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Vincenzo from Italy

March 2010
Guide: Akemi Ito, Chikako Honda
Route: Nikko (Rinnoji – Toshogu – Taiyuin), Kawaguchiko Lake (Nishi-ko, Iyashi no sato Neba, Kawaguchi-ko han, Kaiun no yu, Futarasan Shrine), Kamakura

I am Vincenzo from Italy, and now I’m gonna tell you my japanese experience with Tokyo Free Guide.
I was guided in Nikko by Akemi, , the weather was very cold and it was snowy. We saw the three monkeys temple (that is worldwide famous), the beautiful bridge, and many others temples. We had ramen for lunch, and it was very good! There were many stairs, it war tiring but it was worthed. Akemi planned the route very well and she was very accurate in the explanation of everything we saw. telling me the meaning of every temple and statue. Read the rest of this entry »

Isabel from Mexico

March 2010
Guide: Ryuichiro Hayashi
Route: Tokyo: Shinjyuku Gyoen Park – Kabukicho – Metropolitan Tokyo Goverment Building Observatory – Harajuku (Takeshita Street/Kiddy Land) – Shibuya (Intersection/The Myth of Tommorow painted by Taro Okamoto/Hachiko Statue); Kamakura: Kita-kamakura – Engakuji Temple – Hachimangu Shrine – Komachi street – Daibutsu (Koutokuin Temple) – Hase-dera Temple; Nikko: The world heritage Shrines/Temples (Kegon Falls & Chuzen-ji Lake, under a heavy snow, it was a memorable journey (see the picture with the mexican flag)).

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank to “Tokyo Free Guide Organization” to have given us the opportunity to meet our fantastic friend (guide) “Ryuishiro” Hayashi, we had a great time with him in Tokyo. He is very patient, polite, easygoing and a flexible person. With him we learned a lot about the japanese culture, typical food, snacks/candies and much more !!

Since we got in touch with him before our arrival in Tokyo, he gave us a lot of advices/suggestions which helped us to better arrange our trip around Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima & Miyajima.

Now he has 6 good friends in Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter and Christina from Aachen, Germany


July 2009
Guide: Keiko Nagamatsu; Naomi; Mitsuyo Fujiwara
Route: Z?j?-ji – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – Meiji Shrine – Odaiba – Shiodome; Nikko (T?sh?-g? – Futarasan Shrine – Rinn?-ji); Kamakura


You were so kind to arrange for three guides for our trip to Japan on relatively short notice. They were Keiko-san on July 13th for Tokyo, Naomi-san on July 15th for Nikko, and Mitsuyo-san on July 16th for Kamakura. We want to thank you very much for these arrangements. They were the best guides we ever had anywhere. All of them were extremely kind, knowledgeable, professionally meticulous in the preparation of our trips, very personal, fluent in English and German respectively, had sense of humour – and just were plain charming. My wife Christina and I were enchanted and extremely lucky of having these wonderful three ladies as guides. We saw and learnt so much more on these three trips than we could ever have managed by doing it ourselves. The sightseeing tours were unforgettable experiences both into the venerable ancient Japanese culture with its unique temples, shrines and gardens and the breathtaking modern Japan with her mind boggling architecture.

Thanks to you personally for providing our wonderful guides and for serving tourists from all over the world with your fine agency. We will recommend Tokyo Free Guide to all of our friends and acquaintences planning to see Tokyo. Please feel free to quote us as you see fit.

Kind regards,

Peter and Christina Jacobi
Aachen, Germany

Edi from Israel

April 2009
Guide: Hiromi Ichikawa
Route: (Day 1) Hamarikyu Park – Sensoji Temple Asakusa – Shinjuku; (Day 2) Meiji Shrine – Omotesando – Ginza – Imperial Palace; (Day 3) Nikko

As a family that had the plesure to be guided by one of your members, I want to thank your organization for all that had been done for us. It was wunderful to know that some body will help us to get around in Tokyo the first days. We had the plesure to be guided by Hiromi Ichikawa and there are no words to thank her for what she did for us Her kindness, helpfulness, her resdiness and above all her smile, did the days in Tokyo so remarcablefor us.

Thank you again
Edi Bushansky

Bernardo from Spain

September, 2008
Guide: Michiko Yamawaki
Route: Nikko – Shimokitazawa

We want to thanks to TFG the possibility of get in contact with our marvellous guide Michiko-san who guide us around the amazing temples of Nikko and show us how funny will be take a dinner in a traditional Izakaya.

She was a very good guide and we return to Spain very happy because we knew somethings of Japan that we are sure never can discover without Michiko.
For all of this, domo arigato Michiko and TFG.

Kisses from Spain.

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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