I started to communicate with Shin regarding 2 days of guided tour from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, to Hakone to Kyoto. Since this was early in my attempt to put together a plan for a 17 days tour for 6 people in Japan, Shin very quickly gave me invaluable advice and tips, way beyond his two days with us. He practically “took responsibility” for our well being during the entire time. Rented a minivan for us for one day, took care of all other reservation we still needed, gave us information about hotels we booked, calculated the cost effectiveness of a JRpss based on our needs, and more. I booked his days about 3 weeks ahead, but he took the initiative to continue to correspond with me during the next 3 weeks whenever he had a new thought or idea of what will make our trip better (all 17 days of it, not only the 2 he was booked us). Corresponding with him was a pleasure, always prompt and full of good tips and answered many questions as most of first time in Japan traveler will have. Continuously encouraged me to ask him any question I had about our trip, not only the days with him. Extremely generous with his time to help as much as needed. To call Shin a “tour guide” really covers only a small portion of what he has done for us. In addition, he is very knowledgeable in history and culture. We have learned from him a great deal about Japan. He is very punctual, very polite, very efficient, pays attention to details. His English is very good. He met us in the morning highly prepared with hand drawn maps specific to our trip. He quickly became part of our group. All in all a very nice gentleman. Shin made our trip easier and unforgettable. We love shin and are extremely grateful for him being with us. We highly recommend him! If he is available he’s your guy!
Hello Nurit san First of all I’d like to say thank you so much because you gave me precious moment that means not only choosing me as your tour guide but also making my life much happier and valuable through the tour. And also I feel so happy to know that your trip has been completed on schedule accompanied with unforgettable memories. Today I am reminiscing our time staying at the 5th station of Mt.Fuji, even though we could not see mountain top face but a large-scaled fresh air scenery and greenery welcomed us. What’s more a beautiful Lake, Yamanaka, gave us shinning and gentle smile so that we enjoyed good time at nice lunch restaurants, noodle and pumpkin local dish, called Hoto-nabe hot pot. We could relax by the Lake very much! Actually you gave me good point and timely questions about Japanese culture, customs and societies from time to time. Such a good Q&A time encourages me very much to polish my comprehensive knowledge, capability and hospitality. Every talking time members gave me was a great learning chance. Thank you very much! As you know, there are different faces and colors in Japan not only place to place but season to season. I would really appreciate if I could do your tour guide again in different season such as crimson maple leaves autumn or cherry blossom spring. And I’d like to introduce another tasty local cuisines and sweet SAKE. I hope you and your family’s happiness, health and prosperity from Kyoto and Tokyo houses. SHIN.