Guide: Naomi Suita
Route: Asakusa – Sumida river – Shibamata
Dear Tokyo Free Guide,
Thanks to your excellent guide, Mrs. Naomi Suita, we have enjoyed a most wonderful day in Tokyo. She came to our hotel and we first went to Asakusa (Kaminarimon Gate – Nakamise Street – Sensoji Temple and Sensoji Shrine). Then we had a nice lunch at Kamameshi restaurant ‘Haru’ nearby.
After lunch we had a most enjoyable cruise on the Sumida River. The weather was excellent and it was a very pleasant boat trip. The next visit was to Shibamata and we did some shopping at Sonoda on the approach to Taishakuten temple, which we visited and where we admired the superb woodcarvings. On the way back we found large three-monkey statues at the entrance to the approach to Taishakuten temple.
This last remark needs an explanation. Since many years we collect the three monkeys that keep their ears, eyes and mouth closed, see our website: http://three-monkeys.info . In our initial email correspondence with Mrs. Suita we had asked whether it would be possible to find and buy some 3-monkey figurines in Tokyo. We are very pleased to say that, thanks to her, we have been very successful with that, both in Asakusa and in Shibamata.
It had become quite late that day and we asked Mrs. Suita to join us for dinner nearby our hotel in Ginza. After that she left us and she still had a two hours train ride back to her home. It was only later that we became fully aware how much preparation work and planning Mrs. Suita must have done to make sure that we would visit and see the right places. We thank her very much again and we are very grateful for all what she has done to make our day with her unforgettable.
Because of her excellent knowledge of English, there was a perfect understanding all the time. She is easy going, very helpful, very friendly and a perfect guide.
We are still full with nice thoughts and fantastic memories of this wonderful visit to Tokyo and we thank TOKYO FREE GUIDE and Mrs. Suita very much for making this possible.
Kindest regards from Switzerland,
Anneke & Emil Schuttenhelm