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Shinobu

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(14) Reviews
US$ 28 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 14 )
Natalie Natalie Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Trip to otaru and hakodate ”

I would recommend shinodu as a guide. He is very knowledgeable about the sights we visited. He made our trip enjoyable.

Shinobu:

Thank you for your cooperation. I also enjoyed with you. This is the most unforgettable trip in my experience.

Bill Bill United States ( Solo )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Tour Sapporo ”

Very thoughtful, kind, and knowledgeable advocate for Sapporo. Although not a lot to see since rte city is so young he made it interesting.

Shinobu:

Thank you for your kindness. I really enjoyed the wonderful time with you. I'll be careful about the gesture when thinking something. I'll keep learning and striving in my lifetime.

Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Shinobu is a great guide. He is very patience and thorough. We appreciate his kindness. Thanks for a great tour! ”

Excellent service.

Shinobu:

Thank you for your cooperation. I was also enjoyable with you, and happy to congratulate your friend's wedding anniversary.

Linda Linda United States ( Friends )
Good
8 months ago

“ Too many types of transportation were Frustrating ”

Our day with Shinobu was good overall but frustrating at times. We visited the things we had wanted to see, but the frustrating part was using so many different types of transportation that seemed to waste so much time. Also, communication in English was challenging. The day would have been so much better had he rented a jumbo taxi and saved the time and costs of purchasing tickets for short rides. The taxis he hired were double the cost. Very embarrassing trying to get the extra money together on the spot. We had to ask several times for him to give us an overview of what we were doing and seeing. It seemed like he was just there to get us from place to place. Lunch changed 2 times without any conversation with us. Again, paying for lunch was embarrasing as he didn't commu... read more

Shinobu:

You smiled me on the spot, but was that a surface smile? I had to confirm many times as a guide. That's natural. I just want to study English in my lifetime.

Venessa Venessa United Kingdom ( Friends )
Good
1 year ago

“ Work in progress ”

Shinobu helped us to enjoy a day in Hakodate - he was prompt, courteous, responsive and keen to show us as much as he could in 6 hours. He was considerate to our needs and thoughtful. His English is not yet fluent but this will improve in time. He was a good escort and used the local transport systems well - his knowledge of the town of Hakodate was not extensive and perhaps a little more background research would help to enhance the enjoyment of his clients and make him a little less anxious. Shinobu is not from this town and we had to pay quite a large sum (Y8000) for his transportation fees over and above his guide fee which made this quite an expensive day.

edith Edith Philippines ( Family )
Good
1 year ago

“ Hokkaido lavender trip ”

Just OK should explain more details of rhe trip next time

Shinobu:

Thank you for your cooperation. I want to improve more based on your review.

Diana Diana United States ( Friends )
Good
1 year ago

“ Hakodate by Tram ”

Our tour of Hakodate gave us a good feel for the city. We took the trams to/from different parts of the city. Shinobu guided us thru the intricacies but had a problem describing the culture, telling us the history of the city and understanding what we wanted to do. Although he tries very hard, his English needs much improvement before continuing with English tours. We had 2 Australians, 2 Canadians, and 5 Americans on the tour. None of us could understand him when asking a question. On the good side, he was very responsive to my emails, he wanted to show us the best parts of Hakodate, and he went the extra mile to ensure we received a good tour.

Shinobu:

Thank you for visiting Hakodate. I will keep my effort for my English. I'll ask you what you want to know before starting or during the tour.

GUPTE GUPTE India ( Solo )
Poor
1 year ago

“ Sakura viewing ”

Was good as escort but not as guide. No information about city or attraction was given. Did not show initiative to make trip comfortable by small gestures. We went for sight seeing directly from airport. I was carrying 3 bags but did not volunteer to hold the bag while getting into bus or showing tickets. Spoken english could be better if not fluent. Was helpful in rebooking Shinkasen ticket.

Shinobu:

I'll help carrying bags and give informations about city attractions from next. You said to me,"You're so helpful." But I'm shocked.

Hansen Hansen Indonesia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ We are hiring him as companion for pre wedding photoshoot ”

He is so kind and caring, respectful and his english not bad, but the point of all, he knows what i mean and very helpful tour guide. I have such excellent moment with him. Thanks shinobu-san

Shinobu:

Thank you for visiting Hokkaido. He was also energetic and helpful. I'm happy to be with him.

Karen Karen Singapore ( Family with kids )
Good
2 years ago

“ Very Enjoyable Trip in Otaru ”

My family thoroughly enjoyed our trip in Otaru, the glass blowing experience and the sushi-making were well received by my 4 yr old son. Shinobu-san is very helpful and polite. The only comment is that the cost quoted for both the glass blowing and sushi-making were only for 1 person, but this trip was for 3 of us - myself, my husband and my son, so the cost of the trip was 3x than what was quoted for the activities cost estimate.

Shinobu:

I'm sorry for your spending more money than estimated. That was my miscalculation for me. I want to apologize.

Valerie Valerie Singapore ( Family with kids )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ Sapporo tour ”

He is an Accommodative and friendly guide . He can adapt to last min changes of the itinerary. Helped my kids during their skiing lesson and he fulfilled most of our request throughout the journey . Overall we give him a 8/10 . He needs to improve on his command of English otherwise all are good ! Keep up the good work and thanks for the wonderful 5 days journey

Shinobu:

Thank your visiting Sapporo, Rusutsu, and etc. I want to improve my English through doing my job. I got this job about 8months ago, so I want to pile up my experience.

Glenn Glenn United States ( Friends )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ Efficient Guide ”

Shinobu san was able to get us to and from all of our points of interest with great efficiency, so we did not waste any time. He also arranged our requested tours and translated for us so we could understand what was going on..

Shinobu:

I also want to say thank you. You watched not only Japanese shoyu factory but also Japanese election car and sake. You could spend a precious experience in Japan.

Cindy Cindy United States ( Family )
Good
2 years ago

“ Japan..different city every day ”

Shinobu did an excellent job pre-touring where we went. Unfortunately his English is not very good so communication was very difficult. Also, it would have been better if we had known the entire cost earlier rather than a day or two before when additional expenses were added. The restaurant choices were very good and we really enjoyed them. I would have to say Shinobo is more of a guide to get you to each place, but not one to teach you about each place, nor learn anything along the way.

Shinobu:

I did my best, so your evaluation is a little regrettable. I'm sorry for my English. What was not good? Please tell me more specific story. I told the total cost before the tour.

Ronald Ronald United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ Nice local guide ”

We enjoyed our tour with Shinobu. He even helped my wife get her umbrella back after it had been left in a cab. He was vert easy to work with and showed us the sights we wanted to see.

Shinobu:

Thank you for your kindness. I also enjoyed with you. I wanted to be with you during your tour, not in Hakodate. He was so cooperative. Please introduce your friends, or knowing person who want to visit Japan.

Kyoto (I have to stay there in advance, so I will ask you my hotel fee.)
I can't drive a car by Japanese transportation law.
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Cities where I can guide: Hokkaido , Sapporo , Hakodate , Furano / Biei , Otaru , Shiretoko / Abashiri

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

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