Virginia P.United States
Very informative. Really enjoyed historical elements of Japan and Tokyo. Patrick took many pictures of us and sent them along afterwards while including interesting pictures in Japanese history and suggested reading. Thank you Patrick!
Edward SweetUnited States
Patrick was very knowledgeable, helpful, and flexible. He is very keen on the culture and happy to entertain all questions. He was very easy to understand as English is his first language. However, he speaks Japanese with ease and is fully versed in the history and culture of Tokyo and most of Japan. Recommend without reservation.
Sau KwanHong Kong
Patrick is so knowledgable and passionate about Japan and her cultures/history.. we have learnt so much in the tour and really appreciate his careing and thoughtful attitude... he plans the tour well and the 8-hour walking tour was enjoyable and educational/informative. He brought us to a local small soba noodle shop for lunch which we could not find it ourselves for sure ... the owner was very nice and the quality was so good ; We wanted to go back again already . Strongly recommend him!
The tour was very educative and accommodating. The tour guide was very friendly and knowlegable on Japan's culture abd history. If you're a family with teenagers or grown up children who loves exploring Japan's history and culture, this tour is highly recommended
Patrick was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and showed us sites we would never have known were there. Highly recommend booking this tour.
Christine MarkmanUnited States
Patrick's historical and cultural tour brought our trip to Tokyo to life. We loved every minute, learned a ton, and saw much more than we could have seen without him. Highly recommended!
Rebecca GregoryUnited States
Great tour that provided the cuktural context for the sites we visited. Patrick is knowledgeable and engaging in his commentary. This is not a tour of the top rated Trip Advisor sites but rather a view of Tokyo through its history. Patrick also provided excellent recommendations for shopping and dining. I loved it!
Barbara LandauScottsdale, ARIZONA, United States
Adrian BuenoUnited States
Patrick is a well of knowledge we really enjoined his company and getting to know the city and the culture of Tokyo .
Mike ImmerwahrUnited States
We had a remarkable day with Patrick. His unique perspective on Japanese culture and history provided some amazing insights which we would never have discovered on our own. For anyone who is genuinely interested in learning more about Japan and Tokyo, rather than just sightseeing, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Michael AllemangUnited States
Patrick was terrific. The history he imparted to us was informative and insightful; the locations we walked to were very interesting. Highly recommended.
It was a marvellous experience. We enjoyed every moment of it. Patrick was extremely knowledgeable about the area, knew every detail and give very useful insights. Highly recommend everyone coming to Tokyo for the first time
Katelin BrineyUnited States
A very thoughtful tour that would be well liked by an history fans. It was a great way for us to orient ourselves to the city. Our tour despite the rain was really good. It was really nice to have our native language for the tour.
Dmitri PekkerUnited States
Excellent tour! Patrick makes sure to provide you with historical, political, and cultural context to everything that he shows you. From emperial palace to stationary. This helps you see things from an entirely different prospective. He also took us to a great sobe place and showed us the correct way to eat those noodles. Our biggest regret was that he wasn't available to spend another day with us. Highly recommend!
Mark KrushelnyckyUnited States
Spent a wonderful day with Patrick in March. He did a fantastic job of describing the history of Toyko to my 2 kids (10 and 12) and personalizing it to their interests. He was also very helpful with recommending a driver and excellent restaurant in Kyoto. His deep knowledge of Japanese history and culture, and gift for skillfully translating it to a Western audience is a treasure.
Catherine MalaveST PAUL, MN, United States
Patrick was informed about Japan, however did not handle the logistics of the tour as well as we would have liked. It was a lengthy introduction that delayed us from meeting up with the other two and Patrick should have given a chance to understand why the delay occurred. explained and or apologized as to why we were so late compared
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment, I appreciate even less than positive ones. It should be noted that 2 additional people were added at the last moment, and I did not know they would not be at the hotel at start time. It was unclear when and where we would meet. As adults they knew when and where the tour was to begin and I tried to accommodate as much as possible. I was also disappointed when they left 1/3 into the day without even a good bye or thank you. I even extended the tour so you could meet them later
Impressively knowledgeable about history and geopolitics of Japan and the region. Intense character, fast walker and a master of Tokyo subway system. Patrick can give an honest Western perspective on Japanese society and its issues. Prepare to be tired by the end of the day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leonardo and Brittney! It was a pleasure to spend the day with you in Tokyo. Hope to see you again!
Mike OlsonUnited States
Patrick is a historian, a decades-long Tokyo resident and a native-born American. The combination means you'll have an insightful and interesting guide who can explain deep cultural and historic points in English easily. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the time that we spent with him -- definitely one of the best all-day guides we've ever used. Come prepared to walk, though -- we covered a lot of Tokyo, mostly on foot with some subways and trains.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mike, Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure meeting you both and having the pleasure to spend the day together. I hope that you enjoy your photos, and that I will see you over this way again!
JoAnn WestermanUnited States
Patrick's tour is very informative and also a learning experience. Throughly enjoyed it. Also enjoyed the restaurant where we had lunch. Would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to learn some history about Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jose, you were great to spend the day with. I enjoyed your company very much and hope that you are both over this way again! Thank you!
Patrick did a fantastic job introducing us to Japan. We met him on our first day for a walking/subway tour of the city. I love Edo period history and he was able to answer all of my questions.
A really enjoyable tour. Patrick's knowledge is excellent and the insight he gives in to the city and its history is informative and insightful. I had a one to one tour and the eight hours passed by so quickly. IHighly recommended for anybody wanting to gain a historical insight to Tokyo in the company of a great guide eho knows his stuff!
Mark GisseUnited States
Patrick was a pleasure to work with before and during the tour. He was very knowledgeable of the city and you could tell that he liked what he was doing and not just working for a paycheck. There were more historical facts than we wanted but I know if we would have told him he would have altered the tour to meet our exact needs. He made sure we knew our transportation requirements at the end of the tour and helped us to get the most out of the time we had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments! I am sorry about the overkill on the history of Tokyo, but even though Tokyo is a relatively young city, its history is rich in details and stories. I hope to see you all over here again in the not too distant future.
This was a very interesting walking tour of Tokyo. Patrick gave great historical background of the city and how it developed. We had a wonderful day and enjoyed it thoroughly. The sights were well chosen and really represented a nice overall sampling of the attractions in Tokyo. Thoroughly enjoyed lunch with Patrick and the opportunity to hear what it is like to live in Japan. Would certainly highly recommend Patrick.
Dan PhillipsUnited States
Patrick gave my son and I a two day tour of Tokyo that was outstanding. As travelers from NY, we likes the fact that there were no language barriers since he is from Seattle He knows Tokyo like the back of his hand , and effortlessly shared his knowledge with us. If you are traveling to Tokyo for the first time , a tour guide is a must. Book with Patrick , and you will get a first class tour. D.P. NYC
Steven CookAtlanta, GA, United States
You have my families unconditional endorsement of Patrick as your guide. The five of us had a delightful day touring Tokyo with him. Patrick has fully immersed himself into the Japanese language and culture, and he is a treasure trove of history that brings to life Tokyo and Japan. As an anthropologists, my standards for cultural tours are fairly high, and Patrick met and exceeded my expectations. You will not be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The Cook Family was a pleasure, and if all my guests were as engaging and interested in Japan as they were, not to mention fun, I could not ask for more.
Shauna TriebDALLAS, TX, United States
Patrick has a wonderfully wide range of knowledge and the ability to impart history, facts and figures in an interesting manner. He helped us better understand Japanese history, culture, religion, etc. He also helped us understand everyday life in Japan. We spent three days with Patrick and would have spent a couple more if time had allowed. We highly recommend Patrick.
Janet MurphyUnited States
Patrick was an excellent tour guide. We learned a great deal of Japanese history while also really enjoying the tour. Patrick was very good with myself and my husband as well as our children. He has a very informative set tour but was also able to veer from the tour and take us to a few places we really wanted to see. He also took us to an excellent "off the beaten path" restaurant that we enjoyed very much. I would highly recommend Patrick as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The Murphys were a great bunch to guide for. They were engaged, had lots of questions, and their children were interested in the history and culture, and spoke twin-code. One of the pleasures of being a guide are the people I meet, and the Murphy family was a real pleasure whom I hope to see again!
Patrick is an expert on Tokyo/Japanese history with a kind and understanding way of conveying his vast storehouse of knowledge. Very important to our quest, was to find a guide with a background in Japanese arts and culture and Patrick is a renowned artist in his right. We very much enjoyed our tour and quality time with Patrick, and look forward to the next opportunity.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I enjoy all of my clients, but Frank was a special treat as he brought with him a storehouse of knowledge on Japan along with an inquisitive desire to discover more. Frank is an accomplished Chanoyu partitioner who was not satisfied with just learning the secrets and skills of a tea master, but built his own beautiful teahouse in the middle of woods with all of the details one would find in any tea house in Japan. The pleasure of the day spent together was mine!
We'd happily take another tour with Patrick. His encyclopaedic knowledge of Tokyo and it's history was completely engaging. He went out of his way to ensure our comfort, and to meet our needs
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The Durhams were delightful guests. THey were engaged and interested in Japanese history and culture and it is i who would be pleased to have them as clients again!
Thomas MeerwarthUnited States
Patrick was an excellent tour guide. I would give the tour a 5 stars out of 5 stars. His knowledge of Japanese history and of Tokyo was quite amazing. He was very well organized and really showed us a lot in the one day that we were with him. It was nice to have someone that spoke American English and could also speak fluent Japanese. I would highly recommend Patrick and his one day history tour of Tokyo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is always a pleasure to have such interesting clients like the Meerwarths. They were great company and were interested in the culture and history which made my job a pleasure. Thanks Thomas, hope to see you again!
Sheryl Y.United States
Patrick is a terrific guide. His knowledge of Japanese history makes the tour vivid and interesting. He even brought along his camera and took photos of our family during the tour and he is going to send us a copy of the photos! We thoroughly enjoyed our 1-day history tour with Patrick and highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks goes to Sheryl and her wonderful family. They were great companions and their interest in Japan and Japanese history was inspiring! I hope to see them in Japan again soon!
Stacey RosenbergGranada Hills, CA, United States
We took the 1-Day History Tour of Tokyo on June 30th. Patrick was an amazing guide! We were really impressed by his knowledge of the city's history. The tour was educational without being boring. We particularly enjoyed Edo Castle and the beautiful strolling garden that we visited in the afternoon. Patrick was very thoughtful, even showing us the proper entrance to take at Tokyo Station for our shinkansen trip later that week. We highly recommend his tour, but make sure you're in shape! It's worth it.