Fumiko was pleasant & obliging. She designed a tour for our limited time in Hakodate & also offered suggestions for us to fill in a couple of hours on our last morning. Her soft voice & English pronunciation was a slight impediment but otherwise excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for submitting a rating. I will work on my English and improve my pronunciation. Fumiko
Thomas ClancyUnited States
Fumiko, provide a wonderful tour of Hakodate. It is a lovely city and Fumiko also took us up to the top of Mount Hakodate. She arranged lunch for us in a Japanese restaurant and were able to experience locally prepared. We visited the local seafood market which is the best market like this in Japan. It was quite surprising to see so much fresh food and many were alive. Imagine seeing an adult octopus along with many cold water display cases full of them. Great tour guide and great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good rating. I am glad to know how you enjoyed the food in the morning market. Your comments encourage me a lot. I hope you have great tours in Japan. Thank you very much.
Shirley B.Quezon City, 1112, Philippines
Fumiko lacked the resourcefulness to arrange for driver to drop us off to save us from walking a long distance in the pouring rain. On our insistence, she was able to ask driver to pick us up afterwards after our boat ride.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shirley, Thank you for rating the tour experience and I apologize that you had to walk in the rain due to my lack of knowledge about parking the bus. I take this tour as a precious experience that I must not forget. I will never have my customers walk in the rain in the future. Thank you for your patience and I hope you will have a safe trip back home. Sincerely, Fumiko
Fantastic day with Fumiko. We were a group of 11 adults and really enjoyed our tour, Fumiko was a wonderful and helpful guide, would highly recommend. Thank you Fumiko for our lovely day in Hakodate, you made it special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the good rating. We saw cherry blossoms in Goryokaku, visited Lake Onuma and went up Mt. Hakodate. Checked a michi-no-eki. It was a beautiful day in spring. Please come back in different seasons.
Claudia R.United States
Looking for the perfect guide for Hakodate? Look no further....Fumiko is the PERFECT one! 3 American couples spent the day with her while docked in Hakodate. Goryokaku Tower and Grounds is a MUST, especially during the cherry blossom season! We visited Our Lady of the Lighthouse Trappist Monastery, Mount Hakodate, strolled through the Motomachi area and even peeked inside 2 of the many churches. We visited the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and ate lunch at Lucky Pierro's, before returning to the ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good rating. Since you allowed to hire a van-type taxi, we could visit the Trappist Monastery other than places in Hakodate City. I am glad that you could see some cherry blossoms in bloom. Again, thank you for booking me.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good rating. I hope you enjoyed good food from Hokkaido. Please come back for good food in different seasons.
We had Fumiko for two days, she was attentive, flexible, friendly and knowledgeable. And her chauffeur 中村秀则 was very steady and polite. I would strongly recommend her service for anyone who want to visit Hakodate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: First of all, thank you for choosing me for the two days. And also thank you for your good rating. Your comment encourages me a lot. Thank you again.
Debra HachenUnited States
Fumiko was not only knowledgeable but sweet and considerate in all ways. She explained the foods in morning market and helped us sample them. She made our few hours with her go smoothly by pre-buying the train tickets to Onuma and calling ahead to the restaurant for the main courses. As it was our first day in Japan on a cruise ship, she helped us overcome any hesitation about using public transport which will help with the rest of our trip. And before the trip, she was a great communicator.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating, Debby. I was glad to see you trying local foods at the morning market. You are punctual, so we didn't need to hurry to catch trains. I thought the food of the restaurant was Western, but found that they are very Japanese. I would like to do my best so that overseas visiters have a good time in Hakodate, Japan. Thanks, again.
Arrian W.Worland, WY, United States
Fumiko really did her best to put together an informative and fun tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the good rating. During the tour I knew how you felt about Hijikata. I had a good time accompanying you. Thank you.
Laurence I.United States
Great , friendly, and knowlegeable guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Laurence Ing, Thank you for your good rating. Your comment encourages me. Thank you again.
Richard SiroisMontreal, QUEBEC, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for submitting rating for my tour. From the beginning, we had to wait for a bus for 30 minutes to move to the first spot. Then, the weather was not good for another spot. I should prepare for making best decisions quickly.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
We know Japan very well but it was our first time to Hakodate. Our guide was very friendly and has good knowledge of Hakodate, her home town. English is quite good. Our tour took us around all the major landmarks and historical markers in the town. A good day out
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Since you have visited many tourist cities and had lots of experiences, I was a bit worried that seeing Hakodate might be boring for you...But I myself had a good time with you two. I learned new things while talking to you. Thank you very much.
Tom TakeuchiUnited States
Fumiko being a local of Hakodate showed us the site of a major disaster that brought about the building of the undersea tunnel. I was very happy to learn about the the actual building of the tunnel and the geography of the land that the tunnel was built in. I was told about the three tunnels that were built to in order for the Bullet Train to pass through it. We were taken to two locations where the train entered and exited the undersea tunnel. Thank you Fumiko for showing us Hakodate and Fukushima.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Takeuchi, thank you for choosing this tour. This tour needs to hire a taxi and involves a long ride. I'm happy to know you enjoyed the tour. Next time you come back to Hakodate, please let me know. I appreciate the things you brought me from your home.
The 3 hour tour with Fumiko was very interesting. Fumiko was very friendly and knew a lot about the history of Hakodate. She told me a lot of interesting things about the city and its history. The tour was well planned so there was enough time for sightseeing, shopping or photos. I would make a tour with Fumiko any time again and would highly recommend her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for booking two tours and staying in Hakodate for three days. Talking with tourists is knowing more. I'd like to offer more interesting tours so that tourists come to stay in Hakodate more than just one day. Thank you again, Mr. Lubba.
The tour to Lake Onuma with Fumiko was very nice. In the morning she showed me the market near Hakodate Station and I could try a lot of tasty foods. The view at lake Onuma was very beautyful and Fumiko showed me the nicest places for good photos. During the planning of the tour and during the tour Fumiko was very friendly and well informed. She was also very patient and helpfull and there was always enough time. I would recommend the tour and Fumiko as a guide.
Flo PflasterUnited States
Fumiko was so accommodating and flexible with our wishes. We really appreciated her help and knowledge with navigating the busses, the public places and the wonderful restaurant for lunch. We saw so many interesting sites and she was helpful with translation issues. The weather and the cherry blossoms were perfect! Thanks for a truly great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I will remember today's tour with you every cherry blossom season. I am pleased to help you see around Hakodate, my home town.
Ms Fumiko went the extra mile of waiting for us at the train station and helped us to check into our hotel at Hakodate prior to our tour. She is very knowledgeable and her friendly disposition made our tour a very enjoyable one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for visiting Hakodate all the way from Sapporo. We have a lot of snow this winter, which made Hakodate beautiful. Starting sightseeing in the afternoon is a good way in December because of a night view from Mt. Hakodate, lights of the huge Christmas tree, and lights of star-shaped Goryokaku Fort. I'm glad that your visit to Hakodate added some memories to your Hokkaido tour.
Yuke Shean FooMalaysia
Fumiko was very organized. She had a planned itinerary for the day and a estimate spent in each area. There was plenty of time spent in each area. She made sure we were on schedule as she had the current bus schedule and the routes. She gave us good dining options for lunch. We're glad we did ToursByLocals as we had only one full day to see Hakodate. Would recommend Fumiko.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad that my plan suited you. Hakodate is a small city with lots to see in a day. Your comment encourages me. Thank you!
Carol SnyderUnited States
Fumiko was a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of culture and history made for a memorable experience. She is personally a lovely and caring person, always making sure we were safe and comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Carol Snyder, Thank you for your kind comments. Your comments encourage me to keep on working as a guide and help me realize my own character. Thank you very much.
Jay Philip HintonFresno, CA, United States
Fumiko was wonderful. She met us at the ship, then we took bus, tram, ropeway, and bus for a complete tour of Hakodate and Mount Hakodate at sunset. She included visit to the fort, tower, fish market, and shopping in stores away from the tourist district.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the good rating. You took all the means of transportation in Hakodate. We saw the sun setting too. I had a good time with you all during the tour. Thank you again.
Dennis RobertsNew Zealand
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for choosing the foodie tour. Having local food is an important aspect of travelling. I will try to offer a nice food experience. Thank you very much again.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences and take all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences and so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further feedback.
Fumiko was warm and friendly, and very knowledgeable and well prepared for our trip. The tour gave us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Hokkaido.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nonie, than you for your good rating. Onuma is just 20 minutes away from JR Hakodate Station by express train. It is a good place to visit in four seasons. When you come back to Hakodate, please visit there. You will find another beauty of Hokkaido. Thank you.
Michael SternUnited States
We left the itinerary of the tour up to Fumiko. She met us at the ship, very, very close to where we got off and we proceeded to the morning market. Lots of stalls, tremendous variety of seafood (including live crabs and octopus). Public transportation to the Goryokaku Tower and Fort provided a good overview of the city and historical perspective. Other stops included Mt. Hakodate by ropeway and a beautiful Buddhist temple. Lunch in a department was great. Fumiko did a terrific job and I recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Michael Stern, Thank you for your nice comments and mentioning lunch in a department store. I'm glad you liked the food. I had a good time with you all. Thank you very much!
Wayne YipHong Kong
First time I've used ToursByLocals. Last Wednesday afternoon, I decided to take an impromptu detour to Hakodate to see sakura. By Saturday morning, I was with my friendly and resourceful guide Fumiko san in Goryokaku, surrounded by a thousand sakura trees. An overcast morning with a fine drizzle, Fumiko san told me not to be disappointed: locals savour the experience of sakura fubiki when the breeze blows millions of sakura petals flying up into the air. Our gaze follows them gracefully drift
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Denise, thank you for your beautiful comment : )
Kathy Bright NovickPalm Springs, CA, United States
Excellent English. Very accommodating to personal requests. Too k us to small sushi counter where we had a wonderful experience with a local couple and terrific food.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment. That was a good experience for me too. Thank you again!!
Christian Van VeenUnited States
AMAZING DAY. Fumiko was helpful from the beginning creating a special 10 hr. tour to our needs and arranging transportation for our party of 6. We saw so much in such a limited amount of time. The restaurant she selected was great. She was full of knowledge and provide us with historical and cultural references throughout the day. Would highly recommend.