Ryuichiro Hayashi (“Ichiro”)
Tamanoi Sumou stable – Nishiarai Daishi temple – Asakusa Sensouji temple – Asakusa dougugai Street – Omotesanndo Street – Takeshita Street – Meiji Shrine – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Dear Tokyo free guide team:
thanks a lot for providing a website which allowed us to get in touch with our volunteer tour guide, even if we entered our data only few days before the trip.
Our guide was Ryuichiro Hayashi (“Ichiro”). He was so kind to organize a visit at a sumo stable, which was our special wish for that trip. As the training session was very early, we met Ichiro already at 8am at our hostel. Ichiro does not live in Tokyo itself, so he had to get up very early, an amazing effort for two strangers!
The visit at the sumo stable was one of the highlights of our trip, at that time we felt like being really in Japan! It was also the first time for Ichiro, so we are happy that he also discovered something new during the tour. Thereafter we have visited different temples and shopping streets. From those, the highlight was the Meiji shrine with the great surrounding park. The tour ended after nearly 10 hours (!) with a visit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building with a great view over Tokyo.
However, we have not only seen a lot of Tokyo, we also have seen coincidentally the restaurant, which serves a location for a famous english learning TV show, and a weather girl from Japanese TV. And, most important, we were able to learn a lot more about Japan and Japanese culture from the talks with Ichiro, who has a great knowledge about Tokyo & Japan, than it would be possible only with a guide book.
Ichiro, thousand thanks for sharing your valuable time for us. Good luck for you, your wife, your daughter, your son and your grandchild!
With best regards,
Verena & Johannes