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André & Françoise from France


March 2013
Guide: Yukari Ito and Atsushi Adachi
Route: Day 1: Zozoji – Asakusa – Senso-ji – Ueno-koen – Tokyo National Museum; Day 2: Tsukiji Market, sushi restaurant – Meiji-Jingu – Takeshita Street – Omotesando – Oriental Gardens of Imp.Palace

It was our first stay in Japan.

After a few preliminary emails, each tour was exactly what we wanted: kind persons, right on time, who did all their possible to guide us where we were interested to go. For our first days, it was very useful too to learn how to use the Tokyo subway, refill Suica cards etc.

During these few hours, we could be informed about many important things as well as details concerning history, customs or everyday life in Tokyo.

Thanks a lot to these two friendly Japanese, who helped us. We recommend them with pleasure, and if they come in France, we’ll be very pleased to guide them too. Thanks to TFG!

André & Françoise from France

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

Mari & Isi from Spain

March 2010
Guide: Yukie Takahashi
Route: (Day 1) Kamakura; (Day 2) Harajuku – Omotesando – Shibuya

Gracias a Tokyo Free Guide y especialmente a nuestra guía Yukie, que habla español perfectamente, pudimos disfrutar de Tokio mas allá de lo puramente turístico. El primer día fuimos con Yukie a Kamakura, donde vimos esa parte más tradicional con templos increíbles donde se respiraba una paz especial, Yukie nos explicaba cada detalle. Después nos llevó al Bosque de Bambú donde tomamos un té tradicional japones, os lo recomiendo! Y finalmente vimos la estatua del Gran Buda, sólo decir que es IMPRESIONANTE! Para acabar la noche, nuestra guía reservó para cenar en un restaurante de Shibuya donde cenamos especialidades japonesas junto con más amigos de Yukie y para rematar nos fuimos de fiesta a un Karaoke!! Genial!

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Julie from USA


January 2010
Guide: Masako Shimada
Route: Ryogoku – Tsukiji – Kabukiza – Omotesando; Takasago Sumo stable – Dressing up like a Maiko

Hello,

I truly enjoyed having Masako Shimada as my tour guide. She took me everywhere I wanted to go. She also gave me suggestions for things to do that I would not have thought of. It was great having a guide who genuinely enjoyed what she does.

My favorite part of my trip was going to see a sumo wrestling practice and dressing up like a maiko. It was helpful having a guide to set these up for me as the language barrier would have made it difficult for me to do on my own.

I hope to bring my parents to Tokyo within the next few years. I will certainly use this service again.

Sincerely,
Julie

Lisa and Bob from Pennsylvania, USA


November 2009
Guide: Chikako, Senichi Nagai, Takako, and Miyuki
Route: Omotesando – Kagurazaka; Tsukiji – Ginza – Akihabara – Yanaka; Hamarikyu – Asakusa – Kappabashi; and Shinjuku

On behalf of my husband and myself we want to thank Tokyo Free Guide and our guides, Chikako, Senichi, Takako and Miyuki for a wonderful experience touring Tokyo in early November. Each of the guides was outgoing, fun, informative and dedicated to seeing that we had a very positive experience. I could go on at length about how we enjoyed each guide, but suffice it to say that the Tokyo Free guide service, and our specific guides (Chikako, Senichi, Takako and Miyuki) made our trip to Tokyo tremendously memorable. Thank You!!
Lisa and Bob Tourek, Wexford Pennsylvania USA

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

Bruce from USA

Bruce

July 2009
Guide: Chikako
Route: Omotesando – Meiji Shrine – Harajuku – Akihabara – Asakusa – Ueno

Dear TOKYO FREE GUIDE,

Just returned to U.S. after ten days in Tokyo with my son. I would like to thank you for arranging to have Chikako take us for a tour. She was very pleasant and took us where ever we wanted. We were also able to learn how to use the subway and train lines.

Because we were on a tight budget this was very helpful to us and we were able to get around for the rest of our stay on our own. I don’t know if a service like this is offered in New York, it is so nice of your guides to give up their time.

Please thank Chikako for us I hope she enjoyed it as much as we did. Your country is fascinating , I will not forget my trip to Japan.

Thanks, Bruce Dante

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

Miriam, Emma, Sally and Veronica from Perth West Australia


January 2009
Guide: Kyoko and Yu Arafuka
Route: Aoyama – Roppongi – Omotesando; Akasaka – Asakusa – Odaiba – Sihnjuku

Dear Tokyo Free guides

We would like to express our appreciation to Kyoko-san and Yu-san for sharing their time with us in Tokyo february 2009. It was our first visit to Japan and Tokyo is an amazing city and although we ran all day we did not get to see it all so we will be returning again. We cannot express how wonderful your service and your people are and what fantastic ambassadors for Japan you all are. You all deserve medals and your generosity is spreading around the world very quickly. I have already recommended you to many people from Australia and overseas. I hope you do not get to busy.

Kyoko-san introduced us to the subway system and taught us how to use the ticket machines and navigate ourselves around. We even got caught in rush hour which was quite an experience and thank fully having Kyoko with us also made it fun. She was kind enough to show us around Roppongi which is so beautiful
and I will be visiting again. She then found us a wonderful little organic restaurant called “Red Crayon” which I highly recommend. The food was so fresh that we went back again before we left. Kyoko-san also recommended shops for us and we did visit ALOOK Kyoko and found what we wanted. Thank you.

Yu-san spent the entire day and evening with us which was so very generous of his time. He tried to squeeze as much in as possible from Shibuya to Odaiba and Asakusa which we could never have seen in one day by ourselves. He took us to the temples and explained the cleansing ritual and spoke about the
Japanese people and lifestyes of the younger generations. He was alot of fun and both our guides spoke english very very well.

We spent our first two days with our guides and then we were able to navigate Tokyo with ease. We found the Japanese people to be very helpful and whenever we stopped in the subway to check our map someone would always come up to us and offer their help. We loved Tokyo but would never have been able to experience it as well as we did without Tokyo Free Guides help.

Thank you so much for a wonderful time. Please visit us if you are ever in Western Australia.

Miriam, Emma, Sally and Veronica. Perth West Australia.

David and Becky from Ontario, Canada

November, 2008
Guide: Kyoko
Route: Asakusa – Kagurazaka – Omotesando

Dear TFG,

I wanted to thank Tokyo Free Guide ~ and our amazing tour guide Kyoko ~ for our incredible day in Tokyo. Kyoko took us to many places off the beaten path, taught us how to use the subway, showed us where the best restaurants were and even showed us how to make origami cranes. After travelling for 3 months in Asia, both my wife and I agreed that our 5 or 6 hours with Kyoko were some of the best of the entire vacation.

Thank you so much for this great service.

Kind Regards,

David and Becky Vanderlaan
Ontario, Canada

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