We spent four hours with Mayumi walking through the Tsukiji outer fish market and around the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa. With three teenagers I often find it hard to keep their interest in cultural sights but all three said how much they enjoyed Mayumi’s commentary (a rare thing for them to say about a guide!). She was interesting and tailored her comments to what she thought the kids would be interested in. She didn’t bore them with too many historical facts. She took us to eat the best sushi in the fish market and showed us other famous food places such as Funawa which had the best soft serve green tea ice cream. Mayumi is highly knowledgable but more importantly has a fun personality and I would highly recommend having her as your Tokyo guide.
Thank you so much for your comment, Karen. I'm happy to hear your words. Although we spent only 4 hours, we had a pleasant time. I really appreciate your kindness. I'm sure you are enjoying your stay in Japan. How was the arcade in Akihabara? Did your kids see how Japanese so-called Otaku boys playing games amazingly well? Or your kids might be better gamers than them? And, speaking of ramen, Tenkaippin is one of a nationwide chain of pork-broth ramen, whose head shop is in Kyoto. It's so famous that many ramen fans go there when they are in Kyoto. But my recommendation is Daiichi-asahi near Kyoto Station. If you go there, you should do it early in the morning because there would be a long line in front of the shop from about noon to late afternoon. Please tell this info to your kids. I hope you all enjoy every single moment in Japan. Lastly, I wish you'll come back to me with your husband in the near future. Thank you again.