Ian ReiderAustin, TEXAS, Mexico
Hide is an Excellent guide. He showed us very interesting places. We learned and saw a lot in a shore time. I definitely recommend him if you are going to Tokyo.
Maliha KhanUnited States
Hide was wonderful - we saw more of Tokyo in a day than we thought possible. He was friendly, communicative, willing to amend our itinerary on the fly, and thoroughly knowledgeable about the beautiful city of Tokyo. We loved seeing the city with him!
Shiran BassalUnited States
We had such a great day with Hide. He is very knowledgeable and we were able to see and learn about so many awesome places in Tokyo - both the old and the new! He also knew a lot of cool facts and inside information about Japanese culture, and showed us some unique shops! Great tour if you want to see a little bit of everything in Tokyo in one day. He is also very patient and takes great pictures :)
Lon WelshUnited States
We all really enjoyed our day with Hide. What a great guy. Lots of local knowledge. Lots of enthusiasm. Really showed us some unusual things I had never seen before. Highly recommended.
Luis SeoaneCuritiba, PR, United States
Hide spent all Saturday with us visiting the most important areas in Tokyo. We could not have done it without his help and expertise. I would recommend Hide without hesitation.
Hidefumi covered all areas of the tour informatively and was happy to answer general questions about life in Japan. He was willing to extend any assistance where possible (in particular the train line we required on our return) and he has a relaxed personality. Would definitely recommend.
Sahil NanwaniUnited States
Dana DrewUnited States
My wife and I really enjoyed our tour with Hide. He came to our hotel to start our tour which took the pressure off of us in having to find our way on our own and then we walked to the subway. Hide was very helpful with getting us set up with pasmo cards for the subway system. Hide speaks good English and is very accommodating. He altered our tour so that we could skip some of the scheduled stops and spend more time eating our way thru Tokyo. We really enjoyed our tour with Hide and Highly reccommend
Justin BrookUnited States
Zuzana KalianUnited States
Hide was easy to communicate with prior to our tour, via email. On tour, he was flexible and altered the itinerary to meet our needs. We used metro to move around. It gave us enough knowledge and confidence to use the metro on our own the next couple of days. We mentioned that we will be going to Kyoto in a few days and he proactively took us to JR station and helped us purchase the bullet train tickets. Not only that, he also advised which side of the train is better for Mt. Fuji views.
Dong Keum JooSouth Korea
Joan SofenUnited States
Hidefumi provided us with an excellent introduction to Toyko and Japan. He laid out a varied and interesting tour which we modified as we liked. (Not much modification needed). From beautiful temples and shrines to markets and then "typical" neighborhoods, we had a great day. He was good to share thoughts about Japan today and past which added to our appreciation of Tokyo. One of his greatest gifts was showing us how to navigate the Tokyo subway. Great tour. Would recommend.
Jeremy LichtmanEast Brunswick, NEW JERSEY, United States
Hide was a great tour guide. We got to see a lot of tokyo in one day. He recommended excellent sobs noodle restaurant for lunch. Highly recommended.
Heather CunliffeUnited Kingdom
Hide was fab. We chose him (even though he wasn't the cheapest) based on his tour schedule as we have teenage sons who were interested in the pop culture. He was very knowledgeable and explained all about the culture and was able to make last minute amendments to the schedule at our request. An excellent tour guide for our one full day in Tokyo and I would highly recommend him. The boys loved him as well!
Eduardo GonzalezUnited States
Hide was Awesome!!!! We got a great day of everything we wanted to see in Tokyo and more. It was our first day in Tokyo and we also got to learn to use the subway which was very useful for the rest of the trip. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He also showed us some great shops and food spots that we ended up returning to the next day. You wont regret it!
Liane SternliebUnited States
Hide was excellent today. We saw a lot of Tokyo and he explained what we saw and was happy to answer any of our questions. I'd recommend him to friends and family if they visit here. I really enjoyed seeing the different areas of the city.
David SwankUnited States
Hide, our guide was excellent and we got exactly tour we asked for--a mix of new and old across Tokyo. In retrospect, it was a bit much for us to handle in one extremely hot day in July, and we probably should have arranged a less intense tour based on the weather. In summary, an excellent tour by a highly experience guide, but be prepared to do a lot of walking. The restaurant Hide suggested for lunch was really good with good food and a nice atmosphere.
Sandra OuyeUnited States
Hide was great! He explained in detail about the culture and history of Japan.
Darren OrtizUnited States
Thank you Hide for all the history and taking us to some hidden gems in Tokyo. We wouldn't have seen the city that way on our own. We had a great time!
Yeilany SuarezUnited States
Hide was en excellent guide. He provided good commentaries and helped us enjoy the day without having to worry about transportation, etc. With his guidance, we were able to plan our itinerary for the next day. It was good having someone with excellent English answer the different questions that came up throughout the day. I happened to feel ill during the tour from jet lag and it was comforting to have someone that knew the language. We highly recommend him.
Pam BegueUnited States
I highly recommend Hidefumi for your tour guide. He was fantastic and showed and taught us so much! We took our full day tour our first full day in Tokyo. Not only were we able to see 10 times the amount of places than if we'd have been on our own, but it also gave us a good feel for the layout of the city. He also taught us how to navigate the subways & load and reload our passes. I do not feel we would have been able to appreciate all we saw without his guidance and explanations.
Steve ChengUnited States
Marjorie YoungUnited States
What a wonderful experience we had with Hide! He is very personable, informative and took us to all the sights that we wanted to see in Tokyo. Hide was so patient when some of us wanted to shop as we walked along the various venues. It was great having your own personal guide as he answered all the questions we had about Japan and its culture. I would certainly recommend Tours By Locals and Hide to anyone coming to Japan.
We had a great day with Hide in Tokyo. The tour included a large variety of very different sights, places we would never have been able to get to easily ourselves. We greatly appreciated Hide's engaging and informative commentary. He found us a great little restaurant for a delicious lunch. We highly recommend Hide as your guide in Tokyo.
Gregg BlodgettUnited States
Great overview of Tokyo neighborhoods with very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. This tour really was the star of our 10 day trip to Japan
Susan DavidUnited States
A wonderful, considerate guide with a very good knowledge of Tokyo. I would highly recommend Hide. His English is extremely good.
Diane TomUnited States
Hide made our experience in Tokyo more meaningful by his knowledge of the history of each neighborhood we visited. His experience leading a large group was obvious as we never feared getting lost amoung the hordes of people in the subway and in the streets. I recommend Hide as a tour guide and would take another tour with him without hesitation.
Michael DaleyPlano, TX, United States
Hide was an exceptional guide. Communicated with us prior to the tour so no surprises. It's a walking tour via a very complicated subway system but not strenuous in the least. We used him for 2 six hour tours. He's very patient, speaks fluent English, & answers every question about Tokyo & Japanese culture. Highly recommended.
Erik Lennart SkoogSweden
Perfect day well balanced and interesting.
Deborah MaderUnited States
We had a wonderful, informative day in Tokyo with Hide. He is very professional, speaks English beautifully and is so knowledgeable of his city. We had only one full day in Tokyo and wanted to cover as much as possible. Hide's knowledge and use of the transit system allowed us to see many sights. Dan and I highly recommend Hide and Tours By Locals. Thank you Hide!
Daisy AntonioUnited States
Thank you so much Hide-san for being an awesome guide. Me, Don, and our son Anfernee enjoyed our trip in Tokyo immensely. I would not even have known about Yanaka if not for your recommendation. So to those who are looking for a guide, please know that Hide-san is thoughtful, generous with his time, and such a nice chap to explore Tokyo with. He knows his stuff!!! ;) I highly recommend. Heart heart to Tokyo and Hide-san from all of us. Daisy A. CA, USA
David HugginsUnited States
Recently toured with Hide on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18. Hide was a great guide. Was able to see most of the Tokyo sights I was interested in, and with his help, had time for Kamakura. A good guide like Hide is necessary to navigate public transit, and make the most of the time available. I would strongly recommend Hide. Five on a five star scale.
Jan BrownUnited States
Our 2 days with Hide was great. He is a wealth of knowledge about Japan's history, economy, culture and current events. Great travel companion. Hide took us to places off the beaten track as well as key tourists sites and we had a very balanced day. Would definitely recommend Hide for anyone travelling to Tokyo.
Ayman HindyUnited States
Hide- San was the perfect guide for my family on our first day in Tokyo. He is very knowledgeable and personable. He had a well thought out itinerary for us but was flexible enough to accommodate our preferences. I strongly recommend him for first time visitors as well as frequent travellers.
Scott MacdonaldUnited States
Hide was an awesome guide who speaks beautiful English! He took me and my daughter all over Tokyo from Asakusa to The Imperial Palace to Ginza. We had a great time and we highly recommend the tour!
Courtny RyanUnited States
Hide was very professional and knowledgeable. He made us feel welcome in his country.
Alan GennUnited States
"Hide" turned up on time is extremely professional and knowledgeable which is what you need to tour and navigate this metropolis. One major feature with booking through this site is the ability to be flexible and see what and when you want and not have to wait for others. This tailor made ability is exactly what we were looking for and Hide delivered that experience perfectly . have no fear , book him.
Barbara StockUnited States
We spent 7 hours with Hide on our tour. We rode the subway, walked through Asakusa along side streets, saw the main temple and shrine, ate lunch at a local noodle restaurant as well as other sights...all the while learning about the history and culture of Japan. He is a wealth of information and just wandering through the markets helped us make sense of the food and way things are done. It was a great start to our trip and well worth the money.
Brian StearnsUnited States
We had a fantastic time on our customized tour and saw all of the sights we planned for. Hidefumi was a great guide, very pleasant and shared lots of local knowledge with us along the way. It was the first day of our stay in Tokyo and also gave us good ideas for other areas of the city to visit in the following days. We would definitely recommend this type of tour.
Niraj LalUnited States
This was a fantastic tour covering some of the essentials of Tokyo and some areas off of the beaten path. Hide was a great tour guide, and we recommend him to anyone visiting Tokyo looking to cover a lot of ground with an experienced and personable guide.
William (Bill) FeinsteinUnited States
Hidefumi did a wonderful job showing us around Tokyo. We saw beautiful temples, restaurants and modern Anime locations. We were less interested in the Anime districts, but I don't think we new what the "New" part of the tour was. So this is not a knock on Hidefumi. We didn't manage our tour desires clearly. I imagine that others would love this aspect of the tour. Hidefumi was clear and knowledgeable. He met us on time and delivered us home exactly as anticipated.
John R.St. Simons Island, GA, United States
My wife and I have just spend the full day with Hide which we thoroughly enjoyed. Hide is very knowledgeable of Tokyo and Japan history. Although Japanese is his first language, one would never know it. His English is flawless and we had no language problems whatsoever. I highly recommend Hide as your guide in Tokyo.
Scott RemleyUnited States
Hide was a terrific tour guide, was a master of the English language and created a custom tour that took in all of the key points of interest we asked to see on our tour. His knowledge of Tokyo, the history of Tokyo, the cultural nuance of Tokyo etc. was exceptional and he could deliver that to us exceptionally well. This is one EXCEPTIONAL tour guide and when we return we will be engaging him again!
Cesar AlvarezUnited States
He provided a great tour. He modified the tour based on our interests. We saw and explored areas of Tokyo that we would have missed on our own. He provided good explanations about what we were seeing. The fish market experience was great because he helped us taste so many unknown foods.
Ed BronfinUnited States
Hide is a fantastic guide. We spent 2 days with him in Tokyo and Kamakura. He is extremely knowledgeable, perfect English and a delight. Highly recommended!
Vince DeckerUnited States
Sharon KrulinUnited States
Paul KellmanUnited States
Excellent introduction to Tokyo by Hide! In addition to a full day of sightseeing, Hide gave us an orientation to the subway system and helped us get our travel cards so we would be comfortable on our own later. He was very flexible with our itinerary (we had some items we wanted to see) and also gave us tips on things to see on our own. Hide is a complete professional and very sensitive to our well being, too. We highly recommend him!
George RimalowerUnited States
Hidefumi is an excellent guide. His knowledge of Tokyo is amazing. We spent two days with Hide exploring this wonderful city. He not only showed us the sights, including off the beaten path places that we had requested but, he also helped us arrange to activate our JR Pass. I cannot find sufficient words of praise for this outstanding tour guide. Thank you Hide for making our visit to Tokyo a special one.
Amy SavinUnited States
He was wonderful. He adapted the tour as he learned about us. What a wonderful way to see Tokyo.
Jane GrzebinskiUnited States
Hide did a terrific job in showing us both the new and old of Tokyo. We saw many different areas of the city to get a great overview of Tokyo. Hide was very courteous and polite and was very patient in answering all our questions.
James A.United States
Hide was a pleasure and was very accomodating to all of our needs and desires. He had a clear understanding of his city and was always able to answer our questions. His pleasant demeanor and good command of english made us very comfortable
Brandon GreenDC, United States
Hide was everything you'd want in a tour guide. Prompt, attentive, casual, informative, and interesting. He did a particularly good job of teaching us how to move around Tokyo which was very helpful given this was our first time to Japan. 5 stars!
Hide was everything you could want in a tour guide and more. His English was exceptional, his knowledge on the history of Tokyo was more than I could have asked for, and he is up to date on current affairs and modern trends as well. His ability to read me and put together an amazing custom tour that catered to what I wanted to see was such a relief as other tours usually only have a couple of things I would be interested in. Hide even showed me the best stores to shop in and assisted me with purchases! A+
Debra GoodsellUnited Kingdom
Hide was a wonderful tour guide. The very best way to see a city is with a local and Hide was full of local knowledge. Would definitely recommend Tours by Locals, and Hide in particular.
Robert SadeUnited States
Hide was a superb guide to Tokyo, taking us to places not ordinarily frequented by tourists. His knowledge of the subway system was impressive. Highly recommended.
Sarah C.United Kingdom
Thank you to Hide for a fantastic tour on 12 October. We booked Hide the day after we arrived and this was invaluable for the rest of our stay. The whole day was very well timed/thought out and gave us the key highlights. We found the Akihabara area really different and interesting and Hide gave great tips in Shinjuku where we stayed. An extra special thanks for the trip to the Sake department at Isetan - we returned and bought a bottle of Hide's favourite Sake (and more) to take home. KANPAI!
Doug KizerUnited States
Hide was such an amazing guide. He was very flexible with our tour and we really enjoyed his comments on the sites we visited. He even helped me find my Momotaro jeans store!
Charles ViersUnited States
It felt like I was traveling with a friend! Hide is very personable and knowledgeable of his city. I appreciated his getting off the beaten path into the side streets to understand the character of several districts of Tokyo. During my tour he provided great background info on history and culture. My objective achieved: exposure to a great city and where and how to get around. Look forward to another tour on a future visit!
MIchael LypkaUnited States
Hide was awesome. Great English. Great tour.
Michael TobeyUnited States
Hidefumi was an awesome tour guide to introduce us to Tokyo. We enjoyed the old versus new view of Tokyo and he shared a great deal of history and interesting facts with us along the way - adding to the enjoyment of the sites we were exploring. This particular tour really gives you a flavor of the evolution of Tokyo.
Matthew DanahyUnited States
Hide is an excellent guide- knowledgable, friendly, hardworking and patient. Our group consisted of Hide, my wife, my14 year old daughter, and myself. Hide made our tour of Tokyo very special. I commend him to you!
The perfect introduction to Tokyo for my husband andmyself! Hide is a very pleasant and knowledgeable guide, on history as well as current culture, he speaks excellent English, he tailored the tour to our interests, helped us with tips and logistics for our further stay in Japan and is just very nice to be with - if I could give him 6 stars, I would! Many thanks for a wonderful day, Hide! Sabine
Randall WolfeUnited States
Great guide and a wonderful person! Helped make our time great! Do not hesitate to ask HIde to be your Guide.
Eric LoebUnited States
Jeremy W.United States
We booked Hide for 1 and 1/2 days at the beginning of our our trip. He was a great guide. His English is excellent. He is in excellent shape (he runs marathons) so if you like to move fast and see a lot then he can definitely make that happen. I was very pleased with his service and enjoyed his positive personality. He connected well with my kids, ages 10 and 15. He helped us pursue some very specific Anime shopping. He helped us choose a great place for lunch. Summary: Great Guide for Tokyo.
Fantastic! Hide is probably our family's favorite guide ever. he was knowledgeable, kind, and incredibly helpful. he tough us the Spirit of Japan and Tokio. showed us incredible out of the way restaurants (we will never forget the one he took us to in the fish market!)
Phyllis LaverUnited States
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Jim BergUnited States
This is our first visit to Tokyo and we couldn't have had a better tour guide. Hide did an incredible job of showing us both the new and old of Tokyo. He has great knowledge of both ancient and modern Japan. Hide is very accommodating and answered all of our questions without hesitation. I highly recommend him as a very personable guide.
Hide was so friendly and able to really show us a personal Tokyo, we had the most wonderful day and came away knowing Tokyo as a friendly, interesting and dynamic city
Donna Eriksen4720, Australia
Our custom private tour with Hide really made the difference in how we enjoyed our trip to Japan and in particular Tokyo. Hide was a wonderful companion for the day. He was flexible and open to our interests. He related to my two sons (17 & 20) very well and made an effort to related to all of us one on one. By the end of the day we were confident in our ability to explore Tokyo on our own even tackling Shinjuku station at rush hour.
Kristi KuenstlerUnited States
Hide was amazing today. Loved having the cherry blossoms in full bloom and he took us to many beautiful viewing sites. Learned a lot about Japanese history and culture and he was very enjoyable to talk to.
Susan FisherUnited States
Very agreeable and flexible. Hide found things that interested our two sons, in their 20s--such as the Animae district and touring the fish market. It was a very good day touring Tokyo, we covered a lot of territory! Interesting for all.
Heather SieversUnited States
We spent a total of 3 days with Hide and each one was perfect. We got to see an amazing city led by an amazing guy! Thanks for everything Hide! Kanpai!!!!
Daniel O.United States
Hide was an amazing guide full of knowledge about Tokyo and the history of Japan. His passion for his city and country were very present in the way he spoke and taught us about them. I honestly dont think there is a better way to learn about a culture or a city than through a true local and it and Hide didnt disappoint. He was very well spoken and all the places we went lived up to the hype. Our experience in Tokyo was amazing and Hide definately was a part of why our experience was so amazing!Thanks Hide
Gwendolyn WongMandaluyong, METRO MANILA, Philippines
Hide speaks English very well, and was very knowledgable about our interests, speediest and most reasonable transportation. We were very happy to have had a guide on that itinerary as we covered and learned a lot in our day with Hide. Totally recommended!
Hide was passionate and very informative and loves his work i can highly reccomend Hide for your tours
Steven RudnickUnited States
Hide was on time,excellent English proffesionalism and knowledgeable.
Ray D.United States
Our guide was very cooperative and willing to alter the tour to our tastes and time schedules.
Howard YataUnited States
Hide was prompt for pick up at the hotel and was very knowledgeable about the subway system. His insights on the temples and shrines was very good. He was very kind and considerate. We enjoyed the overview of some of the major sights in Tokyo. We plan to return to some of the sights.
Pauline SeedsUnited States
Hide was one of the best guides that we have ever had, and we have travelled extensively throughout the world. We worked out a really ambitious day in Tokyo, knowing that we may not be able to see everything, but Hide managed to squeeze everything in without any sacrifices. His command of English was first class & he anticipated our every need. We would hire him again in a heartbeat.
I honestly can't recommend Hide enough! Amazing guide, great english and a great guy to boot!
Jerome SelversUnited States
Hide was terrific . He was professional, personal and his English was perfect . We had a wonderful full day in Toyko with him.
Juan P. BenetMexico City, DF, Mexico
Hide is a great person, punctual but needs more Japan's actual information and stats.
Mary WaringUnited States
Hide did a great job showing us interesting sights in Tokyo and explaining them to us. We really enjoyed our tour and our conversations with him. It was especially enjoyable to be able to discuss complex topics with him. He is extremely intelligent and thoughtful, and his English is excellent -- in fact, better than some native speakers.
Andrew WilsonUnited States
Hidefumi was a lively and wonderful guide, and I say so sincerely. He arrived right on time. And as the day progressed, it became exceedingly clear how deeply knowledgeable he is about Japan, Japanese history, Japanese economics -- and so much more. My students loved him, and somehow -- I'm not exactly sure how -- Hide was able to a) bring us face to face with a number of cultural (and pop-cultural) sites, but b) do so without making us feel stressed or rushed. I recommend him most enthusiastically.
Janet MurphyUnited States
Hide was an excellent guide. He took us to many different areas of Tokyo so we were able to see what a diverse city it is. His English is excellent and he was very accomodating to things we wanted to see and do rather than having to stick to a rigid schedule. He answered all of our questions about life in Tokyo. He was great for adults and our 13 year-old twins. We would definitely recommend Hide!
Ken RyalsUnited States
GREAT tour. Exactly what I wanted. I got a feel for the culture and saw some of the most significant things. That is a lot to ask for in one day and he did it and got in a tea and a wonderful lunch. I learned a lot. I strongly recommend this tour and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. I had a great time with you. If you have a chance to come back, I'm willing to help you wonder around.
Mary Jane GrossUnited States
Hidefumi was fabulous. He took us all around the highlights of Tokyo efficiently using the subways. We covered a lot of territory and saw a lot of the city in a short time ( 2 4hr tours). Hidefumi is knowledgable and effective.He really knows his way around the city and the subway systems. Great tour.We highly recommend. Mary Jane Gross
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the comment and thank you for bringing good weather to Japan. You stayed in Japan too short a time, so please come back to our country. We still have various culture worth watching. Thanks!
Deb SimonUnited States
This is the way to see Tokyo! Hide customized the tour to our pace and included a very well rounded view of the city. We felt this was a great way to start our trip to Tokyo and gave us a good knowledge base for the days we were on our own. Hide is a great guide . He is on time, understanding of westerners, and flexible.
Henry KuoUnited States
Excellent tour! Hidefumi was very knowledgeable about the History and Background of the places we went to. Even more impressive and delightful was his local insight. Hope to see him again in Tokyo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating. I had a very good time with you. If you'd ever have a chance to come back to Japan, I'm pleased to guide you anytime.