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My 13 year-old daughter and I were going to be in Tokyo for a week, so we spent our first full day on this tour so we could get an overview of the city. Our guide, Akemi, met us in the lobby of our hotel in Shinjuku, went over the plan for the day (we had chosen 4 areas of the city from a list the tour company had sent prior to arrival) and off we went. We chose the “public transfer” option, which meant taking the metro, and Akemi made navigating the sprawling system easy. The day was incredibly hot and humid (95 degrees Fahrenheit, humidity to match) but Akemi bought us waters as needed and even bought us cool handercheifs to deal with the perspiration. She also bought us tasty treats that seem to be everywhere in Tokyo and we had a great lunch of noodles and miso in Akhihabara. Akemi was the perfect guide. She let us set the pace for the day and gave us great tips for getting around
Tokyo. She gave us just the right mix of history and culture and had a good sense of humor. This tour was great. My daughter said it was her favorite part of the trip so far (we also took the Viator tour of Mt. Fuji and Hakone with bullet train (another good tour), went to Kabuki-za, saw the Lion King (in Japanese) at the Shiki theatre, went to a Tokyo Yakult Swallows baseball game, and went to Shibuya several times, so that is saying a lot!). We highly recommend this tour and Akemi!
This was an amazing tour - our goal was to go on an adventure so we left a spot open for our guide to pick. During the tour we had interesting conversations and ended up going to places we hadn't even thought of. He was amazing and definitely made the experience.
Kim was an excellent guide through the highlights of Tokyo in a day. We used all public transportation and walking to avoid traffic so we were able to explore many different parts of the city in one day. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke beautiful English as she was born and educated in the USA.
Excellent tour. My tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city, and very open to setting a schedule that I would enjoy. Great communication ahead of my trip. She provided a range of options and I told her what I found most interesting. In the end, the day was really fantastic and we saw a lot. It was great having someone there that could answer my questions is realtime. Nice way to see the city.
This was an excellent tour! Our guide talked with us and our teenagers to customize our tour. Everyone enjoyed the tour which included the Hama-rikyu Gardens, fish market, Akasuka Temple, Meiji Shrine, Rainbow Bridge, Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, a tour of a 100 year old Meiji era official's home, and neighborhoods of Tokyo. It heightened our curiosity to discover even more. We especially enjoyed the history of the places we went to and the traditional tea in the Hama-rikyu Gardensand lunch in a 160 year old traditional sukiyaki restaurant. Our teenagers, who are retro gamers loved the little time out from historic places to visit a wonderful shop full of older game systems, games and related items. Mitch, our guide through Venture, was great!
Our driver was very professional and kept us supplied with fresh water and a comfortable ride.
WOULD REPEAT THE EXPERIENCE!
A wonderful day! Aikame was friendly, flexible and informative. We saw wonderful places, and it was a relaxing and enjoyable day. I really enjoyed the information, cherry blossoms and the diversity of Tokyo. I would definitely recommend this tour.
we did this private custom tour the very 1st day we landed - and best decision. The tour guide Misa was extremely helpful in explaining us the ways and culture of Tokyo, she brought Tokyo's maps with her which was very helpful in understanding Tokyo's vast subway system. And once you conquer subway, you conquer Tokyo tourism. We started the tour with imperial palace, then Senso-ji temple and Asakusa shrine. Misa, our tour guide took us to local markets as well and helped with food tasting. Very helpful.
Our guide, Mesa, was very informative, kind and knowledgeable and showed us sites that are not normally seen by tourist. Mesa rapidly became a friend and we were sad when the tour ended. For a close-up look at Tokyo, schedule this tour, you wont be disappointed.
We hoped to use this tour to give us some confidence in using the public transport. Our guide Meg was wonderful - she showed us the subway and helped us buy our train tickets to Kyoto. It was like touring around a new city with one of your friends showing you all their favourite haunts. Thumbs up!
Great experience! Exceeded our expectations in any way possible! Our guide, Ayaka Tsukamoto was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and interesting.
She made our time in Tokyo so much better.
Gave us tips for our next destinations.
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