“ AWESOME!!! ”
We needed someone to help familiarize us with the confusing and overwhelming rail system in Tokyo. On our first full day in Japan we decided to acquire a tour guide to help us navigate the huge and busy city. Riko promptly met us in our hotel lobby and reviewed our agenda for the day. She was very open to our requests and gave great suggestions or alternatives. She always ensured we were accounted for and adjusted her pace to our pace. She is very knowledgeable about the architecture, history and traditional/modern customs. Through Riko we have gained a greater sense of respect for the culture and place.
All accolades aside, on this tour be prepared for A LOT of walking. Break in your new shoes and make sure it's comfortable. If you are travelling during Japan's summer months please beware... it's HOT and HUMID! If you are not accustomed to being out and about in near 90 degree temperatures with 70-80% humidity, consider taking a driven bus tour. Whichever tour you decide on, when in Tokyo during the summer, remember to stay hydrated.
With those points given, I can honestly say that nothing beats walking around a different city and allowing yourself to absorb the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. A truly AMAZING experience!
Thank you Riko, you're the best!!!
Thank you so much for sending your review to the website! Yes, Japan’s summer is hot and humid. It’s quite hard to walk outdoors for a long time even for the locals in this season. Our tour day was a typical summer day, so you must have been so tired after the tour. I appreciate your patience and also your great suggestion for those planning Japan trip in summer. As you suggested, I personally wouldn’t recommend walking tours in summer here for those who are not used to walking on a daily basis. Your actual voice will help them to consider more suitable travel plan.
But as you mentioned there is a certainly benefit of walking tours. I hope you experienced something that cannot do on a bus tour.
Although the tour day may not have been a perfect day for a walking tour, it was nice meeting you and your family this time. I hope to see you all again in more comfortable season! Thank you again, Chelsea!!