KASHIMA

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(28) Reviews
$ 31 Hourly rate
Stephen Stephen Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Sumo, Temples, Shrines and Geiko in Tokyo ”

Our family of 6 had an excellent and enriching tour with Kashima-san. One of the main reasons we wanted a guide in Tokyo was to help with arranging a tour of a sumo stable in Tokyo, many of which are weary of visitors. Despite this, Kashima-san managed to book a tour of the Hakkaku sumo stable. Ahead of the visit, Kashima-san sent us a summary of sumo wrestling and what we might expect to see in the training. And during the training, he explained the complex rituals and ranking of the sumo wrestlers. This made the sumo training a very interesting experience. After the tour of the stables, Kashima-san took us to the sumo museum which was also vey interesting and gave us some historical context to sumo. Overall, by the end of sumo tour we had a much deeper understanding and appreciation of sumo wrestling. We then went to Asakusa where Kashima-san took us through the Thunder gate, Nakamise market street, Senjoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. We learned a lot of the rich history of these places, including the differences between the Buddhist Temple and Shinto Shrine. Finally Kashima-san took us to Kannorura Street where one may see Geisha walking about at dusk. It would have been very hard to find without a guide like him. Kashima-san was also vey professional in the conduct of the tour. He was very punctual, and always had the journey on the metro subway or walking route well planned out. He was also amenable and flexible to detours if we found something of interest along the way (like shopping!)

KASHIMA:

Steve san, Thank you very much for your detail grateful review for me. I am very much impressed that you, your wife and your four children all enjoyed and excited to see Japanese tradition and ritual Marshal art sport of Sumo. We could watch actual severe Sumo training for around 2 hours and a half by all sumo wrestlers in Hakkaku stable. I think all of you understood how sumo wrestlers are strong, tough with patient and courteous. Also, there are extremely bendy. I think that you all will improve the way of watching sumo by this experience. Also, I am pleased that you all are so interested in Japanese culture, history and religion of Shinto and Buddhism. I could exchange interesting conversation with you. I am looking forward to supporting you for your next trip in Japan. Thanks, Kashima