Hello！ I am Takako Takata. I was born in Kyoto and grew up in other several districts in Japan
where I was attracted by each place's feature. I started the tour guiding in 2009 in which I introduce interesting and unique spots to tourists. I love to share the marvelous time and moment with people through tours. In Japanese, we have a wonderful phrase expressing such moment and we call it "Ichigo Ichie". It means we have to treasure every encounter, a once-in-
a-lifetime-encounter that is , as it may not recur again. This word came from the spirit of tea ceremony. Anyway, let us enjoy extraordinary tours in Tokyo together, shall we ?
Takako took us for a day trip to some of the famous sights in Tokyo our first full day in Tokyo. One of the things I asked her to do was to help me learn how to navigate the Tokyo train and subway system. I’ve ridden subways in Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Montreal etc. but those cities have one subway line unlike Tokyo which has a multitude of lines. Getting prepare to go to Tokyo I was overwhelmed with how complex the system appeared. Well it is complex but Takako was very patient and helpful in getting me familiar with the system to the point that I was able to venture out on the second full day here on my own and was able to navigate the train system fairly well. Granted I did not try to change trains in some of the busiest train stations such as Shinjuku or Shibuya, the 2 busiest train stations in the world, but I did manage to get through Shinbashi which according to Google is the 12th busiest train station in the world until the return trip when I arrived there at rush hour. That was an experience. As for the sights she picked out, they were wonderful. She was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and in general imparted a lot of interesting information and history about Tokyo and Japan. I would recommend her without any reservation. On a scale of 1-5 stars she gets a 5. Thank you Takako.
We had a wonderful day visiting the Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Koishikawa-Korakuen Gardens and the Rikugien Gardens. We experienced a Tea Ceremony in an old traditional tea house set in a beautiful garden with many very old bonsai on display. We also enjoyed a stroll through the old Yanaka area. Takako could explain the important history and arrangement of each garden and talk about the plants and special features. Cherry blossom time made our day very special. Without the knowledge and organisation of Takako it would have been difficult to use the subway as efficiently as we did. The train system is difficult to work out and we appreciated being able to learn how to use it. Takako also shared many insights into the Japanese culture and way of life. She is a wonderful guide, friendly, flexible and very willing to share her knowledge. Thank you Takako for a truly wonderful day!
Dear John & Kaye Thank you very much for the wonderful encounter with you. I am very glad to have introduced the all beautiful gardens in Tokyo requested by you. I enjoyed the happy talking with you. I hope you will have the wonderful crousing tour throughout Japan. For a while you might enjoy cherry flowers by going up the northern districts. I expect the nect encounter with you !! See you again . Thanks a lot. Takata
We could not have asked for a better guide to show our group around Tokyo. Taka was knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. She was also kind and patient. Our group was rather large but she made it feel intimate. At the end of our tour, our entire group was sad to part ways with her. We would highly recommend Taka for any tour around Tokyo. You will be so happy and pleased with your experience.
Dear Amy Thank you for your review. I enjoyed your tour because all your members are so good ! I appreciate for your listening to me very well . I felt miss you at the end. I keep crossing for your safe travel and your happiness. See you some day !! Best wishes Takako
Takako was fun to be with. She is a hard worker and tries to please. She got us everywhere we wanted to go. We might have made better choices but that was our fault.
Dear Rosemarie . Thank you for your review. It was a wonderful day for strolling. Have you recovered from coughing ? We waljed a lot, I think we could see the most modern places. in Tokyo. You will be able to see the traditional gardens in KYOTO. Thanks Takako Takata