|Meeting Point||At your hotel|
|Ending Point||At your hotel|
|Departure||13:00 PM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 6|
Yanesen is the collective word of 3 neighborhoods of Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi, located in Northeast part of Tokyo and very popular among non-Japanese people for its old time atmosphere. I know the ropes to enjoy this area as a long-term resident and will guide you around beautiful shrine, Zen temple, craft shops with 100 years of tradition, small art galleries, mom & pop shops, popular izakaya, etc... in small alleys. You can have the interaction with the local people as well.
We hired Junko for 4 days in Tokyo including Hokane and Kamakura. This was an exceptional experience for us. Her English and communication skills are very very good. She adjusted the tours to match our interests and ability. We really appreciated her flexibility. In Kamkura she immediately changed her plans to satisfy my last minute suggestion to bike to the sites instead of taking buses. Although she had never done that before, I think she was even amazed at how much fun it made the experience. She worked in our love of art by taking us to see a Kusama exhibit and the open air museum in Hokane
It will take a few pages of essay to express our amazing experience with Junko as our guide. In short, Junko is spontaneous, dedicated, and very detailed in all aspects of her work. She has exceeded our expectations in so many ways from planning the itineraries to providing additional information of places, restaurants, and accommodation. With her proficiency as a food & wine writer, you are in for a treat to local food delights! Nothing beats a very satisfied taste bud while enjoying a very well planned out tour. While it is very challenging to translate many terms in the sake brewing process, she had done a phenomenal job in helping us understand each and every detail of the transpired process & technique by the brewery owners. Through her valuable contacts, we were able to visit very exclusive breweries from the very traditional style brewery to the modern brewery using modern science. The experience of sitting through privileged meetings with owners & presidents of the renowned breweries is truly priceless! Special mention to Hashimoto-San, whom has kindly offered his valuable time to drive us around during this tour and connected us to those exclusive breweries! His fatherly love figure to take care of our needs along the way and going the extra mile to surprised us with a particular bottle of sake we were searching for is truly heartwarming! Arigatou gozaimashita ! All in all, this is truly one of a kind customised tour that you really cannot put a price tag on it! Yet, Junko has made it very affordable for us. We only live once to enjoy life's experiences, and this is one of those we will speak of very often. Thank you so much Junko!
Junko is knowledgeable on all things Tokyo! My husband and I are ending a long trip across Asia with a stop in Tokyo before heading home. We knew we would not have the energy to navigate the complicated transit system, much less research each landmark. We are SO glad we were paired with Junko. She knows something about every aspect of Tokyo - history, culture, religion, economy and so much more. She answered all of our questions and provided context and detail with ease. We visited the Meiji Shrine near Shibuya, toured the Yanesen district (which is her neighborhood and it's clear she's very passionate about it), experienced the most delicious lunch and went to Ginza to see the department store depachika. Junko even catered to our caffeine and snack needs and helped me pick out stationery at the famed Itoya store. Her energy was contagious! Thank you, Junko, for a memorable day that we won't forget!
Nakahama-san was a very patient guide and took time to explain a lot at each of the many places we stopped by while walking through Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi. The whole area was very interesting as it was a mix of residences and many little shops at every street. There was the traditional Daikokuya rice cracker shop, a family run sake store, and we even ate some freshly prepared Konnyaku jelly. There were many other places within the area that Nakahama-san showed us. We still have a copy of the hand-drawn map she gave us and may return to explore more of Ya-Ne-Sen another time.
I have been worked as a writer specializing in food & wine and long-term resident of Yanesen, very popular for its old-time atmosphere. Please join the unique tour of combination with "Kitchen of Toky...