Guide: Katsue Shinomiya
Route: Day 1: Ameyoko, Ueno Park, Okonomiyaki lunch, Asakusa; Day 2: Imperial Palace, Ryogoku, lunch at Hananomai, Edo-Tokyo Museum
I went to Japan in July and I was lucky enuogh to hearabout TFG and the service you are offering. So I apply for a guide for 2 different days. Katsue Shinomiya was volunteer to guide me in Tokyo. I absolutely have no regret.
Before going to Japan, I was first in contact with your staff telling me to wait for a guide, and after Katsue-san was volunteer, he still contact me to see if everything was ok. With Katsue-san, we exchanged like 10-15 mails to organize our 2 days together. Through those mails, Katsue-san was perfectly able to understand what I wanted to see.
For my first day, I asked to go to Ueno and Asakusa. She was a precious help to explain me about Tokyo subway, where to get meals, an many others practical informations. We went to Ueno, one week after a baby panda was born, so there where lot of decorations with pandas. I got lot of explanations about shrines, history and others subjects.
Then we went to Asakusa, from where we can see some famous buildings, and we went trough the gate to go to the shrine. There you can feel old Japan, it was amazing. In the company of Katsue-san, the time flied so fast it was already the end of the day.
We communicated by mail again to organize the second day, and unluckily I had to change the meeting point, but Katsue-san was very flexible, I’m really thankfull to her.
For this second day, I wanted to visit the Imperial Palace, where the Emperor of Japan lives. I didn’t realize it was so huge, and we had a long walk in the heat of summer, but she never complained and was always smiling. For lunch she took me in a “Sumo restaurant” – Hananomai. As tourist I would never have been there alone, but it is a place to see! Then we went to the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
I know it is late to write this message, but I really want to thank TFG and Katsue-san for their kindness. I hope this small message will convince people to take contact with you, so that they won’t miss such the opportunitiy to discover Tokyo in compagny of wonderful people.
I will definitively come back to Japan, and will take contact with you again.