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Marta and Carlos from Spain

October 2013
Guide: Mario Uesugi
Route: 25th : Tsukiji, Hamarikyu garden, View from 46th floor of Dentsu building, Yurikamome new transit to Odaiba sea side beach station, walk along the beach, Shibuya
26th : Tokyo station, Imperial palace (double bridge and east garden of the Imperial palace), Ginza, Kabuki theater, Asakusa, Shinjuku
27th : Meiji jingu shine, Takeshita street, Yoyogi park, Omote sando, Ueno and Akihabara

Hi TFG!!

We just wanted to say thank you very much to Mario for such a wonderful days! We enjoyed a lot visiting Tokyo with you. Thanks for sharing with us this invaluable way of discovering a city, mixing food, history, culture and enriching conversations.

Can’t imagine a best way for understanding a different culture that living all those experiences with someone like you.

Thanks for planning and re-planning our visits according to the desires of the Typhoon Francisco. It tried to ruin our days in Tokyo but it couldn’t! :-)

Congratulations for the amazing country you have: The contrasts of Tokyo, the history and Shrines of Kyoto, the calm of Koyasan, the landscapes of Miyajima… We will not forget the friendliness, hospitality and charm of Japanese people.

Thank you TFG for this kind of service that makes possible to live a really wonderful Tokyo Experience!

Thank you Mario, for making our vacations so unforgettable and let us sharing a “small piece” of japan with you.

Marta and Carlos from Spain.

Marta from Canada

January 2012
Route: Yanaka – Ueno Park – Ginza – Harajuku
Guide: Chikako

I know this is a year and a half late, but I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to TFG.  My guide Chikako and I had two wonderful days exploring various parts of Tokyo in January 2-3, 2012.

I told her all the kinds of things and places I was interested in visiting and she took me to all of them. She was there waiting for me at the airport and helped me from the start. She saved me tons of money by helping me take the trains instead of the taxi to and from the airport.

She took the time to come and meet me on my last day to help me get on the train to the airport when she did not have to. I had only booked the first two days of my trip with her and the other ones with a tour group.

She was just wonderful and I finally have a chance to say thank you so much.

Marta from Canada

Kristina from UK

March 2013
Route: Tea Ceremony at Hotel Okura – Ginza – Asakusa
Guide: Chie Akai

Chie is wonderful

We had the pleasure of meeting Chie in Tokyo for a day guided tour. She was so friendly and happy to show us around some of the hidden treasures of Tokyo. We went for a traditional tea ceremony, had lunch and then went to an older area of Tokyo that we probably wouldn’t have found on our own.

I would recommend Chie to anyone who would like a guide as she is the best!

We all agreed that it was the best day of our 10 day trip.

Kristina from UK

Louie and Florie from Australia

April 2013
Guide: Masako Taguchi and Kuniko Yanagi
Route: Tsukiji Fish Market – Kabukiza – Ginza – Asakusa

Dear TFG,

Thank you for the wonderful and lovely tour guide we have for a day in Tokyo. We have a wonderful and informative day and the memories we will cherish.

Our special thanks to Kuniko and Masako for a great job they have done on the day.

Thank you and all the best.

Louie and Florie, Australia

Rheaume from Canada

February 2013
Day 1
Guide: Takuya Hayashi
Route: Tsukiji Fish Market – Hama Rikyu Garden – Ginza – Tokyo Tower –

Dear Takuya-san,

We want to thank you for your free time in guiding us during our stay in Tokyo in February. We enjoyed riding the subway all over Tokyo and visiting shrines,temples, Ginza district, park and the Tokyo tower. Your planing was extremely well done and you were a very pleasant guide. You deserve a promotion but as you are a retired gentlemen we wish you a long, active and healthy retirement. We will cherish for many years to come our visit in Tokyo.

Rheaume from Canada

Judi from Melbourne, Australia

January 2013
Guide: Michiyo Chida and Setsuko Kawaguchi
Route: Day 1: Harajuku – Shibuya – Asakusa – Hama Rikyu Garden; Day 2: Kamakura – Tokyo Tower – Odaiba (onsen); Day 3: Tsukiji – Ryogoku – Fuchu (classic concert); and Day 4: Imperial Palace – Ginza – Ueno

Dear TFG,

Regrettably it is time for me to leave Tokyo.
Although I have travelled widely in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, this was my first trip to Japan. Even when travelling alone in the past, I have fared well, but my time in Tokyo surpasses those earlier travels and exceeded all my expectations due to the deep knowledge, wisdom and professionalism of Mrs. Michiyo Chida and Mrs. Setsuko Kawaguchi. They enriched my time in Tokyo immeasurably and led me to start thinking of when I can return – even before I have left.

I think your organization is marvellous – and very clever too – because these ladies have been such outstanding ambassadors for Japan and her people that I know that I will return. My return will be primarily because of the warm guidance that Michiyo and Setsuko have imparted during my short stay. Their insight into my needs showed great wisdom and intelligence.

Thank you for your help – and in particular I thank you for allowing me to share my time in Tokyo with these two lovely, clever, hard working ladies. As the photographs show, my time with them was marvellous.


Judi from Melbourne

Carol from USA

December 2012
Guide: Shingo Miyamoto, Makiko Yamaoka, and Yukiko Kitajima
Route: Day 1: Ginza – Nihombashi; Day 2: Mt. Takao – Shinjuku; Day 3: Hama Rikyu Garden – Sengakuji Temple – Togoshi Ginza

Please accept my sincerest thanks for the unforgettable services your three terrific guides (Shingo Miyamoto, Makiko Yumaoka and Yukiko Kitajima) provided to me. Each of these guides was so kind, knowledgeable, intelligent, enthusiastic and helpful. They are all superior people.

Having the chance to meet and talk with my guides — while experiencing the amazing city of Tokyo was an experience I will always cherish. My guides worked together to craft an itinerary that utterly delighted me.

Although I only had a short time in Tokyo, I can’t wait to come back to this most fascinating city — mostly becuase my TFG guides gave me a MAGICAL experience and unforgettable cultural exchange — which is what it is all about, isn’t it? I am so happy I discovered Tokyo Free Guide! It was the best part of my journey. Many many thanks.

Carol from USA

Christian from Germany

September 2012
Guide: Michiko Yamawaki
Route: Bunkyo Civic Center – Observatory – Tsukiji fish market – Ginza – Asakusa – Shibuya – Meiji Shrine – Shinjuku

Dear Tokyo Free Guide,

Thanks to your organization, that enabled me to meet Michiko-san, I had a great day in Tokyo and the best start for my trip to Japan. I met her on my first day in Japan and I enjoyed the day a lot and it helped me to get to know Japan better also on the following days in Japan. We went to Tsukiji Market,Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya, the Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku. We had lunch and dinner at two fine restaurants with delicious food, that I would never had found by myself. Michiko-san could tell me a lot about the city, history, Buddhism and
Shintoism. She spent almost 12 hours to show me all the places, nevertheless the day passed very quickly. I got also some recommendations for my following days in Tokyo.

Thank you again, I am very happy that I found TFG.


Silvia from Israel

August 2012
Guide: Makiko Yamaoka, Noriko Shgehara, and Reiko Matsuda
Route: Day 1: Hamamatsu-cho – Imperial Palace – Ginza (Sony building, Mitsukoshi); Day 2: Hikarigaoka Park – Ikebukuro – Yanaka (Zensyoan temple) – Nippori; Day 3: Tsukiji fish market – Hamarikyu-garden – Sushi restaurant – Kichijoji – Shinjuku; Day 4: Asakusa – Ueno – Shibuya – Roppongi Hills; Day 5: Meiji Jingu Shrine – Omotesando – Aoyama – Tea Ceremony @ Tameikesano – Ueno Okachimachi – Hamamatsu-cho – Odaiba – Harumi Terminal

I wouldn’t know how to express my gratitude to Tokyo Free Guide and especially to my unforgettable guides Makiko Yamaoka, Noriko Shigehara and Reiko Matsuda. Your hearty welcome, cordial hospitality and enthusiastic company are beyond words.

You made sure that I would see the best of Tokyo, you created for me a perfect balance between old and new, our itineraries were planned and yet spontaneous (just the way I like it!)… so that each moment with you turned out to be exciting and fulfilling.

In fact, your precious help began prior to my arrival to Tokyo, when you indicated the best transportation from Narita airport to my hotel. You also introduced me to the subway system and constantly helped me navigate myself around.

I would never be able to experience Tokyo as well as I did with my generous and knowledgeable guides. I consider it great and exceptional fortune to have met Makiko, Noriko and Reiko! I already miss them.
I’m looking forward to going back to Tokyo to see my new friends!

Kindest regards,

The Lustre Family from USA

July 2010
Guide: Ryuichiro Hayashi
Route: Tsukiji fish market – Ginza – Asakusa – Akihabara; Tokyo Metropolitan Government building – Harajuku – Shibuya – Odaiba

My name is Maricel Lustre. A few weeks ago, I wrote to Tokyo Free Guide requesting a free tour. TFG assigned a wonderful tour guide to us named “Hayashi Ryuichiro” also known as Ichiro-san for short.
My family and I would like to thank Tokyo Free Guide for giving us Ichiro-san. He is very professional, punctual, knowledgeable and was able to save us money by using wise transportation. We enjoyed all of the places we visited but we had lots of fun in Odaiba. We also loved dining at Ganko. We are very happy in having Ichiro-san as our tour guide. Our14 year old son loved him! Ichiro-san was very patient with him. Our son could not stop talking about him. We learned so much from Ichiro-san. It was our first time to tour Tokyo and our experience was very memorable. Thank you very much Ichiro-san for showing us Tokyo. We feel very fortunate in having met you because in doing so we have gained a friend. Read the rest of this entry »

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