hope that you will have another chance to come back to Tokyo and explore my loving city together . See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Excellent. Akira has very good knowledge and speaks English very well.
Dear Jodi, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you loved what I love. It was little too hot for October, but that was one perfect sunny day of Tokyo. Thank you so much for having me. Im looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a wonderful guide, thoughtful and detailed. Very quickly adapted our original day plan to fit what he correctly perceived would interest us most about Tokyo. He is knowledgeable about the city and helped us prepare for the remaining days of our visit. His knowledge of English is excellent and we had no trouble communicating. I recommend his services wholeheartedly! ...DH
Hello Diego, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day and you liked the new plan. I enjoyed introducing you what I really like, the neighborhood that reminds me around the time I grew up, the restaurant what I think is the best spot to enjoy 100% local flavor. It was my pleasure to be a guide for a people like you and Carol, generous, curious, warm, and energetic. Thank you so much for having me and thank you for your good vibes. If you have another chance to come back to Tokyo, please don't be a stranger. Im looking forward to another chance to explore m loving city together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira was a fantastic guide. He was friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable & accommodated our requests to see Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya. Our family, including a 10 & 12 year old boys enjoyed our day. Ramen for lunch was a delicious experience for all. We had a great day with our guide Akira. Thank-you!
Dear Tennille, Thank you so much for the great review. And thank you Tennile, Austin, Andy, and Oliver for great day. It was my pleasure to be a part of your very first experience in Japan. I was so happy to witness the moments of your “mission accomplished” and to see all of you having a great time. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
A day spent with Akira was Fun, He was knowledgeable and charming, I would highly recommend him to anyone who requires a guide to assist them experience this interesting city
Dear Janece, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so much fun for me too, to be a guide for jolly 4 who knows how to enjoy life fully. I wish you’ll have great time for the rest of your adventure in Japan, and if you have anything I can, please free to let me know. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
We had a very enjoyable and informative day touring with Akira. His English is excellent and overall knowledge of Tokyo outstanding. We highly recommend his services. Dave & Lenda Goulding Cary, North Carolina
Dear Dave, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour. I hope the tour made a good introduction of Japan, and I hope that I could give you some useful tips for your "solo flight" for the rest of the days in the country. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together some day. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was an excellent guide. He was extremely thorough and even made a detailed itinerary outlining the locations we would visit. He was also flexible when we wanted to spend extra time at the Imperial Palace East Garden. Akira took photos for us as well. And he is very knowledgeable about the history of Tokyo and beyond. We recommend him highly.
Dear Jim, Thank you so much for the review. It was my pleasure to be a part of your 25th anniversary trip to my loving city. I was so happy to see both of you with big happy smile and jolly vibes in each of the moment (especially in Izakaya and Taiko place). I am looking forward to another chance (maybe 30th anniversary....?) to explore Tokyo together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
To Akira Trank you very much for two interesting days in Tokyo. You led us safely through the city of Tokyo as well as through the most important areas. You gave us a lot of information about Japanese culture and history which we very much appreciated. Your recomended restaurants were great!
Dear Johannes, Thank you so much for the great review. It was very interesting and fun experience for me to guide curious and jolly couple from Switzerland. I enjoyed our conversation through the days exchanging our knowledge about things Japanese and Swiss. I’m glad you liked the food we had. Let’s have a nice bowl of ramen next time. Well, I’m looking forward to another chance to explore more about my loving city together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Our experience with Akira was perfect in every way that one would expect when going on a tour where you’re not familiar with the locale. Akira exceeded our expectations, though. He is a very kind and knowledgeable guide. He explained a lot about the local areas including; the cultural significance and history of each area. Not a single moment felt slow or dull, because of how enjoyable the experience, and how great of a guide Akira, was. Do not hesitate to request Akira as your guide! We highly recommend him.
Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m very happy that the tour made a good introduction for Tokyo for you. It was fun for me to guide thoughtful, generous, warm-hearted people like you and your wonderful son and I enjoyed conversation that we had at some stops. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to learn more about things that I didn’t know. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore amazingly organized and chaotic city together. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Our private tour with Akira was wonderful, he took us too all the sites we wished to see and more. He was kind enough to meet at our hotel and was lovely guide to be around. English was wonderful and highly recommend Akira if you wish to see all of Tokyo amazing
Dear Samantha Thank you so much for the great review. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the tour and satisfied with my service. I hope that the this trip will be memorable one that will make you come back to Tokyo. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore the city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was our guide for a 1-day sightseeing in Tokyo (focusing on Emperor's Palace and Garden, Asakusa temple and Tsukiji). The next day we visited Nikko (Tokugawa Shrine) and one day later Kamakura. It was all fun, Akira's personality made the whole 3 days a sensation like being with an old, local friend. Beside the historical details, he addressed local customs, explained today's life in context. Great experience, thanks!
Dear Peter, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the 3days with me. Having nice sushi in Tsukiji, visiting magnificent Toshogu Shrine, and enjoying short trek in Kamakura with you and your jolly friends in very friendly atmosphere was so much fun for me too, and I enjoyed the conversation with you listening to the things about your country. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving country together. See you next time! Akira
Akira is very nice and knows everything about Tokyo. He took me to places I would never have thought to go. In one day I saw far more than I expected. I will definitely ask Akira again when I am back in Tokyo.
Dear Justin, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so glad you enjoyed the day. I observed that you adopted yourself to Tokyo so well that I can easily guess that you also had a great time after we said good bye at Golden Gai. I will be happy to hear about your adventure there and I am looking forward to another chance to explore this city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is a kind hearted gentleman and patient even during the barrage of questions we launched at him. Akira took us all over Tokyo, my family and I saw Tokyo in seven hours. He cracked me up and had a jolly attitude and a positive outlook on things. If anyone came close to being awesome it is Akira!
Dear Monika, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a part of your first full day experience of my loving city and I am very happy that you enjoyed it. It was so much fun for me too, to spend time together with warm hearted, curious, and jolly people like you and your wonderful family. I am hoping that you all have a great time for the rest of the Japan trip and hoping that it will be memorable one for all of you. I am looking forward to another chance to explore this city together again, maybe next time we can visit Yanaka where we couldn't cover this time. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Our experience with Mr Akira was amazing! He kept track of time diligently, arriving right on time even under the blazing heat and rainy day. His knowledge about Tokyo is well versed, amazed us with so many stories behind the places we had visit, some were about the civil war at Ueno Park and how it formed, the fortresses built during the old times at Odaiba Kaihin, the food and culture of the Japanese. It was fascinating! We felt like friends talking and sharing, even about our own country, Malaysia, touching bits of our culture and food! Though there was a heavy downpour at one point, he managed to guide us through the itinerary and well adapted to what we would expect and moreover suggested places like the Tsukiji Market and Ueno Market which was a whole lot of fun times because there w... read more
Dear Clarence, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that she said “yes” and It was my pleasure to be a part of your important trip to Japan. I observed that you have warm heart, you are surrounded by wonderful people, and now you have beautiful partner. I wish you a good luck on everything and I am looking forward to another chance to explore the city together, next time with your wonderful new family. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
We love Akira! We had most of our family of five traveling for the first time to Japan (3 adults and 2 kids). Our original full day plan with Akira was: Tokyo SkyTree, Asakusa (Sensoji Temple), Imperial Palace. I asked him about the other options such as sumo wrestling and fish market which was meant for another time. He was quick to respond to all of my questions via email. The night before, Akira emailed and said there was a possibility of seeing a sumo stable if we met earlier, so we did. Akira met us at our hotel and we traveled by metro. August is one of the hottest months and that day was no exception with 90+ degree Fahrenheit and high humidity. Akira's English was not only superb, but he can speak with sophisticated nuances in English that we all understood and felt very co... read more
Dear Ghia, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. That was the day that good things happened though it was unbelievably hot.... We could meet the wrestlers though we were bit late for observing their training. Ramen restaurant was less crowded (I felt relived when I witnessed resurrection of Lazarus in that restaurant). I think it all because you are all blessed people with happy vibes. I was so happy to be a part of your wonderful time in Tokyo with your loving family. I am looking forward to having another chance to explore the city together again. Sincerely, Akira
I cannot say enough good things about Akita. Me eating up with him was a cinch, he was right where we could find him and very punctual. His English was excellent, his knowledge of Tokyo phenomenal. I think we taxed him to the max with our expressed desire to buy Washi paper, but he located a historic shop that included a museum and art gallery and expertly guided us there. Then we taxed his English skills to the max by wanting information about the art and artists exhibiting in the gallery. But he more than adequately communicated advance artistic concepts and terminology! I was so impressed by this knowledgeable, cooperative, kind man who really took the time and made an effort to introduce us to his city and culture. We wanted to be able to negotiate the Tokyo subway and metro s... read more
Dear James, So nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy to know that the time we spend together made a good introduction to Tokyo. Also, I am so happy that you enjoyed the places we went. People with good heart like you brings good things and it happens like coincidence. Yes, the ramen was good and I knew it was good since I have been there many times. But what I surprised was that we didn't have to stand in a long queue which is not as is always in that restaurant. Washi place was wonderful, I knew you would like it (and you did) and there was another surprise there. Lucky her that we had a chance to enjoyed the special exhibition and talked to some of the artists who is an expert of Japanese paper and pigments and techniques. Personally, ... read more
Great first experience in Tokyo! We met at Fukagawa Edo Museum, and ended the day at Omotesando. In between, we had many observations and experiences. From simply buying candy at a Mom & Pop Candy Store to a fascinating Shiota Chiharu exhibit at the Mori museum atop Roppongi Hills! Delicious Lunch was at the Tsukiji Outer Market. While Tokyo was fascinating, what made our first day tour super fantastic was AKIRA. His thoughts and communication skills are extremely friendly -- you feel like you are talking to a long time friend, who is sharing themselves. Akira was attentive to our comfort, both of our interests, and provided a TOP LEVEL tour catered to our interests. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Dear Elliot, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for beautiful, generous, curious, and intellectual people with unique sense of humor. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the day just like I did. It was so much fun for me to introduce you that candy store and nice to see you were brave enough to try my favorite thing when I was little child (though you were not in love with it). Also, I was so happy for Pam's encounter with exquisite works of Shiota. Thank you very much for both of you made me feel that I didn't have to act like a guide. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city with the wonderful odd couple. See you next time. Akira
Akira was easy-going and filled with lots of great tips and info for our visit. He took us to see the sights we requested, as well as some interesting places he recommended along the way. We would happily tour with Akira again!
Dear Meagan, Thank you so much for the great review. I was so happy to be a guide for your first time Tokyo visit and witness your first experience for many things, including some of raw foods and deserts. I, too, would happily tour with you and your wonderful family help you discover more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
For our first full day in Tokyo, we booked Akira to take us around. He was wonderful! He was on time to pick us up in the beginning of the day. We travelled with 3 of our boys, ages 12, 10 and 5 years old, and Akira was perfect for them. He was able to give us so much history and knowledge while still keeping everyone entertained. My children really loved him. After getting to know our family after a couple hours, he suggested we change our itinerary/last scheduled spot because he had a place to take us that he thought our family would really enjoy and he was so right! It was a less "touristy" spot in Tokyo and we all really had a great time. Akira really was the perfect way to spend our first day in such an amazing city. He taught us so much about how to get around the city and so much hi... read more
Hello Siobhan, Thank you for your great review. It was so nice to be surrounded by happy family vibes. I did enjoyed conversation with your three little movie stars, Reynolds, Ford, and Brosnan, and I couldn't help smiling when they were focusing on their treasure hunting. I was so happy to see that you all had a great time in the trains, in the market, in the shrine (thank you so much for paying respect to our culture...) , and wacky toy shops. I am wishing that this coming 5days in the city will be memorable and wonderful enough for wonderful family. Dewa-mata (See you next time)! Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira did an amazing job showing us all that we asked. Would highly recommend him.
Dear Vivek, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to share the fun time together with happy people like you and your lovely family. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
My husband and I wanted to see as much as possible of both touristy Tokyo and regular neighborhoods. Akira helped us navigate the metro and packed in more sights than we could have ever found on our own. He explained the history of each area. We really enjoyed an authentic meal in a cozy restaurant unlike any we had seen before. We highly recommend Akira for other first time visitors. We trust him to share more high lights on a second day this week!
Hello Gwendolyn, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you had a great time that day and hoping that it gave you a good first lesson to explore this city by yourself. On the next time, I am looking forward to hearing about your discovery you would have during your solo flights. See you then! Sincerely, Akira
We had a great time. Akira catered to our needs really well. His suggestions for ice-cream stop, snack and dinner were superb. We enjoyed the Shibuya crossing and the story behind the dog Hachiko and other such gems along our various destination points in our itinerary. Akira is a courteous, kind and friendly guide.
Dear Catherine, Thank you so much for the great review. Yes, indeed, we had a great time that day. Wondering in unique Nakano Broadway, taking a rest at my favorite coffee shop, observing amazing human flow at Shibuya crossing, enjoying ice cream and good Katsu-Curry at local restaurant..... I hope those wonderful time that we shared made a good introduction to my loving city. I am wishing that you will have a great time for the rest of the days in Japan. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
We liked our tour very much. Akira was prompt, knowledgable, and friendly. Our tour was geared for a more local perspective, which is what we asked for. He covered a lot of areas of Tokyo, from the local fish markets, to the common peoples neighborhoods, and shrines, to the high end shopping districts. He showed us how to use and load our Suica cards, and to use the trains and subways efficiently. He was invaluable. Thanks so much Akira!
Dear Colleen, Thank you so much for the great review, I was very happy to be a guide for your very first full day experience in Japan, the first Asian country for you and your wonderful son with brightest future. I hope the tour made a good introduction of Tokyo and it will help you knowing more about my loving city and people. Sincerely, Akira
We had two wonderful days with Akira guiding us around in Tokyo on 21 and 23 Jun. I was in Tokyo with my 90-year old mum, my friend whose mum is 77 years old. Due to their age we brought wheelchairs to facilitate them in the sight-seeing. The itinerary was well planned and we didn't feel rushed or hurried when touring. Akira was thoughtful and he planned trip at a very good pace for us. He bought us to places where we could view old residential places which were very interesting. On our first day, the itinerary was to end the tour at a Hinode Pier at 4.00 pm so that we can go to Tennodai Station by 6.00 pm. The train was crowded and a few transfers of trains were needed before we could proceed to Tennodai Station. Instead of parting with us at Hinode Pier, Akira fetched us to Hino... read more
Dear Jean, Thank you very much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tours. At first, I was little worry that if Po Pos will be okay with this walking tour using public transportations. However, everything went very smooth and I am very glad that we all were able to have a great time. It was my pleasure to guide happy, jolly, curious and warm people like you, Evelyn, and "Po Po"s. Throughout the tours, you all made me feel positive about being aged, and I learned a lot through our conversations, observing how you treat people. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. 再会！ Akira P.S. Thank you so much for the offertories which has been thought often as a sign of insult in Japan by many tourists. Now you know they... read more
Akira was wonderful. From his firm grasp of English to his understanding of cultural nuances, Akira was the perfect host to guide our family of five through Tokyo. We visited cultural locations, special food spots and points of interest that were made better by Akira's explanations. We loved Akira and would use him again.
Dear Brendan, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you all had a great time on that day in the city and it was my pleasure to be a host for happy, adventurous, thoughtful family with blessed children. I am hoping someday I will see all of you again to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a wonderful way to begin my adventures in Japan. He expertly led me through some major sites, but he also took me to some inner-city neighborhoods and gave insight related to life in Tokyo. As we made our way through the city, he gave historical and cultural commentary. Polite and fun discussions occurred throughout. It was simply delightful the entire time. An affordable and highly recommended way to discover this amazing city!
Hello Philemon, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day. I hope I could give you a good introduction to my loving city, and I am wishing that your solo flight will be full of joy and fun. Sincerely, Akira P.S. Thank you so much for telling me the humorous and educational English expression. Yes, there is something we cannot shine.....
Akira was very friendly and provided the historical significance about the places we visited. He also gave us good advice about transportation and culture customs. Thanks for making our day so perfect.
Hello Juliana, Thank you so much for the great review. It is so nice to hear that your first full day in Japan was a good one. I was so happy to hear from all of you about what you are expecting from my country, and to see all of you are ready to experience everything, food, culture etc.. I am wishing (and I know you will) that you all have a great time for the rest of your trip in my loving country. Sincerely, Akira
From beginning to end, Akira exceeded in every way the expectations my wife and I had for choosing a guide from an online site. His comfortable, relaxed approach belied an in-depth, thoughtful, efficient and thorough knowledge of how best to introduce Tokyo and Japan to us in a much too short 2 days. He listened carefully to our general wishes and wove them into a plan that covered as much as 2 jet lagged tourists could handle. His guidance through public transportation to non-touristy sites, to restaurants with local flavor were all highlighted by his love and familiarity with his city. Clearly, his knowledge of the history and culture of Japan added to our appreciation for all that we were seeing and his gentle sense of humor kept everything in perspective. Our conversations we... read more
Dear Paul, Thank you so much for the great review. It was enjoyable and thoughtful two days for me, and I am so happy that you felt the same way. We enjoyed beautiful hydrangea and awesome bamboo forest, we had a nice bowl of ramen at old school ramen place, we met warm old couple at the confectionary and good cabdriver who gave us good advice regarding return train to Shinjuku.... And we enjoyed endless conversation about many things. Only negative factor about today's tour, I thought first, was unpleasant weather. However, the rain enhanced the beauty of the beauty of hydrangea and bamboo forest. So, after all, everything went so smoothly and I think I know why. It all because of you and Maria's positive vibes. It was my pleasure to be the first Japanese for you to spend long... read more
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Akira. He provided the perfect introduction to our week-long stay in Tokyo. His grasp of history, his personable nature, and his command of English made for a truly memorable experience. After inquiring about our particular interests, he tailored an itinerary revealing much of his remarkable home city in a short period. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Hello Aaron, Thank you so much for the great review. And also, thank you so much for your saying hi to me on the street the other day. I was wondering if the tour made a good introduction to you but it seemed that everything had gone pretty well since after the tour. Well, If you have another chance to come back to the city and need my help, I will be very happy to be there for you. Sincerely, Akira
For our 2nd day in Tokyo, we wanted an insider's view of the city. Akira accomodated beautifully. We were taken to rarely toured areas of Tokyo and peppered with local information. He kindly answered my husband's many questions ranging from history to politics. The highlight was our lunch. Akira lead us to a family restaurant off the beaten path. He then made Japanese soul food and a custom made Japanese seafood omelet for us to enjoy together. After an exhausting first day of visiting the "must see" sites of Tokyo, this was a lovely end to our short stay.
Dear Tammie, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for beautiful, curious, and adventurous couple from the Deep South. I am very happy that you enjoyed the restaurant and neighborhood that we visited than I expected and it make me smile when I see the pucture that we took at the restaurant with the lady at the restaurant. I am looking forward to a next chance to explore my loving city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was everything you want in a guide. He was prompt, professional, organized and knowledgeable. His english was perfect. He just made it all easy. We booked him so we could go at our own pace and he was perfect at reading our minds. We toured the entire city, dined like locals and ventured via bullet train to the surrounding region. We would recommend him to our own family and friends.
Hello Michael, Thank you so much for the great review. One of the thing I love about guiding job is to meet interesting people from all over the world. It was my pleasure to be a guide for 4 days, for one happy family with amazing chemistry, kind and generous mom, thoughtful boy, curious and energetic girl, and the funky dad with pure heart. I am hoping that you will have another exciting experience ("holding on to your butt" experience?) for the rest of your trip to western region. See you next time! Akira
We had an excellent full day tour with Akira.He went over and beyond making it a perfect day in spite of the heat. He has very knowledgeable and gave us great stories and history and showed us how to use the Subways. We had an amazing day and he helped us on a special mission to find some toys for our grandsons. We loved our Sushi lunch and the sights and shopping.
Hello Helene, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. I feel so relieved that we could finally find what you were looking for, for your adorable grandsons, at third shop. It was really as Japanese saying goes, “Sandome no shojiki”, which means “Third time lucky”. Well, I hope you have had so much to bring to your family and friends, not only the present but also many stories to tell. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira
Akira san is super friendly and does everything to make your tour comfortable. He fulfills your wishes and responds to changes quickly. He is well prepared. He is calm and friendly. I enjoyed also his knowledge about the culture and was happy to receive his translation service. It was a long, exhausting but wonderful half day tour in Tokyo!
Dear Anne, Thank you so much for great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was a fun day. Well, we lost the bet at our first destination, but we had unexpected present from “the master.” I am sure you enjoyed the taste of Yokozuna....! I can easily imagine that the rest of your trip has been good and enjoyable one because you are lucky lady, and I know that it all not because of your luck, but because of your being generous and your happy vibes. I hope there will be another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
We enjoyed a great two days in Tokyo with Akira! We spent one day on the East side of Tokyo and one day on the West side of Tokyo. We were able to see all that was promised and more! He took us to all of the places on our itineraries, and when we had extra time, he filled it in with more fun! Akira spoke English fluently and was very easy to understand, and was knowledgeable about the sites and neighborhoods he was showing us. Akira was so efficient with public transportation, and really utilized our JR and subway passes so we did not have to spend additional money. Akira was so thoughtful, he even brought me a birthday present the second day of our tours. My husband and I really enjoyed working with Akira!
Hello Ann, Thank you so much for the great review. I did enjoy that 2 days and I am so happy that you felt the same way. It was my pleasure to guide wonderful young couple like you and Will and it was so much fun for me to have conversation with you answering numerous question that brought me a chance to see my society from different angle. I can easily imagine that the rest of the trip in Japan went well and people were helpful because your warm, kind and curious personality and I am hoping that my guess was right. I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira PS. I am happy that you liked the Soup Curry in Shimokitazawa.
We had one day in Tokyo and hired Akira to hit the highlights for us. He picked us up from the cruise terminal and took us to Skytree, Asakusa Temple, found us a nice ramen place for lunch, and followed it up with a trip to the Edo Museum. These 3 sights gave us a good overview of Tokyo. He was knowledgeable and easy to understand. Unfortunately the Imperial Gardens were closed that day so we didn’t see them as planned. I wish Akira would have known that ahead of time, but the rest of the day was pretty full and we probably wouldn’t have spent much time there anyway.
Dear Cindy, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very sorry about the closing of the garden that day. Normally they open on Saturday but I should have known that the schedule was affected by enthronement of the new enperor. However, I am glad you could get a glimpse of the capital city, with unusual crowds and happy atmosphere celebrating the new era, in a very limited time. I hope that we will have another chance to explore more about my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
A journey to japan for some of us is difficult destination, since we have to spend a great amount of money or have to travel / fly for more that 15 hours. We booked Akira for 2 days to walk me and my family around Tokyo. I decided to book him since he looked young and motivated to guide us... more over he sounded to speak fluently English... In general Akira has all the above characteristics but I wasn’t fully satisfied.. he hadn’t the sparky motivation that I expected.. since he was describing the attraction in a short way like reading a paragraph from a book... without adding further information such urban legends and local habits ect. He looked to me little bit tired...
Dear Christios, Thank you so much for the honest review and also, thank you so much for giving me a chance to looking back the way I do business. I wish that the rest of the Japan trip will be sparky exciting and memorable. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is a genuine person, he gave good advice on ways to go around Tokyo. Covered all the places as per the itinerary. Food choices were good also. My whole family was very happy and that makes me happy too. Thank you Akira, hope to see you again in the future.
Dear Mohana, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that your first Tokyo experience was a good and memorable one. Also, I’m so happy to hear that you and your loving family, including cute little one, were all happy and that makes me happy too! I am looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together in near future. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
We had a fabulous day with Akira who showed us some of the highlights of Tokyo. Akira produced a personalised tour for us, took us around the city and was wonderful all day, and the kids loved him too. We thoroughly recommend Akira's services. Thank you for a great day Akira.
Hello Andrew, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so glad you enjoyed the day with me and I am so happy to be a part of Tokyo experience for wonderful family with happy vibes, and laughter. I hope you have another chance to come back to Japan and explore my loving city together near future. Sincerely, Akira
My husband and I had a great time with Akira. It was our first trip to Tokyo . We recommend him very highly.
Dear Ilene, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a part of your first Tokyo experience. I wish that you will have a great time for the rest of the days in Japan. If there is anything I can, just feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Akira
We had less than a day in tokyo and Our flight was moved to a later time. We got to see a lot in a short time! And it was fun to explore japan at night. Akira was so helpful in helping us see what we wanted in a short amount of time. He went out of his way to take photos of us and we were really grateful he was there to help us get around tokyo! The food we had was really delicious! He also took us to this amazing restaurant and we had the best katsu ever. We also had these custard desserts, which were also delicious. We would really recommend Akira because we got to spend our time efficiently and see what we wanted to see. Akira also has really good taste in restaurants and food so we really enjoyed our tour!
Dear Maybelle, Thank you so much for the great review. Tough we didn’t have much time and it didn’t go as we originally scheduled, I am so glad you enjoyed your first day in Tokyo and it was my pleasure to be a part of it. I hope it made a good introduction to my loving country and hope you come back to explore more about this chaotic, super-organized city with nice people. Sincerely, Akira
Wonderful tour guide, highly recommend him! Beyond just “seeing the sights,” Akira shared his own personal knowledge/history, explained customs. Guided us onto the subways and paced the tour so that we could take in main sights, and included “off the beaten track” places as well. English was the spoken language and felt at ease since can be hard to communicate with the public, at times. Guided us to a great sushi restaurant for lunch at Tsukiji Outer Market. Did quite a bit of walking, so put on your comfy shoes...the only way to see Tokyo! When in Tokyo again, will definitely sign up with Akira again! We were delighted to have spent the day with Akira. He was like “family,” welcoming us home and spending time together! Thank you!
Dear Karen, Thank you Karen, for the wonderful review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with beautiful cherry blossom, fresh sushi, and silence in the middle of Tokyo. We could only covered 3 places however, I think it was a good introduction for my loving city. Also, I am very happy to hear that you felt l was like a “family” because I felt the same way. Guiding people like you, joly, curious and warm hearted, is always a joy for me. I am very looking forward to having another chance to explore this highly organized chaotic city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was great with our two boys. They loved his tour very much. First day we went to Asakusa and then took a cruise ship to Odaiba for Legoland and to see the giant Gundam. On the second day, we went to Sky tower, Shibuya and then harajuku kiddyland. Even though our kids are picky eaters and get tired and bored easily, he kept them entertained and also took us to some restaurants where the kids could eat. The kids had a great time and enjoyed Akira very much. Thank you so much Akira ?
Dear Linda, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m very happy that you all enjoyed the day with me. It was so nice to see happy lively family having a great time in my loving city, getting fortune of good (and bad!) in the temple, playing very creative version of “paper, rock and cissors”, Building pagoda in the LEGO Land, and enjoying lunch at Mos Burger. Thank you so much for reminding me what I used to be when I was a child. I hope that the rest of the days in Tokyo will be enjoyable and memorable one. See you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira's tour was PHENOMENAL! What a knowledgeable, professional, and FUN Host he is! He is a master at Tokyo's history, navigating through all the public transportation and taking us to Tokyo's hot spots, while tailoring it to our needs. Being of Japanese decent, Akira explained many things to us that answered so many questions about our heritage. Our custom tour was packed with interesting sites and amazing local foods. There is a reason why he is so highly rated. At the end of our last day, we did not want to part, so we invited him to have dinner with us and our cousins from Tokyo. That night we laughed the night away and he became a part of our family. Thank you Akira for some of the most memorable times of our lives!
Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for the great review. That was a fun two-days in Tokyo. I am very happy that you all had a great time and thank you so much for treating me as a member of your family (I often forgot that I was hired guide during the tours...!) and it was So interesting to know your families and hearing about what you and your family went through. I have never felt like quoting this job since I started guiding and I know that it all because of people like you and all of your family and the happy fun moments such as the one that we shared. Thank you so much for everything. Sincerely, Akira
This was the first time using a private guide rather then booking a sight seeing trip with a large group and will explore this option in the future. We could not have been more satisfied with the personalized services that Akira offered. He was always considerate and addressed our of our concerns, questions and needs. We couldn't be more pleased. We ended the day feeling that we were treated as a member of his family. We found Akira to be knowledgeable about the city, the history and culture. If anyone was able to find a date on his busy schedule, you would not be disappointed with his services.
Dear David, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m glad that I didn’t make your first experience to hire a private guide a total nightmare. And most of all, I’m very happy that you felt you were treated as a member of my family throughout the tour because I felt the same way. I am looking forward to another chance to show you (as same age as my parents) around my loving city again soon. Sincerely, Akira
Being a solo female traveler I was so nervous about coming to Japan by myself and worried about how I was going to manage. I hired Akira to help show me around my first day to help me see the cherry blossoms, help me learn how the trains work and to learn shrine/temple etiquette. He took me to the most beautiful park and explained the different types of cherry blossom. He also took photos for me which was a big help! He showed me where to exchange my rail pass and I booked in the first train for where I need to go. He took me to one of his favorite Ramen noodle shops and it was amazing! When visiting the shrine he explained so many aspects of how everything was connected. I found it extremely touching he also passed on things his grandfather had told him as well. He showed me what ... read more
Akira spent two days in Tokyo with my 18-year-old son (while I was busy at a conference), and was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgeable in all areas of Japanese culture, including food and shopping - the latter of which my son was most interested in! Akira is very fluent in English, professional and patient - my son sends his deepest thanks to Akira for being such a great guide and companion. My son enjoyed your company very much. Thank you, Akira, from a very grateful mother ??. And Happy Birthday!
Dear Ovida, Thank you so much for great review. I enjoyed two days with your wonderful son. He was generous, kind and he has a good heart. I could sense that he has been loved by wonderful parents. Showing him around the neighborhood such as Harajuku, Shibuya, Shimokitazawa was fun since all of them are where I used to hang around when I was young. It was interesting for me to have such experience and discover how things in the neighborhoods changed, and unchanged as well. I enjoyed being company of your son trying to get some nice clothes smartly while hopping one second-hands clothing store to another. It reminded me when I was at his age. I hope you have another chance to come back to Tokyo, not for your work, but for having great time with your wonderful family, next time... read more
Akira was very accommodating and was able to make real-time adjustments to the tour based on our needs. We had an excellent time seeing multiple hotspots in Tokyo. We was also very responsive to messages beforehand. Thank you!
Dear Chips, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. I hope this Japan trip was enjoyable and memorable one for you and your wonderful parents. I’m looking forward to another chance to explore my loving city together again. See you next time! Best wishes, Akira
Spent our first day in Tokyo touring with Akira. He was easy to communicate with and spoke excellent English. My daughter enjoyed the fact that she was able to talk about contemporary Japan and the Ramen place we went to for lunch was our favorite meal in Japan. He was friendly and patient as we were all a little jetlagged having come off a 14-hour flight the day before. Would not hesitate to recommend him. Many thanks, Akira.
Dear Helene, Thank you so much for the great review. I am happy that we were able to have tour in beautiful early spring in Tokyo. I enjoyed too, conversation that we had during the tour and the Ramen we had. I hope it was a good intriduction to know Japan and I’m looking forward another day to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Can’t give a high enough rating for Akira. His English is excellent and he made the day fun and stress free. He is super easy going and knows how to make the tour enjoyable, like you are taking a walk with a friend that just happens to know all of the great places in town. You can’t go wrong with Akira.
Dear Sheryl, Thank you so much for the great review. It took me just a few second to discover that we would have a great day since the time we met. It was easy and so much fun for me to guiding my loving city for people who are very friendly and with warm personality like you and Andrew. Your friend that just happen to know all the great places in town will always be here so if you need me, just let me know. Sincerely, Akira
We all thought the guided tour by Akira was the highlight of out stay in Tokyo. Akira was great not only did he create a great itinerary that covered everything we wanted, but he also had amazing knowledge of each location and was able to answer all our questions. I highly recommend booking a tour with Akira, you will not be disappointed.
Dear Sophie, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day and everything went smoothly. Yes, indeed, it was a one brilliant Sunday in Tokyo. Weather was moderate and nice, the garden was beautiful, pork cutlet was soooo delicious, and the temple was magnificent. I am pretty sure that you still have a lot more to see in my loving city and I am so glad that you have a reason to come back. So, see you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Thank you, Akira!!!! The tour guide was incredibly helpful and you have patience of a saint. My wife and I felt really good about traveling with you, and most importantly we felt safe. You helped us to navigate through the subways, plus you took your time to help show us the finest parts of Tokyo. You are truly a blessing. I would strongly recommend you to all first time travelers to Tokyo. Thanks again, and have a fantastic day!!!
Dear Ricardo and Latonya, Thank you so much for the great review. I enjoyed that day, too. I was so glad to be a part of your happy anniversary trip. I still can’t help smiling anytime I remember how you enjoyed nice Okonomiyaki and Gyudon for the first in your life, funny conversation about anime and Miami Vice, and most of all, great happy vibes with love that comes from two of you. I am looking forward the day to explore my loving city together again. Sincerely, Akira
Having never been to Japan we were slightly nervous. However Akira totally eased us into the huddle and bustle of Tokyo. We loved every place he took us to. Would highly recommend.
Hello Marty, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that the tour became good introduction for your very first Tokyo trip. I’m looking forward to having another chance to explore together the chaotically organized city with nice people. Dewa mata! Sincerely, Akira
Akira was the perfect guide. Very accommodating, polite, considerate, knowledgeable & great English. He paced our tour perfectly & while he gave us plenty of information, and answered all our questions, he didn’t bombard us with too much information. He also took us the the best Ramon we have ever had. Absolutely delicious!!! A great person to introduce us to Tokyo & would not hesitate to recommend Akira to anyone wanting a guide in Tokyo. Thankyou so much Akira, we had a wonderful couple of days with you.
Dear Catherine Thank you so much for the great review. One of the most happiest moment that I experience as a guide is when my client discover that they love what I love, just like what we experienced today at the ramen restaurant. It was just a bowl of noodle in soup, but perhaps it was more than that for us. Please do not worry about your half good fortune that you picked at the temple. You had a damn good bowl of ramen without standing in a long queue! You are very lucky lady. I know that you will have a great time for the rest of the trip in Japan. I’m looking forward to having another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Akira arrived promptly at my apartment ready for the day ahead. He was well prepared and from the word go everything went smoothly. I have been to Tokyo several times and so I was very keen to see the less famous places, having done the well-known ones already. Akira organised the day by combining the kind of things I wanted to do with his knowledge, and I was able to relax, knowing that I could never have found these places on my own. We covered a lot of ground but I didn't feel tired or overwhelmed as Akira had everything in hand. Everything was enjoyable, Akira is a very thoughtful person - and I am looking forward to my next tour with him.
Dear Pamela, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so much fun for me to show you “Tokyo without make-up” and I am so happy that you liked it. I am looking forward to the next tour, too. According to the forecast, the weather on the day will not be as bad as we had expected. I know that we will have another fun time in Tokyo for the next one. See you next time! Akira
We had two wonderful days in Tokyo with Akira. Akira showed us all the main sites in all the key areas of the city and we could not have seen everything we did without him. He was simply outstanding. I cannot recommend that you use the expertise of Akira whilst in Tokyo.
Dear Mamta, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour. I hope that it would make your trip with curious, decent, and jolly parents a memorable one. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you for another chance to explore my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
Akira made our day inTokyo One we will never forget He is very Knowledgeable and adapted to our needs We really enjoyed the whole day We could not have seen what we did without him as our guide We thank him 100% give a big thanks Never go to Tokyo without his help the first day for a wonderful Orientation
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to guide warm, generous and jolly folks from Canada who are all young at heart. It was really a fun day. I hope I could get older like all of you who know how to enjoy life fully. See you next time! Akira
Thanks to Akira we were able to cover many Tokyo sites in just one day. He tailored his day tour to our interests and was able to provide many recommendations. He has excellent English speaking skills and we enjoyed our conversations throughout the day. Akira was extremely knowledgeable in Japanese culture and provided many insights on local recommendations. We highly recommend Akira for a Tokyo tour and are looking forward to meeting him again on our next visit to Tokyo! Thanks Akira!
Dear Kevin, Thank you so much for the great review. So nice to hear that you enjoyed the day with me. I enjoyed too, our conversation throughout the day and thank you for giving me a chance to see the society that I am living from different angle. By the way, it was so much fun for me to be a witness of your first experience of some exotic seafoods...! I am happy, and I feel relieved, that you loved most of them (except "the roe"...!). I am looking forward to seeing you soon for another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
I travel the world and work with guides and fixers across all ranges. Akira is simply one of the top guides with whole ive had the pleasure of working. He is supremely organized, highly intelligent, curious and respectful. His English comprehension and speech are first rate. He simply knows how to manage western people and how to deliver on their expectations. I not only consider him a world-class guide but a great person with whom I would call a friend. You would be happy working with Akira
Dear Michael, Thank you so much for the great review....! I am very happy that I could be a part of your very first experience of my loving country. It is so much fun to remember what we experienced together, good Ramen, good coffee, good wagyu, good Tonkatsu and conversation about Godzilla, G-Force, and Star Blazers....(!) I hope all these fun moments make you come back to my loving city again and bring you new tasty and juicy discovery. I would be very happpy working for you for your next visit. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was very helpful and informative. Pleasant company and a great guide. He planned a really good day for my wife and I. Thankyou.
Dear David, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for very curious and kind couple from Sidney. I am wishing that the rest of your stay in Japan will be fun and memorable one. If there is anything I can while you are in Tokyo, just contact me anytime. Peace. Akira
Akira organised some great things to see and do which was a good way to spend my first day in Tokyo. He suggested places to eat at and was willing to switch up the lunch plans as I wasn’t too keen on raw fish.
Dear Paula, Thank you so much for the great review. I am happy to hear that the tour became a good introduction for your first Japan experience. I can easily imagine that the day 2, your first solo flight, was enjoyable one and hoping that the rest of the trip will be so much fun and memorable. Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide and thank you so much for choosing my loving country as your first destination in south east asian country. Sincerely, Akira
We only had one full day in Tokyo but Akita was able to help us pack it full. He has a great knowledge of the history and culture and really knows his way around. He brought us to places we would never have seen as tourists on our own. He made effective use of the transit system to allow us to cover sites far from each other. His command of English is very good. As a bonus he showed us a sushi place near the fish market where the locals eat. Best sushi I’ve had. We highly recommend Akita as a guide in Tokyo.
Hello Maggie, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour just like I did. It was so nice to walk around the city with robust people like you. I am looking forward to haveing another chance to explore Tokyo together some time soon. Enjoy Hawaii! Sincerely, Akira
Friendly and relaxed
Dear Marnie, Thank you so much for simple and warm review. Im so happy that the tour made a good introduction for your Japan trip. I couldn’t help being friendly and relaxed for friendly and relaxed people like you and your family. Thank you so much for choosing me and hope to have another chance to explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
I recomend Akira, he has a great way to connect with everyone in the group and he is passionate because he loves what he does, you can feel the good vibe, you don’t need to look further, Akira will meet your expectations hands down!!!
Dear Mario, Thank you so much for the great review. And thank you so much for choosing my loving city as the place to spend Christmas for you and your happy family. It was my pleasure to be a part it. I hope we will have another chance to explore my loving country together some time soon. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira delivered as promised and was really knowledgeable, helpful and kind. It was really helpful we had him to help us apply the Suica cards & navigate the JR and metro systems. His food recommendations were also very good and reasonably priced. Very patient with my little boy who was very excited and curious with the train systems. Thank you Akira, for a lovely experience for our first visit to Tokyo, we had a great time!
Dear Callie, Thank you so much for the greatly review. I am so happy to hear that you all enjoyed the tour. It was my pleasure to guide happy family with active and (very) curious children sharing a great time with them. If you need a navigator for your next visit (I know you already have the little one...) I’ll be very happy to serve you again. Please take care and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira
Our day with Akira-san went smoothly. He brought us to the places as planned and more. He gave us enough time at each place for photography and provided information to us to better appreciate the history. He was understanding and kind and accommodated to our requests. It was a pleasure to have Akira show us Tokyo for the first time with my boys.
Hello Lisa, Thank you so much for the great review. I could only show you just some area but I hope it made a good introduction to my loving city to make you feel come back again. Please take care of yourself and I hope to see you next time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was fantastic! He met us at our hotel in Ginza and accompanied us on a tour of the "G-Cans" facility outside Tokyo, arranging all the transportation, translating important instructions, and answering our many questions over dinner at an izakaya afterward. He made all three of us feel welcome and comfortable, chatting with us on topics as diverse as hydrology, soccer, and cycling. He's a superb and organized guide: hire him! You won't regret it. Not to mention, he has excellent taste in bikes (among many other things).
Dear Karoun, Thank you so much for the great review. I was so happy to see all of you enjoying every moment that day even during the long train ride. I can still recall you excited at the thing we saw in that “Shrine” in the suburb of Tokyo where not many people, even locals, normally go, and good foods and drinks at Izakaya. I hope you’ll have another chance to come back and I’ll bhappy to explore more about my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
Met Akira in the lobby of our hotel and from there we saw Tokyo. Akira was very informative explaining not just the sites that we visited but also about Tokyo and Japan. He paid a lot of attention to our 12 year old grandson and had great conversation with him about the shrines and temples that we saw. If you really want to see Tokyo TripleLights and Akira is the way to go, because at the end of the day you will have a very good understanding of Tokyo and the sites that you had visited.
Dear Jim, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy that you had great time and also so happy to be chosen as a part of fun trip for happy family. It was so much fun for me to guide cool kid with cool grandparents from America. You all made me feel like I was cool middle-age Tokyo local during that day (and hoping that I am...). Hope to see you again next time, with more cool family member. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akita was everything we had hoped for and more. He took us to parts of old Tokyo that gave us a glimpse of the past. He even took us to little mom and pop shops for an authentic Japanese experience. Highly recommend him for a tour! Arigato gozaimasu!
Dear Christopher, Thank you so much for the great review. You may not know how I was nervous at the beginning since you told me that you works for travel industry and I wonder how you would evaluate me as a guide...! However, I’m so happy that you enjoyed walking while experiencing diversity of my loving city in one day. Hope to se you soon. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We had only one day that we could see Tokyo, which sounds completely impossible. I initially booked tour with Akira starting from hotel in Tokyo. We were taking cruise and had to embark ship in Yokohama. After further considerations I changed hotel booking from Tokyo to Yokohama. I e-mailed Akira asking him to change starting point. He was very positive about last minute change, suggested that it would be the best for us if he would pick us up in hotel in Yokohama (and he was right about it!). We had a great day with Akira going around the Tokyo. In very short period he was able to get us highlights of Tokyo. We visited with him Imperial Palace gardens, walked on Ginza, visited Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Shrine. We had to be very flexible and adjust itinerary as second half of the day was ... read more
Dear Rosa, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the day with me I was amazed by how strong you are enjoying long walk. It was interesting experience for me to have conversation with good observer, good listener, and good questioner like you. I hope the tour gave you the glimpse of what my living city was like and it make you feel like coming back again. Please take care and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is knowledgeable, professional and personable. His English is flawless. He created an incredible unique day as we requested since we had been to Tokyo twice before. We’ve used guides in various countries and Akira is among the best. We would use him again and recommend him without hesitation.
Dear Jerry, Thank you for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was so nice for me to see both of you enjoying every bits and pieces of my loving city including the best sake experience on the street(!). I hope we have another chance to explore the city together having great time just like we did. Sincerely, Akira
Akira laid the groundwork for our first visit to Tokoyo by walking us through the JR reservation system, introducing us to the subway system, showing us historical and cultural sights all the while receiving a fascinating history lesson. We couldn’t have asked for more. He truly made the day for us. He has an way that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. We would highly recommend hiring Akira as a guide. In addition to a visit to the Imperial Palace, we had lunch (best sushi ever), toured shrines and had a relaxing boat ride. Do not hesitate to hire Akira.
Dear Donald, Thank you very much for the great review. I wonder if you could enjoy the mt. Fuji from the bullet train. I hope the everything has been going well. And I’m pretty sure that your kind, generous, and warm personality brings many help beyond language barrier, fun, and many discovery in the rest of the day in my loving country. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira is awesome! Would highly recommend him to any group. He is easy going, funny, knowledge and a great tour guide. He listened to our requests and made sure to take us to the best tuna at the market, the best ramen in the area etc. My 3 middle schoolers loved him. Book him, you won’t regret it!
Dear Molly, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to witness your children’s first experience of eating tuna in raw and I am so happy that they love it. I was happy to see 5 happy Floridian relaxing, having great time with sparkling in their eyes. I wish all of you a great time and discovery ahead of you for the rest of the days in Japan. Sincerely, Akira
My wife Emily and I had a wonderful time exploring Tokyo with Akira. He got in touch with us a few days prior to our arrival to find out what sort of things we wanted to do or see during our trip and then he came up with a schedule specifically to match our interests. He is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, teaching us a great deal about Japanese culture and history and showing us excellent places to try delicious food. He even went through the trouble of recommending restaurants or places to go shopping for the remainder of our stay in Tokyo. Even the rain couldn't put a dampener on our day out because Akira had already come up with alternative places to visit should the rain prevent us from enjoying outdoor activities. I thoroughly recommend that you book Akira to be you... read more
Dear Kyle, Thank you very much for the great review. The weather was unpleasant that day however, I’m so happy that we had a wonderful time together. Guiding nice people like you and Emily was like guiding good friend of mine known for years and I could behave not like the one acting like a guide. It was just a one day tour but I hope you could enjoy seeing Tokyo with “no make-up”. If you have another chance to come back, I’ll be happy to help you discovering more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
My wife Bonnie and I had an absolutely wonderful (although exhausting) day exploring the beautiful north eastern portion of Tokyo. There is no way that we could have navigated Tokyo's extensive public transit system without Akira. He was extremely knowledgable about everything we did on our tour His English comprehension was excellent and Akira went way above what we expected. He was warm, funny, approachable and caring. We are so glad we did this private tour. At one point, we accidentally left a package of souvenirs that we had purchased on one of the trains. Nothing was terribly valuable, but Akira insisted we put in a lost and found claim which we thought would be a waste of time. About 2 hours later AKira received a call from the public transportation people and they had found ... read more
Dear William, Thank you for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. We had a great time with so many surprise, the lantern given by generous owner of restaurant where we had the best (!) tempura, good sake in Marunouchi, the lost and found claim, and the delay caused by train accident on the way back to your hotel. Yes, that was really exhausting day however, remembering what we had experience together on that day make me smile (hoping you feel the same way...) and I was so happy to witness the miracle happened to you on that day. It was like a well written movie, mixture of good things and bad things bring to the happy ending. I hope that you will have another chance to come back to my loving city for more adventure, discovery and another miracle perhaps. Sincer... read more
My husband and I loved our tour with Akira. He was friendly, knowledgeable, had great English and made our first day in Tokyo truly wonderful. He met us at our hotel, showed us how to navigate the subways. Taught us shrine etiquette, Japanese history and cultural “norms”. He also took us to an amazing lunch we wouldn’t have found on our own and a coffee shop that inspired Blue Bottle in the US. Book Akira! You won’t regret it. Truly a gem in Tokyo!
Dear Erin, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that your first full day in Tokyo was enjoyable one. I’m so happy that you finished everything that served when we had lunch! I can easily guess you and Andrew have had a great time since we said goodbye yesterday because of your happy and open-minded personality. Next time you should bring your father and I know he will love the old Toyota taxi in the city. Best wishes, Akira
One of the best guides we ever had. Very flexible and adjusted to us as the day went on. Knowledgeable about the Tokyo train system which made for very efficient days of touring. Would highly recommend to my own friends and family. Excellent English speaker.
Dear Oren and Terri, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for fantastic people like you visiting Japan for the first time. I was so glad to see you excited and surprised at everything you experienced in my loving city. I hope the time we shared will be remembered as a good introduction to Japan and I am pretty sure that there will be more fun and discovery during the rest of your stay in the country. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akira is an excellent guide. He takes the time to make sure you get to do all you ask to do and will also make suggestions to enhance the experience based on his own knowledge. If you love sushi (real sushi) and you hire him make sure you request to go to the fish market near the Ginza. I wanted a good Japanese sushi meal but the location was his choice. The fish market was fascinating and I would never have known to go there. His choice of restaurant within the fish market was spot on. His English is also excellent and he is very good at conversation. Akira has no problem going above and beyond what is expected. I had a problem arise when I realized I left a package on the bus to my hotel. When I found out I did that I messaged him a couple of hours past the time that ... read more
Dear Pamela, Thank you very very much for the great review, and thank you very much for giving me opportunities to guide very unique places (Yes, that was so unique...!). It was such a nice experience for me to witness sparkles in your eyes any time you encounter what you love in each of our destination. Through the entire hours during the tour, having nice conversation on many things, you made me feel like having passion and young heart for the rest of my life. I hope the Tokyo trip this time was so special and memorable one for you. See you next time! Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We asked Akira to guide my husband and I through our very first day in Japan which happened to be Tokyo. We asked Akira to show us the things that were a bit off the usual tourist route, that we wouldn't just find in a travel guide. He did an excellent job, taking us to regular suburbs and areas to show us some of his favourite areas and places to eat, as well as some of the popular highlights along the way. He helped us navigate the subway and JR Rail for the first time, and told us a lot about cultural expectations and norms that were very helpful throughout the rest of the trip. He seems like a genuinely nice guy and I would recommend him highly.
Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for the great review. Its so nice to be seen as a nice guy by nice couple from down under. I am happy that you liked the day with me though the weather was relatively unpleasant. I think everything went good partly because of your happy vibe. The places we visited were not so famous area and some might feel that the areas have nothing special. However, many of their sceneries are something that is disappearing from the city today in fast pace. As a Tokyo local who miss such sceneries so much, I am very happy that you found a value in them. Thank you very much again for choosing me as a navigator of my loving city and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We toured Tokyo for our first time with local expert, Akira. From the planning stages, he communicated thoroughly with our itinerary and answered any and all questions very promptly. We only had one day and wanted to see cultural sights of Tokyo. Unfortunately our only day to tour was on a Monday, which is the day of the week that many sights are closed. But Akira came up with a plan to thoroughly enjoy Tokyo. He arrived promptly to our hotel lobby and off we went. We navigated Tokyo by ways of the subways with Akira's help. We visited the grounds of the Imperial Palace, then toured the Tsukijii Outer Fish Market and had lunch. Knowing it was my first time to eat sushi, Akira was a true sushi navigator and we ate a delicious lunch with a large sampling of various sushi, even sea u... read more
Dear Jamie, Thank you vety much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the day with me and so glad that your first sush experience was good one. Now you have experienced sushi, so next time you can try other Japanese food such as Ramen, Tonkatsu, Monjya-Yaki. Also, I am so happy that your daughter is a fan of the book. The author is a versatile writer and not only the genre that the book covers, but also she has written many other good novels of other genre such as history, and juvenile stories. It was only one day tour and you haven’t seen everything yet. If you have another chance to come back to my loving city, I’ll be happy to be your guide again. Sincerely, Akira