Because of Tomoko our first memories of Tokyo are fond ones shared with a new friend, and for that we cannot recommend choosing her as your personal Tokyo tour guide enough! Tomoko is as knowledgeable about her home country, as she is friendly and generous (which is A LOT). She is extremely responsive and will make the time shared with her very special. Our group consisted of four Aussie friends visiting Japan for the first time and when Tomoko asked how we wanted to spend our day, we asked to focus on trying lots of different Japanese food and visiting the 'must-see' attractions of the city. Instantly, Tomoko sent through an itinerary that matched our request perfectly and we were on our way to see the Meiji-Jingu shrine, Tsujiki Market and Senso-ji! From the very start of our tour she was making sure we were comfortable with Tokyo Transport 101: moving throughout Shinjuku Station (which we learnt is the busiest transport hubs in the world!!), buying our own Suica cards and navigating train platforms. At both shrines, Tomoko recounted their historical details and their modern-day roles, and taught us how to properly pay our respects at a torii, temizuya and also thanking Buddha! To top off our day, Tomoko invited us to see her local area of Ueno, where we enjoyed gyoza and drinks together before saying a bittersweet sayonara on the train. Arigato-gozaimasu Tomoko! We already miss you (and those delicious gyozas!). We look forward to seeing you back in Tokyo or when you come to visit Australia soon! Warm Regards Belinda, Will, Lucy and Jordan xxx
Hi Belinda, Will, Lucy and Jordan! Thank you for your great review. I really enjoyed the time shared with you all. I was so impressed by your interest and curiosity in our culture. Also, so quick to absorb anything and learn how to ride trains and transfer around in busy Tokyo although you did not know there were any train and subway in Tokyo and walked as far as 25km the previous day! Hahaha. What I enjoyed most with you is to see how much and how happily you eat here and there 😊 I’m proud of your appetite! I’m relieved to hear you safely enjoyed skiing/snowboarding in Niseko. Tanoshikatta-desune, Oishikatta-desune :) See you soon!