Kids were thrilled with Mayumi's bubbly warm personality and we had a fun filled day and 8 hours passed too fast! Highly recommend this knowledgeable and energetic quide. We also appreciated her flexibility as well as very practical approach to route planning.
On our second day in Tokyo, we enjoyed a fantastic full day tour with Mayumi. Her professional but warm and bubbly personality immediately put us at ease. Her English and knowledge of various cultures/religions is excellent. She is a high energy person with lots of enthusiasm. Even though she has visited the sights hundreds of times, she seemed to really enjoy each place she took us. We had a few email exchanges before we arrived in Tokyo so she could plan our tour for what we wanted to see most. Much of it was left to her discretion since she is the expert. We either walked or took the subway. She walked at our pace- a middle speed- and reminded us to drink water. It was well-planned for the most efficient use of time. We saw all of the major hightlights including Asakusa, the fish market, a lovely boat ride on the Sumida River to Odaiba and the Hamaryiku Gardens. When we accidentally happened upon both a Buddhist and a Shinto wedding, Mayumi was able to explain it all to us. She also taught us a few words and phrases. We had a great lunch at a popular local tempura cafe. What a perfect day! Thank you, Mayumi! We hope if you ever come to the US, you will let us know so we can see you. If we come back to Japan, we will be sure to find you again. Cheers!
Mayumi was easy to communicate with. She was waiting for us promptly in the hotel and took us through Asakusa, Harajuku, Akihabara, and Meiji shrine, with lunch in a Monster Cafe and a short walk along Sumida river. In the end of the day we ended up in Shinjuku next to Robot restaurant, per our request. Mayumi was very easy to talk to and was very open and attentive to our requests (e.g. our son wanted to catch Pokemon in a few places). Towards end of the day we realized we needed to buy medicine from a drugstore, and Mayumi took extra time and care to find a pharmacy and to help us communicate with the pharmacist. She also texted the next day to make sure we were OK. In general, I found it to be a very positive experience! We used trains to get around; it was our first day in Tokyo, so following Mayumi helped me to get oriented and get more comfortable using trains on subsequent days. Mayumi, thank you very much!!! Sincerely, Mark & family.
Mayumi was awesome. She was knowledgeable, fluent and flexible, short review since we r still traveling. spent 4 days with her. Highly recommended. Great personality and so friendly. Can't go wrong. She tailored the trip and modified it's we needed
Our flight was a day late and we were dying of jetlag, forcing us to cut our tour with Mayumi short, which was a huge bummer because it was our best tour in Japan by far! Mayumi made it very easy to communicate beforehand, and accommodated a lot of last minute changes. She helped us make some phone calls and figure out where to take a nap when our jet lag got the best of us. She seemed to know literally everything about everything, and was more of a very wise buddy than a walking encyclopedia. We had actual fun on our tour and learned a ton not only about what we were there to see, but everything else we had questions about. She checked in on us after our tour to ask if we needed anything also! Mayumi was cool and laid back and fun and we wished she had been our guide for the rest of our trip!
Mayumi did an outstanding job showing the Tokyo sights to my family. Prior to arriving in Japan she recommended many options for places to visit and experience. We worked together to select a day full of activities and experiences, from cultural to cuisine. She arrived to meet us a few minutes early, of course polite, smiling, and with fantastic English speaking skill. We reviewed the plans for the day and set out to tour Tokyo. Along the way Mayumi shared her knowledge of Japanese history and culture, explaining the historical significance of the various monuments, shrines, and temples. Always pleasant, she took a number of photographs of our family as we toured. We enjoyed a meal together where she introduced us to Japanese customs associated with eating a meal. We walked many miles and as the day concluded, Mayumi made sure we were returned safely to our hotel. The following day she emailed us copies of the photos she had taken with her camera along with well wishes. My family and I enjoyed her company and were well informed and entertained during our time together.