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.
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.
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 me feel welcome at her home then proceeded to teach me how to make sushi. Her well behaved dog Mame kept a watchful eye us as we made Futomaki(rolls), Temaki(hand roll), Inari (fried tofu wrap) and Chirashi. In addition to eating the sushi we made, this experience included tasting samples of Daiginjo sake and umeshu (apricot liquor), Maccha green tea and Wagashi (Japanese sweets, made from sweet red and white bean paste), "wa" means Japanese. Before returning to the train station for the ride home we took a stroll through Machida's quite streets, filled with lovely homes and natural areas. All through the day, T-chan was very attentive and took care to answer all of my questions regarding Japan's history and culture which I found to be very valuable. Thank you T-chan! This was a day well spent. I highly recommend you as a guide for anyone looking for a customized tour filled with attention to details.
Toshi was a wonderful guide for my parents
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
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.
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.
She is very kind,helpful and she explained well japan history. I visited a lot of places in Tokyo for one day . Thanks Toshi
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 rain, she was willing to be flexible enough to change the itinerary from the Japanese garden into a "cat cafe" It was a good choice. I really enjoyed it. Since there aren't any cafes like this that I know of back in the States, it was a unique experience. It was very relaxing. As someone that loves animals, it was like heaven. The cats are able to walk around the cafe and interact with the patrons as much or little as they want. They aren't forced at all. It was a very nice place. I can't recommend T-chan highly enough. She will definitely increase the value and enjoyment of your time in the Tokyo area.