“ A truly personal tour ”
I contacted several potential guides explaining that I was already on an escorted tour and that I wanted to spend my free day seeing things that were not included within my guided tour. All but Yasuna just emailed back with their "standard" "personal" tour and made no attempt to accommodate my specific requirements. Yasuna, on the other hand, immediately understood, and asked me for a list of the sort of thing I wanted to see. I gave her a very long list and she used her local knowledge to reduce the list to a "doable" schedule that was as long as possible. On the day, we both arrived early, so got started about 15 minutes before the scheduled time, and Yasuna promptly had us on the train to the first location. Getting going so early meant the first two locations were very quiet and we got around them quickly. We made excellent time due to Yasuna's knowledge of the public transport system, no time was wasted waiting around. We ended up being able to add in two sites that had originally been removed, and although we ended up having lunch in a completely different place to that originally planned by Yasuna, I just told her what I did and didn't like, and she found somewhere lovely and good value to eat that I would never have gone into had I not been with her. We had a lot of laughs during the day, saw some great locations that are not necessarily on the standard tourist trail (I was specifically interested in gardens) so I experienced the most amazingly peaceful places even though just outside them there was chaos, and Yasuna was terrific company throughout. She even helped me to find a suitable gift for my young niece. Yasuna went above and beyond, both before and during the day, and this was by far the highlight of my trip to Japan. It is expensive, when you are travelling alone, but there is no way that I could have seen as much as I did without her local knowledge, and she also brought each location to life with her general knowledge of the temples and their history. Her English was far better than several of the other guides I dealt with during my trip so she is not only knowledgeable, but she can make sure that you understand everything really well too. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending that you spend a day with Yasuna, you will have a great time!! Thank you Yasuna and I hope this year’s guiding is still going well for you.