We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x
Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!
We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!
Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.
Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you 😊
Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!
I was on a 12 hour layover from Narita airport so I decided to take a tour of Tokyo in that time. I booked Toshi in that time and I was surprised to find out that I could customize the tour to whatever I wanted, so I picked the tour and settled the timing of everything with her. The tour was really thorough and expansivr as Toshi seemed to know everything about Tokyo and Japan, If I had a question then I just had to point and ask and I would get a detailed explanation. Aside from the main tour Toshi was really nice, I have a leg surgery so we took breaks when necessary and she helped us with the train tickets and everything. She even helped us reschedule some train tickets when the tour was technically over which she didnt have to do but she helped us with it anyway. I totally recomend Tos... read more
Thank you, Shyam. So delighted to know you and your son had a meaningful time with me. (I did, too!) It was fortunate that we saw some of the New Year traditions and the early blooming of cherry blossoms in Asakusa. The view from Roppongi hills was breathtaking, wasn’t it? Tokyo is quite a big city, indeed. We barely even scratched the surface of Tokyo! Please stay for a couple days next time. Let's go to an animal café in Harajuku together!
My daughter and I had a very nice day with Toshi. During it, we visited the Asakusa – Sensoji Temple, tasted melon pan (sweet bread), took in sweeping views of Tokyo from the 46th floor of the Shiodome, visited Miyazaki’s Giant Clock, saw where the Olympic village and venues were being completed, and generally had a wonderful time. Thank you Toshi.
Thank you, Todd! So glad you enjoyed the traditional Japanese atmosphere in Asakusa. The atmosphere was quite festive with its New Year decor. We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day on our tour. Your daughter’s omikuji (fortune-telling paper strip) appears to be true as it said she has good travel luck. The view of Tokyo Bay from Odaiba was breathtaking, wasn’t it? Please come back for the cherry blossom season. It's one of the greatest attractions in Tokyo!
She is very knowledgeable of the history behind the places we visited. Also shared a lot on cultural behaviour such as how to use the washing ladles outside the shrines and the demarcation of internal vs external areas of temples etc. A great and helpful guide. Highly recommended.
Hi Alan! So delighted to know you and your family enjoyed my Kawagoe tour. Isn't it fantastic that we could see the well-preserved buildings that are over a hundred years old? Kawagoe is just a short train ride from Tokyo. So close! We were in the right time to see the fall foliage in Kitain Temple. This is the only place in Japan where we can see the 350 - year - old Tokugawa Shogun rooms relocated from the Edo castle. Aside from visiting historical sites, we tried a wide variety of local food such as sweet potatoes, mochi rice cake, candies , soy sauce and sake! We were stuffed at the end of the day. Let's go to Odaiba next time! I'm sure your son will enjoy taking photos there. Hope to see you next year.
We are retired couple from US. We chose Toshi as our day trip guide based on her video, and exvellent choice it was. After spending time on selecting attractions in Tokyo to visit during the day, everything had to change due to quite strong rain all day. Toshi showed up in thr morning with new ideas what to do and we just followed, having a lot of fun with her, getting to know Tokyo in different way than we planned originally. We visited museum, some shopping in big and small shops, some littlr restaurants and tea place, interesting streets and people watching. Also some places we could visit like Shibuya crossing and viewing point Shibuya Sky above. All the time Toshi kept us occupied talking about history and traditions of Japan, also less serious but quite teresting facts about life in ... read more
Thank you, Janusz! It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. The Edo-Tokyo Museum exhibits a combination of Japanese arts and culture. The interior tour of a traditional Japanese house was a unique experience, wasn’t it? I felt like I was visiting my grandmother’s home. In the old days it’s common to have a small Shinto shrine at home in the living room. Glad to see you enjoyed the Tonkotsu Ramen in Harajuku. It was a perfect lunch for a cold day. We got all warmed up. We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo so please come back. Hope to see you again!
Toshi is an excellent guide. I have a fun and lovely time exploring Tokyo (Imperial Garden, Tsukiji Market, Harajuku and Shibuya Area) with her. She is nice, friendly, patient and engaging. I have learned a lot about Tokyo (the history, culture, transportation system) from her. She is helpful and always willing to go the extra mile to answer my enquiries and give good recommendations/ travels tips about Tokyo. I have enjoyed the tour. Thank you very much, Toshi (:
It was a pleasure meeting you , Madeline! I felt like I was travelling with a family member. We were lucky to have witnessed two special events as they were only available in this week. The Imperial Palace was open to the public for fall foliage. The combination of traditional castle structures and red Japanese Maple leaves was breathtaking, wasn't it? Another lucky coincidence was that we could see the ceremonial shrine for Daijosai ( The first annual harvest festival performed by the new emperor ). As a matter of fact, the virtual reality experience in Harajuku was quite fun! Glad to see that you enjoyed finding Kawaii ( cute ) stuff in Takeshita streeet. Enjoy the rest of your stay and I hope to see you again!
Toshi made the day tour of Kamakura very seamless. Her tours are just the right amount of walking including a variety of historic sites. She even went out of her way at the end of the day to take us to see the beach in Kamakura. We also enjoyed trying the sardines over rice, which is a cuisine known in Kamakura.
Arigato Anthony! So delighted to know you and your girlfriend had a ball on our Kamakura tour. ( I know , I did.) Our tour started by walking up the hill to get a view of the snow-capped Mt. Fuji at the Engakji Temple grounds while indulging in the serene atmosphere. We were also quite lucky to have been at the Tsurugaoka Shrine just in time for the Shichi-Go-San ( 7-5-3 ) and the Wedding Ceremony. The kimono-clad children were pretty well-behaved, don't you think? This is just the beginning of our adventure as there are more unique shrines and temples in Kamakura to uncover. Hope to see you soon! :)
We had a wonderful time with Toshi. She was prompt and very welcoming. She met us early and took us all around Tokyo. She knew a great deal about the places we visited and we learned a lot. Our schedule included a lot of walking but she was full of energy and good cheer. She has a great sense of humor. I would recommend Toshi to anyone who wants an energetic knowledgeable guide in Tokyo. Thank you Toshi!
Thank you, Tonia and Ed! So glad you enjoyed your layover-weekend in Tokyo. We took advantage of the day by starting our tour early. Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine were so peaceful. Koi fish welcomed us! The exhibition of the Edo-Tokyo Museum was interesting, wasn’t it? Japan is an island country and we had an isolation policy for over 200 years. That’s why we are still preserving such a unique culture. Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you!
My time in Tokyo with Toshi was very enjoyable. Toshi knows so much about the history of Japan and every little corner of the city. I asked her to visit specific sites and she delivered them beautifully. Toshi is graceful and calm which made for a very delightful day. Thank you, Toshi! I will be back!
Thank you, Mariluz! Glad to know you had fun; I did too! You requested a shopping tour for products made in Japan such as organic cosmetics, ceramics, stationaries, and green tea. What do you think of Ginza stores? I felt like as if we were doing museum-hopping as products were so beautifully displayed. Don‘t you think so? Our next stop was a small shopping mall with unique artisan works. There are more stores you need to check out! Please come back to Tokyo in spring so that you can see the cherry blossoms. Hope to see you again.
Toshi is a marvelous guide! We had a great day with her in Tokyo. She is knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with. We especially appreciated her kindness and flexibility as we had to rearrange our plans due to Typhoon Hagibis. Thank you Toshi for both your support and for showing us an awesome day!
Arigato, Wendy! I also had a wonderful time with you and your family. So glad that we managed to hit all the places (and food) you wanted to visit. There are over 100 choices of crepes in Harajuku. Just looking at the colorful samples in front of the food stands was fun, wasn't it? You looked so cool with the beer at a warmly cozy bar in Golden Gai. How was the taste of Yakitori (skewered chicken) in Omoide Yokocho? Hope you liked it. Please come back as Tokyo has more local food you must try. Matane! (see ya' in English)
Toshi provided consistently excellent, knowledge-based, personalized touring. She’s a warm, engaging person who immediately made us all feel comfortable. In the planning for our trip, she was very responsive and helpful when replying to our questions and helped tailor our time with her to match our interests and physical abilities. She has very broad knowledge about Tokyo and Japan, their geography and history, and more than satisfied all our questions. She’s a very engaging speaker, she made sure we were all involved. She followed up on all issues in a complete and timely manner. She made excellent recommendations for places of interest we wanted to visit on our own. We couldn’t be more pleased with her service and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a guide.
Thank you, Seymour. Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour! I aim to please! It was great to spend two days with all of you. We had fun in Harajuku while we had meaningful time to immerse ourselves in the arts and culture in Ueno & Yanaka. The Asakura mansion is stunning, isn’t it? Please come back to Tokyo in a different season to see the flowers, e.g., cherry blossoms in late March and lotus flowers in July. In addition, let’s explore Yokohama together!
The Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shinjuku and the Shibuya Crossing, with stops at a cat cafe, DAISO store, a fantastic tonkatsu lunch and shopping all along the way—that’s how my husband and I spent our amazing day with Toshi. She’s informative, fun and could not have been lovelier. I recommend Toshi to anyone reading this review, as I will back home in Los Angeles to my friends planning future visits to Japan.
Thank you for your kind words, Laura and Paul! Your glowing review is very humbling. I quite enjoyed my day with you, too! So happy we could find shirts and shoes that your sons had requested in Harajuku. Maisen, the restaurant we had lunch, is the one of the most popular tonkatsu (pork fillet cutlet) restaurants in Tokyo. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Hope to see you (and your friends, perhaps) again in the near future!
We enjoyed our day in Tokyo with Toshi. We are a family of five with kids ages 11,10 &10. Toshi kept everyone entertained. We used several modes of transportation to mo e about the city. We were telling friends all that we did with Toshi and they couldn’t believe we did it in one day. :)
Hi Jennifer! So happy to know your family enjoyed the tour. The Tokyo skyline is quite stunning from the elevated train, isn't it? The breeze on the water bus ride was a welcome reprieve from the heat. How did you like the rainbow-colored cotton candy in Harajuku? Have you all had a chance to show friends your Purikura photos? You all had fake eyelashes, enlarged eyes, extra rosy cheeks and lips (even your husband!). So cute! Please come back in the spring to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. It's a sight to behold! Hope to see you again!
Toshi is very knowlegable and personable. She customised our tour to our specific interests. We all had a great time.
Arigato(thank you), Anthony! The tour was a mixture of traditional (Meijijingu Shrine) and modern Japan. Harajuku is my most favorite place in Tokyo with so many interesting stores to check out. So glad we managed to hit all the spots your children wanted. Purikura photos from the cute photo booth are particularly good souvenirs. We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo! Please come back. Hope to see you again.
We had a great first day in Tokyo, and that's thanks to Toshi. She brought us to very interesting places and helped us navigate Tokyo and the Japanese heritage with her knoweldge, tips and written notes. Added bonus, she caught on camera special moments of us discovering the Japanese culture. Great guided tour and exploration of some of Tokyo's history. Highly recommended! Caro and Remi
Thank you, Carolina and Remi! It was a pleasure to meet you. We were very lucky we could take an Aizome (Japanese indigo dyeing) lesson at the Edo Tokyo Museum. The spot-dye cloths you made were quite impressive art works and good souvenirs. Don’t you think so? The restaurant we had lunch offers a wide variety of Japanese food so that anybody can enjoy tasty food and sake (you consumed sake named Dassai) Did you get a fun photo on the sumo wrestling ring in the restaurant? We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo. Please come back. Hope to see you again!
Toshi was an excellent guide. She was very proficient in English, personable, and even added extra touches to our packed itinerary. She knew the subway lines very well, had a good understanding of the culture and history of Japan, and took us to a great restaurant for lunch. We would highly recommend her to anyone coming to Tokyo!
Thank you, Deborah! So glad to hear you had a marvelous time! You have quite a learned family. The conversations we had on our respective cultures were quite stimulating! The Tsukiji restaurant was quite something, wasn't it? It was like dining underwater. Can't wait for you to get back here. Each season has its own charms! Looking forward to showing you more next year!
Toshi was great from start to finish. She always promptly responded to emails prior to the tour, she was very organized with our itinerary and was very knowledgable about the history of Japan. We enjoyed our time with Toshi and would highly recommend her! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.
Thank you so much, Mercedes! It was great spending the day with all of you. We were lucky that Hakone was not crowded and everything went smoothly as we had planned. The red Torii gate in Lake Ashi looked so serene and sacred. Have you taken any nice photos? I hope you've taken plenty of pictures to add in your collection. The atmosphere was so peaceful in the moss garden of Hakone Museum that we felt like it was our private garden. Visiting to Hakone Open Air Museum was a perfect photo opps for your social network service, isn’t it? Please come back in April when Mt.Fuji has a snow cap and cherry blossoms are blooming. Hope to see you again.
Our tour with Toshi was enjoyable for she is patient, organized and full of useful tips and information. When she found out my son likes robots she located a robot exhibition that was one of the highlights of the day. After the tour she sent us an email with an overview of what we did, the type of food we ate as well as tips and photos. Toshi even had maps showing Tokyo of the past and present. My only regret is that I did not meet her earlier as I would have liked to have more than one tour with her. Next time I am back in Japan I will definitely use Toshi. Thank you,Toshi!
Hi Doreen! So delighted to hear your son liked the Asimo show. It was amazing to see the humanoid robot run, jump, and sing. It was so cool when he spoke to your son in English. It was quite interesting to see how they developed the robots so they could do all those things, wasn't it? I'm personally quite touched by your feedback as I do my best to give my tours a human touch and local flavor. That's not something even robots and Google Maps can do (not yet, anyway!). Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I was so touched that I put your Thank You card in the private memory book where I keep photos of my tours and my guests. Hope to see you again!
Toshi took us on a 4 day tour in Tokyo. She was amazing! Toshi is funny, knowledgeable, and full of energy. She showed us all of the areas we wanted to see, explained each place in great detail and took us to eat at the best food places. We had the best time with Toshi. We highly recommend her and her English is great! Amazing tour guide. Couldn’t be happier.
Hi Michelle and Guy! It was a lot of fun taking you around Tokyo on our 4-day tour. We went to so many places and sampled a wide variety of food & drink! (Were you able to bring home any sake?) Highlights of the tour were Tsukiji Fish Market and Shinobazu pond. You were just in time to see the pond completely covered with the gloriously beautiful lotus flowers. It was a perfect photo opp with the temple in the background. So pretty! It was gratifying to see you enjoy (premium fatty part of the tuna) at the fish market. It melts in the mouth! Promise me you'll be back with your daughters. They'll surely enjoy their Tokyo adventure too!
Very flexible and open. Originally we already had a schedule but since we already covered some sites she was very flexible and accommodating to change and tried to solve all our problems.
Thank you, Hanna! It was great to meet you and your family. You made a good choice in Odaiba. It's both family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. Perfect for your kids and your mom! It was hard to leave the pet shop, wasn't it? The sweet 2-month old puppies were calling your name! Did you enjoy exploring the digital art museum on your own? We were lucky to get tickets at the door. (They must have been leftovers from online sales.) I hope you can all make it back in either the spring or the fall. Both have its unique charms--cherry blossoms in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. Hope to see you again soon!
Toshi met me at my hotel (where she was early) and we sat to plan the day. She presented me with maps (to keep) and off we went. She was exactly what I was looking for in a guide. She was very knowledgeable and pointed out details that I would have missed like why there are fish on top of the Imperial Palace buildings to which store Lady GaGa bought a costume from and how to correctly cleanse and bow at the temples. We crammed in a ton and she even worked longer than our scheduled tour to make sure I made it back to the hotel. I wish I had booked Toshi for my entire stay, she was fantastic.
Thank you, Colleen! I'm humbled by your glowing review. It was quite an enjoyable day for me too! We managed to see both the traditional and edgy parts of Tokyo in 4 hours. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace was so serene, we could hardly believed we were in the center of Tokyo! In Harajuku, the high-tech sushi train was a lot of fun even for us grownups, wasn’t it? The chirping sound the iPad (which takes orders) gave off was a surprise. The sushi we ordered arrived via shinkansen (bullet train). So cute! Please come back soon! Let's explore the area more! Each season brings something different to Tokyo! Hope to see you soon!
My family of 4 really enjoyed T-chan as our tour guide in Tokyo. Being this was our first trip to Tokyo, we wanted to make sure we had the best experience and T-chan really made sure of that. She went above and beyond for us. Explaining the history of each place as we went through. She was very informative and easy to understand. In addition she was very accommodating to our needs. Thank you T-chan for the best tour we ever had, we definitely will come back to Tokyo and request for you again.
Hi Jacob! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. Lucky you! We could catch a glimpse of a wedding in Meiji-jingu shrine. It's a rare sight to see on weekdays. Then we enjoyed window shopping in Harajuku. So many unique stores to check out! Don’t you think so? Everything looks so colorful and cute! Who would have thought such decorative and cute ice creams are available there? What do you think about the chicken-mango and unicorn-mint shape ice creams taste like? It's picture perfect, right? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!
Tchan was the perfect guide for our family. Warm, kind, and informative, T-chan both took us to parts of the city we would not otherwise have visited, and gave us an insiders view of those places that are frequented by tourists. Her restaurant selection both days made the experience even more memorable and her ability to communicate her deep knowledge of the tradition and culture of each place we visited helped our kids grasp the significance of this opportunity.
Arigato, Paul! (Thank you) So glad to hear you enjoyed our two-day tour. It’ fun to walk around Kagurazaka, wasn’t it? The amazing parts were the preserved traditional wooden houses and establishments in narrow back alleys. And who would think we would find a gem – a classic Japanese restaurant, at the narrow end of one of the alleys there. The guest room that we were ushered into was unexpectedly beautiful because of its decorative alcove. The whole place was undoubtedly Japanese, thanks to the female staff in Kimono, wasn’t it? Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you! Matane! (Hope to see you again!)
Toshi was always on time for our meeting. She asked us what we wanted to do and made good suggestions. She was always responsible and accomodated my mother's needs.
Thank you, Theodros and Fantaye! The weather was indeed very cooperative on our tour dates. We were quite lucky to see the traditional festival (Sanja Festival) and portable shrine parades in Asakusa. We had so much fun shopping! Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together (on a different season perhaps?). Hope to see you again!
Toshi made our first day in Japan most memorable as she walked us through the process of purchasing IC cards for transportation. Also, she made every effort to ensure that we walked away from our tour at Asakusa, Harajuku, and Shinjuku with loads of knowledge and a genuine appreciation for the Japanese culture. Lastly, Toshi has made a lasting impression on us because she made us comfortable in a new environment and most importantly we felt as though we were apart of her family!
Thank you, sis! Being with you was like spending the day with a younger sister. Girl talk is fun while window-shopping! So glad you enjoyed the many stores in Asakusa and Harajuku. The 3D Latte Art was undoubtedly the highlight of our tour. You and your daughter are quite good at researching these places. Our lattes came with foam art of Totoro, an elephant, and Hachi-ko (the faithful dog). They were almost too cute to consume! The photos don't do them justice. With your daughter's wonderful attitude and keen interest in Japanese culture, I'm quite sure she'll have fun spending more time here in the future. Come join her! Harajuku is an ever-changing town. Please come back and let me show you more of "my" Tokyo!
Toshi was a wonderful guide for us in Tokyo. She is kind, very intelligent, and has a very good sense of humor. She provided a good summary of Japanese history and culture as we toured, including the basis of Shinto and the assimilation of Buddhism in Japan. We highly recommend Toshi!
Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour, Virginia! I aim to please! It was great to spend time with you and your husband. Your suggestion of an early start was inspired. We were able to make the most of the beautiful weather and managed to see a lot of places before the weekend crowd came. As you mentioned, most Japanese people are raised observing both Shinto and Buddhist practices and rituals. They're both part of our unique culture. Enjoy the rest of your stay! Hope you can come back soon? Autumn perhaps? There's so much more to see and experience!
Thank you T-Chan for a a great overview of Tokyo. We covered alot in our 4 hours, T-Chan has great knowledge and speaks english beautifully. I would recommend T-Chan. Thanks Cherie
Thank you, Cherie-chan! It was fun to see you enjoy "My Tokyo"! We had two local delicacies in Asakusa--melon pan (sweet bun covered with cookie crust) and daigaku imo (fried sweet potato covered in a sugary coat). Yummy and very filling! It's a good thing we were able to burn the calories by walking at the Imperial Palace grounds. It was an interesting contrast between the traditional (samurai castle gate) and the contemporary (high-rise office buildings). I hope you were able to take a lot of nice photos! Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you! Hope to see you again!
We liked the tour and especially the Imperial Palace with its beautiful garden. Toshi is a knowledgeable guide and she gave us interesting information about the new Emperor that was going to be named after his father retirement. It was the Golden Week vacation and Odaiba island was very crowded. We are looking forward to go back in a different season and fully appreciate the city
Grazie, Luigi! Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour as much as I did. So happy to hear you liked the east garden of the Imperial Palace! The colorful azalea garden was very pretty, wasn’t it? I hope you can come back in time for the fall foliage in late autumn. The Japanese maple trees at the Imperial Palace will all be in their "red dresses" then. Let's check it out together!
My wife and I had a wonderful time with this guide. I covered all that was requested and more. The guide was timely resourceful and knowledgeable. Thanks Ram
Thank you, Cel and Ram! I hope you enjoyed your layover in Tokyo. It was fortunate that we managed to see some of the late-blooming cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. Sooo romantic to see such a loving couple taking selfies amidst all the seasonal blooms, like the azaleas and wisterias. Have fun going over the souvenir photos! We were just in time to catch Godzilla roaring and spewing smoke in Shinjuku. Although it's supposed to terrorize sightseers, it's more fascinating than scary, don't you think? I hope you both come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. Perhaps on your way back home? Or on a different season maybe? Hope to see you again!
Our first 2 days in Tokyo would not have been the same without Toshi! Toshi took us to many of the highlights in Tokyo from food tour of Tsukiji Market to shrines in Asakusa to shopping in Harajuku and more shopping in Akihabara. She was very accommodating (and patient!) and flexible with all of our requests and any last minute changes. Most of all she felt like she was part of our family! We never felt like she was a tour guide but more like a family member showing us around. She is kind and knowledgeable and fun to be with! We miss Toshi already!
Thank you so much, Elaine! I had a wonderful time with your family. Just like you, I also felt like a member of your family and I quite enjoyed your company. So glad that we managed to hit all the food you wanted to try in Tsukiji Fish Market. Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? Also, Purikura photos from the cute selfie photo booth are particularly good souvenirs. I was impressed that your 5-year-old son was very well-behaved. I already miss his smile, especially the one he showed us right after he got a rabbit-faced ice cream. Please come back, as Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Matane! (see ya in English)
We spent two days with Toshi (T-chan). Her English is excellent. She was very gracious and accommodating, adjusting the sites we visited and the pace of the tour to our needs. She was very knowledgeable on Japanese history and culture. The high points of our included the observatory deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, the Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, the Samurai Museum, the Golden-gai (bar streets) of the Kabuki cho area, Odaiba, the Imperial Palace gardens, and matcha ice cream. We would definitely hire her again!
Arigato, Ellen-chan and Jeff-chan! (Thank you!) We were very lucky to have seen quite a wide variety of cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. You're such a lovely couple! I hope the selfies you took with the cherry blossoms in the background came out well. We certainly had a lot of fun talking about Japanese culture: "herbivorous" young men , ladies' clubs (bars where good looking men serve and flatter women), sake, etc. We barely even scratched the surface of Tokyo! Let's explore more of it together sometime soon!
My parents and I had such a fun day on the 6h tour with Toshi. She showed us some of her city's highlights, mixing the old with the new while keeping us well-informed without being inundated with too much info. We thought she presented things in an engaging and totally enjoyable way. She's clearly passionate and experienced in doing tours; if we had more time in Tokyo we'd have loved to do more of her tours. Toshi is also very patient and allowed us to slow our tour down a bit for my dad, who doesn't walk well. Overall, great day. Nothing I would change about it. Thank you Toshi!
Hi Jordan! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. The scenic train ride was a pleasant way to get around, wasn't it? Odaiba was an exciting mix of the futuristic buildings and the wide variety of flowers on the ground. What a treat to still have some of the cherry blossoms this weekend! It was so gratifying to see you all enjoy checking out the small shops in Asakusa. Please come back to see the autumn foliage in late November! Let's explore the area further!
We had a lot of fun with Toshi. She showed us a great over look of Tokyo from the very new to some of the oldest sites with history of those places. She was very easy to understand. She also gave us some history of the culture and customs. Arigatogosaimas Toshi hopefully we will see you on our next trip to Tokyo.
Thank you, Dmitry! We had a wonderful start yesterday as we visited the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. The atmosphere was so peaceful in the early morning hours that it felt like it was our private garden. Of course, we couldn't end the day without going to the Shibuya Crossing. Actually crossing the street looked more difficult than it was. It was exciting to be part of the 3,000 pedestrians (approximately) crossing the street at the same time, wasn’t it? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!
Toshi was a substitute for a different guide that canceled due to illness. I had also mistakenly scheduled our tour on a travel day so we weren’t sure what to expect. Toshi arrived with maps and written literature on how to navigate Tokyo. She guided us to two special events that we would have missed otherwise. We got a late start and Toshi stayed with us into her dinner time. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and recommend T-Chan highly.
It was a pleasant surprise to meet you both, Karole and Tom! We were indeed lucky to have seen two seasonal events as they were only available on our tour date. The Hanamatsuri festival in Zojoji Temple was something, wasn't it? The parade of monks, supporters, traditional firefighters, children, and Buddhist choir was a sight to see! The kimonos they were wearing are special ones just for the occasion. Another lucky coincidence was the fact that they opened the Imperial Palace to the public for the hanami (cherry blossom viewing). We're usually not allowed to go inside. It was fun to stroll the the streets within the palace grounds. Did it make you feel like royalty? (I certainly did!) Hope to see you soon!
Toshi was very attentive to our needs and was very flexible. She has a great personality. Toshi really made our first day in Tokyo a great day.
Thank you, Monica! It was fun to see you enjoy My Tokyo! The weather was very cooperative that day. You were quite lucky to see the early blooming cherry blossoms in Asakusa. We also saw the interesting contrast between sights: a combination of the past, the present, and the future. Asakusa is a traditional temple town while Odaiba is a 20- year old man-made island. So glad you all enjoyed the udon lunch. It was the perfect thing after a day of walking. Hope to see you again.
Toshi went beyond her job to make sure we we had all the information we needed. She is a very flexible guide who always has a smile on her face! Thanks so much Toshi for a nice day despite the weather!
Thank you, Linda! The mid-season cherry blossoms were a welcome sight at the Imperial Palace. It was quite cozy and relaxing on the self-driving train, wasn't it? It's the perfect way to enjoy lovely views of Tokyo Bay, the 2020 Olympic Stadium construction, and the triathlon beach on a cold day. That kimono wine bottle cover you found in Harajuku was quite cute! Anyone would be happy to receive that as a gift (with the wine, of course)! Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together (a different season is also good). Hope to see you again!
She is lovely.She is very well organised and punctual.We had a great day with her.
Thank you Ufuk! You came at a perfect time because the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.The season allowed us to enjoy the hanami ( cherry blossom viewing ) while walking through the street of the Imperial Palace. Normally, people are not allowed to walk inside but lucky for us, they opened it for the hanami. Wasn't Harajuku fun not only for your children but also for our generation? The many shops and animal cafes were interesting attractions to check out, don't you think so? It was so hard to leave the puppies behind ... so sweet and tiny! I really hope to see you again!
We spent a day in Tokyo visiting a lot of interesting places with Toshi. She is a very nice person and an excellent guide. Toshi showed us a lot of beautiful places(including Sensoji Temple, Odaiba area and the Imperial Palace) and gave us plenty of interesting information and facts about Japanese culture. Toshi is a very open person and a knowledgeable guide(she answered to all our questions and provided a lot of details and curiosities that allowed us to penetrate a little bit more the fascinating Japanese lifestyle and culture, she is clearly passionate about her job). She brought us in several nice spots that we wouldn't be able to find ourselves, for all these reasons I would highly recommend the experience.
Hi Sara and Filippo! It was fun to see a loving couple enjoying My Tokyo! You came here just in time to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. Wasn’t it interesting to see Odaiba from the train? - Tokyo Bay, the Rainbow Bridge, Gundam statue, the 2020 Olympic village, etc. Did you get a lot of good photos of the Shibuya crossing from the observatory deck? We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo’s charms. Let’s check out Harajuku next time! Hope to see you again!
We had two great tours with T-Chan. The first was a half-day in Tokyo, and the second was a full day in Hakone. T-Chan was very efficient both before the tours (administration, information, choices, etc) and when we were with her. She showed us good sites, gave very clear explantions, and was always charming and good company. After each tour she sent us helpful summaries of where we had been and what we had seen, and sent us photos. We were very pleased. Thank you T-Chan.
So glad to hear you had fun, Julia and Jeremy! I quite enjoyed our two-day tour. You came here just in time to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. That was a spectacular start to your Japan adventure! We were lucky to have clear skies on our second tour. The view of Mt. Fuji from Hakone was postcard-pretty! The best thing for me was the guessing game you had at the Open Air Museum. It's impressive that you both know quite a lot about the sculptures and the artists. You were able to identify which artists made the sculptures! Perhaps next time we can finally see the Torii Gate of Hakone Shirine. It might look even better after the maintenance done to it. Hope to see you again!
T-Chan is a perfect guide. She has a great personality. She knows the city and the transportation system. She is extremely accommodating. With every request she answered yes with a smile. She is great with kids. I highly recommend.
Thank you, Mindy! I'm very impressed with the meticulous research you did for your Japan trip. You made sure your entire family would have fun--all 5 children and your husband! Each corner of the Kawaii Monster Café was so cute and colorful, wasn't it? Even the restroom is Insta - worthy! The hedgehogs and otters at the zoo cafe were surprisingly well-trained. Harajuku is an ever-changing town. Please come back and let me show you more of my Tokyo!
We are 2 couples in our 60s who had just arrived in Japan for our first time . Toshi picked us up at our hotel and took us on a gentle tour of the city based on our interests. She went at our speed and answered all our questions. A great introduction to a very new city. Thanks so much, Toshi.
Hi Mike! Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour as much as I did. We took advantage of the early start of the day to avoid cherry blossom viewing crowd. Hamarikyu Garden was the perfect place to enjoy cherry blossoms in a quite atmosphere in the morning. We tried a variety of food samples in Tsukiji and Ginza - sake & plum wine, fish soup stock, seafood BBQ, wagyu beef, green tea, and mochi (Japanese sweet) and high quality chocolate. It’s like a full course menu, wasn’t it? Please come back to see the autumn foliage in late November! Let's explore the area more!
We had a wonderful day with TChan! She navigated the train and subway system for us so there no wasted time. She was very personable and knowledgeable about Toykyo and Japanese culture. She customized our visit for 62 year old woman with daughter in law and grandsons ages 10 and 12. We had a very memorable day and made a new friend. Thank you Toshi🌸💗
Thank you, Sharon! We had a good start when we took in the wonderful view of Mt. Fuji from Odaiba. What did you think of the view of the 2020 Olympic venue from the train on our way to Toyosu? At Ueno Park, the cherry blossoms seemed to welcome us. So sweet! The photo you took of the cherry blossoms in full bloom with the shrine in the background is very Japonesque. It was great to see your grandchildren having fun at the Samurai Museum. The sword practice with the samurai master (sensei) will be seared into their memory for quite a while. I hope you can make it back here in the early summer to see the lotus flowers in Ueno Park. See you then!
We had a short time to go to many places. Having a local guide was very helpful. Toshi spent a lot of time even before the tour day to see we get good value for our limited time. She was also very patient and fun to be worth. And of course, showed us special spots that were a treat. Thank you Toshi-chan.
Hi Sandeep! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. You raised a very well-behaved young man. The highlight of our tour was the Sensoji Temple night view in Asakusa. It looks like a jewel glowing in the night! I hope your photos came out well. The magical serene atmosphere was a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of daytime Tokyo, wasn't it? Please come back soon! How about enjoying the charms of Tokyo in a different season? Let's explore the area more!
We had an enjoyable time with T-chan. She was pleasant and knowledgeable. She met us at our hotel both mornings and we proceeded to to see some of the key areas and sights of Tokyo. Overall she was a great guide.
Thank you, Sanjay! So glad to hear you had fun. I did enjoy our two-day tour, too. It was gratifying to know you and your family liked yaki-soba and yaki-udon. Cooking okonomiyaki at the table was quite an interesting Japanese experience, wasn’t it? I am curious about which place you like better, Harajuku or Akihabara? Please come back, as Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Matane! (see ya in English)
Toshi was an amazing tour guide! Not only did she take us to the places my kids and I wanted to visit in Harajuku, she also led us to shops and photo ops that we didn’t know about. We had a lot of fun and learned about the area as we experienced Tokyo with Toshi. Would definitely recommend booking her for your next visit!
Thank you, Miranda! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots your daughters wanted. Purikura photos from the cute photo booths are particularly good souvenirs. You now have quite a collection of memories for your *******: the rainbow-colored cotton candy, the cosplayers (from the cosplay store), the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!
Our family of four spent a six hour day with Toshi in Edoshima and Kamakura. The day was excellent, and Toshi was a wonderful guide. She is a lovely person, with a great deal of knowledge and a friendly open style. We have already recommended her tours to personal friends, and will continue to do so for anyone we know visiting Tokyo and area. Thank you, Toshi - our day with you was a highlight for our trip!
Hi Troy! It was fun for me too! The Mt. Fuji view over the Pacific Ocean from Enoshima was quite breathtaking, wasn't it? Winter is a good season to stroll around the area as there are no crowds – no queues! It turned out to be a foodie tour, too. We had sushi, seafood BBQ, purple potato ice cream, karaage (fried chicken), manju (traditional dumpling), etc. It was fun to see your family enjoying the local delicacies. Please come back soon. There is an even wider variety of food in other seasons. Let's sample them together!
Going to Harajuku with T-chan was the best present I could give myself in Tokyo! She had excellent communication before we met outlining our whole interary for the 5 hours we would be together. She honored what I hoped most to see with what was fun and interesting I would miss without her guidance. And since the rain wasn’t in our favor for a shopping excursion, she was a ray of sunshine pointing out the best shops and places so we wouldn’t waste time. She made sure I saw and understood as much of the Japanese culture as she could in our short time together. I was grateful she was very careful to put me on the right train back to my hotel since I was a solo traveler. Afterwards, she sent me a detailed email of what we saw together, and places I might want to go back to since it w... read more
Thank you for your kind words, Eydie! Your glowing review is very humbling. I had a spectacular day with you too (despite the rain). Harajuku is my most favorite place in Tokyo. Glad to hear that our tour showed you a completely different perspective of it despite having been there a year ago. Guests are pleasantly surprised when I show them my favorite haunts. It was interesting to see the same dress Lady Gaga bought, wasn't it? Shibuya is another interesting shopping town. Let me show you my personal favorites there next time. Hope to see you again soon!
Toshi was excepti Analysts friendly and informative. We would have missed unique aspects of “retail” Japan without her - theMikimoto store, latte with our picture on the top, and all of the descriptions of food.
Hi Susan! It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband. We were very lucky to have seen the fishmonger hawking his wares. It's not often that we see them slicing the huge tuna in front of us. It was gratifying to see you have fun as we soaked in the traditional atmosphere of the Tsukiji Market (old fish market). The atmosphere at the Mikimoto Ginza store was quite a contrast to that. The glamorous pearls and jewelry on display were breathtakingly beautiful (with equally breathtaking prices)! Please come back to see the cherry blossoms in the spring! Let's explore the area more!
before the trip: communication was prompt. she provided clear instructions and offer various option on our transportation based on where we stayed. she provided suggestions on the activities we would like to do and advise on the weather for the trip. during the trip: she shared the various history of the roads that we went past while we were on our way to Hakone on the bus. she also allowed us to move around at our own pace and did not feel rushed throughout the trip. after the trip: she also gave a lot of tips and suggestions on where to go overall, a good experience and i highly recommend Toshi for anyone who would like to travel to Japan.
Hi J-chan and Soh-chan! It was fun to see a loving couple enjoying My Hakone! The silence made Hakone Shrine’s atmosphere feel more sacred. I do hope your wishes come true soon! Wasn’t it nice to have the place practically to ourselves? We hardly saw anyone during the short walk along the old Tokaido highway (Cedar Avenue) to Sekisho (Checkpoint). The Lake Ashi area was beautiful, but we barely scratched the surface of Hakone’s charms. Let’s check out the museums on the other side of Hakone next time! Hope to see you again!
Toshi San is an excellent and experienced guide. She is very knowledgeable in all the places she took us. She came to came to our hotel to pick us up and took us to all the placed and activities that we wanted to see and do. I have a knee problem and stairs are a problem. She went over and beyond to accommodate this. You may need to buy her a small snack, it she is totally worth it! Thank you Toshi San we will be back! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas
Thank you, Sheila! So glad to hear you had fun. I quite enjoyed our two-day tour, too. It was gratifying to see how much you liked Japanese food. We had a lot to eat on the tour! Good luck black eggs in Hakone (eggs boiled in the hot spring believed to extend our lives by an extra 7 years), curry-pan (doughnut filled with curry paste), sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market, and taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with red bean paste). Let’s have ramen together next time! Hope to see you again sometime soon! PS: Snacks are not necessary, but I wouldn't say No to it. ;-)
We had a great time with Toshi. Toshi arrived at our hotel as organised and she took us where we wanted to go. She explained the metro to us, showed us buildings and explained their history. Toshi gave us the confidence to use the metro on our own and visit convenience stores etc. Thanks Toshi for helping us.
Thank you, Sandra! You were here at the perfect shopping season. Many stores offer huge discounts for the "First Sale of the New Year” and “lucky bags” in the first week of January. Wasn't it fun to get your shoes at a huge discount in Harajuku? Tokyo has so much more to offer! Please come back so we can explore them together (a different season is also good). Hope to see you again!
8 of us had a fantastic day. Toshi was totally flexible and took us to places we wouldn’t of thought to go. 4 adults and 4 teen girls had a great time. We have Booked Toshi again in a couple weeks when back in Tokyo. Thankyou
Hi George! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Thank you for bringing bright sunny weather with you! The view of Mt Fuji and the Tokyo skyline was made more breathtaking by the clear skies! We had a pretty nice vantage point, didn't we? Lucky for us, the holiday crowd had already dissipated when we went on tour. The Nissan Ginza Gallery really has something for everyone, doesn't it? It was fun to check out the latest model vehicles, VR racing, and the Macchi-Art latte. The personalized latte with the girls' portraits on them looked almost too pretty to drink. Insta-worthy indeed! Let’s explore more of Tokyo when you get back from Hokkaido. See you in a few days!
We had a 12 hour layover in Japan (HND) and didn't want to spend it sitting in the airport, so we researched available tours and found Triplelight to have excellent reviews. We picked T-chan as a potential guide based on excellent reviews and a humorous video she had posted to her profile. We were right! T-chan arranged a perfect tour for us. We were able to get out of the city and see some of Japan's beautiful temples, eat delicious food and take advantage of all the excellent modes of public transportation available. T-chan was a knowledgeable guide who was flexible around shopping and eating times/places. She was friendly and helpful, she made sure we were back to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Next time we are in Tokyo we will book with T-chan again! Diane Sisson
Thank you, Diane! Glad to know you both had fun; I did too! Did the tour help you stretch your arms and legs during your layover? Enoshima Island features beautiful nature, Japanese culture and religion. Exploring the cave shrine by candle light was quite an interesting experience, wasn’t it? It’s a prime example of how we blend two religions (Shintoism and Buddhism) in Japan. Let’s take a walk in Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms next time! Come back soon!
Toshi was a fantastic guide. She was at our hotel promptly to pick us up at the time we had accorded. She was very cognizant of my elderly parents for whom walking up and down stairs could be difficult so she always tried to find escalators and elevators. She provided many insights throughout the tour and used printed out maps and pictures to help us better understand Tokyo. I’d definitely recommend her to someone else.
Thank you, Brian! I'm happy to hear you liked the visual aids I made. I do my best to give my tours a human touch and local flavor. That's not something even Google Maps can do (yet!). How do you feel about another family trip back here? (Perhaps in two years' time?) What we saw wasn't even half of the main Tokyo attractions. Spring is particularly beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It's an entirely different experience altogether! Hope to see you again soon!
Toshi gave us an excellent tour of Tokyo and the many things it had to offer. Very knowledgeable about the city, traditions and current events it was a day packed with information and fun. Would definitely reach out to Toshi again next time we are in Tokyo.
Hi Alex! It was a pleasure to meet you, your son Alex, and Toppy! I was delighted to help you obtain some items on your wish list. Wasn't it fun window-shopping for kitchen tools in Kappabashi Street? You made a good choice in picking a high-quality copper dome cover for cooking (teppanyaki). It comes from an area known for hand-hammered metalcraft, Tsubame-sanjo City. It was a relief to find your favorite clothing store in Shibuya. We were also quite lucky to witness two festivals in Asakusa. Three days in Japan is not enough. Come back to see the cherry blossoms (in the spring)! Let's explore the area more!
Toshi is a delightful and knowledgeable guide. We could not have chosen a better guide for our Tokyo visit. It was amazing how she could pack so much into a one day visit! We asked to see a lot of places and we saw them and more. What an exciting city to visit. Toshi made us feel that we really need to come back for another visit and stay longer. We learned a lot about Japanese history, culture, customs, architecture, food, and Japanese life in general. She was extremely considerate,gracious and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for more. Arigato!
Thank you, Roine. So glad you liked my architecture tour. The luxury brands' flagship buildings in Omotesando captured the brands' essence quite well, don't you think? Have you ever seen as many unique-shaped buildings in one place as in Odaiba? The Fuji TV building really stands out with its sphere-shaped observatory deck on the top floor. For another excellent example of Kenzo Tange's work, we should visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (in Shinjuku) next time. Hope to see you again or matane in Japanese!
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
Thank you Nico-chan! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Wasn't it fun to sit back and relax in the self-driving train as we enjoyed a lovely view of Tokyo Bay? Was it just me or did the sushi actually taste better after seeing the sushi chef make it for us? The Macchi-Art latte in Ginza was a pleasant surprise! The personalized latte was made even more special with a loving couple's image on it (that's you!). Technology is amazing! I hope to see you back in Tokyo soon. There's always something new to see as the city is ever-changing. It would be fun to explore those new places with you next time. Take care!
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 ra... 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