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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.

Marina from Russia


August 2013
Route: Asakusa – Tokyo Skytree – Imperial Palace – Kasai Rinkai Park – Nihombashi
Guide: Yutaka Kobayashi

Trip to Japan was my huge dream! I was looking for it for a long time and this year it came true.

I knew about global program of world free guides, cause we have the same in Moscow and I’m also free guide, so I’ve found info about Tokyo Free Guide and added my info…. And Yutaka Kobayashi sent me the letter after few weeks. And may say he is really great person! I didn’t have any plan what to visit in Tokyo, but he planned everything. We’ve visited Asakusa-Tokyo Sky Tree-Imperial Garden-Sea Park-And some places near Nihonbashi. We’ve talked about different things and I’ve learnt a lot of Japan. The huge problem was the weather, cause it was tooo hooot. Atsui!

Anyway, I’ve spent really great time! Yutaka is very polite, thoughtful and he speaks English very well. Hope to meet with him again someday!

I want to thank you a lot for your program! It’s so great! Thank you!

There will be one more time with Tokyo Free Guide? Absolutely!

Best wishes,

Marina from Russia

Fatima from Colombia

July 2013
Route: The Imperial Palace – Yurakucho (Okonomiyaki lunch) – Meiji Shrine – Yurikamome Line – Shiodome
Guide: Mayumi Fujihashi

Thank you for the amazing day. Since I came to Japan I have met a lot ofgreat, friendly people but my guide, Mayumi was truly special.

She was alovely person, who knew clever ways to guide me throughout Tokyo, explainedeverything in details, and had many interesting stories about Japanese history and culture.

She introduced me to Okonomiyaki restaurant, which Ihaven’t had before and quickly became my favorite. This Tokyo Free Guide program makes us love Japan, and I will definitely recommend to my friends that this will be unique and unforgettable experience for them as well.

Bestwishes and hope you continue with this beautiful mission, I love your great country.

Pascual from Spain


March 2013
Guide: Megumi and Yoshiko Honda
Route: Day1: Jindaiji Temple (Dhalma Market); Day 2: Kamakura – Great Budha – Hase Temple – Yokohama – Landmark Tower; Day3: Imperial Palace – Yurakucho – Tea Ceremony at Hotel
Okura – Shibuya – Meiji-jingu

Hola:

No tengo palabras para agradecer la excelente acogida de vuestros guias.

Yoshiko y Megumi en Tokio han sido unos excelentes cicerones que han sabido transmitirnos parte del alma de los Japoneses, su cultura, sus bienes culturales, etc…

Os agradezco vuestra hospitalidad y la labor que TFG realiza para dar a conocer el Japó n a extranjeros.

Os acompaño unas fotos qyue dan testimonio de cuanto nos han hecho disfrutar en este viaje a Japón.

Muchas Gracias.

Un saludo

Pascual from Spain

Hong from Australia

April 2013
Guide: Takuya Hayashi
Route: Imperial Palace – Tokyo Tower – Shiodome – Asakusa

Hi,

Our guide is Takuya Hayashi on April 9th around Tokyo tower, imperial palace, asakusa.

I would like to thank our guide for showing us around Tokyo. We learned much from our conversations about Japan and Japanese culture. Our Japan trip we will never forget!

We appreciate your time and effort to join us for the day and professional commitment.

Wish you well in your retirement and future activities.

From Australia with love.

Hong

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.

Sincerely,

Judi from Melbourne

Peamsri from Bangkok, Thailand

November 2012
Guide: Michiko Noda
Route: Ikebukuro – Nezu Shakujii Koen (Nagomi Visit) – Imperial Palace – Tokyo International Forum (Tea Ceremony)

I would like to express my sincere thank to Michiko Noda, our TFG on 7 Nov 2012. We really had the great time in Japan although it was a short trip. We went to Nezu, Imperial Palace, Tea ceremony at Ippo-do and the Tokyo
International Forum Building. Thank you for her time as she had helped us a lot with the train. Without her, we would have wasted lots of time finding the tickets and exits. Also, the tea ceremony was another great experience for us. We would like to thank TFG and Michiko Noda again for such a great hospitality.

Peamsri from Bangkok, Thailand

Pierre from Belgium


July 2012
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.

Pierre

Devin from Switzerland


September 2012
Guide: Tomoko Kasai
Route: Ueno park – Ameyoko – Imperial Palace – Lunch in Marunouchi – Tea ceremony session – Asakusa

Hello Tokyo free guide,

We had a wonderful time with Tomoko.
Tomoko is very nice and helpful.
Thanks to her we had a a wonderful meal, we went to a very nice tea ceremony and we learnt a bit more about Japanese culture and society.
Unfortunately, the day was too short :(
We’ll definitively ask for your service next time we’ll go back to Tokyo.

Thanks

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,
Silvia

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