Mao is a lovely girl with english language skills of a beginners level ESL student. The tour was supposed to last 3 hours, which we paid for in advance. For the first 2 hours we walked around Takayama trying to break language barrier and answering numerous questions Mao asked about our trip itinerary without understanding much of what we were saying to her. Also did sake tasting where she wasn’t much needed. We could of looked up online the couple of stores in the sender she took us to. After 2 hours she asked what we wanted to do next. We’ve asked what she has planned, to which she said that there was no specific plan. Really disappointed with the choice of a guide, also truly puzzled why Mao has chosen to advertise herself as an english guide. Will be asking for at least 50% refund.
We met Mao in Takayama during our brief visit, for a half-day tour in a cold November afternoon with our 2 young children. Mao was extremely patient with us, encouraging us to try street foods and sake. She is very informative and have great energy. Even though our tour was only for few hours, she didn't make us feel rushed. She is very smart and gentle. We are really happy that we found her for our brief time in beautiful Takayama. We highly recommend her.
Hi Hina! Thank you for your review! I’m happy to hear that you were enjoyed tour! It was cold day, so come Takayama again in spring or summer!
Mao sensed what was appropriate for us and gave us a truly enjoyable wander around Takayama. It was an excellent afternoon. Relaxed and interesting. A great start to our visit !
Thank you for a tour with me! I really enjoyed talking and walking a lot with you. It was such a nice weather also best time for coloring leaves! I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Takayama! See you again!
We had such a good time with Mao seeing Takayama. She was so much fun and we learned a lot about the city and its festival. Fantastic!
Thank you for your review! I really enjoyed the festival with them. We talked a lot and they are really nice person! Get well your leg soon!
Mao is a local young lady who spent a year in the US. Her English is excellent. She has a delightful personality and a pleasant demeanor. We greatly enjoyed seeing and exploring Takayama with her. Even better was getting to know this charming local lady. Highly recommended!
Thank you for your review! I really enjoyed with you! I hope your dinner was great.Thank you for talking your culture it was good study for me. Have a safe trip and see you again!
I really enjoyed my tour with Mao. She had a lot of insider information that you can only get from a local. She was flexible and helpful. I learned a lot more about what living in japan is like. She had great local food recommendations as well!
Thank you for your review! I hope your stay will goes well. See you again probably Takayama or Kanazawa!
Mao was very helpful before we arrived there. We almost stayed at a hotel that was one hour away and didn't realize the bus didn't work at night. Fortunately, Mao told us about this so we could change our plans. Mao answered questions before our visit and made suggestions. Unfortunately, the Takayama Spring Festival activities were not as good as expected because of the rain. Mao was good at taking us to different stores that we were interested in and telling us which sake to buy! She also recommended restaurants. Mao has a nice personality and it was helpful that she grew up in the Takayama area. It would have been better if we had gone to more artisans showing their native crafting.
Thank you for your review! I'm sorry for rain but I enjoyed a tour with you. and thank you for many souvenirs for me! Please come again to see the festival if you have chance! See you next time!