We had a memorable time with Lisa. She catered to most of our specifications. She got us to places in a quick and efficient manner. She is very good and patient with children. She is a knowledgeable guide and speaks and understands english well.
Lisa was wonderful guide in Kyoto.She was knowledgeable ,fun to be with, and met our needs 100%. We couldn’t have asked for more. We give her 10 star rating Maydelle and Sam Fason
My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Japan and Lisa was our 3rd guide for the trip. What an amazing woman. Lisa is insightful and knowledgeable, she made our trip in Kyoto the most wonderful experience. We had planned on going to Nara but decided we would rather go to Osaka to see a baseball game and she rearranged our trip in a blink of an eye. I could write a novel on how sweet and attentive she was the entire tour. She made the best trip of our lives even more special. A++++++++++++
To understand the present you must know the past. With her knowledge and experience Lisa helped make the most of our first ever visit to Japan. As a local in Osaka and Kyoto, we felt we were in the best hands possible. Would recommend her services to anyone visiting. Josef Bashe and Family.
She was excellent. Lisa is easy to understand and had a broad and deep knowledge of the historical significance of the many sights we saw together during a full day in Kyoto. We were a group of six adults speaking multiple native languages. Lisa's English is so good we all understood without difficulty. She shepherded us on public transportation during the crowds of cherry blossom season and kept us on schedules in the most pleasant way. At the end of the day, she escorted us all the way back to our hotel even tho we told her we could handle it. Them, we lost one couple. Lisa looked and looked for them with us. (They were fine.) Anyone would be lucky to have Lisa as a guide. We liked her so well, we invited her to visit us in the US.
Lisa met us at Kyoto Station and showed us all the major highlights of Kyoto that we requested. She also found a terrific restaurant that served great food at a great price and dealt with the dietary challenges of one of our group. She is a wonderful ambassador for Japan.
Lisa was an outstanding guide and as a result, Nara was a highlight of our long voyage. Lisa communicated effectively as we planned our itinerary; her recommendations were all top notch including the luncheon experience. From navigating the train system to her historical knowledge of Nara and Japan, Lisa was attentive to every detail to ensure our experience was excellent. I highly recommend Lisa.
Lisa was a great tour guide! Before the tour, Lisa worked with me to plan my tour of Osaka. Since I had already visited many temples and shrines in Japan, Lisa suggested to see the other unique sites in Osaka. She planned everything very well and had great communication. During the tour, Lisa was very informative and knew a lot about each site we were visiting. She was happy to take pictures of me with my phone since I was traveling solo. Lisa has a great personality and is fun to talk with. She carefully listened to me as I told her the many things I like about Japan. If you want a friendly, knowledgeable, and fun tour guide, look no further. I recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a great tour guide in Japan. Thank you Lisa!
We have had guides in many cities over the years. Lisa is the best guide. She is extremely organized. She responds promptly to emails. She has a wonderful personality. She is fantastic with children. Shevis very flexible, I changed our plans several times and she was happy to accommodate us. My children (ages 9-16) enjoyed her and were happy at the end of our first day that they were going to see her the following day. She is extremely knowledgeable on the different sites and customs of Kyoto. I highly recommend Lisa.
Lisa was AMAZING! She created the perfect itinerary for us, was very knowledgeable of Kyoto. She made additional recommendations during our visit with her... food..teas..ooh and ramen. Only wish I had booked additional days with her. Would recommend her to anyone who is looking to visit. We had a blast and would love to explore more of Japan with her. I know for sure that when we do visit Japan. I’m definitely calling Lisa! Mahalo Nui Loa Lisa.
Lisa is an excellent tour guide. Her English is fluent, both in writing and speaking. Her approach was very professional and organised. Before the day, we discussed various options for what to see in Kyoto. We gave her a long list of places we wanted to visit, and she was very pragmatic about how many we'd be able to fit into one day, in particular focusing on seeing the sights rather than spending hours on public transport! In fact, one or two places she said that we wouldn't get much benefit from having a tour guide as there is an English audio guide. On the day, she met up with us at our accommodation, clipboard at the ready! She provided us great insight into the history and culture of the temples, shrines, pagodas, and all that we visited. We could ask her any questions, i... read more
Lisa was a amazing host on our first visit to Kyoto. We arrived late morning on the Shinkansen from Tokyo and Lisa met us at our hotel to start our tour. She was professional and very organized and set expectations about what we were going to see. It was a busy day in Kyoto and Lisa expertly navigated us to several amazing locations and shared the history and cultural significance of each site. She answered all our questions, even the bad ones and gave us tips on things we could do on our own the next day. Lastly, and most importantly, Lisa was a friendly and engaging guide. She was a pleasure to be with and I would strongly recommend her to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Lisa is an outstanding tour guide. Very knowledgeable on the places my wife and I wanted to see. Fluent in English made our communication and translation easy. She showed up prepared and always on time. We quickly became comfortable with her because of her kindness. We highly recommend her to anyone who wants to enjoy their stay in Kyoto or nearby.
Lisa was our guide for our first day in Kyoto. She was prepared, knowledgeable, proactive, fun, and positive! She knew where to go, and how. We quickly had confidence in her leading. More than that, she helped us understand what we were seeing: culture, history, design. We were educated the entire day, but always with fun and adventure; and finished smarter and with more insight to what we had experienced. Lisa rocked Kyoto for us!
Fantastic itineraries organized to suit our travel preferences, speaking English so well our trip was effortless, Lisa is a lovely guide with a great depth of knowledge on the cities and their history, architecture, geography and attractions. Lisa was flexible in our tours and readily addressed our needs and made our experience nothing but enjoyable. Cannot recommend her enough, Lisa is the best!
I had the pleasure to have Lisa as my guide for 3 days at Kyoto. She was very accommodating to my requests and was extremely knowledgeable to the history and architecture style of all the temples in the area. Her English was very good, and can translate both ways so that I can understand everything that was said by the temple guides. I especially appreciated her warmness and caring attitude towards me since I was a little sick, she made my 2nd time at Kyoto even more enjoyable than the first time. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends and family if they travel to Kyoto or Osaka or Hiroshima.
Lisa was an excellent tour guide! She helped us customize a day tour of Kyoto based on our interests/requests and put together a fantastic day. Lisa was not only extremely knowledgeable about the area and various sites that we visited, but was also is extremely kind and patient and answered all of our questions. You could tell she loves what she does. It also didn't hurt that her english is terrific! She helped us navigate the local trains, helped us buy train tickets for our trip to Tokyo and gave us suggestions for the next day where we were exploring on our own. We were extremely happy with Lisa and we would recommend her to anyone. Amy and Channing
Lisa was a great guide, very flexible and accustomed the tour so our two teenagers did not get bored. We saw beautiful temples and shrines, great food market, philosephers path, zen rock garden, shops and Gion! Perfect English, very knowledgeable, and super friendly personality, I would highly recommend Lisa.
Lisa exceeded our high expectations from reading the prior reviews. She showed up a bit early and greeted us with a smiling face in our hotel that is attached to the Kyoto train station. We had a wonderful tour of Kyoto’s main attractions starting with Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion), Arashiyama bamboo forest and ending with the Nijo castle. We not only hit all these highlights with detailed explanations from someone who clearly knew her history but along the way we had a great time learning about each other, having a great lunch and bamboo ice cream, etc. I am recuperating from a sprained ankle and Lisa was very patient and understanding, making sure we took lifts where possible and going over our planned time with no complaints from her. She also provided great recommendations fo... read more
Lisa was absolutly amazing, kind, easygoing, and so good with all the rich information about the coulture and history. We were so lucky to Have her in Kyoto! We wanted to keep her for at least two more days! Took us to an excellent restaurant and gave us so many tips about everything. We are grateful! Thank you Lisa!!!
What an amazing experience. Spent 4 days with Lisa early November visiting many of the major sights in Osaka Kyoto and Nara. Lisa has a wealth of knowlege on Japanese history and culture, she is very organised but also adaptable to late changes to the schedule, as she did in our case. Prior to our holiday Lisa put in an enormous amount of work into providing us with a detailed itinerary and information for each of our 4 days, which meant we did not waste a second. Lisa has a lovely personality, kind,caring, speaks perfect English and is a joy to be with. By the end of our time with her we felt we had become firm friends. Thank you Lisa for a wonderful 4 days and am sure we will will visit Japan again and hopefully meet up with you. Michael & Mary Day
My sister and I had a Kyoto tour with Lisa and she planned an excellent itinerary based on our interests. She took us to great temples and was thoroughly knowledgeable at each place. We also went to Nishiki Market and learned a lot from her about Japanese history, food and culture. We really enjoyed our time with Lisa throughout the day. My sister wasn’t feeling well and Lisa even made time to take us to and help at a pharmacy. She is an wonderful guide and very enjoyable to be around!
With just a few days before our trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, I was exasperated over finalizing an itinerary considering the variety and number of must-see sites in the Kansai region. I knew I couldn’t cover them all with my family and needed help pritoritizing and planning the visits and the train and subway trips and, of course, the walking routes. A friend recommended that I search for and book a guide on-line and my search led me to Triple Lights and eventually to Lisa Watanabe. I booked her for our swing to Kyoto and Nara; one day per city. Lisa is an angel sent from heaven! Before the trip, she painstakingly and patiently coordinated with me in planning the itinerary. Because of the many options, I had to keep changing the itinerary and Lisa graciously accommodated all... read more
Lisa was an absolutely amazing tour guide for us! With limited time in Kyoto, she was able to arrange a schedule that included the main sights of Kyoto, Himeji Castle, and a tour of Nara. My mother's knees can give her trouble and so Lisa was very accommodating with our plans and went at a good pace for us. She really does do her best to develop a tour that is best for her specific customers needs and their interests. Lisa wants you to have a wonderful experience and the help and information she shares really shows that. She is intelligent, fun, informative, and friendly! We loved the time we spent with her and if we were ever fortunate enough to return to Japan, we would book her as a guide again in a heart beat! We really did feel like we now have a new friend because she was so wonderfu... read more
I only had 4 hours in Osaka before I had to catch my flight back to the U.S. and I'm so glad I made contact with Lisa. We developed an itinerary together and even though it drizzled a bit, she was so thorough and detailed, the light rain was not a bother. She helped me with my luggage and helped me buy a train ticket to the airport. Lisa is a wonderful guide. Thank you, Lisa
After visiting Tokyo, Nagoya and Takayama, we met Lisa for two days In Kyoto and Nara. Lisa is an outstanding, knowledgeable and a fun person to be with. Her expertise shines through, and as she previously lived in California, made her a joy to see the sights and sounds of Japan. We worked together on our itinerary prior to arrival, but she also was totally flexible after we met her for last minute changes and additions. We felt like we were locals by the time our trip with her as our guide ended. Lisa has a charming personality with a gift for being an outstanding guide. It was an excellent decision to choose Lisa as our guide, and she certainly has our highest recommendation.
My wife and I traveled in Kyoto and Tokyo with Lisa, she is very knowledgeable, friendly, and organized. She set up all of our transportation, we quickly and efficently moved around Japan, using the Bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo and various trains and metros to move around the city. She was very flexible and allowed us to customize our trip to suit our tastes. Highly recommended. Thanks Lisa!
Lisa is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.
Lisa provided a first class guiding service and really went out of her way to ensure we visited the places we'd requested with ease, and provided a locals insight in fluent Englsh If you're due in Kyoto book Lisa. We had a very very pleasant day.
Hi Lori, David and Justine Thank you so much for your great review! I am very happy to hear that you guys enjoyed the tour. I had a great time too! I especially enjoyed to hear the stories of your trip around the world. Hope I can visit to the blue lagoon in Iceland and of course Washington D.C. in the near future! Have a safe trip home!
We loved having Lisa as our guide. She was friendly, caring and attentive. We had teenage kids so they enjoyed her style also. She communicated quickly to our messages and worked on a few options until the itinerary met our needs. She was also a good walker so we were able to keep a good pace. She even made sure my wife was able to find a vegetarian meal by asking the shop owner to create something a little different. I wouldn't hesitate recommending here to anyone coming to Japan who needs a tour guide. Thank you Lisa.
Hi Richard, Thank you very much for your review! I had a great time with you and your family. I was especially impressed by how you guys loved all the animals and the insects while we walk around the city. After that I became to pay attention more to all the living stuff around me just like you guys did which was a great learning. Also I appreciate for Tiran's kindness that gave me a special gift at the end of the tour which made me very very happy. Please say hi to Helena, Evan and Tiran :)
True to the title we had booked lisa for 7 days and it was a wonderful experience just like her picture she is always smiling and very kind. She was very well versed with the culture and history of the many shrines and gardens and places we visited in kyoto & osaka, nara & hiroshima. she was very kind to try her best to accomdate all our requests and had complete knowledge of the places we visited. At kyoto we found travelling in a taxi was faster and more convinent and she was kind enough to suggest that it would save us a lot more time and she was prompt to make suggestions on which places we can add up on each location and day. she planned our tour very well and depending on the time we took at different places we was kind enough to give a lot of unplanned stops and on more than a ... read more
Hi Dinkar and Sapna, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I have had a great time during your stay in Kyoto and Osaka. I was very happy to see you guys enjoying Japanese culture and foods. Since you two were so flexible for my suggestions, we were able to add many more destinations than we planed before, thank you so much! Also I really appreciate that you shared the Indian culture and what life is like in Doubai. It was very very interesting and make me feel like visiting your country more than before. I am looking forward to your come back and will take you guys to the northern Kyoto such as the Kurama temple and the Kifune shrine next time. Please keep in touch and hope we can see each other soon!
Had an absolutely lovely day with Lisa! An adorable and very communicative person with excellent English skills. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of Japan be it history, culture, cuisine or customs and also interested in your culture and background. So, apart from a great lesson in so many Japanese things and a tour of Kyoto it was equally also a wonderful cultural exchange. I highly recommend Lisa and will of course also book her in the future! Many thanks Lisa! Isabelle
Hi Isabelle, thank you so much for your kind review! Yes I had a great time with you and was so impressed by your deep insight into your culture and home country. I could learn a lot, thank you so much! Also your artistic photo shooting was amazingly beautiful. Please keep in touch and I will wait for your next trip to Kyoto!
Unfortunately our trip got canceled due to the typhoon Jebi and our flight got canceled and couldn't also reach by other means to Kyoto from Osaka.she was all along coordinating with us for our safety and put herself into her safety second by waiting for us in Osaka airport during the typhoon. It is very hard to find a guide who respects her work and has higher standards in terms of her customer service. She is not only our guide now and became our highly respected friend who went the extra mile for us. she has excellent communication skills and speaks very fluent English.
Hi VJ, thank you very much for your kind review! It was unexpected trip to Tokyo instead of Kyoto but I had a wonderful time with you and Suni. I really appreciate you two being so flexible for the change of our tour itinerary that coused by the damage of the typhoon. I was so happy to see you guys enjoying shopping and Japanese food. Please keep in touch and I will wait for your visit to Kyoto in the future!
Lisa was very polite, punctual and overall very friendly. Thank you Lisa for being courteous and entertaining while showing me around despite having time only for a short tour. I enjoyed seeing the temples and gates especially since it was my first time in Japan. Hope to keep in touch. Thanks Lisa!
I dont know where to start with Lisa! She really went out of her way to ease my stress during our trip. My mother forgot her insulin back home and really needed her meds during our trip. Lisa did not give up, phone call after phone call trying to find my mother her meds; after 4hrs she succeeded. Lisa made everything smooth for us, from helping out with directions to Kyoto, to making herself available even when done with our tour. She was extremely patient with my little sister and took us to all the places we requested. I HIGHLY recommend Lisa to all that plan to visit Japan. She's a total SWEETHEART!
Reserved a day tour with Lisa to experience efficiently the places that the locals go to and that we did! So off to the highlights. The day started off visiting Tsutaya in Daikanyama, a bookstore from yesteryear with a cafe and a Starbucks (surprised?) housed in one place but not under one roof. Then to Omotesando to see the architectural buildings from the 1980s to the present, including the highly photographed Tod's and Prada buildings. Would be remissed if mention was not made about a visit to a Roku Moku shop, which served delicate, light and flavorful dessert. In the States we can only buy their packaged goodies so this was a super special treat. Thanks Lisa for making a yummy stop here. A short walking distance from there is the Meiji Shrine. And on this day there were C... read more
I did enough research to learn that it took a bit of time to pair up with an English speaking local around my age since I wanted to do a combination of touristy & local spots that I was interested in + private tour for a single traveler. So glad I found Lisa thru TripleLights! She has a flair of trying to get to know her clients well enough to try to tailor her tour to their liking as much as possible. I booked a full day & half-day (night tour) with Lisa. Worth the cost for both. Enjoyed every bit of it.
Lisa was Awesome!!!! We are a family of 7; including a grandma and 3 children ages 13,11, and 6. She speaks excellent English, extremely kind and thoughtful, and hard working throughout in making sure we are comfortable and flexible with the itinerary. She explained the history and architecture of the different places we went, and taught us much about the Japanese culture. Having Lisa with us enriched our experience and she took care of us with all the ticketing and introduced us to different places to eat and made sure I would be okay with my food allergies. She has a friendly and warm personality so we liked her instantly. She bonded with all is us. Everyone in our group loved having Lisa, and we are sad to have to say goodbye! These are the places we went to: Tokyo Disney Sea, ... read more
Thank you so much for your review. I had great time with you all. Everyday I couldn't wait to see you when I was going to pick you up at hotel. Your family was like one team, getting along well, sharing happy thoughts, always trying to find the best way for each other and taking care of each other so much. Spending time with you made me feel like "Oh. This is like my ideal future family!" I couldn't be happier to be part of your memorial family trip to Japan. Definitely will visit you soon. Please keep in touch:)
This was my first visit to Tokyo. Thanks to Triple lights I found Lisa....She is exceptional in her knowledge about the places. I had booked the half day tour, with very little time I had to see the city, Lisa was great in covering all the places. She is very accommodating, helpful and caring. She helped me with my train tickets, helping me get the right vegetarian food, clicking pictures for me. She even escorted me to train station for catching the airport express. As I was traveling alone I wanted a female guide...Lisa was THE BEST...she will not waste a minute of yours and will guide you to the best places...I highly recommend using her services for future trips as well...Thank you Lisa you were just SUPER AWESOME....hugs to you...
Hi Tina, thank you for writing the great review. I admired your spirits to explore unknown city even though your time was limited. I'm glad that you could have good time here in Tokyo and I could be part of it:) We went to Harajuku, Meiji shrine and Asakusa... Especially chanting part was new to me too. Oh and you liked that Japanese fried curry bread right :) Thank you for the chocolate cake you shared at Nippori station while we were waiting for the train. Please keep in touch and I am looking forward to seeing you again.
Guide Lisa knows much about Japan's history, and that translates into an easy rapport when questions are asked. Although "new" to the business, her friendly nature and fluency in English help 'gaijin' appreciate Japan's many wonders. She'll adjust a tour's pace to fit the needs of elderly clients, even if younger members of the group rush ahead. She can miraculously find where hidden elevators and escalators are within stations, and places to rest (most stores do not provide seats). She'll even hand you a handkerchief when you exit the restroom with wet hands (most stores do not provide paper towels). A good Guide is not just someone who knows a lot about Tokyo; a good Guide is someone who is sure to have her clients facing the right direction. Our family was delighted to ... read more
Hi Henry, thank you very much for letting me conduct these 4 tours. We have been discussed about your tour plans since August exchanging a lot of emails. So I was very happy when I finally saw you in parson. You can not imagine how I was impressed to see that you tried to visit your old friend all the way to Osaka and you made it. I am so glad that I could help you this time. Also thanks to Dan and Nicole, I recognized the market potential for the cat-lovers who are visiting Tokyo! Please keep in touch and be my guide when I visit Hawaii for the first time.
I have worked with a number of different guides in Japan, all of them excellent, but Lisa was the best! Her English is excellent, and she is extremely knowledgable and thoughtful. I couldn't have asked for more. Although she looks quite young, she actually has many years experience guiding professionally and as a volunteer, and it showed in every facet of her work! Couldn't have been better.
Hi Adam! Thank you very much for your beautiful review. I had great time with you visiting a lot of museums and aquarium. Even though it was short time, I had learned a lot from you because you are surprisingly knowledgeable about many things. Especially your attitude towards life and business impressed me a lot. If you have any further questions about Tokyo/Japan feel free to contact me anytime!
I can't say enough praises for Lisa.She goes above and beyond to accomodate you.Before the tour started she helped with our luggage storage and after tour she led us to our rental apartment and made sure everything was in order before leaving. My daughter enjoyed the tour very much.She said it was the best day of our entire vacation. We went to several places and got English manga, reasonable priced cosplay costume & anime merchandises. We also looked through some kawaii stuff. Lisa is very patient and interact in English well with us.She arranged our meal according to our Muslim dietary restrictions and it was also budget friendly.I must say,by the end of the day she feels more of a friend then a guide. I won't hesitate to book her again if ever I needed a guide.
Hi Linda, thank you very much for your great review! I had GREAT time with you all. I was very happy when I saw your daughter was enjoying her shopping. She will be very happy wearing that cosplay costume in an event next month. I wish I could be there to see her! The stories about your culture, especially about Kadazan was very interesting. I hope I can visit you some day. Please keep in touch!!
I will bring my kids to Tokyo and I will book for Lisa again! Overall experience was great! Thank you Liza! Thanks as well to the Japanese people, they are all very kind and helpful.
Thank you very much for booking me this time. I had GREAT time with you all. Please come back again soon and hopefully you will stay more days in Tokyo! Please take care :)
We had such a wonderful time with Lisa. She showed us around our hotel's neighborhood and got us all set up with train passes. What a huge help for the rest of our week! She took us to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and surrounding areas, did a little shopping and she joined us for lunch. She is very knowledgeable, flexible, friendly and fun. Would HIGHLY recommend her to any type of traveler. We miss you Lisa!!
Hi Paula, thank you for your message! I had GREAT time with you and Patrick too! Sorry for the cold rain at the beginning but I liked your idea that you can even enjoy rain because it's rare in Arizona. Hope you guys enjoyed the rest of your trip too. I will be visiting you guys in Arizona. Please take care!
My experience with Lisa as my tour guide was very good. She speaks English well and did a good job of communicating her knowledge of the areas we visited. I especially appreciated her great attitude and willingness to be helpful. The Tokyo train system can be quite confusing. But she explained everything well enough that I could actually go places on the trains by myself. Thanks Lisa!
Dear John/Mack Thank you very much for having me as your guide and sending such a great review. I had a great time with you. I was very happy to know that you arrived at Narita airport with no problems. Yay! Let's try a Shinkansen tour to Hiroshima next time. Hope we can see each other soon. Thanks!