We stayed in Tokyo for an additional three days after our 15 days Asia cruise and booked two days of tours with Akira. The first day was 5 hours and second 7 hours of seeing the top sights. We had an enjoyable time and were able to see the sights, but believe with a little homework probably could have just as easily have done this on our own. Akira, was very prompt at meeting us at our hotel each day and in fact was early each day. Realize that most of the sights are quite a distant apart which required us to take the train everywhere for short visits then back not the train so anticipate spending a lot more money on train fares plus the guide. I think we had a bit of a miss-step on day 2 of our tour when we toured the inner market of the Tsukiji fish market. After viewing literally thousands upon thousands of pounds of tuna and other seafood I asked out guide a few questions about Japanese culture and over-fishing of the seas and he seemed to get a bit offended at this and quickly snapped back. The conversation seemed to get a bit confrontational and I just ended it. While the rest of the trip went well we did not seem to get much history or culture as we had hoped on our tour and came away with the conclusion that short of trying to navigate the subway system the sights can be just as easily visited on your own and you can get just as much out of the visits without a guide. The value of the guide was mostly the navigation part.
Keith, Thank you very much for the review. I will take your remarks into consideration to provide better service. Thank you again, for giving me a chance to take a fresh look on what I have done. Sincerely yours, Akira Nakashima