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Jesse from USA

September 2014
Route : Ueno (National Museum, lunch)
Guide : Yoshiko Manabe

Outstanding Volunteer

Today we had the good fortune to have had Yoshiko Manabe assigned
to us as a guide. Mrs. Manabe’s performed her duties in a manner
that clearly exceeded that which would be expected in a volunteer guide.

She pushed my invalid wife in a wheelchair throughout the many galleries
of the National Museum as well as assisting me with my problems.

After visiting the museum she took us to a traditional Japanese restaurant
where she explained and assisted us with the intricacies (to a Westerner)
of Japanese dining. Later, upon learning of my wife’s need for some
personal items she took my wife to a store to procure them. All of this
was done while considering my wife’s difficulty walking.

Mrs. Manabe could not have been more helpful or cheerful during her time
with us. We shall long remember our experience with her and be grateful
for it. Your organization, by its nature, is filled with altruistic volunteers.

Mrs. Manabe epitomizes this and she reflects great credit upon
Tokyo Free Guide as well as herself.


Jesse from USA

Paul from UK

September 2014
Route : Kishimojin-Temple – Waseda University – Chinzan-so Garden -
St. Mary’s Cathedral – Shinjuku
Guide : Marie Horiuchi

Thank you so much to Tokyo Free Guide and Marie Horiuchi.

My trip to Japan in September was one of the best experiences of
my life and my day with Marie in Tokyo played a big part in that.

Marie showed me around for three hours which was especially
kind given that she was pregnant. She brought me to places that
I never would have seen otherwise and we had a lovely tempura lunch
in a fantastic (and cheap!) kappo style restaurant.

Tokyo Free Guide is a fantastic organisation and I wouldn’t hesitate to
recommend it to others – in fact, I have already done so!

Paul from United Kingdom

Sonny from Australia

September 2014
Route : Day 1 Roppongi – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building -
Day 2 Shibuya – Okachimachi
Guide : Mitsuyo Fujiwara 

I just wanted to say thank you to my guide Mitsuyo Fujiwara
who took me and my friend on a tour around Tokyo. We visited
all the places that we asked to see and had a great time.

I got to buy some cheap shirts and see an awesome city.
Mitsuyo was kind,knowledgeable and very patient with this less
than smart gaijin.

We appreciated her good humour and she made our trip a memory
to last a lifetime.


Sonny from Australia

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


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 !



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.


Clara and Victor from Madrid, Spain

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