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Albert from USA

August 2014
Route : Tsukiji – Shibuya – Harajuku – Ginza
Guide : Chikako

Where do we begin to thank you for the assigned guide Chikako?
It was such a joy to spend the day with her. She arrived at the hotel, promptly,
took us to all the places we wanted to see that day and then we had a nice lunch
at a restaurant Chikako picked out.

I wish we had more days to spend with her, but we were taking a cruise out
of Yokohama the next day.

Speaking of which, Chikako saw we were confused about getting to Yokohama,
so she came to the hotel the next morning, went with us to the train station,
found our correct track to Yokohama, wheeled my suitcase onto the train,
and made sure we were on our way to Yokohama. Chikako is FANTASTIC!!!!!

Please give her our thanks for not only being a great guide, but for being
such a great person.

We love Japan and all its citizens…….

Albert and Shirley Archer from USA

Miguel from Venezuela

January 2014
Route :  Day 1 Ueno – Ginza
Day 2 Asakusa – Kappabashi kitchen street
Guide : Hiroko Watanabe

Recuerdo inolvidable

Para nuestra primera visita a Tokio solicitamos los servicios
de TFG sin saber demasiado por donde empezar. Nuestra guia
Hiroko Watanabe fue mucho masque una guia, amable, simpatica
y muy cordial, nos llevo por los templos, sitios gastronomicos y
a todos aquellos sitios que nos interesaban, como unaamiga.

No tenemos palabras de agradecimiento para una visita que no
olvidaremos nunca.

Miguel from Venezuela

Diane from Singapore

June 2014
Route : Tsukiji – Sugamo – Shinagawa – Kawasaki
Guide : Hiroshi Iida

Thank you to Mr Hiroshi Iida

Mr Iida was our guide on 2 June 2014. He was very patient with
my family as we were travelling with 3 young children. He planned
the itinerary for us, and brought us to see parts of Tsujiki fish market
which we could not have possibly navigated on our own.

We also had a great time travelling to Shinagawa, which we had not
been before. Last but not least, helping us to find the location of our
dinner place.

Towards the end, my youngest (2 years old) was so taken by him
that he refused to let anyone else hold his hand but Mr Iida.

A very big thank you to Mr Iida for being so friendly and helpful!
We really enjoyed our day with Mr Iida.

Diane from Singapore

Erick from Mexico

July 2014
Route : Odaiba – Shimbashi
Guide : Sumiko Tashiro

Erick san and his family enjoyed their day in Odaiba
with our volunteer guide, Sumiko Tashiro.

Erick san, thank you for sending us the wonderful photo !

Sandrine from Switzerland

May 2014
Route : Oji (Asukayama Park, Hokutopia observatory) –
Tokyo Station(TOMICA shop) – Imperial Palace East Garden
Guide : Keiko Ogawa, Junko Murakami

UNE JOURNEE EXTRAORDINAIRE !

Le cahier des charges etait un peu particulier : 7 personnes d’une meme
famille guider, 3 generations de 3 a 72 ans. Le but etait de visiter des
lieux qui conviennent a la fois au petit dernier tout en interessant
les adultes.

Comme nous etions 7, Junko san nous a propose de faire le tour a deux
guides, et Keiko san nous a rejoint dans l’aventure.

Nous avons donc commence par le parc Asukayama. Ensuite, nous avons
mangeons dans un restaurant proche, au 17eme etage d’un building
offrant une vue panoramique sur la ville.

L’apres-midi, nous avons visite le Palais Imperial.

Bref, la journee fut magique, et nous avons beaucoup appris de la
culture et des coutumes japonaises.

Nous etions limite gens d’avoir tant d’attention (elles ont meme
achete un cadeau pour notre fils !).

Junko san, Keiko san, encore un grand merci pour la journee que
nous avons passee ensemble.

Vous etes les meilleures ambassadrices que le Japon puisse avoir !

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AN EXTRAORDINARY DAY !

The composition of the group was a bit unusual: 7 people of a family,
3 generations from the youngest of 3 years old to the oldest who was
72 years old. And the goal was, to visit places which are for all of us –
the youngest up to the oldest – convenient. Since we were 7 people,
Junko san suggested to have two Tour guides and therefore Keiko-san
joined us later too.

We started with the Asukayama Park. Then we had lunch at a nice
restaurant on the 17th floor with a very nice view / panoramic sight
over the city.

In the afternoon we visited the Imperial Palace.

Briefly, It was just a magic day / The day was just magical and only in
a short time we learned a lot about culture and Japanese customs.

It`s unbelievable how much attention we got (they event bought a
present for our son!)

Junko-san, Keiko-san, once again a big “thank you” for the day that
we spent together.

You are the best Tour Guides that Japan can have!

Sandrine from Switzerland

Vanessa from Canada

August 2014
Route : Day 1 Shibuya – Harajuku – Asakusa
Day 2 Tsukiji – Ningyocho – Akihabara – Ueno
Guide : Ryuichiro Hayashi

Thank you Ichiro!

We visited Tokyo in August of 2014 and Ichiro was our guide for 2 days. We
were humbled by his willingness to show us beautiful Tokyo. Ichiro made our
experience great and now we feel we have a real glimpse of the beliefs, food
and culture of the Japanese people. We were taken back by how polite and
gentle they are, as well as how rich in culture.

Ichiro showed us many interesting and beautiful places and told us many
things about the history of those places. He is energetic and well humoured
and a joy to be around! Our trip to Tokyo would have not been the same
without Ichiro.

Vanessa from Canada

Clara and Victor from Madrid, Spain

July 2014
Route : Day 1 : Asakusa – Ueno Park – Ameyoko – Akihabara
Day 2 : Ningyocho – Ginza – ASIMO show – Harajuku – Shibuya
Guide : Ryuichiro Hayashi

Great time with Ichiro!!!!

Last month we visited Japan, and had two wonderful days with
Ichiro, our guide. He´s a really nice man, very kind and patient.

Both days he stayed with us 10 hours!!! We really appreciate his
effort and he showed us beautiful places from Tokio.

Yesterday it was his birthday…so we hope he had a great day!!!
When we come back to Japan, we hope we´ll meet him again.

THANK YOU ICHIRO

Clara and Victor from Madrid, Spain

Judy from Ausutralia 2

May 2014
Route : Sengaku-ji Temple -Odaiba – Tokyo Tower – Zojo-ji Templle
Guide : Yukie shimada

We were very happy with the afternoon’s touring that we did with
Yukie Shimada, and we are honoured to be the first guests she has
shown around as a Tokyo Free Guide. She did an excellent job,
especially as it was her first!

We had requested to see the Buddhist temples of Sengaku-ji and
Zojo-ji, Odaiba and the Tokyo Tower, a rather strange mixture, perhaps.

As we were only visiting Tokyo we tried to see some of the historical and
traditional sites contained in that city, whereas otherwise one might try
and see these in a place like Kyoto.

We chose Tokyo Tower because it was Golden Week and there are floating
carp decorations affixed to celebrate Children’s Day (or Boys’ Day, as I
believe it was formerly known). For contrast we wanted to see a new part
of Tokyo, and Yukie took us on the scenic train ride to Odaiba where we
enjoyed walking along the waterfront and seeing the views all around and
local families enjoying themselves.

Yukie had mapped out a schedule which was very organised and worked
well. We appreciate her kindness, and the time and effort she took to
research and compile this. We enjoyed talking to her and finding out a little
about her and her city. She even emailed us afterwards to give us a little
more information about some of the places we had seen, which was very
thoughtful.

Thank you.

Judy from Australia

Judy from Australia

April 2014
Route : Asakusa – Ueno Park
Guide : Emiko Bando

We did the fixed tour to Asakusa and Ueno Park with Emiko Bando and we had a wonderful day,
despite the fact that it rained almost the entire time. The rain didn’t bother us, as it actually
lent a lot of atmosphere to the places we saw, but we are grateful to Emiko that she was
prepared to travel a long way to meet us in Shibuya where we were staying, and to take us
touring in such conditions. That’s real dedication!

Emiko explained to us the practices at the temple in Asakusa, which is an imposing sight.
We also did some exploring of the market leading to the temple. Emiko showed us several
places of interest in Ueno Park. It’s a pity we were just a few weeks late for the cherry
blossoms, but it is still a worthwhile place to visit, especially when you have a guide like
Emiko explaining the significance of what you’re seeing.

Emiko was also able to help us with practical information such as helping us buy and re-charge
Suica cards, and advising where we could buy certain things. We were also able to ask her
about the tea ceremony which is an interest of hers.

Thank you, Emiko.

Tokyo Free Guide provides a wonderful and generous service which creates much goodwill.
If any of our friends should visit Tokyo we would recommend they register with you as it is
too good an opportunity to miss.

Judy from Australia

Diana from Russia


July 2014
Route : Imperial Palace – Asakusa – Ueno
Guide : Noriyuki Iwai

1 000 000 Thanks to Nori!!!

We visited Tokyo for only 1 day, thanks to Nori it is unforgettable!

Nori met us on Tokyo station and took to the Eastern Gardens,
then to Sensoji in Asakusa. It was a great experience to discover
Japan with aborigine, to know something not from the book,
but through the live chat.

I am very grateful to Nori for showing us Tokyo!

All the best,

Diana from Russia

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