Twelve days, four tourists and Kashima! We (two married couples aged 61-72) had a wonderful experience exploring Japan by (per our request) railway, taxi, bus, cable car, metro and by foot! Kashima successfully led us through Tokyo, Kobe, Kanazawa, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka. Kashima was on time, was flexible with our schedule when we changed our minds or wanted to rearrange our day. Kashima met us each morning at our hotel and helped us navigate the public transportation systems, acted as translator, answered cultural questions and ALWAYS maintained a positive, helpful and friendly manner. Kashima worked hard to arrange a special evening with an apprentice Geisha (Maiko) for us. This was something we wanted to experience but didn’t realize how difficult to find or arrange a “real” Maiko evening would be. He found the right people and we had an amazing Japanese cultural evening in a centuries old home in Kyoto with a lovely Maiko performing dance and playing games with just the four of us! This was just one of many highlights: cherry blossoms; Shogun history; amazing food; traditional Ryokan with hot springs bath; castles; temples; pottery and tea-we experienced it all with Kashima getting us to the right place at the right time and always smiling!!
Hello Robert san, Thank you very much for your very detail review of your ecellent experience you had during 12 days through tour in Japan and utmost great comments for me by taking your precious time. It was the first time for me to execute guding of 12 days through tour by using public transportation. Thanks to your deeply considered selection of tour spots from East to West including Kanazawa tour for me at the first time, and all your groups' strong interests to have experience of Japanese culture and to get knowledge of Japanese history, specially successive generations of Samurai top worriers and Zen Buddhism, I could improve my tour guide skill, specially about the great history of Japan from Heian era to Edo era until it has been truly unified and established with peace. Also, during 12 days tour, we could exchange various topics with you, your wife and your freinds including the comparison between USA and Japan. I am very much pleased that all of you could endure to be with me during long days and enjoyed lots in Japan. I am looking forward to receiving another guide request in near future. Thanks, Kashima