My husband and I booked a four-hour tour with T-chan. She worked with me in advance of our arrival to determine what sights we wanted to see and was super easy to work with. Her English is excellent and there were no issues with communication. She met us at our hotel and we walked to the subway station. This was planned out and I believe she will accommodate to individual requests. She showed us how to buy subway cards and how to recharge them, etc. It was so nice to just follow her and not worry about getting lost. She took special consideration to our needs and was really a perfect host. She answered all of my random questions and was very easy to talk to. We had a lot of fun and we recommend her to anyone looking to book a guide in the area. We will 100% book T-chan again for our next t... read more
Toshi met us at the cruise terminal for our 4 hour tour. We walked a lot along the area near the ship. She adjusted the itinerary per our request and took us to a traditional Japanese dance competition. We then set about 2 hours in Chinatown where we had lunch and walked the streets stopping at one temple. On our way back to the ship we walked through a pretty gardens. Her English is excellent.
Thank you for the kind review, Sandi! It was indeed an enjoyable day! So what do you think of the Yosakoi dance? Wasn't it grand? Who would have thought traditional folk dance could mix well with rock’n roll? Can you remember the clothes of each of the dance teams? They wore their own distinctive modern Kimono. Next time, let’s explore Yokohama Sankeien garden together! It is like an antique architectural themed park. You would love it! Hope to see you again!
T-Chan (Toshi) was so knowledgeable and professional ... Even before we arrived in Tokyo she answered our questions and helped us create an itinerary perfectly suited to our interests. Once we arrived, she was so accommodating - and her kind, generous personality made the trip even more fun. My highest recommendation !
Thank you, Debbie! It was lovely to meet all of you. We, girls, had a great time shopping at Asakusa. Two hours was not enough to see all the stores there. It was good to see your husband having fun "fighting" against the sword master at the Samurai Museum. On a different note, I hope your father's book (which you co-wrote) is well-received in Japan!
Great guide. Knows subways and can find elevators/escalators when available since I have a bum knee. Very knowledgeable about sites and restaurants. She is on time and communicates. Cant go wrong.
Hi Sherrie! I quite enjoyed our two-day tour, too. Thank you for bringing beautiful sunny weather with you! The view from Tokyo Skytree was made more breathtaking by the clear skies. It gave us a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji's perfect cone! I was happy to see your photographer husband taking photo after photo in Odaiba. The many unique buildings by the Tokyo bayside were a sight to see, weren't they? It's an even richer experience in the spring. Temple and shrine grounds are reanimated with cherry blossoms in full bloom! It would be another wonderful photo opportunity for you and your husband. Hope to see you again soon!
Toshi’s tour was amazing! Not only did her tour give my family and I an excellent understanding of Tokyo and the Japanese culture, but it also gave us extensive knowledge on the Imperial Palace, Harajuku and Shinbuya districts. I would suggest that you book Toshi at the beginning of your holiday as she really helped up navigate around Tokyo and arrange “must sees” for our trip. Truly a once in a lifetime experience that we will Never forget! Thank you 🙏🏻
Thank you, Trish and Simon! I had a wonderful time with you, too! Wasn't Harajuku fun, particularly for your two teenage daughters? There are so many shops and animal cafes to check out. It was so hard to leave the puppies behind! So sweet and tiny! The Shibuya crossing was a sight to behold, wasn't it? Being one of the thousands of people making the crossing was quite an experience! WHEW!!!! Please keep in touch. Hope to see you again sometime soon!
Toshi took us out on a half day tour in Tokyo on our first full day in Japan. We went to the Imperial Palace, Tsujiki fish market, and Asakusa. She also taught us how to buy tickets for/use the metro system and order sushi in a sushi restaurant! Toshi gave us lots of tips for the rest of our stay in Tokyo and we really appreciated all of the historical knowledge she was able to share about the sites we visited. We'd definitely recommend her as a guide!
Hi Brendan! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. It was a miracle that there was no queue at the Tsukiji outer market restaurant. The counter seats right in front of the sushi chef was the best way to see him at work. Let me show you the new fish market in Toyosu next time! It opens in October 11. Hope to see you again soon!
We had limited time in Tokyo but also wanted to make sure we got to see the old fish market before it closed as well as some of the newer sites in Odaiba. Toshi was great in showing us around both places. Highly recommend.
Hi Zach and Trae! It was fun to see you enjoy My Tokyo! We saw quite an interesting contrast between sights: a combination of the past, the present, and the future. Our day started at the traditional fish market in Tsukiji. We also saw the new fish market buildings in Toyosu which will start operations next month. The view from the front part of the self-driving train was spectacular wasn't it? (One can pretend to be "driving" the train from those front seats.) We were just in time for the scheduled Gundam statue transformation from "unicorn mode" to "destroy mode". Now, that was something! We capped the day with a visit to the Miraikan Science Museum (mirai = future). Come back soon so we can sample the sushi at the Toyosu Fish Market! I can't wait to take you to the best sushi ba... read more
I visited Tokyo from Washington, D.C., for the first time with my wife and 2 sons (aged 14 years and 5 years). We contacted T-chan and arranged for a 2 day tour across Tokyo and Yokohama. Our experience was excellent and exceeded our expectations! We met with her at our hotel lobby on both days on time and as planned, we used public buses and trains to get to our destinations (which was exactly what we wanted). On the first day in Tokyo, we visited the Meiji shrine, Tsukiji fish market (where we went to a traditional restaurant and had a delicious sushi meal), visited Ginza, Archibara and then the Shibuya crossing where we also took part in the crossing (what an experience!). On the second day, we went to Yokohama and visited the Minatomirai 21 wharf area, Yokohama Landmark Tower (which ga... read more
Hi Chima! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Thank you for bringing beautiful sunny weather with you. It's a Japanese belief that when children behave well, the weather would be great on their next "big event" (e.g. a school trip). Your children must have been on their best behavior prior to the tour as the weather was perfect! The view of Yokohama Bay from the Yokohama Landmark tower was made more breathtaking by the clear skies! Our lunch, Tonkaktsu (fried pork cutlets) was yummy, wasn’t it! Please keep in touch. Next time, let’s visit Kamakura for Zen temples! Hope to see you again sometime soon!
We loved our tour with Toahi! She was prompt, easy to understand, and you could tell she enjoys what she does. Made our trip productive and enjoyable.
I am happy to hear you had a fun day with me, Ralph! Ningyoyaki – a doll-shaped pancake stuffed with sweet bean jam- was tasty, wasn’t it? Japan has rich and unique food culture. I hope to show you Depachika, the food section of the department stores on your next trip! The display is amazingly beautiful like “Food Museum”. You can sample Sake there, too. Come back soon!
My Girlfriend and I recently visited Japan for the first time. We started in Osaka/Japan where we hired a guide from TripleLights in that area. We had such a great time with her, when we got to Tokyo, we decided to use TripleLights again, and chose Toshi. Toshi was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and confident. Those of you who don’t know Tokyo, it can be quite a daunting task to navigate your way to all the points of interest, as there are so much to see and every destination is a minor challenge to find (even with a smart phone and TripAdvisor at hand). A lot of time and walking can be wasted as you’re searching for your destination. From the very beginning, Toshi had planned out our route based on the time that we requested, and she knew every little turn, short cuts, and... read more
It's great to hear from you again, Dan! I am happy to hear you had a fun day with me! Owls were amazing! They were well trained, weren’t they? Owls are believed lucky birds in Japan. There are more hot spots in Tokyo. A digital art museum is scheduled to open in this month in Tokyo. You need to check it out! Hope to see you again.
T-chan was excellent. We would highly recommend her to anyone visiting Tokyo. She was extremely knowledgable, had excellent english, and very friendly.
Thank you, David! I was very impressed at your organizing skills! You planned a wonderful Tokyo layover for your mother. The view of Hamarikyu (Japanese garden) and Odaiba (Tokyo Bay area) was quite breathtaking, wasn't it? It made lunch even more enjoyable! I'm glad you liked the sake I chose for you. One cup is not enough! I do hope to see you and your mother back in Tokyo. There are even more places to experience! Come back soon!
T-Chan gave us a most memorable day in Tokyo. She immediately connected with us and her energetic and lively approach to her guiding was infectious. We felt very comfortable with her and her flexibility and ability to understand our needs were much appreciated. She is an excellent guide and we had an amazing day. Arregato gozaimasu! Esther
Thank you for being such wonderful guests during the tour, Esther. Wasn't the view of Tokyo Bay and Odaiba spectacular? It was a miracle that there was no queue at the Tsukiji outer market restaurant. The counter seats right in front of the sushi chef was the best way to see him at work. We were just in time to see the inner market right before it closed. Let me show you the new fish market in Toyosu next time! It opens in October. Matane! (See you!)
Thanks T-Chan for a lovely day. You were knowledgeable, well prepared and fun.
Hi Jackie! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Thank you for bringing beautiful sunny weather with you. The view of Tokyo Bay from the elevated train was made more breathtaking by the clear skies! Please keep in touch. Don't be a stranger. Hope to see you again sometime soon!
T-chan was a wonderful guide-- knowledgable, energetic, and very accommodating. We had a plan of what we were going to see and do in Tokyo but our plans changed and T-chan was very flexible and came up with a new plan on the spot! She is organized and helpful and enhanced our group's experience in Tokyo! Arigato T-chan!
Hi, Sonia! It was lovely to meet all of you. You radiate positivity! So glad you enjoyed taking photos at the Harajuku kawaii photo booth (purikura). We had fun time at Yurakucho Yakitori alley below the elevated railway. I hope to show you around "My Tokyo" sometime soon!
We had a great time with T-chan. She was punctual, accommodating and delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed our day as we covered a lot of territory and she shared a lot of knowledge. The highlight of the day and our trip overall was a fantastic meal at the Tokyo fish market- you need to be a local to find this eatery. We couldn't recommend her more highly.
It's great to hear from you again, Lynda. I'm grateful you took a few hours from your cruise to see the Tokyo Bay Area, Tsukiji Market, and Shinjuku with me. The counter seats at the Tsukiji outer market sushi bar are the best, aren't they? The sushi chefs did an excellent job. It was a feast for the senses! Perhaps we could make sushi at my house next time? I'll show you around the area. It's a typical Tokyo neighborhood with temples and shrines. One of the traditional Japanese archery arenas is also quite close. Let's make a day of it! See you soon!
T-chan is an energetic tour guide who met all our requirements and requests in visiting the key sights of Hakone. She is very easy going, has a pleasant manner and her English is excellent. Nice touch to email us some pictures of the day at the end of the tour, thanks T-chan! Visiting Hakone by ourselves would have been stressful with all the train changes etc so T-chan was invaluable in making the day enjoyable. We were particularly happy to have clear views of Mt Fuji and loved the Open Air Museum.
Thank you for your kind words, Binit! We were lucky to have clear skies yesterday. The view of Mt. Fuji was postcard-pretty! What I like best were the photos of you posing like the sculptures in the Open Air Museum. It's amazing how you keep the romance alive! Such a lovely couple! Hope to see you again!
T-chan was very personable, very organized and had planned the day according to what we wanted to see and do. She explained what we were seeing or doing and answered all our questions. We would definitely want her as our guide, should we need one again.
Thank you for your kind words about our tour, Frank. I am happy to hear you had a fun day with me! Your grandson looked so cool in samurai sword training. Ladies almost forgot time when we were in DAISO, as so many interesting items were available at the price of 100YEN each! Late November is another pretty season with the wonderful fall foliage in the countryside. I hope we will explore Kamakura and Hakone together next time!
We are a family of four, including two girls aged 15 and 16, from the UK. We recommend using T-chan if you are visiting Tokyo. She was very helpful and communicative before we arrived, and came up with a tailored plan for us. She was very flexible in changing this when we changed our minds. We had 2 days in central Tokyo & 1 day at her house, where we had a tour of her neighbourhood, tea ceremony, made sushi and the girls dressed in kimonos which was most enjoyable and memorable. Will book again when we revisit. Thank you T-chan
Thank you for your kind words, James! My husband, Mrs.Tanaka (tea master) and I had a great time with your family, too. I hope you have fun making vegetarian sushi at home. With a cutting-edge home sushi maker, it won’t be difficult! My mission to find goods of your daughter’s favorite anime “Yuri on ice” was quite challenging but she got several items in Akihabara! What a relief! Hope to see you again soon!
T-Chan was our guide for one and a half days in Tokyo. She was the best! She is a very nice lady, warm hearted, spoke great English, and very informative about Tokyo city and Japanese subcultures and lifestyles. It was a tour on foot. She met us at our hotel lobby, and started the day by helping us purchase our all important IC subway cards. She helped make sense of the subway system. She tailored the tour to what we wanted to see, but still made sure we saw all the important sites like Asakusa, and neighborhoods like Harajuku and Omotesando. It was great to have a local guide! We covered a lot of ground. We are foodies and planned to have T-Chan take us out a half day on a second day dedicated to Tsukiji Fish market, ending up seeing the izakays under the old railroad. But Tsukiji Fisk m... read more
Thank you so much for your kind words, Glenn. I had a wonderful time with your family, too! Our first day was a girl’s day in Harajuku, and our second day was a boys’ day in Tsukiji fish market. Your teen-age-children were nice and well-behaved. Let’s explore a new fish market which will be open in this October together sometime soon!
Toshi was an excellent guide, cannot recommend her enough. It was my solo overseas trip and she made me feel very welcome. The sites we saw were Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Tokyo Toy Museum, Tokyo Fire Museum, Shibuya- crossing, Hachi-ko, faithful dog, Restaurant Nabezo – shabushabu and sukiyaki lunch, Kabukiza theater, Ginza shopping street, Isetan department store in Shinjuku. My highlight was the absolutely beautiful cherry blossom trees in Shinjuku gardens, a very peaceful place. Overall my first day was amazing and I enjoyed hearing Toshi tell me all about everything.
Thank you for taking the time to leave such kind words about our tour. I am happy to hear you had a fun day with me and cherry blossoms! The food section of Isetan department was very impressive, wasn’t it? I hope this isn't the last time we see each other. Autumn is a particularly pretty season with the wonderful fall foliage in the countryside. Hope to see you again soon!
I can't even begin to express how incredible of a time we had with T-chan. She made our trip so memorable and I am so grateful that we got to spend our first (but not last) trip to Tokyo with her. From arranging airport transportation to samurai training lol to a lovely tea ceremony she prepared for us in her beautiful home, everything was outstanding. She is no longer just our tour guide, she's our friend!!!! Highly recommend T-chan to anyone thinking of visiting Tokyo!!!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Samurai-Jeshua and Lauren! It was wonderful to spend two days with you both. Mame, my dog, already misses you. I hope you have fun making sushi at home. Tokyo has many hot spots that we haven't seen yet. We barely scratched the surface! Let's explore them together sometime soon!
From the moment we first made contact with T-Chan, we knew we were in for a spectacular day in Tokyo! A million thank yous to T-Chan for guiding and educating us through the wonderful sights, sounds and food of Tokyo. We had planned a very full day throughout various parts of the city and with T-Chan’s assistance, we saw everything and more on our wish list. From our early morning start at the Tsukiji Fish Market to our grand finale in Shinjuku, our day was perfect in every way. T-Chan was professional, informative and a joy to be with. Thank you, T-Chan!
Thank you for your kind words, Carol and Mark! Your glowing review is very humbling. I quite enjoyed my day with you, too! Your "Things to do in Tokyo" list was quite impressive. I hope that the sushi knife brings back memories of your trip each time you use it. Hope to see you again!
Toshi was the right selection we made. She came on time to pick us and was really helpful in touring, specially with 2 young kids. She is an energetic and friendly guide with lot of patience, always with a smile. She is rich in her knowledge about Japan and it’s history. Toshi helped us even beyond her tour time to buy train tickets and to find the way back to our hotel. I highly recommend her as your guide if you want to have a pleasant & happy time. Thanks Toshi for making our day memorable and will definitely contact you on out next visit to Japan.
Hello, Dini. Thank you for the kind words. I had a wonderful time with your family, too! Your children are both adorable and exceptionally well-behaved. Did you find that Japanese tourists around us talked how sweet your children were at the Japanese garden? I hope to see you again! T-chan
Toshi met us at our hotel at the agreed time, and explained the course for the day. We went with her to the subway to purchase our day travel ticket. Our first stop was The Imperial Garden which was beautiful even in the winter, then caught subway to Harajuku which we walked through and found a Soba noodle place for our lunch. Next stop was Meiji Shrine where Toshi talked us through the importance of Shrines in Japanese culture. We then caught 2 more trains to Odaiba city, one of the trains being a driverless train. We found the entire day amazing, and Toshi was a great communicator telling us all about history and meanings of many ideals we encountered. We highly recommend Toshi as a guide for anyone wanting a truly authentic experience in Japan.
Arigato, or thank you for the excellent review, Heather and Peter. It was a warm day so that we could enjoy walking around Tokyo. We took the front seats on the automated-guideway-train named Yurikamome line that allowed us to get the magnificent the view of Tokyo water front and Mt. Fuji. I hope you continue a pleasant trip in Japan with your daughter. I hope to see you again. Toshi(T-chan)
We were highly impressed with T- Chan for several reasons- apart from having a delightful personality, it was abundantly clear that significant effort had gone into our 6 hour tour, including research regarding a special dietary requirement. T- Chan clearly loves what she does, taking major pride in her home city. There was just the right combination of information sharing along with a down- to- earth humility and genuine friendliness. We would thoroughly endorse T - Chan as a reputable and friendly tour guide to anyone visiting Tokyo.
Thank you for your excellent review, Linda and Ruthie. We were lucky, as we could get the beautiful view of Mt. Fuji and Tokyo bay. I hope you to continue a pleasant trip in Japan. Happy new year! T-chan
T-chan arrived at my hotel promptly in the morning to escort me on a memorable Tokyo adventure. Since this is my third trip in the last 6 months to Tokyo, I was looking for something adventuresome, personalized and off the beaten path! We began the day at the antique flea market held in Machida Tenmangu shrine. I was able to purchase two super cute kimonos as Christmas gifts for my two nieces. From there we explored Daiso which is Japan's version of America's Dollar General. Generically theses stores are called 100 yen stores. Then we blazed through the local supermarket, enjoying samples of food while we shopped for our sushi ingredients. I was also able to score two bags matcha green tea Kitkat bars to use as stocking stuffers for the kids back home. Next, T-chan made... read more
Dear Anita Arigato, or thank you very much for your nice review and compliment of my dog!!! I hope you try to make sushi or sushi inspired rice salad at your home. Please have a pleasant trip around Tokyo with your husband and see you again! T-chan
Toshi was a wonderful guide for my parents
Thank you very much for Sara. We managed to visit Engakuji (zen temple), Hachiman-gu (Shinto shrine), and the Great Buddha in Kamakura in 6 hours. I hope your parents’ safe return. Next time, I hope to see you. T-chan
We had two wonderful days with Toshi (T-chan) and we met a tour guide who knew her work very well From the contact stage through email. In the way she prepared us for the tours. How to help the manager in Tokyo. And of course the fascinating walks and places we saw. Highly recommended with a five-star rating. Traveling with Toshi (T-chan) is a great experience
Konnichiwa and thank you very much for booking me for two days, Hagi & Galia. I showed you trendy spots in Tokyo; Harajuku’s Kawaii monster café, Shibuya crossing, Akihabara, Odaiba with a huge Gundam statue, Tokyo Skytree, etc. I hope your safe return and see you again in Tokyo. T-chan
Toshi was a great guide, who truly cared that we saw all we could see on our tour. She is very knowledgeable and it is very easy to communicate with her. She made our tour in Yokohama the best tour which we had on our entire Japan trip. Thank you, Toshi.
Thank you for your excellent review, Beverly. Is Wayne OK now? I hope so. We were lucky, as we could see the daytime and night bay view in Yokohama, so beautiful! I hope you to continue a pleasant trip in Asia. Next time, see you in Tokyo! T-chan
we had a great time with Toshi, who took us through inner and outer Tsukiji market, the elevated train to Odaiba, water bus to Asakusa and finally walk through Asakusa and Sensoji temple area. She was friendly, very knowledgeable and also so helpful in helping us plan more things to do in Tokyo. She even followed up by email to make sure we had directions to where we were going next. She was an excellent guide, and we would not hesitate to book her again.
Thank you very much, Elvee and Dustin. I had a great time with you, too. You came here in the right time. As I told you, Tsukiji fish market will be closed next year. Did you get authentic Tokyo Banana? I hope so. I hope you continue a pleasant and memorable trip. Bon voyage! T-chan
She is very kind,helpful and she explained well japan history. I visited a lot of places in Tokyo for one day . Thanks Toshi
Dear Na-chan, I am very happy to know you enjoyed my tour. I uploaded your photo on my website. https://triplelights.com/japan/tour/tokyo-by-toshit-chan-1597 We visited Tokyo bay area by Yurikamome line & water bus, then Asakusa, Akihabara and Shibuya. We were lucky to see portable shrines, wedding ceremony and Shamisen (guitar) players. We had Tempura lunch. I hope you to continue a good trip in Japan. Thank you and see you again. T-chan
T-chan was friendly, and kind. She was very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. At the safety center, she was invaluable. Without here I wouldn't have been able to enjoy the center nor the simulation as well as I did as the staff did not speak Engllish. With her acting as an Interpreter I was not only able to understand their lessons and instructions but they were able to understand my questions. T-chan was an excellent interpreter. Not only this but she was also able to explain the relevance of the center and Japanese culture in general. I would also recommend this as a tour idea. The center was very informative and I really enjoyed the simulator. We were told to get under the table on our knees. I could barely stay on them as the motions were very intense. Due to r... read more
Hi, D-chan. I am relieved to know you had a safe return. Thank you for choosing me and your review. I am happy to hear you liked your tour. We shared lots of laughs and smiles as well as surprises. I hope you come back Japan. See you in Tokyo! T-chan