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Khin from the U.S.A.


June 2012
Guide: Hideo Minobe, Junko Murakami, and Senichi Nagai
Route: Day 1 Kamakura; Day 2 Kawagoe; Day 3 Asakusa – Hama Rikyu – Tsukiji

Konnichiwa!

First of all, thank you so much for your kind hospitality while we were in Japan – we truly appreciate the effort and care that you have showered upon us while we were visiting! It was indeed a very pleasant experience and we enjoyed your company very much.

Visiting foreign lands is always interesting, appreciating the differences in environment, culture, architecture and food one of the key benefits of traveling. But it is in knowing the people there, and forming connections, and seeing the host country through the eyes of the locals that differentiates a visit and makes it special. To that extent, my family and I came away with new appreciation of Japan and the Japanese – thank you so much!

I think one of the highlights of the trip must be the kimono walkabout that my wife and daughter did in Kawagoe – they enjoyed Kawagoe so much more for the experience! Kamakura was fascinating both for the temples and shrines, and for the crowds – if we were doing it on our own, I doubt we would be able to experience the “train-(c)rush” – it was quite an experience! And of course, eating sushi at the Tsukiji market is always one of my favorite to do items while in Tokyo! There were so many great experiences and we thank you all for sharing it with us!

Thank you once again and keep up the good work, TFG!!

Dario from Italy


July 2009
Guide: Katsue Shinomiya, Chika Kobayashi, and Chikako Honda
Route: Itabashi-ku (supermarket, tea ceremony in Yukata at Katsue’s house, water mill etc) & Kawagoe; Kiyosumi Garden – Chofu City Fireworks Festival; Shibuya – Omotesando – Harajyuku – Roppongi

Dear TFG,

My name is Dario and I’d like to thank you because I really had a great time with you in Tokyo.

Guides were always forthcoming and willing to take me wherever I wanted, pointing out and explaining particulars that I would have missed if I had been alone. Moreover I had the opportunity to experience Japanese habits, kitchen and culture. I visited Tokyo with Chika and Chikako and Kawagoe with Shinomiya-san. Great time in each day!

Last thing I want to say is that as soon as I got back to Italy I was looking forward to getting back to Japan, and that’s also for my experience with TFG.

Dario

Steve, George, Randy, Silvia, David and Gary from the USA


August, 2007
Guide: Naomi Ishiwatari, Ryuichiro Hayashi, Toshiko Kageyama, Takako Matsuo, Kyoko Iwasaki, Takae Azuma, Yoshimi Nagasawa, Chinami Nishizawa, Keiko Nagamatsu, Hanae Matsuura, Sanae Kawamoto
Route: Sake Factory tour, Asakusa, Imperial Palace Garden, Ginza, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Tsukiji Fish Market, Nikko, Bonsai-mura (Omiya), Kawagoe, Fishing tackle shops, Japanese Tea ceremony experience

Dear T.F.G.

I want to sincerely thank you for the excellent guide service. I have traveled in over 50 countries now and I must say that the level of professionalism and guiding were second to none. All my TFG’s were excellent during my trip. Sanae with her big smile and warmth welcomed me to Japan, Ichiro was excellent and well prepared, Hanae was very good showing me around Tokyo with my special requests. I had opportunities to meet other TFG guides on this trip as we were a group of 6 they were all awesome and my friends were just in amazement at the level of service.

This service is invaluable to first time travelers to Japan especially in Tokyo, they cater to your interests; take you to great inexpensive restaurants. TFG bridges the gap between culture and local customs on a personable level. I must admit the sightseeing was very nice but the TFG’s were excellent hosts and guides it seemed that we were guided by friends and it made it a more memorable experience. If every country in the world would have a program like this, the world would be a better place, great ambassadors for Japan. A most memorable and enlighting trip.
Most highly recommended.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu,

Steve from Simi Valley, California


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