Mr. Shin exceeded expectations and is a most highest recommended guide. I would rate him higher than 5 stars. Mr. Shin is very generous, noble, helpful, and knowledgeable guide. Please choose Mr. Shin as yout guide! He helped with train routes, taxis, and found a very good lunch for us. He knows all the picture locations and will help you capture great photos. Most of all he was very kind to our 2 year old son and helped us navigate Kyoto with our son. Mr. Shin is the best guide in Japan! Thank you very much for our wonderful tour!!!!! Please visit in Hawaii if you’re on vacation!
Mr.Nicholas I really appreciate to hire me as a private Kyoto tour guide. I’d like to say thank you for giving me an excellent comment. I've read your message over and over again. Upon showing your son’s photos to my wife and daughter they say how cute he is. Today I am playing with my grandchild with same age as he is. My grand kid is overlapping on my mind with Colton. On a fine day we could already share unforgettable nice memories, monkey park, bamboo forest, golden temple, vermilion gates tunnel in Fushimi inari shrine. I think the distance you travel was so far, 2500 miles, from Hawaii, but our heart distance already get closer. I wish you and your family happiness and prosperity forthcoming New Year, 2019. Aloha. SHIN ^^
Shin is a great tour guide, we were very lucky to tour with him. Shin was very personable, great with communications and very knowledgeable. We had a great time because of Shin. Not only does he know his way around Japan and all of the reasonably priced attractions and dining, he also keeps at a good pace and ensures all in attendance are satisfied. Thank you so much!
Hello Anna san. I appreciate your nice review comment. I feel happy all your member had a wonderful Yokohama and Tokyo tour with me in lovely autumn season. Together with your nice school mates, as a reunion journey, I feel as if I would become a new member. Luckily both in Yokohama and Tokyo, fine weather welcomed us with beautiful autumn leaves. I hope it will be one of the happy moment in your life. Again thank you very much for hiring me as your tour guide ! SHIN
We had a great time with Shin. He was very thoughtful, considerate of our time and was very knowledgeable. He gave us a background on each of the site was saw. I would highly recommend Shin to anyone that is looking for a tour guide.
Hello Melissa san. Thank you very much for your good review comment. I feel so happy you could successfully complete all itinerary smoothly. We have been to two cities, Osaka and Kyoto, with its big contrast. Kyoto with temples and nature-rich mountain, and Osaka with fun of shopping and delicious dining. I hope happiness for your family from my heart. Thank you again ! SHIN
I did a full-day tour of Kamakura with Shin. From the minute I reached out he was very responsive and helpful in planning the day. Even with a 13-hour time difference, I never had to wait more than a few hours for a response to an email. Shin was very flexible in planning the itinerary and made some helpful suggestions. He sent me an illustrated itinerary and some information ahead of the tour. He arrived at my hotel right on time. He's very knowledgeable and open and easy to talk to and I enjoyed getting to know him. We had a few transportation challenges getting from place to place, but we still managed to not only see everything we planned - we had a little extra time. Instead of sticking with the plan and just going back to Tokyo, Shin suggested we use the time to visit another shrine ... read more
Hello Jodi san. I truly appreciate your nice review comment. Yes as you mention in your message, three factors are my policies. 24/7 quick responses covering the world, Customer-oriented flexibility, Maximize cost performance. From our tours, I could learn a lot of valuable things from you. Our tour in October was unusually hot day like summer time, what’s more on very busy Sunday. However thanks to your great cooperation and patience, we could manage successfully enjoying all the plan. I am sure that Kamakura, medieval Zen-culture spot, makes you feel traditional attraction and fresh feeling of olden times in Japan. By the way, a thing I have to say sorry is letting you walk long time to find best soft cream shop! If I will have another chance in the future we can reach quickly. ... read more
Our family had a wonderful tour of Kyoto with Mr. Shin. He is an excellent tour guide. He fetched us in our hotel in Osaka and brought us back to Osaka after the tour in Kyoto. He gave us details of our tour right after booking, then gave us update a month and then, a week before our arrival in Japan. Even with other places we visited, we would just ask him thru ******* for directions and he answered promptly.
Hello Ema san. Thank you very much for your warm comment. I feel so happy your family had a wonderful time in Kyoto. I think you could enjoy two places, Osaka and Kyoto. These towns are closer but having a different colors with gourmet and culture. Our tour schedule was packed with plenty of activities. But I would appreciate we could complete all plans owing to your great cooperation. In particular I remember your beautiful Kimono dress style and memorable scene of walking down the Nishiki street in the evening. I really hope this is one of the great moments on your life. Thank you and maraming salamat ! SHIN
If you're going to Japan, Shin is a must hire! Shin is THE BEST! From the start, he was so easy to communicate with, responding to emails super quickly. He is so organized and will bring you maps for your trip and spend time actually crafting a completely custom tour based on your specific interests and requests. He goes ABOVE AND BEYOND to be the best tour guide, he truly loves being a guide. On our day in Kyoto, we saw top sites and also had once in a lifetime experiences we never would have found on our own. We saw famous Temples and Shrines and for the first time on our trip, we fully understood what we were looking at. Shin also took us to lesser known Temples that were breathtaking, amazing and off the beaten path. I'm glad we didn't miss them. We ended the day at an Autumn Festiva... read more
Hello Liat san and Gill san Firstly I’d like to say thank you from my heart. It is nice review comment for me. I really feel happy to have been in Kyoto together on such a lovely blue sky day. Yes as you state, I love my job, tour guide. My work is not only just a root guide but like an introduction player to have tourists feel once in a life time memories in Japan tour. And I want them to touch an ordinary life in local people, different culture, fresh seasonal ingredients and everything aside from famous sightseeing places. Candidly speaking, I was thinking about which places and activities would be the best for you over and over again. So,, finally I’ve made up my mind to take gem-like off the beaten tracks near my villa, called Eastern Mountain, called HIGASHIYAMA, to rather k... read more
Shin is the most beautiful and helpful guide who made sure our trip to Japan was easily enjoyed by our family. We are a family of 4 (16 year old boy & 13 year old girl) from Australia. When I initially booked with Shin, he gave us some ideas and then about a week before we left for Japan he emailed through a detailed itinerary and maps. I found this very professional. We arrived in Kyoto the day before typhoon Trami was to hit. Shin was so kind to us in phoning to make sure we were OK and met us the next day to prepare. I appreciate this as there was no news in English and we had no idea what was going on or what to do to prepare. We had a full day with Shin in Kyoto – he magically got us around the city to see the sites we wanted to see and explained about their history and oth... read more
Thank you very much for giving me wonderful days to be with your family. What’s more, I really appreciate your kind review message to my services in Japan tours. Each of your words definitely encourage me to be a nicer guide in my life. I am truly one of the happy guides who could meet wonderful tourist like you. As you state, in Kyoto, we had experienced stormy day by Trami typhoon. But luckily it quickly passed away during night time. I am prioritizing to provide the timely information 24/7 to the guests under any situation. A tourist planning overseas travel needs useful tips of the countries, as well, a guide needs to get an useful information about travelers’ wishes and likes in advance. Thanks to your suitable information and request given to me, I could smoothly create the ... read more
Shin has been nothing but self-less, helpful, and generous with his time and efforts during his time as our guide. He went above and beyond all our expectations to meet what we had envisioned as a "perfect" trip to Japan. By the end of the trip, we felt like Shin was family to us. He took us to some wonderful locations and shared some of Japan's greatest experiences with us, making priceless memories that our family will never forget. Shin took our ideas and suggestions but also made some of his own, never pushing us to do anything we didn't want to do. But he had some great suggestions and we felt that we could trust him with our trip! I cannot stress how much of a help he was with translation and with guidance on where to go, what to do, and what to eat. Even better, Shin was very flexib... read more
Hello Patrick san, thank you very much for terrific nice comment ! First of all, I would like to say I appreciate you hired me as a 9-day-long-tour guide from East to West of Japan. Before the commencement of our Japan tour, we already have a lot of communication through emails in order to realize a perfect Japan tour. I was so happy and lucky because you had timely let me know related accurate information that you prefer to visit and activities you are interested in. Thanks to such a useful information in advance given to me, I could have well prepared and materialize best tour plan thoroughly. We have been to many places such as Tokyo Anime town, Kamakura Katana blacksmith, Kyoto Maiko girl and bamboo forest, Osaka gourmet town, Nara deer park and great bronze Buddha etc. Our journey to... read more
Shin made our two days in Tokyo amazing. Of all the guides I have ever booked Shin was the most organized. He was waiting at the airport with copies of a daily Itenerary for us. He even caught an error between the train arrival time and our planes departure time saving us from missing our flight. Shin was fun and interesting, adding fascinating insights to everything we experienced. When visiting Japan, hiring a guide is a must. Just knowing the language and his way around the subway allowed us to see twice what we would have seen on our own. We loved our trip with Shin and would definitely book with him again when we revisit.
Hello Mr.Marc. I would truly appreciate that you chose me as a Tokyo tour guide this time. I am very happy to know that you have accomplished a long journey with your family in many countries. I am sure there must be plenty of unforgettable stories and memories. I think a guide should be more than guide. On top of introducing just culture and history, I'd like to organize all situations from tourist points of view and to take as much responsibility as possible in order to create a precious moment. It would be great for me if I could be able to have an another chance in the future. Thank you very much ! SHIN
He was very friendly ,helpful He's information was very good He show us different interesting places We are very happy with Shin
Hello Ms.Petra Thank you very much for hiring me as a tour guide in Osaka from cruise seaport. I am so happy to be with you through visiting many places where I could with pleasure. Especially I think Kuromon foods arcade is likely most interesting for you. Even it was a short hours we had much fun time in Osaka. I hope happy life for you and your family. Veel Dank. SHIN
Shin helped us taking public transport and gave very good tips about thé Japanese way of life. He is a very friendly guide. We booked him also for Kyoto. I would recommend him immediately. We spend a wonderfull 1/2 day in Osaka.
I really appreciate your nice message for the tour in Osaka and Kyoto, and thank you so much for having chosen me as a tour guide. Though Osaka and Kyoto are closer location, there are different atmosphere. So I think your plan is good selection to enjoy another colors. I hope you will be able to have as much wonderful moment as possible in Japan tour. SHIN
Shin was a wonderful host and tour guide. Definitely 5 stars from us! We only had one day in Kyoto so we really wanted to see as many sights as possible. Shin allowed us too personalise our day tour, also taking our children's interests into consideration. Shin was incredibly professional and extremely knowledgeable. We had the most incredible day in Kyoto with Shin. Shin was also very helpful with our train tickets and ensured we made it onto the correct train to Osaka Airport at the end of the day. ( In his own time) Do not hesitate to book Shin, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Shin Regards, Sophie
Thank you very much for your nice review comment. I am so happy to know that all travel plans in Japan had been completed on schedule. I think, during your travel, there were sometimes hot days other times rainy days, but I am sure different places and colorful atmospheres must make your tours unforgettable ones. I would really appreciate that you chose me as your guide in Kyoto. And it was great fun to be able to talk about your country as well as Japan. Especially I remember well where we went to a wild monkey park in Arashiyama by 30 minutes walking mountain path. It was nice memory! I hope happiness and prosperity for your family. SHIN
I started to communicate with Shin regarding 2 days of guided tour from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, to Hakone to Kyoto. Since this was early in my attempt to put together a plan for a 17 days tour for 6 people in Japan, Shin very quickly gave me invaluable advice and tips, way beyond his two days with us. He practically “took responsibility” for our well being during the entire time. Rented a minivan for us for one day, took care of all other reservation we still needed, gave us information about hotels we booked, calculated the cost effectiveness of a JRpss based on our needs, and more. I booked his days about 3 weeks ahead, but he took the initiative to continue to correspond with me during the next 3 weeks whenever he had a new thought or idea of what will make our trip better (all 17 days of ... read more
Hello Nurit san First of all I’d like to say thank you so much because you gave me precious moment that means not only choosing me as your tour guide but also making my life much happier and valuable through the tour. And also I feel so happy to know that your trip has been completed on schedule accompanied with unforgettable memories. Today I am reminiscing our time staying at the 5th station of Mt.Fuji, even though we could not see mountain top face but a large-scaled fresh air scenery and greenery welcomed us. What’s more a beautiful Lake, Yamanaka, gave us shinning and gentle smile so that we enjoyed good time at nice lunch restaurants, noodle and pumpkin local dish, called Hoto-nabe hot pot. We could relax by the Lake very much! Actually you gave me good point and timely ques... read more
Shin made our trip unforgettable. He is highly knowledgeable, tons of fun, extremely polite and punctual, and a fantastic host for Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. We wouldn’t have been able to see nearly as much without him, and it wouldn’t have been half as fun. We love shin! Highly recommend - don’t think twice...he’s your guy!
Thank you for nice comment Max san. It was wonderful days for me too. We had enjoyed local foods, lovely garden and temples, lovely deer, super delicious Ramen, and singing favorite songs together. A bit regrettably we didn't have an enough time to taste bakery in DEPACHIKA of Daimaru department store. And I think monkeys in Kyoto are expected to be waiting for you after deer in Nara on your next tour. I really hope happy time will keep on going for your family. Arigato ALLIGATOR not CROCODILE, Max san. SHIN
We are a family of four from the USA. Part of our Asia tour had 5 days in Japan with only 3 full days of touring, and we wanted to see the three major cities: Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in that short amount of time without having to figure out the complex subway system of Japan. We are so glad that we found Shin. We spent 3 days with him. He is a very nice gentleman, knows his way around the cities of Japan, and goes out of his way to help us to make our vacation worry free. His English is very good and he explains well. He helped us translate many items and signs. Took us to shortcuts and places some other tourists dont know about. He would make detailed notes on paper to give us in case we get lost or when we go on our own when the tour is done for the night. He also speaks Taga... read more
Hi Joe san. Thank you so much for your nice review comment and I would really appreciate that you chose me as a three-days-guide in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara tours. It’s my great pleasure to know you had completed whole itinerary smoothly. It’s your first sightseeing visit to Japan, so I think there are a lot of things that must amaze and interest your family. And I am sure various local foods in Nishiki market Kyoto and Dotonbori gourmet street Osaka must be interesting. And hope nice souvenirs will make your friends feel so happy. This time I selected not only famous places but also some off the beaten paths. Through this tour I wish the country, “Japan”, will be much familiar and closer to you. See you next time in another season such as crimson leaves autumn or silver snowed be... read more
Our family of four was fortunate to have Shin as our personal guide. We were visiting from Hawaii and it was the first time we travelled alone to Japan. Shin offered his help immediately after we contacted him, always responding with “ask me anything (even questions outside the booking dates). He helped us reserve our seats on the Shinkansen, and even changed the time of his ticket so he could take the Shinkansen with us when we went to Tokyo. Shin’s tour was special. It was personalized to our interests and included local culture, history, and restaurants we would not have experienced without him. Shin’s English is very good. He is personable and easy to talk to and understand. He found topics of interest to make conversation with all of us. We all enjoyed Shin and he quickly b... read more
Hello Candace san. Thank you so much for your nice comment. I feel happy you could have a happy moments in the first tour from Hawaii. Your friendly smile always made me feel relax so that I could happily and smoothly guide you as if we were family members as you stated. Osaka and Nara you chose are just recommendable places with different colors and attractions. Osaka, called Kitchen of Japan, so you could taste various delicious local foods. On the other hand, Nara, old capital town of Japan in the 8th century, has another fascinating aspects. I am amazed you had selected best routes as a first tour of Japan. I am sure different seasons and various cities in Japan will waiting for you to come back in the future. During the tour it was great fun for me to know about lovely isla... read more
Our family of four, with two younger teenagers, loved our trip to Kyoto thanks to spending two days with Shin. Shin had excellent communication with us prior to our arrival, suggesting itineraries based on our preferences. He was very experienced in the public transit system of Kyoto which facilitated getting around quite efficiently. Shin is a most considerate and thoughtful individual. He went out of his way to accommodate our travel requests. The kids absolutely loved visiting the monkeys of Arashiyama, something we wouldn’t have planned ourselves. We saw a good deal of most of the must-see sights in Kyoto. On our third day (without Shin) we experienced an earthquake in the 5.5 range. It was quite scary especially being in a country outside of our own (U.S.). Shin contacted us even tho... read more
Hello Mrs.Shari I would really appreciate to be given nice review comment on my Kyoto tours. The two days with you is one of the most marvelous moment that I have ever had as a tour guide life since over last year. Honestly speaking before making plan I was thinking over and over again how I should make a best courses that you would be satisfied with your family. So,, as you mention, a wild monkey park is one of off the beaten paths as well as Shinnyodo temple near my villa. I set our tour courses by 50% off the beaten paths and 50% famous but busy streets. By the way, a day after our tour, magnitude 5 earthquakes occurred, so instantly I thought I had to inform you of the relevant information to organize further schedule. I think a timely communication at unexpected cases is m... read more
very good organization, customer orientated, very good explanations. Thanks for the great days in Tokyo and Yokohama!
Hello Samira san. Vielen Dank für Ihren netten Kommentar zum meiner Reiseleiter. Unter schöne Wetter hatten wir guten Zeit in traditionale Platz von Tokio und Yokohama. Ich hoffe daß wir könnten am nächsten Mal in Kioto und Nara besuchen. I wünsche Ihnen ein glückliches und erfolgreiches Leben. Auf wiedersehen. SHIN
I presented Shin with a challenge when organising my tour by wanting a more everyday cultural experience. My initial request was very vague and wishy washy. Shin was constantly patient in working with me to come up with an itinerary. In the end we settled on a mixture of high and low culture and we packed a lot of experiences into a very fun day. Shin is very generous in his nature and keen to try to fulfill the wishes of anyone booking with him. He was very helpful about other aspects of travelling in Japan both before and after our tour. Thank you so much Shin. I look forward to booking with you again next time I am in Japan.
Hello Cathy san. I am super delighted to have made a brand new plan thanks to inspiring me with how to enjoy Tokyo from the heart. Yes honestly speaking, at first I was so embarrassed to listen to your wide-ranged likes and wishes but gradually I became feeling fun to make a never-experienced Tokyo adventure. The work looks like a playing with building blocks to construct new house. This time I was given unforgettable nice memory such as sake drinking-stand-bar, Pachinko pinball parlor along with a lot of sophisticated cultural places. Once again thank you very much for giving me a precious opportunity and moment, Cathy san ! SHIN
I just want to commend Shin san for the excellent handling our our tour in Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. He went out of his way to help us and attend to our needs as well. Our vacation was a very pleasing and memorable experience.
Hello Nilo san. Thank you very much for hiring me as your tour guide in a gourmet and amusement city Osaka, ancient traditional capitals Kyoto and Nara. I feel happy we had a lot of pleasurable time to talk about not only Japan but beautiful country the Philippines. Japan has lots of attractive different faces by season to season and place to place. So I am looking forward to having an another tour. Nais ko ang iyong kaligayahan at tagumpay ng iyong buhay. Malaming salamat Nilo san. SHIN
Shin was so fantastic. easy going, a should must guide... We spend 3 days with him, he show us how to use Train, what should we do, etc my son really love the adventure that Shin took us. Hope to see him in the future, memory remined Thank you so much Kakek Shin for the wonderful trip, your cucu so deep in love with Japan.
Selamat pagi Komang san. So wonderful review ! Terimah kasih for hiring me as your first Japan tour. I am very happy your family had a terrific tour in Japan. We had only one cold and cloudy day in Kyoto but after that, in Tokyo, a blue sky, langit biru, returned to wrap us gently because of your shining magic power given by sacred Hindu rosary. And I remember the beauty scene that your wife put lovely Kimono and walked on the Fushimi-inari shrine passing through vermilion torii gates. I hope your happiness and good life in Ubud Bali, beautiful town. I am ever kakek senang. Thank you cucu and all, Komang san ! SHIN
SHIN without a doubt was the very best guide we have ever had, and we have traveled all over the world. He was knowledgeable, knew the best places to see, eat and shop. He went way over what he was supposed to do. Spent many extra hours with us without charge. Went out of his way to make sure we saw everything we wanted, made reservations for us and guided us with a friendly, happy attitude. Could not have enjoyed Tokyo the way we did without him. Only sorry we didn't use him for our guide in Kyoto. My husband and the two friends we traveled with all felt the same way, he was the best guide ever. Thank you, thank you, SHIN.
Hello Evelyn san. I really appreciate your wonderful comment and posting a quick review in a faster way than that of Shinkansen bullet train ! There are a lot of good scenes that we toured in four days tour, Tokyo, Kamakura and Enoshima, Hakone. But the unforgettable one that I recollect was seeing Mt.Fuji capped with silver snow from the Lake Ashi, in Hakone. Some say the possibility of being able to view Mt, Fuji from Hakone is as low as 20% through the year. And during tours I was also delighted to have had a fruitful and inspired stories. It was a happy moment for me. Having seen Mt. Fuji and blue sky in Lake Ashi, Hakone, one of my favorite songs came up to my mind. "On a clear day, rise and look around, and we see who we are, on a clear day, how it will astound us, that the... read more
Shin's guide services provided us with an excellent experience in Kyoto on March 11, 2018. In addition to a full day of wonderful sites (Golden Temple, Food Market, Bamboo Forest, etc.) Shin helped us purchase our tickets to Hiroshima, and provided detailed information for our connections to Mt Koya and to the Iya Valley. Shin was prompt, sensitive, knowledgable, and had an excellent sense of humor. We give SHIN our highest possible evaluation.
Thank you very much for your nice comment, Patricia san. I feel delighted to know you could have a marvelous time in spiritual world, Mt.Koya and beautifully blessed valley, Iya-dani. I think, a guide is maybe not a guide, it is probably a person finding wonderful people like you. And sharing rapport moment in such a beautiful country might be its duty. And next time I would really hope we could visit your sister university, Notre Dame and another hidden-gem spots in Kyoto. We sang a song together in Arashiyama “Blue sky smile at us, nothing but blue sky do we see, blue birds singing a song nothing but blue sky all day long, never saw the bamboo shining so bright,,, ” I wish your happiness from my heart. Thank you again Patricia san for giving me ever unforgettable memories in Kyoto. SHI... read more
Mr. Shin was very accommodating and genuinely concerned. He went out of his way, over a month before our scheduled tours, to look for a special requirement of my daughter who has a medical condition. And, he gave me regular updates on it. Mr. Shin was also generous with his time and very knowledgeable not only of the tourist spots we visited but also of places we passed by. Having been previously assigned in the Philippines, he would sometimes talk to us in Filipino. This gave us a special affinity. He was just like a "kababayan" (compatriot). Our 2-day tour of Kyoto and Nara was indeed interesting and enjoyable!. MR. SHIN is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Ma san. Arigato Gozaimasu for your warm review message. And thank you very much for hiring me over your precious Japan tour. I am so happy all your itinerary had completed smoothly. I didn’t feel we had met first time. And I am honored to be Kababayan as you stated. The great memories of ancient town Kyoto, and your memorable place Nara, will stay with our mind forever. Time flies so fast, and everything are transient but peaceful gentle smile of Great Buddha is unwavering to shine us. As you mention, Marunong ako kounti mag Tagalog. And I will ever keep on doing my best to create everyone’s special happy tour. Thank you very much again Ma san! SHIN
Touring with Shin was amazing! In 5 hours, Shin helped us see the important places that were on our list. He met us on the platform of the Nizomi train and helped us quickly drop off our luggage and hit the road! We started with the Golden Temple (breathtaking), then on to the Kiyomizu Dera Temple (uphill beauty) and ended at the Fushimi inira Taisha Shrine (amazing torii’s gates). These sights were not closely situated and without Shin’s guidance, it would’ve taken really long to get around. Thank you Shin - you are the best AND we appreciated the history and guidance you provided!
Hello Greg san. Thank you so much for your wonderful review comment. I am very happy to know that your Japan’s tour fulfilled with great fun and nice memories. As you state, though it was a quick hopping sightseeing, we could smoothly visit most must-see spots in Kyoto. I am so glad. And I assume you could feel a big changes in Tokyo compared to the past. I really wish your happiness and everything will be fine with your family from my heart. Our wonderful memories in Kyoto will keep on shining on my mind forever. Arigato gozaimasita ! SHIN
We spent 2 days with Shin - 1 day in Tokyo and 1 day in Kyoto. Shin's English is very good and his knowledge was excellent as he was able to answer every question we asked. He gave us very good advice about sights to see and he also recommended excellent restaurants for lunch. He also showed us his family house in Kyoto which I felt very honoured to visit. He also helped with our train tickets and gave very good advice about using the Metro in Tokyo. After 2 days he felt like a very good friend. I have no hesitation in recommending him and would use him again if I visit Japan in the future.
Hello Brian san, Margaret san. I would really appreciate your nice review message from my heart. Our two days has gone fast with a spring wind but I am sure our precious time keep on shining in my heart like a lovely plum flower we saw together. And it was short time to visit Kyoto by Shinkansen train rush tour, however I am truly honored you could drop by my old tatami Kyoto villa. On a next chance I’d like to be again in autumn with terrific crimson maple leaves. I wish happiness and health. Once-in-a-life-time moment never stay same place, however, plenty of unforgettable memories will keep on living in my mind. Thank you again ! SHIN
mr shin is a wonderful tour guide , he always make sure you are comfortable during the trip, all are easy when you are with mr shin no worry at all nothing much to say but EXCELLENT , "highly recommended" hope to see you soon thanks for the wonderful and memorable tour
Dear Peter san. First of all I'd like to say lots of thanks from my heart to hire me in Tokyo tours. And further I am grateful for your quick review despite you already return to busy daily life. Some say a flock of seagulls will come to nice people and bring happiness. I've been to Odaiba waterfront so often but it was my first time to watch a lot of pretty birds. Only one thing I feel regrettable is a weather report was wrong. Sorry there was no snow on Tuesday though you expected ! See you another seasons different places. I wish happy hours will come to your lovely family. Magkita tayo uli. Maraming salamat. SHIN
Have you ever experienced serendipity? Well, that's the what we felt when Shin san 'stumbled' into our lives. My wife and I are from the USA, and our daughter attended school in Japan as part of an exchange program in Kitakyushu. When our daughter flew to Japan on her own, she was met with the daunting task of navigating the chaotic train station in Tokyo. When attempting to buy a train ticket, she heard some people speaking english nearby. She approached them, and asked for help. This is where she first met Shin san, who happened to be with a couple from the Philippines that hired Shin san as a tour guide. Shin asked his clients if it would be okay if he helped our daughter. The very gracious couple said of course, go ahead and help her. Shin then helped our daughter buy a train ticke... read more
Dear Andrew san. I would really appreciate for your fabulous review comment. I feel so happy to know that you and your family completed all schedule with terrific memories in Japan. I think most first-timers to visit foreign countries may have not only great longing but anxiety at the same time. How to convert from anxiety to happy moment must be significant matter both for guests and for guides. Every time I meet my important new guests, I really feel this world seems to be small as if it would be connected each other to let it start new world. Honestly speaking I was surprised to receive an email from you last September because I completely forgot a meeting moment with your daughter. Sorry ! And after half year we could finally meet in Tokyo. It is an amazing story like a movie ! ... read more
Shin-san is a very kind-hearted, friendly and generous man. He had been very helpful during our journey to Nara, Kyoto and Shiga (Biwako Valley). Even though we did not book him for our Osaka trip, he was kind enough to provide helpful tips and guidance on how to go about in Osaka. In fact, he had always been in touch even before our trip and advised us on suitable itirenary. His willingness to do extra ‘homework’ in order to accomodate our religious needs was also commendable. He was very patient with our 2 kids even though sometimes their behaviour could be challenging. We highly recommend Shin as your local tourist guide in Japan.
Hello Khairul san. Thank you very much for your nice review. I really feel happy your family could have wonderful time in the first visit of Japan. Now that I can say, on the first day we met, I was worried about January’s harsh cold weather might hurt you especially for children. But very soon my worry had totally gone when I saw your kids started enjoying with big smiles. And it’s lucky us because the day of Biwako valley was breathtaking beautiful blue sky shinning on the silver snow world. Yes as you state, I will keep on homework of foreign countrie's study to accommodate. The culture and religion of every country are important to be respected even looks are different. Again I would appreciate your visiting Japan and I hope happiness and health of all your family from the bottom o... read more
Shin san is kind and helpful always. When we began contacting Shin san, he always listens and promptly answering any of our queries, to help us customised our Kyoto and Tokyo day tours which were perfectly enjoyable. It has been a relaxed, fun and informative trip with Shin san. He cares about your needs and makes our trip a wonderful experience. Highly recommend. Thank you so much Shin san!
Helen san, Thank you very much for your nice comment and review. It was my great pleasure to guide you and your sister family in Tokyo and Kyoto. Thanks to giving me an opportunity of guide I could learn about a lot of tips to polish my guiding skill. By the way I am so amazed how perfect Japanese you can speak ! Hope I will be able to do your tour guide someday and somewhere again. I am hoping your happiness and prosperity like a shining and bright Tokyo Rainbow Bridge ! Cheers and Arigato gozaimasita. SHIN
After our friend recommended Triple Lights my Family and I went through their list of guides and decided to hire the services of Shin san. At first it was only for Tokyo and Kyoto/ Nara so that we can get the services of our friend’s guide since he lives in Osaka. From the very first time that we communicated with Shin san, he was so enthusiastic and eager to assist us. One of our inquiries was for the birthday of the emperor. I really wanted to be there and attend that event where Emperor Akihito will give a message and wave to the people who are inside the Imperial Palace. Shin San checked for us the process for that and even accompanied us going there. And for me it was the highlight of our Japan trip. I thought my husband and our kids will get bored and tired since there was walkin... read more
Dear Pam san. At first I’d like to say many thanks to hire me as a tour guide in Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto and Osaka in a series of travel. I am so happy your family could have a lot of nice memories place by place and with every activities. I would like to show my heartfelt gratitude to your wonderful review. Such a nice messages surely encourage and enable me to make more efforts to further help and assist many foreign tourist. Honestly speaking, I was really admired when I got to know you would like to attend the Japanese Emperor’s Birthday Celebration on 23rd December. Even a Japanese people not all do that. Your mind is just a mutual understanding stance. I am so delighted to that. Even though we waited for a long time in cold windy garden, I am sure you could feel something special a... read more
Mr. Shin is the best tour guide we have while in Japan. He is very accommodating and gives advices, tips and directions for us to enjoy our entire stay in Japan. He even meets with us upon arrival in Tokyo eventhough it is not yet the schedule of our city tour. He really takes time to check on us if we are doing well in Japan. The tour is very informative and worth it. He knows Tagalog also. We highly recommend mr. Shin.
Hi Krishiel san, I am very thankful to have been a Tokyo tour guide for your nice family. Even it was cold day, thanks to a perfect weather with blue sky in Shibuya, Odaiba-waterfront, Tokyo Bay cruise, and Asakusa, they were good memories for us to visit and experiences many things. I hope Tokyo trip this time remains on your mind as a wonderful memories of Japan. And I also hope happiness for all of you new year 2018 from my heart. Hopefully see you again in a cherry blossom season, in April. Maraming salamat ! SHIN
It was a fantastic day trip with Mr Shin! He was very patient and accommodating with us. Even though my parents who are not proficient in English were comfortable in communicating with him. He even helped us in booking of the transportation for the rest of my trip. It was really thoughtful of him and we enjoyed his company. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide!
I am pleased to know that you perfectly accomplished all your tour in Japan. And I really appreciate the nice review from you. Actually I was concerned about the weather condition, but it was just waste of worry, and our day was very perfect condition with shining blue sky. The autumn leaves in Osaka that we observed is the best one I have ever experienced. I truly wish the happiness and prosperity for all your family. See you hopefully again in spring cherry blossom season. Thank you so much again, Melinda san!
From the moment we booked our tour, Shin contacted me to ensure we had the perfect itinerary. It was our first time in Kyoto and we wanted to see as much as possible! He even suggested some temples that were lesser known. He is fantastic! He was able to even keep our two children (ages 9 and 11) entertained and interested. We were all so thankful to have him as our guide, instead of trying to “wing it” on our own. Shin even helped us plan our itinerary for the following day to Nara. Highly recommend him!
I am very happy to have such a wonderful review, Natalie san. I’d like to say many thanks because you gave me a great moment to share precious time in Kyoto. What’s more, when seeing friendly family, I really feel how important family members have wonderful moments. I was so moved! And I am sure lots of memorable scenery such as bamboo forest, wild monkey park, Fushimi-inari shrine, Shin-nyodo temple and Nishiki food street etc. will be staying forever in my mind as unforgettable memories. I wish your happiness from my heart. Thank you again ! SHIN
Shin you are amazing - form Temples To Shrines, guidance and knowledge helping up book our tickets and advising us on directions, to taking us to this beautiful little bakery - it clearly shows that you enjoy what you do. Anyone going to Kyoto I would highly recommend you book Shin as your guide. If you ever come to Cairns North Queensland we would like to return the favour. Best wishes to you and your family. Jo
Thank you very much for your nice message Jo san. I am very happy to meet friendly guest like you ! Yes as you mention, there are a lot of little but tasty off the beaten track shops and restaurants on the street of Kyoto. It is my pleasure to introduce them to my guests over the world. As I stated, Queensland is familiar to me because Japanese steel companies have been using plenty of imported quality coal from Australia as well as delicious wine. I am looking forward to seeing you again in Cairns, beautiful place. Warmest regards ! SHIN
I highly recommend SHIN as a tour guide very accomodating, kind, i will never forget him. Even my son wants his service...😀
Thank you very much for your review, Loraine san. I feel so happy to have a nice time with your family in Kyoto and Nara on perfect clear days. I am sure your kid had a big fun with friendly deer in Nara park and funny monkeys in Arashiyama wild forest. Please remind the good seasons, March and April are also very nice with beautiful cherry blossom as well as autumn color in October. So I'm looking forward to seeing you again !
Had a great time in Tokyo for first time, thanks greatly to our fantastic guide Shin. He met us at our hotel promptly if not early and took us around Tokyo through public transportation that if we were doing it by ourselves will take us forever to learn with many mistakes.Shin took care of all the details and made sure that we made it to our ship to check in on time. We started as strangers meeting face to face in a foreign land and parted us friends. Looking forward to seeing more of Japan in the future, hopefully with Shin.
Thank you so much for giving me wonderful memories and nice review. I feel so happy that you could enjoy whole traveling schedule in Japan. Remembering our day, I never forget your big gentle smile on the hotel lobby just like we already knew each other for a long time. As you now say, there are lots of nice places in Japan season to season. Besides Tokyo, for example, Kyoto,Osaka and Nara are providing attractive must-see spots. I really appreciate if we could go together someday. Once again, thank you very much, maraming salamat and Aloha, Elvira san and Virgil san !
I can not express how above and beyond Shin went for us. He was truly far more than a guide in every aspect. I have toured with more than a hundred or more guides over the years (no exaggeration) and Shin really separates himself from the rest. From the moment we contacted him he was responsive and helpful. He took care of things for us in other cities in which we already had a guide. It was unreal as he was picking up the slack for other guides and didn't want or expect anything in additional return. He is just that sort of man whom really cares for his guests and wants to help people when ever he can. Byond all of his inherent traits Shin possesses great logistical organization and a fantastic depth of local historical knowledge for where he is guiding. He moves as fast or as paced as a... read more
Hi Everett san, thank you very much for the nice review! Firstly I would like to say thank you that you had visited Japan, and hired me this time. And secondly I have to really appreciate your very nice comment. Honestly speaking I feel a little bit shy to read review (lol). But your words surely encourage me very much. At first when you texted me about your plan of activities in Japan, I truly admired that you have in-depth knowledge and warm mind related with the Japanese culture and history from the bottom of your heart . For example, in addition to Nikko, the word of Mt.Koya you told me was surprisingly fresh to me, because the most tourists tend generally to visit well-known popular tourist spots near the big city. Together with Mt.Koya, our place, Nikko, is also one of the most ... read more
My family and I cannot thank Shin-san enough. He has been amazing prior to, during and after our tour. He puts his whole heart into and goes the extra mile in everything he does! He planned the perfect Hakone tour for us, making sure we have an open communication, and clearing any doubt we may have about our itinerary. He goes out of his way to ensure that we have the best experience of our tour, wherever it may be. My mother has difficulty walking long distances, and he was always mindful that she didn't get too tired during our tour. Truly, our Hakone trip would not be the same without his extraordinary guidance and help. We also had the good fortune of traveling to Kyoto, his hometown, with him, as our day of departure to Kyoto coincided. He even accompanied us to our hotel in Kyoto, so... read more
Hi Ana san. I really appreciate your warmhearted review for our Hakone trip. And I am very glad that I could accompany with you and your family as a first Japan trip. I am very sorry we couldn't all places you requested me in Hakone area due to time schedule. However I am sure, all places we visited satisfied you, and especially ONSEN, hot spring villa at Hakone-Yumoto brought relaxing time to all of you. I think your mom could rejuvenate by soaking in open air bath surrounding by greenery beautiful nature. I'd like to reminisce our foot print in Hakone trip. 1. Tozan- Tesudo, mountain railway from Odawa to Gora. 2. Cable car from Gora to Sounzan. 3. Rope way from Sounzan to Owakudani volcanic dynamic valley with special black eggs. 4. Rope way again from Owakudani to Togendai like s... read more
I am very happy that I selected Shin san for my trip to Yokohama. Even prior to engaging his service, I asked multiple questions and Shin san patiently answered all of them in detail. He always replied my emails promptly, at times almost instantly! Once I confirmed his service, I was impressed with Shin's professionalism in providing me with the time schedule and the transportation cost. He took the trouble to include a map of the routes to show the sequence of the tour. I am grateful that Shin provided me with an estimate of the costs of the trip to Yokohama from Shinjuku. This enabled us to prepare extra cash to bring along. Most wonderful of all is that Shin communicated with me via *******s and updated me on the weather prior to our departure date. Being able to contact Shin sa... read more
Thank you for nice review, Norah san! I was so glad to guide you in Yokohama and partly in Tokyo. And I was so excited to listen to many interesting stories about Singapore from your family. I felt as if I traveled in your country. In particular it was so nice talking with Ron san about a happy golf game. In fact prior to guide activities, I was thinking over and over again what kind of tour options would be the best for all members through conducting brain simulations. And also as you mention, it must be one of the important factors to show the estimated travel expenses for tourist in the foreign countries. As you stated, I was thankfully given a lot of right questions to the point in a location to location. I am very sure, through these pinpoint-based active conversation, a tour guide w... read more
I am so glad I selected Shin to be our guide around Tokyo. He was extremely organized, extraordinarily nice, and helped us a great deal. Shin speaks English perfectly, and humbly answered all of my silly questions from everything we were seeing to the ins and outs of the history of Japan. Shin met us at the airport at an hour I wasn't sure any guide would be willing to meet us. He navigated for us through all the public transportation from the airport into Tokyo, around Tokyo, and to another airport. He also helped us store our luggage while we toured around Tokyo, and he did a great job of picking places we would be interested in seeing (not typical tourist spots) and finding good traditional food to eat. My wife and I are looking forward to coming back to Japan and seeing if Shin... read more
Hello Bryan san, Thank you for coming to Japan with wife even though it might be tight hours on your schedule. I really appreciate your great review message ! It encourages me very much. Actually we had only half-day but could visit interesting spots in Tokyo. Frankly speaking, I did many trip-simulation on my mind what spots of Tokyo could tickle your taste and interest well. As a result, I chose Meiji-Jingu Shrine, dedicated prominent Emperor, Meiji, because not only from just traditional religious shrine but also well-preserved various kinds of tree like a primeval forest or botanical garden. I feel so happy that you are delighted with the serene and peaceful atmosphere of greenery as an expert of forester. The second place we visited, DEPA-CHIKA, namely fresh foods basement corne... read more
My sister and I booked our tour with Shin having never been to Japan before. Seeing that we were in Tokyo for most of the trip, we wanted to experience the outskirts of the city as well. From the moment we expressed our interest to Shin he was incredibly enthusiastic and helpful. He did everything from sending us fun activity options and detailed itineraries, to thoughtfully sharing the whether predictions and giving us clothing tips in the days prior to our tour. Seeing that we were traveling two hours outside of the city we started our day around 7am. It was very easy to locate Shin as he was promptly sitting in our hotel lobby and we exchanged photos of each other. Shin was as enthusiastic and kind as in his emails. We started our day by taking the bullet train to Hakone and anoth... read more
Hello Olivia san, I really appreciate your nice review and thank you very much for asking me tour guide. I am sure you brought a lot of good memories to your home in CA. A review is very important for guides from enhancement of guiding skill point of view. Positive comments encourage me to pursue becoming a better tour guide. Seeing your review, I’d like to say thank you very much for the warm-hearted and positive comment in Hakone trip on August 20. Your message makes me so happy. To be honest, until one minute before starting tour I was worried about whether or not you would be satisfied with the itinerary that I conducted. The information that you gave me is so helpful because you suggested that your sister is a professional painter and both of you are interested in th... read more
Shin was a great guide for the day, he was filled with great facts and history of the area. He even took time to talk about future visits to Japan with other areas to visit based on what he and I spoke about. Good day, highly recommend Shin as a guide.
Hi Joe san, I really appreciate your nice review. I feel so happy to guide you in Hiroshima memorable town. I hope everything will go well with you, and see you again in another beautiful towns of Japan someday. Thank you very much !
Shin was an excellent guide for our short visit to Kyoto. He was very friendly and personable and really went out of his way to make us feel welcome in Japan, even before and after our day trip to Kyoto. He speaks both English and Tagalog fluently, and during our trip even sang Filipino love songs for us! It was easy also to communicate with him through ******* (TripleLights please take note, most if not all Filipinos who travel abroad use *******, but our other guides did not even know what ******* was) so even before we met him he was already sending us pictures of how he looked, pictures of the restaurant we were planning to go to for lunch, and note this, train schedules, not only for our Kyoto day trip, but even after that, train schedules for Nara and pictures of the sites there w... read more
Hi Ed san, I really appreciate your nice review and productive comment. I'd like to look back shortly our Kyoto trip. At first we visited Golden Temple dating back to 15century, and after temple we enjoyed a lunch Japanese restaurant, named Kagonoya. After lunch we rode cute railway, named Randen, for stunning bamboo forest of Arashiyama. And in the evening we headed for Nishiki foods market. We could enjoy different kinds of local taste. I am very pleased to sharing unforgettable nice time with you, beautiful wife and smart nice children. To visit a monkey park in Arashiyama and Nijojo castle, please come back to Japan autumn season, November or early December. I'm sure breathtaking colorful leaves will gracefully bless us. And I will sing more Tagalog love songs next time for you... read more
SHIN is a great tour guide. He took us on a tour of Kamakura. He is very friendly and very knowledgeable of the area. He was eager to share his insights of the area. I highly recommend him.
Hi Steve san, I really appreciate your nice review. Thank you very much for sharing our precious time. I'm sure that Kamakura strolling left us a lot of nice memories. A colorful rain flower, hydrangea, and plenty of lovely Buddha statues welcomed us with their gentle smile. I am looking forward to seeing you again !
Provided an itinerary for myself and 2 boys, met us at airport and even secured a locker for carry ones. Took us around on tour and even to his favorite restaurant. Thought of taking boys to samari museum which was huge hit for boys. Very thoughtful and thorough guide!!!
Ms. Jennifer, thank you very much for your nice review. I'm so pleased to guide you and share happy time in Tokyo even though it was rush. We didn't have a lot of time, but I look forward to introducing you nice spots more next time. I am sure Max and Ollie will be already good real Samurais with special swords. Thank you so much for coming to Japan!
Mr Shin is an excellent guide. He made our visit to Nara incredible, once his knowledge about the culture, religion, politics and gastronomy are quite impressive. On the top of that, he is also extremely polite and gentil!
Sehor Okamoto san, Muito obrigado! I am really pleased to be given such a nice review. I never forget our wonderful day in deer land, Nara. Tenhna um bom dia! SHIN