Dai

National Certified Guide
(32) Reviews
$ 26 Hourly rate
2 months ago |   by Sandy

“ Highly Recommend Dai! Excellent English, Knowledgeable, and Fun! ”

Don’t hesitate to book with Dai! Our family of four (Mom, Dad, two sons ages 18 and 16) hired Dai to show us around our first two days in Tokyo July 24 & 25. We had never been and this was a last minute trip so I felt overwhelmed trying to figure out what to see and do and how to organize sites geographically, transportation, etc. I knew we needed a guide but really wanted to make sure we found the best guide for our family and especially the boys since I wanted them to be engaged in the touring. Dai was perfect for our family! Our communication before and after booking was prompt. Dai has traveled extensively and this has helped him refine his English language skills. He speaks very good English and has a great sense of humor (which sometimes doesn’t translate.) Dai is young enough for our boys to relate to and they had fun sharing stories of Dai’s world travels and interesting (crazy) foods he has tried along the way. I enjoyed seeing my boys talking and bonding with Dai. I left the planning up to Dai and just asked him to show us the best of Tokyo. He divided our days into exploring the East side of Tokyo (Tsukiji fish market, Imerial Palace, Ginza shopping area, Asakusa, Ueno Park) and West side (Tokyo Metro Gov’t building observatory, Meiju Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, Hama Rikyu Gardens, the boat ride over to Odaiba.) We really enjoyed our lunch in Asakusa and appreciated that Dai requested one of the more traditional Japanese tables. We talked about the interesting cafes in Tokyo (dogs, cats, owls, maids, etc. and when he mentioned a hedgehog café, the boys were interested so we made time for a quick stop there as well! We mentioned a specific item we were looking for and helped us try to shop for it. Dai is a master navigator of the Tokyo metro. He led us effortly through many various train stops. We had a very crowded train ride for one stop on our starting mornings but we learned to just shove right in that train with all the other people - all part of the experience! We started at 9AM both days and other than the 9AM quick train ride from our rental apartment to Shibuya and 5PM return trip, most of the trains were not crowded. People move quickly and with a purpose in Tokyo. Dai taught us what side of the escalator to stand on vs. walk on, how to purchase our ticket, etc. Dai was on time both mornings and it was nice that he met us at our apartment to guide us the entire way. I read on some travel sites that you can’t see Tokyo in two days but I don’t agree. Yes, we did a lot of walking and moving around but we all felt we experienced so many areas and neighborhood differences in Tokyo. After our two great days, we wanted to hire Dai for our 3rd or 4th day in Tokyo as well but he was already booked for those dates. I had talked to him about some day trips we were considering and on Day 2, he brought me English language maps and tourist information for those areas and even wrote down the specific train lines, transfers, and costs to get to those places. With Dai’s information and the metro experience we learned from him, we successfully navigated to visit Kamakura on our own. Dai went above and beyond to ensure our family had a good experience. We appreciate having not only a great guide but now a new friend as well! Highly recommend!

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