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Estelle from France

April, 2009
Guide: Hiroko Watanabe and Kozue Matsuura
Route: Nihonbashi – Imperial Palace – Chidorigafuchi – Yasukuni Shrine; Ueno – Yanaka – Asakusa

I would like to thank you Tokyo free guide organization and specially my two wonderdul guides Matsuura and Hiroko.

I visited ueno,Yanaka, nezu, Asakusa, imperial garden, Yasukuni shrine … I saw a beautiful Ikebana exhibition.

I learned so much with them, it was so interesting, I discovered nice places I would never have found alone.

I wanted so much to see the cherry blossom trees, they have taken me to famous places where I could admired them.

I tryed many delicious pastries, and japanese food.

I won’t forget their kindness !

I feel so well and in confidence … after I was ready to travel alone in all Japan.

Thank you so much for this strong experience.
Estelle (France)

Yan and David from Canada

August, 2008
Guide: Yu Arafuka
Route: Shinagawa – Tsukiji – Shiodome – Yanaka – Nezu – Shinjuku

Dear Tokyo Free Guide,

We wholeheartedly thank you for your group’s wonderful service. After submitting my request online, within a few days we were matched up with Yu Arafuka.? We exchanged a few e-mails where we let him know some of the things we were interested in seeing and he came back with suggestions of possible places to go.? For our tour, Yu was kind enough to meet us directly at the lobby of our hotel.? Even more so, because we were interested in visiting Tsukiji Market, he was able and willing to meet us at the early hour of 7am – we really appreciated this!? Throughout the tour, he was very prepared knowing exactly where to go.? We would ask many questions about things we saw along the way and about life in Japan and he tried very hard to give us an answer even though some of our questions may have been a little difficult. Yu not only served as a wonderful guide, but was also a great conversational partner and someone for us to ‘hang out’ with for a whole day.? We are truly grateful for your group’s service (especially for matching us with our wonderful tour guide Yu), and would not hesitate to ask for a guide again next time we visit Tokyo!

Thank you once again,
Yan and David from Canada

Leal and Phan from France

July, 2008
Guide: Yoko Kobayashi
Route: Asakusa – Akihabara – Imperial Palace – Yanaka – Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Wendy from Queensland, Australia

July, 2008
Guide: Mitsuyo Fujiwara, Junko Murakami and Ayumi
Route: Ueno – Tokyo University – Yanaka – Asakusa; Nezu – Imperial Palace – Harajuku – Shibuya – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building


I would like to thank TFG for putting us in contact with 2 guides during our trip to Japan in July this year.

On July the 5th Mitsuyo Fujiwara guided my husband and I and our 3 sons around Ueno and through to Asakusa and Kappabashi. We saw some lovely older places around the local Ueno / Yanaka area where we were staying and made our way around on the local bus on back streets that we would never have found alone.

After contacting me in Australia she met us at our hotel and had organized a great day with one of the highlights being a visit to Tokyo University where she had arranged that we would attend a practice for the University Tea ceremony club. This was amazing.

The next day Junko Murakami met us at our hotel with her friend Ayumi who was around our sons’ ages and we went to the Imperial Palace and on to Harajuku and Shibuya. Sunday in Harajuku was great fun and there was something for all ages to see and do. The boys had a great time with Ayumi comparing cultural activities and learning about the best places to shop in Harajuku and Shibuya. In the early evening we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building for the great view.

Dinner in Shinjuku finished off a great day. Junko works full time as well as guiding and I am so pleased that she gave up her free time to guide us as we had a wonderful day.

Both these days were the highlights of our Japan holiday and I have been recommending TFG to all my friends. This is a wonderful idea and it meant so much to meet and spend time with Mitsuyo and Junko as well as Ayumi. Seeing a city through the eyes of a local makes it seem so much more
interesting and personal.

Thank you

Wendy Welsh

Queensland Australia

Richard and Ann from the USA

April, 2007
Guide: Kawachi
Route: Ueno – Yanaka

Our wonderful, very helpful, Tokyo Free Guide met us at our Ryokan in the Asakusa region. After a quick train ride to the Ueno Station, our adventures started which included walking through Ueno-Koen Park [and] a visit to the Kanei-ji Kyomizu Kannon-do Temple. We also visited the Tosho-gu Shrine?among the oldest in Tokyo, built in 1651. We had an especially good (inexpensive!) lunch at a Japanese restaurant. Later we walked past the important Yanaka Cemetery and along the Yanaka “Ginza.” The neighborhood with its many small and old houses and shops and temples was unlike any other part of Tokyo that we had experienced. Our walk ended at the Nezu-jinga Shrine with its fabulous azalea gardens.

A highlight of our time with our Free Guide was to talk about why he likes to be a Free Guide, and why he thinks Tokyo and Japan are so special. He told us that he wants people to know how safe and clean Tokyo is and how friendly everyone is. All in all, the day was special, thanks to our Tokyo Free Guide.

Peter and Margarette from Australia

October, 2006
Guide: Kawachi, Naomi and Lizzy
Route: Nezu – Yanaka – Ueno

Anyone traveling to Tokyo should consider this service. As we discovered, with the assistance of our guides we were able to experience a personal insight into life in Tokyo today, its people and culture.

We spent the day strolling the back streets of Nezu and Ueno and was it not for our guides we would have merely been onlookers in this amazing city. Kawachi, Naomi and Lizzy were able to enrich our experience by offering their insights into the areas we visited. They spoke about Japanese culture, about lifestyles but most importantly about themselves. And it is this personal touch that made our day truly the highlight of our holiday.

Kawachi, Naomi and Lizzy thank you so much for making it a memorable experience.

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