Kiyoka was an excellent guide! Easy to find at the Nippori North Exit, had excellent English, and was incredibly knowledgeable about the area. Despite the cold rainy weather, it was a fun way to see a local area in Tokyo. I loved seeing all the traditional buildings renovated into chic cafes and shops. Will definitely recommend to anyone looking for an laid-back, educational tour of Tokyo!
by Cheri (03/24/20)
Yukio Takahashi met me at Nippori station as planned and on time. I was fortunate that I was the only one on the tour so had Yukio to myself!
Yukio was very knowledgeable and gave me an insight into life in Yanaka - fascinating to see the local shops and life away from busy Tokyo!
I had the opportunity to ask Yukio lots of questions which would not have been possible with a larger group i.e. a better understanding of the Japanese language; religion; diet etc
I had a chance to taste tea and understand the difference between English and Japanese tea making process. Also had the chance to taste sweets.
Finally visited Yaka cemetery and saw the grave of the last Shogun.
I definitely recommend the tour to improve your understanding of life in Japan - Many thanks to Yukio for an excellent tour.
by Des (03/21/19)
A really great way to see a completely different side of Tokyo. Having spent a few days there we had seen how busy it was and what a sprawling metropolis it is. We then went off to Kyoto and fell in love with it because it was so beautiful.
However, the walking tour changed our view on Tokyo because we saw a different side. Our guide was knowledgeable and spoke good English (essential because our Japanese was non existent!), taking time to explain things and giving us a completely new perspective down the backstreets.
We were blessed with good weather but it was a highlight of our visit
by Mollie (11/23/18)
Our Yanaka walking tour was an interesting peek into the life of traditional Japanese homes and neighbourhood. Very fun and informative. Highly recommended!
by Tes (11/08/18)
I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour. Our guide easily accommodated the interests and questions from all members of the group. As someone travelling alone it provided an opportunity for a shared experience. Relaxed, informal and interesting.
by Carolyn (11/03/18)
Our guide was so sweet...and patient...as we missed meeting her on time and she had to come back for us. It was lucky that we were the only ones that day! We saw interesting sites, ate lunch together, had pictures taken, and ended with a very nicely done tea ceremony...we learned a lot!
I would totally recommend this tour as so much was explained to us along the way...and there was time to "shop"!
by JanH (04/27/18)
We were expecting to see the parts of Tokyo that the normal tourist would not see and we were not disappointed. Yuki, our guide, had an excellent knowledge of the district, the history and the personalities.We visited exquisite temples, visited an artist in his studio and a specialist paper shop that had been in business for over 100 years.The highlight of the afternoon was a tea ceremony where no detail was omitted and where we were encouraged to use valuable antique cups. We found Yuki willing to assist as, even after the tour concluded, she had no hesitation in asdisting us to locate Nipori textile town, a request from a family member. We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour and particularly Yuki.
by James (08/30/17)