Excellent, knowledgeable, professional and experienced lady
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It is encouraging for me. Even though it’s a short time, I am glad you enjoyed traditional atmosphere of the temple’s town. Please visit again and let me guide you again. Warmest regards,
Mari was an amazing guide!! We had the best time touring Tokyo with her. She taught us so many things. We got to visit Temples and Shrines and we loved touring the market with her. Mari made everything a fun adventure. She taught us how to use the subway, showed us how to make Wasabi, and even made sure we arrived at the Meiji Shrine in time to see a beautiful wedding. We had a proper Japanese lunch, seated on the floor with our shoes off. Those are just a few fun things we did. She spent two days with us teaching us many things about the Japanese culture and history--she is very knowledgeable about Japanese history, art and culture. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide. We are so thankful for Mari!!!
Thank you very much for taking your time to write an excellent review. I’m really glad to receive such a compliment review. It encourage me a lot as a tour guide. I still remember our joyful time we spent together for two days. Jenna is so beautiful and smart. I am sure she will have a bright future. Thank you again.
Everything about our experience with Mari was perfect. She was quick to respond to all my questions and needs prior to our trip. She sent a wonderful message on our arrival to a Tokyo. The day of the trip, she met us with a small handout about the history/meaning of sushi making and the tea ceremony. Both classes were perfect for our group. Fun, informative and delicious! The locations she picked for both classes were great. The people at each made us feel so welcome. She helped make one of our family member’s experience (elderly) much simpler as well. Best, was how personal she was with us as we walked through Tokyo. She chatted and gave us information about the train system and other recommendations to enjoy our stay in Japan. Highly recommend this half day trip!!
Thank you very much for your excellent review. It encouraged me as a tour guide. It was my great pleasure to guide your family. All members of your family are so nice and smart. I am glad that you carefully listened to my explanation. You are a very thoughtful person. That’s why you liked the tea ceremony which culture has a deep history. Please enjoy the rest of your journey in Tokyo. Thank you again.
We had the most wonderful time with Ms. Mari. Our group had 4 kids under the age of 12. Ms. Mari tailored the itinerary to make sure all activities are kids friendly but at the same time, enjoyable for the adults. Ms. Mari comes well prepared every day with background history to all the places we visited. She patiently explained to our kids and showed maps and related materials to them throughout the tour. She is the most amazing, animated, and responsible tour guide. Thank you, Ms. Mari! Because of you, our Tokyo trip was so memorable!
Thank you very much for taking your time to write such a wonderful review. It was my great pleasure to share the enjoyable time with you. I still remembered that your Preston was so warm-hearted to take care of your mother and your Brendel played piano so nicely. I am sure they will have bright future. Thank you again.
She is very organized and the day was seamless!
Thank you for your nice review. I was impressed that you were so efficient for everytging. I hope this Japan trip will be one of the memorable journeys for your life. Thank you again.
Mari was very very good. She was very organized. She left a hand written note at our hotel regarding our day. She also made a little paper brochure about sumo. Seeing the sumo stable was great experience and I do not hesitate in recommending Mari.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed my tour, especially sumo practice which was so intense. I enjoyed guiding all of you as you are so cheerful and kind. Please keep enjoying the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.
Mari was an ideal guide for our first trip to Tokyo. When we arrived at our hotel we had a greeting card from Mari waiting for us at the front desk welcoming us to Tokyo, giving us her contact information and reminding us of our 9am meeting time the following morning. This thoughtful touch illustrates Mari's overall style. She worked hard to make our tour unforgettable by meeting all of our objectives while throwing in some off the beaten path surprises that made our tour very special. She was highly organized while also being flexible to go with the flow and allow for some spontaneous additions to our itinerary. She quickly earned our trust in terms of recommendations particularly in regards to meals. The restaurants she took us to were all extraordinary especially the macrobiotic restau... read more
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It encouraged me as a tour guide. As you prepared your travel plan four months ahead, I understand your needs before meeting. I really think that preparation is important. I am glad all of you enjoyed my tour. I also enjoyed guiding you as all of you are friendly and kind. I was impressed that your daughters are smart and very well-behaved. I still remember your curious and happy faces when you saw the print club” “PRICLA.” I hope you will have a wonderful time on the rest of your journey. When you plan to visit Tokyo again, I would be more than happy to guide you. Thank you again.
We spent a great and enjoyable four hours with Mari touring Meiji shrine and Tsukiji Market. Mari was prompt to communicate ahead of the tour and even left a note with her contact info at our hotel for when we checked in. She went over the fascinating history of the shrine and the market and had us sample two different kinds of tuna with freshly grated wasabi root. She pointed out her favorite vendors in the market. She gave tips about navigating through Tokyo and made lots of suggestions. She was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Mari!
Thank you so much for your excellent review. I really appreciate it. I was very happy to guide such a super intelligent family. I am glad all your family members are very friendly. I am happy to know that you liked Tuna tasting. Hope you will enjoy the rest of your staying in Japan to make unforgettable experiences. Thank you again and take care. Mari
Mari is an incredible guide. She is incredibly professional and communicative, knowledgeable and personable. She went above and beyond caring for the group of travellers and was amazing in helping us to organize everything. I would definitely recommend her for anyone who want to really get to know Japan and not just visit.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It encouraged me as a guide. I am glad that everything went well. To provide the art college group with an introduction of Ukiyoe woodblock printing was a valuable experience for me. Thank you again.
Our experience with Mari San has been excellent. She was quick at responding to our queries via triple lights prior to our tour and had great tour suggestions. When we let her know there were things we looked forward to seeing she came up with an incredible itinerary. Once we got to Tokyo we were dropped off at the wrong hotel as there are two Hotel Montereys so we were scared that she may go to the other hotel while we walked to find our hotel. However upon checking in the concierge let us know we had a message from our tour guide and handed us an envelope with a note from Mari San which put our minds at ease. She was very knowledgeable and well prepared. She had printed three intineraries detailing the places we visited and pertinent information to those places. It was a very enjoyab... read more
Thank you very much for your excellent review. I also enjoyed guiding you, especially Kameido Tenjin with wisteria blossom. I hope you will enjoy cruising to Alaska, Please send my warmest regards to your beautiful wife. Thank you again.
Mari was amazing! She customized our entire day tour to our interests. She made great recommendations for the tour in advance and even had a print out of Japanese history and the customized agenda she handed out during the tour. She sent Japan tips in advance of our travel without me even asking. She was knowledgeable and got us to our destinations quickly to see many sites in one day. Highly recommend!
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I really enjoyed guiding you, four young wonderful ladies. All of you are charming. I was impressed that you are so close. I thought all of you are respect each other which is not an easy thing to do. I hope that through this Japan trip you have experienced some of Japanese cultures and expanded your depth of thinking. Please send my warmest regards to Roslyn, Maggie and Kristin. Thank you again.
She was very accommodating , flexible resourceful. Very kind
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We were super lucky to meet such a kind gentleman who took us from the museum to your hotel. I am glad to show an example how we Japanese have the good spirit of hospitality. Thank you again and take care.
Mari was absolutely terrific. She helped me set up our tour and was so patient so that we saw everything that we wanted to see plus she told us the history about the things we were interested in as well as local history. On top of this she had information sheets, took us to a really unique restaurant that tourists would not get to see, came right to our hotel and led us through the subway maze and went at a pace that we could cope with. She also had a great sense of humour. On top of these excellent qualities she spoke excellent English which was a great blessing for our group as this was not always the case. I would recommend Mari to anyone.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed to guide your warm-hearted group. I was impressed that all of your members were enthusiastic to learn new things as this was not always the case. As all members get used to act as a group, it was easy for me to guide even though six people. Please convey my warmest regards to the rest of the members. Please stay young and take care.
Mari was fantastic and we had a great day. We are a family of four with two sons aged 21 and 16. She made a real effort to include them at every opportunity which we really appreciated. She explained information in a clear simple way at Sensoji and organised a great lunch at the Tsukiji Markets. The highlight for me was walking around Yanaka where we visited the Nezu Shrine, which had an amazing azalea display, and wandered around the backstreets of an older part of Tokyo. Finally she took us to Tokyo Dome so my sons could ride the roller coaster. All in all it was great and I would highly recommend her as a guide.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I’m glad you enjoyed my tour. We are lucky to see such a gorgeous Azealia display in Nazu-shrine. I was impressed that your family is so close. Both of your sons are very good gentlemen and they have promising futures. Thank you again and please take care.
My wife and I joined Mari for a tour of Nikko. Nikko was beautiful and it was nice to get out of Tokyo for the day. Mari picked us up at our hotel and showed us how to navigate the train system to get us to Nikko. We had a very enjoyable day with Mari.
Thank you very much for your kindest review. I still remember a nice talk with you about Shogun. I hope you will have unforgetable experiences and beautiful memories while you are travelling in Japan. Please send my warmest regards to Helen. Please take care.
My mother and I were fortunate enough to be able to tour with Mari for two days during our visit to Tokyo this month. From the time we booked Mari to the end of our tours, we couldn't have asked for a better guide for the city. Mari was a fantastic guide who was extremely organized and thoughtful and even sent us materials about visiting Japan in advance of our trip. She was very attentive and made sure that her pace and modes of transportation were comfortable for my mother which I really appreciated. Day 1 of our visit in Tokyo was extremely rainy, however this did not prevent Mari from ensuring that we were able to see several exciting sites on our schedule including the east gardens of the Imperial Palace. We also were able to get out of the rain and experience a delicious soba and... read more
Want a wonderful review I had. I was moved by your review. It was my great pleasure to share the two days with you. I still remembered various wonderful memories with you, especially cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen which were gorgeous. I was impressed that both of you are very sweet and warm-hearted. I look forward to seeing you again some time. Let me guide you again. Thank you for everything. Please take care.
Our 1 day tour in Nikko with Mari is a great one. She knows a lot about the history of the interesting spots in that beautiful place and even tell a story. She sees to it that her guest will not be bored while the tour is going on. Mari is very accomodating and even help us on how to top up and refund our Pasmo card. Job well done and.God bless.
Thank you very much for your review. I am glad you enjoyed Nikko. I was very impressed that your daughter Jomela is a very smart girl. She has a promising future. Thank you again and take care.
Mari provided a wonderful introductory day of touring in Tokyo. She was very professional and knowledgeable. Mari responded promptly and created an itinerary tailored to our interests. We enjoyed our time with Mari.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am glad that both of you enjoyed my tour. I still remember beautifully bloomed weeping cherry trees at Inue street of Imperial Palace. Also you were in Tokyo on a memorial day when new era name “Reiwa” was announced. I hope you keep these wonderful memories. Thank you again and take care.
Had wonderful time with Mari. Very patient and accommodating guide. Enjoyed Cherry Blossom, Fish market, temples and shrines.
Dear Leonid, Thank you very much for your wonderful review and See’s candy. I really enjoyed to guide your family who are very thoughtful and warm-hearted. I enjoy teasing one See’s candy everyday. I still remember the breathtaking cherry blossom at Meguro River. Please send my warmest regards to your wife and Lena. Thank you again and take care.
We hired Mari for two days in Tokyo. It wasn't for two consecutive days as we had a day in-between to spend with some friends. Mari was quite flexible when arranging the itinerary. Since it was a custom tour we just told her what we wanted to see, do and experience and she handled arranging the tour in an efficient manner. She broke up the tour of Tokyo into the west side on one day and East side on the other day. Mari was very patient with us as we were slow walkers. We don't do much walking in California as we pretty much drive our cars everywhere we go. Mari explained to us how to use the subways and metros in Tokyo quite effectively. It could be very confusing not only of the language barrier but also of the multitudes of people using the stations and also of the enormous si... read more
Thank you so much for your detailed and wonderful review. I was surprised that you have good memory. Your wonderful review encouraged me a lot as a tour guide. I still remember that the cherry blossoms at Asakusa Sensoji was beautiful. I’m glad to know that you were excited about the buildings where you could look down on the action in the Shibuya crossing. Thank you again and please take care.
I would recommend Mari especially if it will be your first time using a local tour guide. Mari is very proactive from the time I made my inquiry until the end of our tour. Her English is well spoken and we had no issues being able to communicate. We were her 130th customer and it is clear she is a very experienced tour guide. The day of the tour was a bit different from the original itinerary proposed. This was mostly due to her recommendations and I would highly encourage you to take her advice. Cherry Blossom season can be unpredictable. Mari has gone above and beyond my expectations by recommending areas where there are more cherry blossom trees in full bloom and going to those places instead of what was originally proposed. An important item on the bucket list for my family... read more
Thank you very much for your wonderful and detailed review. Yes, you are right. Cherry's full blossom period can be unpredictable, and I am glad we changed to Meguro-river. Even though there were many people there, we were able to enjoy the breathtaking cherry blossoms. I was impressed with your family's intimate team work. Please send my warmest regards to your parents and Winnie. Thank you again.
Her English is very good, her personality is outstanding. She was very knowledgeable of Japan’s history. Her day schedule and arranged tour was fantastic.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Both of your personality is outstanding, too. I still remember the breathtaking view of the gorgeous weeping cherry blossom at the secret spot in Hakone. I’m sure that Marinda has “Best Fortune.” Please send my warmest regards to her. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your journey by cruising. Best regards, Mari
Mari took us to Sensoji temples, Nakamise arcade, and a display-food making workshop on Asakusa. We had a great time with her. Mari taught the kids some basic Japanese language and explained the history and culture of the sites we visited in a way that was interesting and easy for them to follow. The display-food making workshop, which Mari pre-booked and organized for us was excellent, and the staff and other participants there were so friendly and helpful. Mari even showed the kids some origami techniques to pass the time on the subway. We’d definitely recommend this tour for other families!
Thank you very much for your wonderful message. Your review encouraged me as a tour guide. I really enjoyed guiding your family and helping your display-food making workshop which was fun. I was impressed your daughters were adorable and quick learners for Japanese language. I still remember their cute smiles like angles. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan and I hope to see you again when you visit Japan next time. With thanks
Mari was very informative and took us on the first day to places that I don't think we would have discovered by ourselves. It is clear she loves Japan and loves showing tourist around Tokyo! She put up with our diversions to shopping areas and helped us in our purchases. On day two she even brought her own device to help make wasabi for our sushi! I think the only barrier was language. At times we had difficulty understanding her, but her kindness and enthusiasm made up for it! Thanks Mari!
Dear Sybil, Thank you very much for your review. I also enjoyed to guide your family who are very kind and intelligent. I hope you had wonderful experience in Japan. Best regards,
This is a fantastic tour, especially if you are a first time visitor to Japan. Mari is very organised, she had pamphlets printed out with information for us. Mari was in contact with us before the tour and even left a note at our hotel to welcome us! The outer fish markets were fascinating and Mari explained everything to us. She also gave us information and showed us a video of an auction at the inner fish market. The sushi making was very informative and a lot of fun. Our sushi chef was very enthusiastic and helpful. Everything we made was delicious, as was the tempura the restaurant provided. Mari was extremely patient with our two sons, and helped our youngest with making sushi. She gave them an origami kit and made ninja stars for them, which they loved. We highly recommend this tour! read more
Dear Jason, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed the tour. All members of your family are sweet and friendly, especially both of your sons are adorable. Your sons are smart enough to answer all my questions. I am glad to know that your sons loved Origami Ninja stars. When you visit Japan again, I would like to guide you again. Warmest regards,
Mari was very well prepared. She had spent a lot of time before we met communicating with me, making sure we knew what to expect to ensure we had a good morning with her. She helped us navigate the subway system, buy IC cards and explained the backgrounds to the places we visited. We enjoyed the Tsukiji markets, with Mari showing us the different grades of tuna and many of the different flavours of the food on offer. Unfortunately we did not get to see the sumo wrestling practice because they had finished their practice early due to the competition - that would have really capped off the morning. It was through no fault of Mari’s that this happened and she took us to Ginza to make up for it.
Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed my tour. I was impressed both of you are very knowledgeable about Japanese culture and your questions are insightful. I am sorry that we couldn’t see sumo. I have taken Sumo practice more than ten times, but this is the first time it happened. I hope all your family will enjoy skiing at Myoko near Nagano.
We met with Mari at 5am (early!) to visit the newly opened Toyosu Fish Market. This was still a new tour for Mari and it was a little bareboned because of the holidays, but she was amazing at explaining how the market worked and perfectly described the energy and magic behind the marketplace. Her English was excellent and she was enthusiastic. And she went out of her way to find us a great place to have early morning sushi at Toyosu! I would highly recommend Mari for this and any of there other tours in Tokyo and the surrounding areas.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I really enjoyed guiding your family. All of your family members are friendly and great, especially you and your mother. I was impressed that ten members of your family travel together for two weeks. It’s fantastic. With our Toyosu experience, I decided to make a new tour called Tsukiji Tuna Auction tour. Thank you for everything. With warm regards,
She helped us get what we wanted and very helpful and informative. Will get her again next time we’re in town
Thank you very much for your sweet review. You are also efficient to plan your Japan trip six months ahead. Next time you will be in Tokyo, I will be more than happy to guide your family. Looking forward to seeing you again. With warm regards, Mari
Mari was absolutely amazing. Everything was clearly communicated before we arrived. She showed up to our hotel on time and took us on a Sumo wrestling experience and city tour with our two teenage boys. She was great at engaging the boys and made tour very interesting and was very informative. I highly recommend Mari on your Japan tour.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed guiding your family. All of your family members are friendly. Both of your children answered my questions smartly. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. With warm regards, Mari
I signed up with Mari for a day and a half tour of Tokyo because my time was limited. She was a wonderful tour guide and we got along really well. On our full day tour, from the first point of contact, she was full of ideas; so much so that I wished I had more time in Tokyo. We started our day with the Meiji Shrine. We sat at a café near the entrance as she explained the difference between Waka and haiku because she knew I was interested in haiku and because emperor Meiji and empress Shoken excelled in Waka. After we walked through the impressive gates, breathtaking forest and the shrine, she pointed out many details that I would not have noticed had I been on my own. She continued to impress me as we walked to Yoyogi park to visit the Olympic commemorative quarters and we moved on to the ... read more
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. During our tour I was impressed how friendly character you have. I really enjoyed to guide you in Tokyo. Now I understand you are a wonderful writer because you discribed clearly what we did about one month ago. Please come back to Japan. I am looking forward to guiding you again, Please take care,
Our tour with Mari was very enjoyable! Mari had put together a personalized tour for us in Nikko. Her preparation and timing was excellent, as she put a lot of thought into details. We learned a lot about Nikko as well as history and art of Japan. Mari is very kind, knowledgeable and fun - and also patient with the photographers among us. We very much enjoyed spending our day in Nikko with her!
Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was a great pleasure for me to have the chance to accompany you! It was a perfectly beautiful day for leaf coloring in Nikko. I still remember that red Japanese maple leaves (Momiji) were beyond description at Tamozawa Imperial Villa. I enjoyed talking with you about art, nature and world situations sophisticatedly. As you are a great travel planner, I am sure the rest of your journey will be excellent and fruitful. If you need any help, please let me know. Best wishes to two of you. Mari
We had a wonderful experience with Mari as our tour guide in Tokyo and Hakone! She was very good with communicating before hand to make sure our tour itinerary fit our interests and our needs. We got to see everything we wanted to see within a good time frame because she had planned our tours so throughly and well. She was also very prepared with presentations and even pamphlets to make sure we got the most out of our tours. We particularly found her knowledge of both past and present Japanese culture, politics, religions, society, and general Japanese history to be vast and it made our tour that much better. She also has a great education on art so if you want an informative tour on art throughout Tokyo, this is the guide for you. It was easy to see that Mari cared about making our tour e... read more
Thank you very much for your excellent review which encouraged me as a guide. It was a wonderful memory; beautiful chrysanthemum displays in Yasukuni Shrine and a fantastic autumn scenery in Hakone. I also enjoyed talking about Japanese art history in depth with you and your mother. It was my great pleasure to guide your family who are sweet and thoughtful. I was impressed you took care of your parents very well. Please send my best wishes to your parents. Many thanks. Mari
Mari is a very caring and patient guide who makes sure everyone is enjoying. On the night we arrived in Tokyo, she was sweet enough to leave a hand written note at our hotel welcoming us. On the day of our trip, she was on time and made the tour very interesting for my children. It is quite hard to capture the attention of 4 kids 10 to 15 years old! I was surprised the kids opened up to her and listened to history. Also , she patiently provided for our needs, even looking for grilled chicken for my son in Tsukiji! Best thing was her guidance through the Tokyo subway. She made it less scary! We are not used to walking fast, so I was ashamed to have to extend one hour from the set number of hours. She never lost patience and even declined a tip. We thank you again Mari for being an ang... read more
Thank you very much for an excellent review. It's my great pleasure to guide your family, visiting Imperial Palace, tasting Sushi, grilled steak and egg omelet at Tsukiji, taking PURIKURA photos in Harajuku and enjoying Halloween in Shibuya. We had a fantastic time in a day. All your family are sweet. Especially all your children have good manners which I was impressed. Please send my best wishes to your husband and children. I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in Japan. With love.
My Parents were visiting Japan for the first time and Mari took very good care of them. She was highly accommodating to the requests and very polite. From the first message I sent for enquiry; till my parents had their tour she was very helpful and gave all the required information in time. My mother specially had a great time talking with Mari and knowing about the cultures.
Dear Vivek, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. First of all, I was very impressed you took care of your parents very well with love. Thank you for your coordination. It was my great pleasure to guide your parents. They are wonderful people. I was glad your mother enjoyed wearing and taking pictures with Kimono in Narita. In Tokyo, we had a nice lunch at an authentic Indian restaurant, which I appreciated. Please send warmest regards to your parents. Many thanks. Mari
I booked Mari's services for my guests for one day. Communication was quick, and she was very thorough with the planning process. It was a pleasure working with her. Thank you!
Dear Richelle, Thank you for a wonderful reveiw. It’s my pleasure working with you. Your guests enjoyed Sumo practice watching, Fish Market, Hamarikyu Garden and Tea ceremony very much. Thank you.
The sumo practice & the Edo museum tour with Mari was well organized, communicated, and executed. Mari & I had a few exchanges, and as we did not want to follow the advertised plan of Sumo practice and the fish market - Mari was flexible and accepted our requests. She provided useful information on the way to the sumo practice and was very helpful at the Edo museum, where English signs were sparse. Mari is a highly recommended tour guide and we will hire her again.
Dear Eyal, Thank you very much for your excellent review. I’m glad to know you enjoyed my tour. It’s a good idea to visit Edo Museum after the sumo practice. Since you learned about Edo period and Meiji restoration in the museum, when you visit actual sites of Nihombashi and Ginza later, your understanding would be deepened. When you plan to visit Japan, please let me know. I am willing to guide you again. My warmest regards to Mary.
We couldn’t find any tours of Nikki area that started in Nikko. Mari met us in Nikko and guided us through Shinkyo Bridge, Rinnoji Temple, Toshogu Shrine, Taiyuinbyo, Futarasan Shrine and Tamozawa Villa. She explained the history of the area and temples, made sure we saw and understood famous and important things in each area. We have toured other shrines and temples in Japan as part of large groups. Enjoyed being able to tour each at a pace of our choosing and with personal attention, more explanations if we wanted , answers to questions we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to ask. We started early- 8:30 am and avoided crowds, decreased our waiting times at busy areas. Good English.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was a good idea to start our tour from 8:30AM. We were able to spend our enough time visiting all of the facilities and viewing leaf coloring. It was crowded with many tourists and field trip students afterwards. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your Asian journey including cruising. Many thanks. Mari
We are a family with 2 children 10, 15 years old on our first trip to Japan. We spent 2 days with Mari visiting Senso.ji, Meiji Jingu shrine and a beautiful garden. Mari also took us to Sumo practice, Tsujuki market and sushi making course. We learned a lot and Mari was very engaging with all of us, knowledgeable, authentic, well prepared as well as flexible to adjust our itinerary on the go. She even helped us with some further train schedule planning etc. We can highly recommend Mari. Arigato
Thank you very much for your excellent review telling that you loved the time with me. It is my pleasure to see the guests enjoying the tour and satisfied with it. All of your family members are great especially your children, who both are adorable. Neo is smart enough to answer to my quizzes. It is amazing that Kai, 10 years old, was able to stay quietly for two hours during Sumo practice watching. I am sure both of your children have bright futures. I am sure I will contact you when my dream, skiing at Swiss Alps, comes true. I hope all your family members will enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. When you visit Japan again, I love to guide you. Many thanks. Mari
Mari came very well prepared to explain all there is to know about Nikko.
Dear Eric, Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was my pleasure to guide you in Nikko. It’s a beautiful day. Please take care of your knee. Please send my best regards to Barbara. Thank you again. Mari
With three weeks in Japan we needed to understand the rail system and thanks to Mari, we learned quickly how to get around. Mari helped us with the Pasmo travel card and Shinkansen ticket to Kyoto. On our first day with Mari she took us to the Imperial Gardens, Tokyo Tower and Asakusa. On our second day with Mari we travelled to Nikko. On the third day she was very happy to take us to places we wanted to see such as Tsukiji Fish Market; Shibuya Crossing and Yanaka. Mari was very punctual, informative, helpful and even gave us an origami lesson on the way to Nikko. We are very grateful to Mari for introducing us to Tokyo and highly recommend her as she is flexible to your needs. John and Roma Perth, Australia
Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review, John. It was my great pleasure to show you around Tokyo and Nikko. I still remember that we were lucky to see Imperial horse-drawn carriages at Imperial East Garden. Please take good care of yourself and give my best regards to lovely Roma. Thanks a million !!!
Mari was amazing! She was patient and caring, with a sense of humor and wonderful flexibility. She did everything possible to meet (and exceed) our needs. Plus, she went above and beyond in so many ways: helping us get JR tickets and securing our reservations on Shinkansen, setting us up on Passmo, giving us an origami lesson, and so much more.
Thank you very much for such a wonderful review. So happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. Pat, you are a great travel planner and the first customer who asked about Bunraku. After talking to you, I understood why. Because you are a theater commentator in San Diego. I had a lovely and sophisticated time with you and John to talk about many things, such as Japanese history, modern architecture. wedding customs and religions in Japanese, etc. I hope you will enjoy traveling the rest of your journey, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka. Please make a travel plan to come back Tokyo again. Warmest regards. Mari
There is a reason why Mari has high reviews. I booked a tour with her and she was very accommodating, prompt and knowledgeable about the area. She truly made my stay in Japan a great one and I would highly recommend her to anyone else wanting to tour Japan. She even brought a cooling neck wrap because it was hot the day of our tour. She really puts her guest first and enjoys what she does and it shows.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Even though your flight was delayed, I’m glad you enjoyed in Narita very much. It was a good idea to rent a Kimono. You looked so beautiful like a Kimono model. I have already uploaded your pictures in my photo gallery and Narita tour websites. It would be appreciated if you could plan to stay in Tokyo for a few days for your next visit and schedule to visit my KeyForce Toastmasters club, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 7PM. Looking forward to guiding you again. Thank you again and take care.
Mari was very knowledgable and had prepared herself for the tour. She spoke excellent English and explained the history and culture of places we visited. She went out of her way to accomodate requests at the last minute. She was warm and very friendly. I would highly recommend Mari.
Dear Stella, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I had such a great time with you even though it was a hot day. You are a cheerful and well-educated person who are interested in Japanese culture, customs and behaviors. I still remember that you were surprised that the large number of Japanese have Christian wedding ceremony at church even they are not baptized. While enjoying the rest of your journey, I hope you will find interesting Japanese customs and behaviors which help your perspective widen. For our memory, I uploaded our picture at Tea ceremony in my Triplelights website after my video. I hope you will come back to Tokyo again. I am looking forward to it. Thank you again and please take good care of yourselves.
I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Mari and TripleLights. The online experience with TripleLights was well-designed and helped me to choose a great tour guide. Mari contacted me immediately to discuss my interests and to design a customized one-day overview tour of Tokyo. She stayed in touch with me during the week prior to my tour and even left a personal note at my hotel to confirm my arrival, which was delayed because of a Typhoon. The tour that Mari designed for me exceeded my expectations--she was knowledgeable and provided lots of nice details throughout the day. I highly recommend Mari as a tour guide if you are interested in the arts and culture of Tokyo!
Dear Andrea, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I enjoyed with you very much. You are a smart, intelligent and friendly person. Furthermore, you are really a lucky person. On the tour day, we were able to enjoy going around Tokyo comfortably at a temperature less than 30C because the typhoon had passed. Also, you were lucky to see a wedding procession of a bride and a bridegroom with beautiful Japanese Kimono at Meiji Shrine. I’ll be waiting for you to come back to Tokyo again. I would like to guide you to enjoy different parts of Tokyo. Thank you again.
It was clear before we got to Tokyo that Mari took her work seriously and was determined to provide us with the type of tour we desired. Mari showed great versatility on subjects and an ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. She is fun to be with and did a great job getting us interacting with shopkeepers. Mari quickly picked up from conversations that we needed to buy train tickets to Kyoto and to use an ATM. Before our tour ended she made sure those tasks were completed. She also was great about instructing us on subway use and cultural rules. We highly recommend Mari!!
Dear Kathy, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure to guide you in Tokyo. Both of you are friendly, kind and intelligent. I enjoyed our conversation about politics. I can imagine you will have a good time and discovering beautiful things with your different eyes in Mie and Kyoto. Please take care. Thank you again.
Mari did a great job of putting together a private 3 hour layover tour for me. She met me at the airport and in the short time we had we visited a temple, a shrine, did some shopping, sake tasting and tried some fresh eel. I would highly recommend if you have a long layover, to look her up and get out of the airport :)
Dear John, Thank you very much for your great review. I really appreciate that. I am glad to know that you enjoyed Narita Layover tour even under the rain. You are really gourmet. You questioned about the difference between hot and cold sake. You had not any hesitation to eat broiled eel, which was delicious. Now, I understand you have a Suchi role named after you at your habitual Sushi restaurant. Please come back to Tokyo someday soon . I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you again and take care.
I had a 5.5 hour layover in Japan and thought it would be fun to see something of Japan that wasn't the airport. I found Mari on TripleLights and wrote her a note. She responded right away and said that 5.5 hours was plenty of time to see the small town of Narita. She was amazing! She sent me a photo of where we would meet and held a sign with my name. She had come to Narita before our meeting to find some good souvenir shops and a ramen shop. As promised, my flight landed and Mari was at our agreed upon space with her sign. She helped me put my bag in a storage locker and off we went. She was immensely knowledgeable about the temple in Narita which was wonderful. She also took me to a little shrine, the Shrine of the Fox and talked about the differences between temples and shrines... read more
Dear Michele, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I was really encouraged by your message as a guide. I am glad that you enjoyed feeling Japanese culture such a short time. I still remembered the sweet muffins which we shared to taste. Please make a plan to visit Japan again with your family. I would like to guide you again. Looking foreward to seeing you then. Best regards, Mari
My wife and I were in Japan for our first time. We arranged a 4-hour tour with Mari for our first full day. Then had a needed day of rest (we walked A LOT, which we were happy to do) and then a second 4-hour tour. Mari made excellent itinerary suggestions and we were efficient but never rushed. Always informative, especially with architecture notes (my wife is an architect). Mari is very attentive and prepared and abides by your preferences (modern vs history, or both). She also has a great sense of humor! Mari is a fantastic, knowledgeable guide and definitely recommended!
Dear Scott, Thank you very much for your excellent review. It encouraged me a lot as a tour guide. I was surprised your strong research power. I hope you will have a wonderful time the rest of your journey. Thank you for your Guatemala girl’s souvenir which I liked very much. Best regards, Mari
Excellend preparation of our tour, as we discussed togehter the places we wanted to visit (not the standard tourist places everyone visits) . The tour mets our expectations and especially the lunch in the Sushi restaurant was delicious.
Deear Dietmar, Thank you very much for your review. Thank you also for treating me such a delicious Sushi lunch directed from Tsukiji. Both of you are really gourmet. I still remember that we had bad weather with thunder storm in Hamarikyu garden. I hope your wife got better by taking Shiatsu massage. Thank you again. Mari
We really enjoyed our time with Mari, and she is an exceptional guide. Her English is very good, and her knowledge of Japanese history and culture was amazing. Mari was in constant contact with me the entire week prior to the tour, and if I had a question she always replied very promptly. She met us in our hotel lobby which was super convenient, and then she guided us through the subway to our stop at the fish market. We only toured the outside fish market due to time constraints, but it was perfect for us, and again, Mari was very informative about how the fish market operates and showing us the different booths. Our next stop was the sushi making class, and we are SO glad we made this a part of me our week in Japan. The class was set up very professionally, and was extremely clean an... read more
Dear Doug, What a wonderful review you gave me. It really encouraged me as a tour guide. Both of you are a nice and smart couple and have a lot of enthusiasm to learn about Japanese culture which I love. Even though you have a strong research power to find many activities by yourselves, you said that next time in Tokyo you would be contacting me to show another area of Tokyo. That is a great compliment to me. Yes, I’ll be waiting for you to visit Japan again. Please stay in good shape until then. Thank you again. Regards, Mari
We had Mari as our guide for 3 days and she was the perfect companion for our family of 8 with limited knowledge of Tokyo . She was very knowledgeable and had planned every day to give us a great flavour of local culture and history. Thank you for everything Mari.
Dear Chetan, What a wonderful review you wrote me. Your review encouraged me a lot as a tour guide. It was a great honor for me to guide such a prestigious family in India. Thank you for all delicious lunches you treated me. If your daughter needs information to study in Japan, I am more than happy to provide you with information. I’ll be waiting for you to visit Japan again. Please stay in good shape until then. Thank you again.
Mari was very prompt in returning replies to my emails. She helped us to create a tour of Tokyo that worked well into our schedule. Mari was very friendly and knowledgeable and greatly assisted us with navigation and purchasing of our Shinkansen tickets. She was well prepared and organized and gave us a great tour. Thank you Mari!!!
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my great pleasure to guide you and your sisters who are all nice and sweet. I still remember that the tuna in Tsukiji market was very tasty and yummy. Thank you also for your gift of Hawaiian cookies which were very rich and delicious. I ate them all in a short time. I’ll be waiting for you to visit Japan again. Please stay in good shape until then. Best regards, Mari
Having arrived in Japan for the first time,we could not have found a better person than Mari to show us Tokyo.She had excellent and patient knowledge and was very accommodating to show what we wanted to see.Thank you Mari!
Dear Diana and Emanuel, Thank you very much for a wonderful review. It was my great pleasure to guide you on April 15th. I still remember that we visited a green house of Shinjuku Gyoen and had an animated conversation about gradening. Thank you again for taking my tour. Regards,
For our first time in Tokyo we decided to use a local guide, we chose Mari without any previous equines, and we were pleased to find out that Mari speaks English very well, and she is an outstanding professional guide with a lot of knowledge about Japanese culture, History and Art. Beside her qualities as a guide she is a very pleasant and kind person, She literally went the extra mile to make sure that our stay in Tokyo will be smooth and unforgettable.
Dear Monicab, Thank you very much for your wonderful review which encourages me a lot. I really enjoyed guiding two of you. While I was answering your enthusiastic questions, I re-recognized that Nikko was a valuable cultural spot historically and artistically. Monicab, you are a smart career woman, however, you are also a KAWAII, sweet, lady. I’ll be waiting for you to visit Japan again. Please stay in good shape until then. Thank you again. Mari
We enjoyed very much our family tour with Mari - it was a 5 h guided tour that ended a family holiday in Japan, and Mari was extremely helpful in communicating with us to arrange this tour to fit exactly our needs, capacities, and interests. Mari prepared a really informative printed itinerary each of us got, with a simplified version of Japan history to help us understand Japanese art history, and added color-printed images of art works and architecture points of interests that she discussed and presented to us. We wanted the tour to be informative, that we would be able to really learn new things, and Mari made this a true guided seminar. All this, with great atmosphere, great conversations, and a lot of fun (including trying black ice cream! :-) ). We highly recommend touring with... read more
Mari was great! She was very thorough and paid great attention to detail. Our trip was flawless. She took us to various spot to catch the amazing cherry blossoms. She was also very patient and provided us with extra time to help us navigate and learn the subway system so we can take it by ourselves the next day to visit an amusement park. Her communication with us was always very quick. A++
Dear Roger, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Your compliments make me feel so good. I really appreciate it. All of your family members are sweet. I really enjoyed being with you. I still remember that at Shinjuku Gyoen, your daughter Khloe and I enjoyed collecting fallen cherry petals and made several sheets of pressed flowers. It’s my pleasure to accommodate to your requests because I’m your private guide. I’m always ready to help you enjoy your travel. I’ll be waiting for you to visit Japan again. Please stay in good shape until then. Thank you again.
It was an excellent private tour by Ms Mari. She did her job very well with her knowledge and passion. Our family enjoyed the 5 hours tour. Thank you Ms Mari for your excellent service. Best Regards, Mohd Khaleed & Family
Dear Rod, Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was one of the enjoyable moments for me. Thank you for your chocolates which tasted delicious. All of your family members are so kind and sweet. Further more, your daughter was so well behaved and smart. I am glad she enjoyed the strawberry picking very well. When you visit Japan again, please let me know. Best regards, Mari
My family is very glad and thankful that we decided to choose Mari as our personal guide. She was very professional and knowledgeable about the areas that we visited. At the beginning of our half day tour, she was our guide, by the end of the tour, she became our friend and family member. Once again, my family and I wants to thank Mari for making our short stay in Tokyo a memorable and pleasant one.
Thank you for a great review, Benjamin! I really appreciated. All of your family members are sweet. I'm glad that you could experience how locals truly live. I myself enjoyed the tours for you, sharing our traditions and comfortable conversations during the tours. I hope you will bring back many memorable experiences, which would be valuable for your children’s future life. Please come back again to Japan one day. Warm regards, Mari
We were lucky to have Mari as our tour guide. She communicated in advance about our itinerary expertly. She prepared well and used a lot of her illustrations during our tour. We learned a lot of Japanese culture and custom from her. We saw a least twice more with her than we would have be on our own. We would definitely give her top (5 star) rating.
Dear Ing, Thank you so much for taking my Tokyo tour! I am very appreciated for your wonderful review. I’m glad to know that I was able to fulfill your academic interests. All of you are so friendly and intelligent. What you talked to me was a thoughtful observation which I enjoyed to listen. Hope you’ll enjoy a gorgeous cruising in Japan and China, and come back in future again!
Mari took great care of us as we navigated through night time tour of Tokyo and surrounding areas. Thank you for helping us better understand Japanese culture and history.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I am really appreciated. I'm glad that my tour helped you better understanding Japanese culture and history. I was moved that you and your wife are very warmhearted and calm. I hope you will visit Japan again with your family.
Having arrived in Tokyo for the first time, i was overwhelmed by the complex train system and Japanese language. I decided to hire a private tour guide as I had only 1 full day to explore. Mari accepted my request within hours for a next day private tour. Mari asked me questions to plan the best itinerary and provided me tips of how to prepare for the tour. On the day, Mari was ready and waiting for me in the hotel foyer. She was very well presented, had very good english, provided me a personalised printed itinerary and was a wealth of knowledge. Mari taught me how to use the train system very quickly! We visited the Imperial Palace, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Tower. Mari helped me to find my son's Naruto T-Shirt request!. At the end of the day Mari delivered me back to the hotel. I highly... read more
Dear Penny, I’m honored to receive such a wonderful review from you. I'm glad that you had enjoyed my tour and I also enjoyed guiding you, too. You made a very smart choice to take a private tour before your serious business sessions as one of executives of multi-national companies. You got to use to the complex train system and some Japanese attitudes which, I hope, made the rests of your Tokyo stay easier. As you will have a lot of chances to visit Japan again, I would be very happy to guide you or your family again.
My husband and I have recently joined Mari for a day tour of Tokyo. We are both seniors and would like to say thank you to Mari for organising a lovely day showcasing our interests and highlighting our must sees in Tokyo. We also appreciated her effort in arranging our dietary requirements. Again, thanks Mari for a lovely day. Jean Johnston
Dear Jean, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed guiding you even though it's a really hot day. I am glad you both are healthy and warm-hearted. Also all your family is close. I received a message from your son Wayne who promised to contact me when they plan to visit Japan. Hoping you will keep your health good and continie cruising in future. Best regards, Mari
Mari did an amazing tour for me and my family which included children 8, 11 and 14 years of age. We were in constant communication of our plans prior to our time, she considered what we wanted to see and added detail and interesting spotlights that we would not have thought of if we were on our own. She considered the age of my children, made it educational and fun for them. She thoughtfully planned out each route and destination. She assisted me in so many ways and went above and beyond. Also giving me tips on other tourist sites we were going to do the other days. I really appreciate her kindness, expertise and time!
Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for taking my night tour! I am very appreciated for your wonderful review about the tour. It was not my tour, it’s our tour. You kindly replied my questions beforehand so I was able to plan our tour tailor-made. I'm glad that all you had enjoyed our night tour. I also enjoyed guiding you and your three children. All of three children are so cute, smart and well-behaved. It was interested to know three of them felt in different ways: The most impressed things they said were Shinjuku night view, Hachi story and Five-story Pagoda. They are promising youngsters. I hope you will visit Japan again with your family.
Mari was accommodating and very thoughtful. She understood our needs and arranged everything to meet our preferences. She has a warm and personal touch. My son liked a particular type of sushi and she was willing to arrange with the restaurant to cater to his tastes. These are small gestures that show how she goes out of the way to satisfy our needs. Thank you so much Mari!
Dear Lynn, Thank you very much for your nice review which I really appreciated. Actually I enjoyed this tour together. All your family members are so nice and warm-hearted. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your trip. I am sure that this trip will become unforgettable memory, especially for your kids. Best regards, Mari
Mari was a wonderful tour guide. She went out of her way to create a personal tour for our family. My kids loved her! She made us feel so special in Japan. She also took us to places we would of never been able to find on our own. Mari had great English skills too. She was so easy to understand. We loved her so much that we tried to book her the next day.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed my tours in Tokyo. Your kids are adorable and full of curiosity. For sure this trip will become a valuable and memorable opportunity for them. I hope this experience will broaden their horizon. Next time you visit Japan, I would like to guide you to Tsukiji fish market because your kids love fish so much. Thank you once again. Enjoy the rest of your days in Japan!!
Mari was a very gracious host. She did a great job during our planning phase to help set us up for our arrival. On the day of our tour she delivered our private tour exactly as we wanted. She gave explanations of the sites we visited and took us to a wonderful location for lunch that allowed us to experience the Japanese culture. Thanks to you Mari.
Dear Tim, Thank you very much for your review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. It was very much enjoyable to talk and walk with two of you! I believe you enjoyed whole stay in Japan including your business meeting. I hope to see you again in the future!! Thank you again!