My son (16) and I spent our first 3 days in Tokyo with Dai as our guide, and I don't think we could possibly have done any better. He is very knowledgeable and experienced (he is an avid traveler himself, which helps a lot!). But in addition to those qualities, he is also helpful, efficient, thoughtful, and kind. He helped us navigate the mass transit system in Tokyo and made it seems so easy that it never even occurred to us that it might actually be difficult to most newcomers. He always had everything well-planned out, but never made us feel like we were pressed for time or "on the clock." If we wanted to spend a little more time in a certain place, he always made us feel like we had all the time in the world (even though I'm sure we didn't...). The days were packed and well-planned out, but we never felt pressured for time. Dai ultimately took us to multiple Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines, some traditional gardens, the Imperial Palace, the Tsukiji Fish Market, Shibuya Crossing, up >1,000 on the Tokyo Skytree for an amazing view, to a museum (our request), and multiple shopping districts. We are gamers and anime fans, and so he spent lots of time taking us to places in Akihabara, Sunshine City, etc., where we could really get our geek on! He took us to some of the themed cafes as well (hedgehog café, maid café, etc.). We ate amazing food at all the places that Dai took us to. Overall, I'm not sure that by ourselves we could have packed all of that into 6 days, much less 3! And it was such a good time! But perhaps more important than all of that, Dai is a kind and attentive person. No detail seems to escape his notice. I noticed that several of the other reviews talked about Dai walking really fast. We didn't notice this (granted, we live in Western Colorado, and hiking is in the blood...). Certainly, Dai was capable of going fast, but he was so careful to match our pace rather than the other way around. If we were game to speed up, he would speed up to match us. If we wanted to slow down and catch our breath, or perhaps spend a little more time shopping or sightseeing in an area, Dai would immediately sense this (without us even having to say anything) and would give us time. Again, he is a very considerate person. Another thing I would like to say about Dai is that his linguistic skills are excellent! He of course speaks spectacular English, but to my delight, he was also a patient teacher of Japanese. I had been trying to pick up some Japanese for the past few weeks, and though my skill level was still quite poor, Dai would carefully correct or encourage me, as the situation dictated. I also speak some Spanish, and my son speaks German. What a great surprise when Dai would talk to us in those languages as well! (not that these are languages of fluency for him, but it just goes to show you how well-rounded, well-traveled, and educated he is!). Finally, let me speak to Dai's flexibility. Based on our likes and preferences, Dai had carefully set up a 3 day agenda. However, at the end of day 2, my son was realizing that maybe he had requested too much time shopping and not enough time seeing cultural sites. I spoke to Dai to see if there was any way that we could re-configure the schedule of the 3rd day. I was worried it might be too hard, given that it was so last-minute, and given that Dai had planned very carefully. I told him not to worry about it if it was going to be too much work or too difficult. But not only did he make some big changes for us on the spur of the moment, but he did it amazingly well, and with a great attitude. Anyway, I could go on and on, but suffice to say, Dai is great!!! We highly recommend him!!! You can't do any better!!! The Bynums
Thank you so so much for giving me such a thoughtful review, Gaither. It was absolutely my great pleasure to show you around Tokyo. That was an AMAZING 3-Day Tour. I was so happy I could share the time with you and your wonderful and smart son, Gaither. I really really enjoyed talking about World Traveling, Beautiful your Homeland and some languages, especially Spanish with you. I learned so many things from you. And one of the most amazing moment was luch time of our second day. You and your son bravely tried NATTO for the very first time !!! I was so glad you tried Natto which is traditional Japanese food. I'm also trying new, strange or unique things when I'm traveling overseas. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your precious time with me. I hope you will have a Fantastic time in Tokyo 3 more days. Please give my best regards to your family. Keep on Traveling !!! Thanks a million !!!