KON-NICHI-WA (Hello) I’m Mitsuru (Mark) Sakai .
I was born in Hokkaido, the north part of Japan.
I moved to Seattle, USA when I was five and the name MARK was given by my classroom teacher then. It was also when I started to learn English, though it was a kid English, still I may using.
I came back to Japan when I was eleven and I experienced difficulties adjusting to new circumstances.
It was tough one.
Though, It forced me to notice the differences and similarities that lay between the two countries.
Definitely these experiences became my precious back bone to be a tour guide still today.
My favorite subject is Japanese history especially regarding Shinto, Buddhism and samurai-culture.
Also I love great architectures and traditional gardens.
But my most favorite thing to do above all is to make your trip ever enjoyable.
I’d like to make you feel relaxed, safe and secured.
I wish I could see you someday soon..
Mitsuru Mark Sakai.
National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter.
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Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
I cannot day enough good things about our tour with Mitsuru (“Mark”). My wife and I have never visited Japan and relied on Mark to pick our schedule. He did and the tour was phenomenal. He gave us great information both historically and culturally. Also, some people may feel uneasy about what it’s like to spend a day with someone they’ve never met. Rest assured, Mark is great company! He’s friendly and the conversations were fun. He made sure we had interest in everything we were about to see, and also gave us great tips about how to spend the remainder of our trip. We had our tour with Mark on day 1 of our trip, and I highly recommend you do the same- he will give you great tips about other cool things to see.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. And also I'm sorry for my late response to it. I'm so happy to hear again you enjoyed my tour. It was a great ICHIGO ICHIE. Happy Anniverary ! I hope I can see you again .
Mitsuru was a wonderful guide. We are a group of 8 older persons and he was a perfect guide for us His English is perfect, he is knowledgeable and provided us with outs of new information He was flexible to accommodate the needs of everyone in the group. I would highly recommend you use Mitsuri
What a wonderful time I had with you all! I was able to see all of you smiling which encouraged me a lot. Telling the truth, I was a bit worried about your legs that someone might got really tired. But I was completely wrong. It was my great pleasure to have a chance to attend a such a wonderful people. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your journey.
Six of us had Mr Mitsuru guide us in Kamakura. It was a lovely day. We used trains and walked a lot. He managed to please us all with visits to examples of various temples. Each one different and each offering something different. He was also funny and informative. Thank you Mack.
HI Roline. Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. However I regret I should have slow down a bit and provide more time for recess. I hope I can see you again some time in future. Best Regards Mark.
Mark was a great guide very knowledgeable and tailored the 2 day program to our interests. Extremely professional thank you mark
What a great pleasure I had spending 2 days with you! I'm happy to hear you liked my tour. Thank you so much for giving wonderful days and I hope some day we can get together again. Mark
Mitsuru (Mark) took my wife and I to see Nikko. I hired a guide as I knew there would be multiple trains to catch, long distances to travel and walk, and I didn't want to stress over navigating train stations and locations. Mitsuru was perfect for us, personable, happy, informative, and thoughtful. He knew the area very well and kept us well informed on everything we saw, and with cultural traditions and practices. His English was excellent and we had a very fun trip with him. He even led us to a good set of restaurants to choose from when he dropped us off near our hotel. We would definitely hire him again if we return to Tokyo, he was not just a guide, he became a good friend that can be relied upon.
Thank you very much for the such a wonderful review. I have done many ICHIGO-ICHIE before as a guide, but the time I have spent with you is definitely one of the most precious one. I hope someday in near future, we can get together again. ARIGATO. Mark.