Kaori

Licensed Guide
(24) Reviews
$ 33 Hourly rate
Dian Dian United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ It felt like coming home to an old friend ”

Kaori is not only a tour guide, she is a tour guide with a golden heart and very warm personality. She was open, very friendly, welcoming, approachable and mothering. It felt as if we went around with a family member that we never met before. She is very knowledgeable about everything in Tokyo. From the old history of Tokyo to the more modern story of Tokyo that includes the ever evolving Kawaii culture of teenagers in Harajuku. For our time with her, we asked her to take us to Harajuku and Shibuya neighborhoods. We did that tour mainly to satisfy the curiosity of our kids. This was our very first time in Japan and our kids were so in love with everything Kawaii. She showed us the hip places that appealed to our kids. She also explained to us a more broad information about culture and ways of living in Japan. For example, upon exploring Harajuku, there were many students in their uniforms in groups also exploring around. Kaori saw that as a way to explain about the schooling and educational aspect of Japanese culture. We spent four hours with Kaori. From the planning stage (which took place many weeks before our arrival in Japan) to the end of our tour, she was ALWAYS extremely helpful. She was willing to go the extra distance, sometimes so much more extra, to make sure we know our way around the city and also to make sure we have a pleasant visit in her home country. For example, even though our time with her has expired, she still went with us in the train that will take us to our next excursion, in order to company us and making sure we know where to get off. And then after getting off the train, she walked with us to the local bus station to make sure we know which bus to take. Bless her heart! All in all, we have nothing else to say except that we have been served extremely well by Kaori. You are in very good hands if you hire her as your tour guide. She speaks English very well and she cooked us Okonomiyaki and Monjayaki too for our lunch. That was like a cherry on top of a very delicious dessert already. From the bottom of our hearts, domo arigato-gozaimasu Kaori-san *bowing deep*.

Kaori:

Thank you for giving me the excellent comment on me, Dian-san. First of all, I truly appreciate your kindness, taking much time in writing this kindest comment for me. From my bottom of heart. I felt exactly same way. I felt as if I was enjoying time with my nephews and nieces while I was with your family even though we’ve just met on this morning. I’m happy you and kids found many Kawaii in the area and smiled every time you saw Kawaii food and items. We really need bigger space for food in our body to complete street food in Harajuku. Impressed by what a wonderful papa he is! I wish we could have time for animal cafes, which you said you would try during your trip. As I came to know you got excited and a bit nervous at the same time on your preparation for your first time trip to Japan, I wanted to help you to get around Japan without any concerns. So I’m happy to know you were OK to get around after my tour. On the tour day, I also knew all of you were really looking forward to Ghibli Museum, but seemed to have some concerns about how to get there. I wanted you to enjoy your favorite Totoro the fullest. So I wanted to see you off until you got on the right bus for museum to see your similes. Glad you enjoyed Okonomiyaki and Monjayaki with me. That was a memorable lunch! I’m looking forward to seeing you and your beautiful family again some day. Hugs and Kisses, Kaori

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