One of the best travel decisions we made was hiring Riko to introduce us to Tokyo. She met us in our hotel lobby the morning after we arrived, and within moments, she was effortlessly whisking us into and through some of the densest parts of the city. A great deal of time can be lost just trying to figure out which metro line to take, where to transfer, which sites are worth your time and energy, and how to navigate your way through the city, but a guide like Riko helped us make the most efficient use of our time in balancing city and nature. We started off at the glorious outdoor Tsujiki fish market, where we visited a variety of stalls featuring an unbelievably gorgeous assortment of seafood, vegetables, street food and pickled items that are unique to Japan. A visit to the nature-filled wonder of the Meiji Shrine offered a peaceful respite from the energy of the city. Then, we re-emerged with a venture down Takeshita Street where the most fashionable teenagers were sampling visually stunning treats. But our tour was so much more than visiting sites; it was a day peppered with small informal lessons in everyday etiquette, Japanese history & geography, an introduction to some of the belief systems of Shinto and Buddhism, as well as an appreciation for the seasons for when specific trees and flowers bloom. Our day with the ever-elegant Riko was by far one of the best tours we have ever taken.
Dear Dominique, Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a lovely review for me! I’m glad that you remember well about details of our tour and appreciate even small things during the tour. I also enjoyed touring you and your family very much. Your children are very polite and smart, your wife is fun to talk with ( I could chat with her all day long), and you are so kind and thoughtful person. Although it was only one day, it was nice meeting you all. If you have a chance to come back to Japan, I would love to show you other aspects of Tokyo and Japan. There are more and more attractions here that I want to share with you. I hope to have such an opportunity in the near future. Say hi to your wife and children from me!! Thank you again, Dominique! Riko