My husband and I spent two days with Tomoko as she showed us around Tokyo. We had never been to Japan and only had two days in the city before moving on to Hakuba for a week of skiing. We are so very pleased that we arranged this time with Tomoko. Right from the first contact she demonstrated how well she would look after us. She tailored our trip to show us the things we had expressed an interest in and constantly checked in with us if we wanted to see or experience anything else along the way. As a former teacher, Tomoko is very good at providing detailed information about what she is showing you and you need to be ready for her pop quizzes as you go along ;-) She has a lovely personality and is very nurturing. She is fluent in English and does not hesitate to help you with your travel arrangements. She even helped us buy our train and bus tickets to Hakuba and made sure we understood where we would get the train. I would highly recommend a tour guide for Tokyo as you will miss so much without a knowledgeable local to guide you around the transport system, find you great food and explain the many cultural traits of the country. The only negative is that Tomoko always draws misfortune when at the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and then so did my husband and I! Thankfully Tomoko showed us how we leave that misfortune behind! Tomoko is a fabulous guide and I highly recommender her to any English-speaking tourists.
Thank you so much Justine for your great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the days in Tokyo and a week of skiing in Hakuba. I wished I could go there, too, with the last train ticket left :) We walked and visited so many places, which made us always hungry. We had a lot of good food, too . The gyoza was superb! Thank you for letting me know your interests, where you stay, and the whole tour plan in Japan. It was helpful when I plan the itinerary. That is one of the fun parts for me, but sometimes I put too many places with the intention of showing as many places as possible. However, as you know, what counts is not the number of places we visit but is how you enjoy them. So, I try to ask my guests how they feel on our way. That’s another fun part of private tours, the fun collaboration! We did work together even to leave the misfortunes we drew at Asakusa, too😊 I enjoyed all your stories about what’s going on in your backyard. I've started planning to go to your country. Thank you for all the fun time shared with you, Justine and Jason! Happy New Year!