I could not have been happier with Nobuko(Nobu) and the tour of Tokyo that I received. I contacted Nobu a few weeks in advance, and she customized a tour for me that highlighted some of the things that Tokyo is known for. In addition, she added in a few stops that were a bit off-the-path that made for some fun experiences along the way (I run a blog, and she peppered in some great chances for pictures and unique stories!). I was curious about how the Triplelight tours would work having the tour booked, but then being responsible for transportation and meals, but I should not have worried. Nobu put my mind at ease about this all throughout the day. Honestly, I felt like I was out on a tour of Tokyo with a friend who was showing me around a city that they love and live in. We talked about the sights we saw, and Nobu was very knowledgeable, but we also talked about life and living. During lunch and along the metro lines, we talked about family, life in the US and in Tokyo, travels we had both taken around the globe to different places, and many fun and interesting things to do with the rest of my time in Japan. One of the things I would really like to thank Nobu for is knowledge of the Tokyo metro systems. While there are many places in Tokyo where English is not present, I have a great deal more confidence in the metro systems now that I have ridden them and learned they do have signage in English. I watched as we bought tickets and validated them, and switched from train to train. Nobu provided a map and explained the trains and stations along the way as we headed around the city. Today, after a day with her as a guide, I feel like I could do pretty well on my own in the metro system, and this is quite an advantage for a visitor. Thank you for this knowledge! We ended the day yesterday after a great day of sightseeing with good food and drinks along the way that Nobu had suggested. I had learned a bit about my guide's family, her life, and all about Tokyo and the great sights we had seen. I have some fantastic pictures, and good stories to tell. I really would say this felt like a day out with someone I knew personally, showing me the more-intimate parts of Tokyo alongside the sites for tourists. It was an unforgettable way to spend a day in Tokyo!
Dear Bradley, Thank you for a wonderful review! I am really happy to know you enjoyed the tour very much. I was impressed and inspired with your curiousity yesterday. So I also enjoyed hearing about your actual experiences in a lot of countries. I am sorry that I could not show you many interesting places because of the time limit. I hope you will visit Tokyo again. Then I am looking for new places which is interesting and not off the beaten-track in Tokyo! Nobuko