Our tour didn't quite go to plan as our kids were a bit of a nightmare after a few long days traveling, but yasuko had the patients of a saint! She tried very hard, which we really appreciated. Thank you yasuko!
David FrankUnited States
We were very happy with our tour. It was our first day in Japan, and in addition to showing us the areas we asked to see and providing historical and cultural context, she helped to acquaint us with the use of the trains and subways, and gave us excellent advice regarding restaurants and suggestions for the remainder of our too-brief stay. Highly recommended.
Kailla PlattUnited States
We had a wonderful tour! We saw several different areas of Tokyo - the old and the new. We enjoyed viewing Cherry Blossoms in different places. Our guide was full of helpful information as well as knowing a lot about the history of Japan.
Dylan Tucker GangnesUnited States
Yasuko is the best! So much fun and extremely knowledgeable. Really appreciate the experience & creating an itinerary that matched our desired day out in Tokyo. Katherine & Dylan Seattle, USA PS LOVE looking back at the fantastic photos you took!
Sally EllisonUnited Kingdom
Yasuko was a attentive and fabulous tour guide. She made our visit to Tokyo so special. There is no way we would ever of seen and done all the things we did unless we had a guide and to have her was really great. She guided us around the subway at a speed we could never of done, we did not have to think about anything, we could just enjoy and savor the whole experience. We adjusted our requirements of what we wanted to do the following day and she kindly addressed everything, she was brilliant.
Julianne GroveSydney, NSW, Australia
What a privilege to spend time with Yasuko and plan our whole Tokyo stay. Going to places that aren't in the tour guides. We can't recommend Tours by Locals enough. J
Charles MurkofskyUnited States
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Jean SzokoUnited States
Yasuko was the perfect guide! Not only did we do the scheduled activities but we also made some interesting side stops along the way. She also had checked the current calendar for events and we were able to see a special performance at the Meiji shrine! We really enjoyed our tour.
Sarah F.United States
It was a pleasure to see Yasuko san again. She is an excellent guide, attentive to every detail of your tour. Her knowledge and guiding skills made our visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine even more interesting. She also shepherded us through a marvelous sake tasting, ending up with a visit to a wonderful noren shop so we could get another one for our house. We look forward to spending time with Yasuko again on our next visit to Tokyo.
Linda JohnsonUnited States
Yasuko was delightful! Knowledgeable, efficient, very pleasant with answers for all of our questions. She quickly ascertained our interests and limitations. Her guidance in choosing which sites to see was essential due to inclement weather.
Mike ImmerwahrUnited States
Mike ImmerwahrUnited States
We spent two delightful half-days with Yasuko visiting a few of Tokyo's highlights. Her suggestions and the order in which we visited was perfect, and she was incredibly gracious and attentive throughout, constantly making small adjustments to our itinerary as needed. Cannot recommend her highly enough.
Eleni TsitsanouUnited States
Yasuko adjusted the tour based on my preferences and came well prepared to start our day. She was knowledgeable about the history/culture and patiently answered all my questions. As a person she is really pleasant and made the tour enjoyable and fun. She exceeded my expectations when she provided me with maps of the subway system and game me itinerary alternatives after the tour to be able to go to a particular store the next day. I would highly recommend Yasuko and will contact her for my next visit.
Whitney Blake NielsenUnited States
Yasuko - was very knowledgeable and conscious of our time, we used her for a full day tour and a half day tour and could not have been more pleased.
Morlie WangUnited States
Yasuko was awesome! She was on time friendly and flexible. She took us to Akihabara, Harjukku, Tokyo tower for a half day tour. I would definitely recommend her and use her again. She gave us a good quick overview of everything that we wanted to see so that we could figure out if we wanted to come back to the areas and how to use the subway system. She gave good insider information on little shops and where to eat to save money and where to buy the least expensive stuff. It was definitely worth the money.
Aj JohnstoneUnited States
Yasuko is an excellent and professional guide. She worked with me on the itinerary for the day, providing her expertise and being clear when she wasn't as familiar with something. This was the second time I have toured with her and I would recommend her without hesitation. She helped the day flow smoothly and we learned so much from her!
Barbara FosterUnited States
This was our second day with Yasuko. I love to go to the different stores and do food shopping. It is just remarkable to see everything that they make and sell. Thanks for a great half a day.
Sarah F.United States
Yasuko is one of those guides you dream of getting. Excellent English and a wonderful ability to change plans quickly. Plus intelligent, a good sense of humor and the ability to help gaijin learn to use the transportation system. We will engage her again the next time we are in Tokyo.
Sarah F.United States
Yasuko is an excellent guide. She adapts itineraries to your needs and knows an immense amount about Tokyo. She is also linguistically skilled and responsive to the pace of jet-lagged visitors. We thoroughly enjoyed our half-day with Yasuko and will happily book her tours again.
Rebecca M.United States
We spent 2 days, 4 hours each day, with Yasuko. Yasuko is very friendly and knowledgable! She helped us figure out how to ride the JR Trains and Tokyo subway system, and we were able to get around easily the rest of the week. She took us to Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market, Senso-ji Temple, Yanaka Cemetery, a tea ceremony, Akihabara, and more. And she showed us how to get to other places on our own. Thank you Yasuko!!
Yasuko N. is a wonderful guide. She arrived promptly at the hotel, was both educating and entertaining throughout the morning tour and escorted me back to the hotel. I would highly recommend Yasuko and Tours- by-Locals and would definatly use your service again. Thank you
Alice LangstonUnited States
Yasuko was a pleasure. She was very informative, even suggesting places that we didn't know about. She went above and beyond by checking out where our train was leaving from and making sure we knew how to get there. Her English is excellent making it so easy to communicate with her. She took care of our every need. We would greatly recommend her to be your guide.
Marcus de GuzmanUnited States
the best couple of hundred bucks I spent in Tokyo. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English with great proficiency.
The tour and our tour guide Yasuko were excellent. We booked a 4 hour tour and were able to get all 4 sites that we wanted to see in with a brisk pace and combination of public transportation and taxi. Yasuko managed the pace very well getting us around on a good route and she was very knowledgeable. She spoke english well and it was a pleasant experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback. Meeting in the gate of the station worked well. I also enjoyed showing around attractions of Tokyo.
She was sublime! We had half a day and she pretty much gave me all what I wanted: a good Summer Sunday walk as a local, watching people, flavours, places and shopping (of course!)... She also gave me excellent tips which were great afterwards and as I said to her, I will be back for more! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for a five-star rating!
Catherine N.United States
Yasuko is an excellent guide. She targeted areas of particular interest and kept the pace very comfortable. She also provided historical context to better understand Japanese culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to take you around Tokyo, including time for finding traditional clothes and watching classic Kabuki drama with you. Thank you for choosing my tour!
We had a very Nice tour with Yasuko. We all think she made our trip to Tokyo. She is a very pleasant person and seems to know everything about Tokyo. We can all give her the strongest recommendations. Peter Kindblom
Excellent tour of some real Tokyo contrasts that gave us a great feel for the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy to know that you felt that way. That is suppose to be essence of your tour.
Sheryl Y.United States
Yasuko had to cancel meeting with us due to a cold. However, she called us to let us know and she also put forth great effort to find a substitute guide for us who met with us a few hours later. We had a nice tour with this person. I ended up falling ill during the tour and had to leave before it was finished. Yasuko (and her substitute) were so concerned about me that Yasuko called me at our hotel the next day to see how I was doing. She is very kind and thoughtful and professional.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Barbara FosterUnited States
This was our second day and her and it did not rain. We only had a few hours and wanted to shop. She took us to a great shop where the building was the older original Japanese surrounded by modern buildings. What a great shopping place this store was!! We had a GREAT time and would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I remember you liked the shop last year. I am glad to know that you enjoyed it even more this year.
Katie AldrichUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me the highest rate. I will keep working to meet the high expectations.
Yasuko always has a plan B which I really appreciated because cities & people don't always do what you want, whether you're from far away with limited time or not. The weather was absolutely awful, but thanks to Yasuko, we started the day at the awe-inspiring St Mary's Cathedral and finished the day at the moving Animal Souls Tower at the Eko-In Temple, making stops at the Sumo Museum in the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium and the AKB48 shop in Akihabara for example along the way.
Yasuko was an excellent guide and we enjoyed our tour immensely. We visited the Meiji shrine, Harajuku and Asakusa temple. She made it interesting for 3 adolescent boys and was flexible in our tour plan in that we were able to have a detour on the way to the Asakusa temple to the street that sells the plastic food models and finished by taking us to the boat ramp to take the boat down the river (which I had read about in a guide book)and told us how to return to our hotel from the end of the boat journey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad to hear that the things worked out well. We did a lot in a half day!
Yasuko was very knowlegable and the tour was around what we wanted to see and experience. Would recommend her anytime.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a warm comment. Despite a cold day (this winter is colder than ever)*, I am glad to know that all your family enjoyed Tokyo. *1C-10C, 34F-50F
Daniel MatthewsUnited States
I was very pleased with my tour with Yasuko. I was able to see 4 out of the 8 sites Yasuko's recommends --including (1) Asakusa Temple, (2) Akihabara, (3) Harajuku, and (4) Shibuya -- all in a 4-hour tour. Yasuko was good at moving at my pace (which is relatively quick), yet she always took the time to take several great photos of me. Yasuko was great at explaining to me the Tokyo subway system, Japanese customs, and the sheer quirkiness of Akihabara and Harajuku. Thank you, Yasuko!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Surely that was the most efficient tour of the year. We hopped from place to place but stopped at the attractions. So there was a pleasing sense of fulfillment. I enjoyed also. Thank you so much for choosing my tour!
Our half-day Tokyo Tour with Yasuko was a very pleasant experience. Yasuko is fluent in English and very knowledgeable about Japanese history and culture. Further, she was flexible and willing to adjust to our schedule and itinerary. We also enjoyed this private tour because we were able to avoid big crowds at the famous tourist spots and therefore take better pictures of the sites. Thank you very much Yasuko!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a five-star comment. I am very happy to know you enjoyed the tour. It was a cold morning. We visited majestic places in Tokyo. They were powerful and you appreciated what they were. So even the air brought a good luck wherever we visited!
Janice BuscheUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for choosing my service. It was my pleasure to take you around in Odaiba.
Barbara FosterUnited States
We only had 4 hours and wish we had more time as Yasuko took us to were we wanted on this tour and was VERY knowledgeable giving us the history and customs of the people!! I showed her something that I was interested in buying and before the tour was over and she took us to a little shop which is just what I were looking for. Our next trip to Tokyo we will plan to book her. I highly recommend her!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words. Your visiting to Tokyo carried me back to the good old days in Illinois.