Makiko was a fantastic guide - incredibly organized, keeping us on schedule, which was important given our tight timeline for a layover tour of Tokyo that was driven by train schedules and returning to the airport in time to make our connecting flight home. I highly recommend Makiko as a guide and would definitely book her again when visiting Japan. She was very responsive before the trip and was waiting for us when we exited customs in Tokyo. She was organized and had a plan for the day that she executed flawlessly, which allowed us to maximize the short time we had. I think using a layover for a quick city tour is a great way to get a small taste of a city, but it can be overwhelming to navigate on your own, and Makiko ensured we saw everything we wanted to see. She also provided a lot of information as we traveled and at each of our destinations about the history of Japan and its customs. The details Makiko shared with us definitely made a significant positive difference in our experience! For those curious what a long layover tour with Makiko looked like - this was our itinerary: Makiko met us at the airport, helped us exchange money, locate lockers for our carry-on bags and purchase train tickets. We were able to visit the Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street and to get a birds-eye view of the area in a nearby building observation deck. We also visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine before having a delicious ramen lunch. After lunch, we went to the Shibuya station to experience this area before catching our train back to the airport. A 10 hour layover was split roughly as follows: - 1 hour from plane landing to clear customs and catch the train - 1 hour travel time to Tokyo - 5 hours within Tokyo - 1 hour back to airport - 2 hours at airport pre-flight to clear security and immigration for connecting flight I definitely suggest more time in Tokyo - there is so much more we wanted to see and do, but we are thankful for our short visit and will definitely be back!
Thank you very much for such a wonderful review with five stars! I am so happy you enjoyed my tour. I really had a lovely time with you and your family. It was so hot but we did many things within a short time. Hope you can come back in different season and spend more time in Japan. Hope to see you soon! My warmest regards to your family. Makiko