What a memorable day! Takushi shared a lot of interesting information about the snow monkeys and the Nagano region and history. He has a broad knowledge of the Buddhist traditions and the gorgeous Zenko-ji temple. He helped me change my return train ticket efficiently so that I could take an earlier train. Thank you!
Thank you for the review. I am glad you could take the earlier train. The tour day was perfect. We could see the Snow Monkeys in the snowfall. I think it was beautiful. I hope to see you again. Thanks.
On December 24, our family went to Nagano Prefecture for a half day tour at a Ski Resort. Takeshi was our guide and he was very nice and organized. Before the tour day, he constantly communicated with me for everything that we need to know about the resort and what to expect. On the tour day, our family had a great time at the ski resort. My children enjoyed learning how to ski and we were mesmerized by the powdery white snow! Takeshi even arranged an exclusive ride for our family back and forth from Nagano to the ski resort. And in the evening before we went back to our hotel, he extended his time just to look for a good restaurant for our family to have dinner at. I highly recommend Takeshi. And as for our tour, it was one for the book!
Sarah-san, thank you for your review. I was a little worried in the beginning because it did not snow a lot this year. I was very happy when we had snow just one day before our tour day and could enjoy seeing the fresh snow view with your family!
Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed. Our family of 4 had a fantastic day with Takeshi to see the snow monkeys and visit Shibu Onsen. His organisation throughout the day was excellent. Everything was well planned. Conversation throughout the day was wonderful. We learnt a lot and really enjoyed his company. The recommended restaurant near the Snow Monkeys has easily been one of our best meals on our trip so far. Communication before the tour was friendly and great. A truly great guide and great person. Thanking you again Takeshi.
Thank you for your review. How was the Onsen experience. I think you may felt hot in the beginning, because many Japanese prefer to have relatively hot Onsen. I was glad to be able to guide you, Tim-san.
We had an excellent day with Takeshi taking us to a wonderful restaurant after our trip to the snow monkey park. He had called ahead to the park and let us know that there were no monkeys on that day to let us decide if we still wanted to go. We did, but that was an great touch that managed our expectations. We would definitely use Takeshi again if we were in the area.
Thank you for your comments. Please come back to visit Nagano again in the future. I hope you can see the monkeys next time. Nice meeting with you.
Worked as a tour operator with him. Perfect. Professional. Good time keeper. Knowledgeable. Highly recommended. 😎😎😎
Thank you for your review. I am glad to see guests enjoyed the autumn in Japan.
Takeshi felt like a friend from the very moment he met us in Nagano. He was informative and warm and kind and accommodating. Our time with him in Nagano and Matsumoto were very special.
Thank you for your review. Worried about the typhoon, but I am happy I could show the beautiful nature of Nagano.
Great guide! Very organized, friendly, knowledgeable, easy to talk with.
Jeff-san, I am glad I could guide you the main sightseeing spots in Central Japan. Hope to see you again. Best regards to your family.
Takeshi helped us to enjoy a fabulous day in Nagano with a very special visit to the Snow Monkeys. He was incredibly helpful in adapting to our needs and paced the day perfectly, always checking if we were ok with any small changes or recommendations. As well as the snow Monkey trip, we also visited the Zenkoji Temple which was stunning. Hint.... be there on the hour to hear the Monk ringing the shrine Bell that was also used in the Nagano winter Olympic opening ceremony. Takeshi has very good English skills, and we had no problem chatting with him at length about many topics. We had a truly memorable day and would highly recommend him to any prospective clients
Thank you for your review. I am glad you liked the tour. It was interesting to see mother monkeys with newborn babies. Hope to see you again.
Takeshi is great guide! He gave us very good observation of the major highlights of Tokyo, it’s history and the culture. Takeshi is also a great person - From the time of making our reservation, until the very end, he was very accommodating, flexible, and attending our (unexpected) needs. We highly recommend Takeshi!
I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope you continue to have a wonderful time in Japan.
Had a wonderful time with Takeshi. We didn't have much time to spare in Tokyo so we had to be as effecient as possible - Takeshi was happy to craft and alter an itenriary on the day to take to us to as many places as we can see / let us have the rest we need across when needed. Especially appreciated the little things Takeshi assisted with, such as booking lunch / buying Skytree tickets early
Thank you for writing the review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the day. Especially, I was happy I could show you cherry blossoms at the imperial Palace. Hope to see you again.
My clients, Mohan Ramachandran and his family, had a wonderful tour of Nagano and Ueda with Takeshi-San. They were stunned by Zenkoji Temple, saw so many sakura groves, and had a delicious Indian lunch at a local restaurant. They really enjoyed and learned so much from Takeshi. Thank you!
Ashish-san, thank you for your review. I am glad they could enjoy the day in Nagano. The cherry blossoms just started to bloom in Ueda castle ruin park, but it was pretty.
He chose some wonderful places to visit while we were in Kiso Valley area. Just beautiful country near the Japanese alps, we even got snow in April! Takashi is knowledgable and kind, helping every step of the way with the language barrier. We stayed in a wonderful Ryokan which Takeshi helped me with, and had we know how lovely, would have carved out more time. A paradise for hikers, and just anyone wanting a slower pace, it was most welcome after 5 days in Tokyo. Takeshi was great in every way, even helping with our load of luggage. Note.... there is a service that will forward your luggage to your next stop, so if you choose a sort stay somewhere you can just take a small bag, as most of this area in Japan is antiqated, and full of history .... which is it’s charm.
Thank you for your review. Also, it became a memorable guiding for me to Kiso valley with snow-fall in April. Hope to see you again.
The tour was everything I hoped for. Takeshi pre-arranged visits to various locations through the town, including a private tour of a miso brewery by the owner. Takeshi's local knowledge and translations made for a memorable tour.
Thank you for your review. I am glad you liked the tour. Please visit Japan again.
Takeshi-san was incredibly nice, attentive, and knowledgeble. We had a wonderful day filled with the natural beaty of Hakone. Takeshi-san is very knowledgeble of Japan’s history and traditions. Highly recommend.
Thank you for your review, Alexandra-san. I was very glad we could see a beautiful view of Mount Fuji! Have a nice stay in Japan.
It was an excellent trip with Takeshi to Jigokudani Monkey Park, Zenkoji temple and nakamise, oyaki tasting, soba lunch, sake tasting, and dinner. Takeshi was very attentive to our needs especially since we come with two kids. He also brought us to a special restaurant for dinner according to our specific request. Overall trip to Nagao is very memorable and this is made possible by Takeshi’s guidance. Takeshi - I hope we have a chance to meet again in the future! Kevin
Thank you for your review. It was a very nice day with you. I also would like to guide you to other good places in the future. Hope to see you again. Takeshi
Takeshi was an excellent tour guide and gave great suggestions for my family. We took his suggestion to try open-fires oyaki and sake tasting. He was kind and flexible and provided great insight to Japan’s history and culture. We would not been able to cover so many places, and have an awesome day without his help.
Thank you for your good review. I am glad I could show you the snowy path to the park. Takeshi
Takeshi received us right at the train and very friendly/easy-to-understand in guiding. They were super responsive before and during our trip. Very responsible and good service. Highly recommend!
Afra-san, I was glad that I could show you beautifl Nagano. Takeshi
Takeshi-san is an excellent guide. His English is very good as he lived and worked in the USA for many years. He is clearly highly educated, and knowledgeable. He is well organized, considerate, and friendly. We would absolutely use his services again if needed.
Thank you for your nice review. I was happy to guide you and your family. I would like to see you again in the future. Please enjoy the rest of the trip in Japan.
Takeshi guided our clients in Nagano. He made excellent sightseeing suggestions and was always eager to answers questions to help plan the afternoon tour. Our clients enjoyed the tour and we would use his services again in the future.
Thank you for the good review. It is nice to hear that your clients enjoyed my tour. I would like to work with you again before so long. Thanks.
Excellent guide, was a pleasure spending the day with him.
Thank you for giving me the good review. It was really nice weather when we were in Obuse. Hope to see you again.
Mr Toni Takeshi is a seasoned guide who is very friendly and resourceful. He brought us around Nagano and to Masumoto and managed to cover the highlights for the day. He even found a very good ramen restaurant Ippudo for my kids who wanted to eat ramen that day. We all enjoyed the tour and the lunch very much. Big Thank you to Mr Takeshi.
Thank you for your review. I am glad that I could guide you to Zenkoji Temple and Matsumoto castle. The temple looked nice in a light snow falling. Please come to visit Nagano again. Hope to see you again.
Tikeshi was very knowledgeable and made for a very fun day around Nagano. His English is excellent and he was very flexible around my schedule. His insight and conversation made for a great trip. He developed a schedule and then let me stay as long as I needed. He also included an extra sake stop at my request. He was fun and friendly and made my trip great!
Mike-san, Thank you for your review. I am glad that I could guide you to Snow Monkey and Zenkoji Temple. There are many other beautiful places in Nagano. Please come to visit Nagano again. Hope to see you again. Takeshi
Very gentle, knowledgeable person. We had a very nice day in Nagano.
Dear Claudia-san, Thank you for visiting Nagano. I was very glad to be able to guide you to the Zenkoji temple and the Snow Monkey Park. It was fun being able to talk a lot with you while I was guiding. I'm looking forward to meeting you again. Regards, Takeshi Hamano