On our recent trip to Tokyo, we booked an english speaking tour guide to show us the sights of this beautiful city. We were graced with the presence of much more than just “ an English speaking tour guide!” We met a new lifelong friend in our guide Kahoko Kawada. Upon initially meeting her she told me, my wife, and my college age son and daughter to call her “Auntie.” How is THAT for making you feel at home in a foreign land! Just as extraordinary as her welcome, her knowledge of all the sights as well as the transportation on the train was impeccable. She made navigating Tokyo seem easy and graceful. Kahoko was also sensitive to the fact that we don't normally walk close to 14 miles a day and gave us ample time as WE needed for breaks. Even break times were chosen in places that deserved time for introspection instead of a casual glance. Kahoko tailors her tours to the sights that her guests want to see. She will e mail you ahead of time asking for your input. Between the time we had e mailed her until we met, our list had changed. In an instant, Kahoko proefssionally amended our itinerary to the last detail including the train schedule. Along the way, she was a fantastic listener commiting to memory the last details of information we had shared with her making us feel truly valued as her guests. She is also quite a story teller herself sharing with us her life experiences as well as Japanese lore and culture. This gave us a richer appreciation Japan and more specifically Tokyo. We truly consider ourselves blessed and more enriched for having the guidance of Kahoko Kahada. Our trip to Tokyo simply would not have been the same without her. Anyone who is lucky enough to share a day of touring with her throughout Tokyo will also be blessed by her bright personality, her careful knowledge, and her extreme professionalism. Like ours, your trip to Japan will be the trip of a lifetime!
My husband and I had an exceptional day visiting which I believe was the eastside of Tokyo with Kahoko. I had mentioned to Kahoko when first arranging the tour of places we might be interested in seeing, but never having been to Tokyo and so many places on our list I told her the 1 must place to go, Tsukiji Market, and let her take it from there. We had a very well versed tour of the market, got to tour the bustling secondary wholesale area with all the carts zipping around, the outer markets and had lunch at an absolutely wonderful standup sushi bar near the market. She took us through Asakusa, Ginza, and Akiharabara. Ginza was not high on my list but having Kahoko guide us through the Kabuki theater, which lead to conversation about Takarazuka, the basement food area of Mitsukoshi Department Store, and a stop at a nice cafe area above the central area of Ginza to have a break and to enjoy the view of the busy Ginza streets from floors above, which we would have never found on our own, provided us with a well-rounded view of Ginza other than just expensive shops. Even more than all the places and insights that Kahoko provided was conversations about life in Tokyo which felt like having a friend take us around for a visit.
A++ Kahoko is one of the best tour guides we have encountered. She guided us for one and a half days in Tokyo and one day in Kamakura on either side of a Riviera Travel tour of central Honshu. Her English is excellent and she went out of her way to make sure we had an enjoyable visit. Each morning she met us in our hotel lobby and returned us to the same spot at the end of the day. She taught us how to use the Tokyo subway ticket machines and then how to navigate the subway system. When entering a train she always hurried ahead to find us seats. Without her help we would have wasted at least half of our time getting from place to place. We were able to fit in all of the items on our bucket list not covered by our commercial tour, and then some of her suggestions. We went to some of her favorite local restaurants for our lunches: a 10 seat sushi restaurant at the Tokyo fish market, a small tempura restaurant in the Yanaka district, and a traditional Japanese restaurant in Kamakura. We would have never found these wonderful little restaurants on our own. Kahoko is very knowledgeable about all things Japanese and is a pleasure to be with. She was more like a personal friend than a tour guide. You will not find a better guide in Tokyo than Kahoko. We highly recommend her. Jon and Susan April 11, 12, 23
Wow, she's great. I love here, my family loves her. She is a good guide..she speaks english fluently..thank you ms kahoko for the experience especially the authentic japanese restaurant..
We had a fantastic time with Kahoko. Well paced days,great knowledge of the areas visited and easy to converse with. It was like visiting with an old friend. Highly recommended.
Kahoko san was very nice and professional guide with whom I spent six hours viewing Tokyo. She planned our route well knowing my wishes but also taking into an account the city constraints like traffic and rush hour. We discussed many aspects of Japan during the tour and she shared me interesting things of Japanise way of living and the society overall. I was very satisfied of the tour and can highly recommend Kahoko as a guide to share highlights of the wonderful city of Tokyo and Japan in general.