After our friend recommended Triple Lights my Family and I went through their list of guides and decided to hire the services of Shin san. At first it was only for Tokyo and Kyoto/ Nara so that we can get the services of our friend’s guide since he lives in Osaka. From the very first time that we communicated with Shin san, he was so enthusiastic and eager to assist us. One of our inquiries was for the birthday of the emperor. I really wanted to be there and attend that event where Emperor Akihito will give a message and wave to the people who are inside the Imperial Palace. Shin San checked for us the process for that and even accompanied us going there. And for me it was the highlight of our Japan trip. I thought my husband and our kids will get bored and tired since there was walking and waiting and standing for hours. But to my surprise. They were so happy to have experienced something like that. Shin san made our trip to Japan convenient and stress free even on days he was not with us. He made sure we know where we were supposed to be going and how to get there.... which train to take, even the time schedule of the trains going to a certain destinasyon like Universal Studios and platform number. We were really pampered —he gave our kids (ages 22 and 18) candies to taste and us some Japanese cakes. It was well beyond what he is supposed to be doing. It was like our kids had a Japanese grandpa. He took care of coordinating with the hotel staff for the taxis which will bring us to the Tokyo station when we went to see the emperor. He was a big help when we are looking for a restaurant since he speaks Japanese and English. What is Special is that he also speaks Tagalog! It was fun to discuss with him things about the Philippines because he has lived in the Philippines for several years. We learned things about Japan that we would not have known if we did not get a guide. More than anything —-our Japan trip would not have been as fun and enjoyable and stress free and convenient ad it was if it was not for Shin san. By the way, I need to emphasize that he was always on time if not early but he did not make us feel we needed to rush or hurry up. We had a wonderful time in Nara deer Park strolling and feeding the deer. Shin San was so nice and energetic. He was not counting the time. He wanted us to enjoy the trip. For all of those and more: “maraming maraming salamat Shin San!!! We will wait for you next year in Manila. With much Love, RioPamPatRap
Dear Pam san. At first I’d like to say many thanks to hire me as a tour guide in Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto and Osaka in a series of travel. I am so happy your family could have a lot of nice memories place by place and with every activities. I would like to show my heartfelt gratitude to your wonderful review. Such a nice messages surely encourage and enable me to make more efforts to further help and assist many foreign tourist. Honestly speaking, I was really admired when I got to know you would like to attend the Japanese Emperor’s Birthday Celebration on 23rd December. Even a Japanese people not all do that. Your mind is just a mutual understanding stance. I am so delighted to that. Even though we waited for a long time in cold windy garden, I am sure you could feel something special about long and deep Japanese culture and history. The incumbent Emperor, Akihito age 84, will abdicate in April 2019. I think, as you state, the day 23rd is one of the HILIGHT of our Japan trip. Of course there are another many HIGHLITE such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki lunch time in Dotombori and feeding-deer hours in Nara Park etc. Looking back to our destination, in Tokyo, Asakusa Sensoji temple, Tsukiji fish market, The Imperial palace. In Nara, Deer Park, Todaiji Temple, The Great Buddha Statue. In Kyoto, Fushimi-inari shrine, Arashiyama bamboo grove. In Osaka, Osaka Castle, Dotombori gourmet town, and Shinsaibashi shopping street. Please confirm again these names if you need. Now saying I am a little bit worried about if you would get tired amid long-walking and busy train-riding. I would really appreciate tolerable cooperation and gentle thoughtfulness to me during whole tours. As people know, Japan has four clear-cut seasons, Cherry blossom in April, fireworks and outdoor entertainment in Summer, colorful leaves in Autumn, and delicious warm dishes and hot spring in Winter. So please enjoy Japan’s another faces and colors next time. I truly wish happiness and everything will go well with all your family. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Maraming salamat Maria san, Rio san, Patricia san and Rafael san. SHIN.