Lisa KoenigUnited States
Chika is a fabulous, warm, knowledgeable guide with great English. We immensely enjoyed our day tour with her in Tokyo, as well as the fabulous recommendation for time on our own. Book with Chika - you won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lisa-san, Thank you very much for your warm comments! It was good that we could see plum flower yesterday. Knowing you have travelled with other ToursByLocals guides in other countries, your recommendation means a lot and very valuable to me. Enjoy your rest of your stay and come back with your girls. I will check celiac food. Thank you again! Chika
Karen HoganUnited States
We really enjoyed our time with Chika. Since we were only in town for one full day we wanted to make the most of it. We were able to do so much more with her then we would have been able to do on our own. We learned a lot about the sites that we were visiting from her. By the end of our tour I felt like I could have navigated the subway system and found my way around thanks to Chika taking us on many subway trips so see the sites. I recommend having her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen-san, Thank you very much for warm comments and hiring me as your guide. I am really happy to know you enjoyed a day with me and feel comfortable using our train systems. I hope you get to see some more before you board. Have fun in the rest of your journey. Thank you again for a wonderful day! Chika
Linda CummingsUnited States
The tour to watch the early morning sumo training was exactly what we wanted. We enjoyed watching for two hours at a stable where one of our favorite rikishi trains. It was fascinating to see how hard they train. Our original stable (which included a meal) had to cancel, but Chika found this one instead. She took us to a chanko nabe restaurant instead, which was great because they were able to make a gluten-free version of the meal for me. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda-san, Thank you very much for your kind comments. I am glad to know you enjoyed the long practice. This experience taught me how we can arrange for food restrictions. Thank you very much. I am sure you keep enjoy watching sumo at home. It was really my pleasure to be your guide. Thank you again! Chika
Susan HarrisUnited States
This is a terrific tour if you would like to see quite a few highlights of the city. Chika is an excellent guide - very attentive and has great interpersonal skills. She was able to share many details about the places we visited that only a local would know. My husband and I would both recommend Chika and this tour.
Michael ShehadiMiami, FLORIDA, United States
Chika was awesome. She arranged a private viewing of a Sumo practice for us followed by a breakfast with the wrestlers in their stable. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Japan. She was extremely pro-active telling us in advance what to expect, how to dress and what customs were important to observe. She was on time, organized and even accompanied us to our train platform as we left for Osaka directly after the tour. Highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aly-san and Michael-san, Thank you very much for your kind comments. I shared the photos with Rikishi wrestles and they are happy to that you enjoyed. Your visit made their day and my day special! Thank you very much. Keep enjoying Japan. Chika
Our tour of Tokyo and the evening tour with Chika were great she is very flexible with the program and a great guide the 5 of us had a fantastic day doing the main tourist attractions in the morning then eating and drinking like the locals in the small bars and restaurants in the evening was fantastic it was great to see how the locals live Chika speaks perfect English thank you Chika a five star job
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Paul-san, thank you very much for kind comments. I am happy to know you enjoyed the both morning and evening programs. It was so much fun for me as well. : ) I learned a lot about kangaroo and sheep. Thank you again for a fabulous day! Enjoy your cruise tour! Chika
David HollowayUnited Kingdom
It was a wonderful day and she took us to places we could never have negotiated ourselves, including a lovely Japanese restaurant which was patronised by a lot of local people. She was extremely good& we will certainly use her in the future!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David-san, Thank you for your kind comments and a wonderful day. I am glad you liked the tour and really enjoyed a day with you. I hope you and Chris-san were not too tired next day. Enjoy your cruise and thank you again! Please come back after Olympic. Chika
Jiann W.United States
Wayne YoshigaiUnited States
Chika navigated us through the narrow streets of Kagurazaka where we were able to see geishas on their way to work and toured the modern Akaji shrine that was designed by Kengo Kuma. The highlight of our tour was Chika's reservation at a small 10-seat yakitori restaurant where we were feted by the master chef himself. We had a great 10-course meal with sake that was very delicious and reasonable. We would not have been able to have this experience were it not for Chika!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wayne-san, thank you for kind and nice comment although I made you walk a bit far to get Akagi Shrine. : ) I am glad you liked the Taisho (Chef, or Master). It is a nice cozy Yakitori bar where neighbors gather regularly. Thank you for booking me twice during your limited stay. I will prepare more fun list for your return. I am really fortunate to meet you and your family. Hope to see you again!
Wayne YoshigaiUnited States
Chika was friendly, personable, knowledgeable and flexible...everything we want from a private guide. She showed us a unique foodie experience that we could only get in Tokyo in a neighborhood we hadn't visited before. And she made it fun! Afterwards she took the time to research and email us about souvenirs we had seen but didn't know where to find them. We will use her again when we return to Tokyo and will recommend her to our friends and family. Thanks Chika!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wayne-san, Thank you very much for a lovely night and kind comment! I really enjoyed the time with you and your family. The thing I like this tour is that we have more time to chat about Japanese customs or whatever we have in mind. Because we are not rushed by the schedule. Have a good shopping in Tokyo and enjoy snow. Hope you see you again! Best, Chika
Melissa NassonUnited States
My husband and I had a wonderful day with Chika in Tokyo! We were only there for a 12 hour layover, and we couldn't be happier that we booked a tour with Chika to make the most of it. She was so helpful with giving us instructions on how to get from Narita to Tokyo and where to meet her. She was able to make us a reservation at a spectacular restaurant for our dream sushi lunch! And we were amazed at all the other sights she was able to fit in without ever feeling rushed. THANK YOU, Chika! We'll be back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Melissa-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! It was a new experiment for me but I am happy to know it worked well! Also thank you for your insightful suggestion to make a layover tour. I will make it! I hope to see you again when you visit Japan. It was wonderful day. Thank you. Chika
Denise KenningtonUnited States
Mark NickersonUnited States
Chika is the best. A true lady, friend, funny, energetic, knowledgeable, fun to be with and the person who made our trip to Tokyo very special. We had an excellent day with her. I expected a lot, got much more. I was amazed at how eager she was to do more than we asked. I would rate her higher than 5 stars and cannot be more pleased with her efforts and skills.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mark-san, Thank you very much for hiring me and very kind comment. It was a beautiful day in autumn. Now I am training myself to walk fast to catch up with your long legs. Please visit again to check my improvement! : ) I went to Sekaido art tool shop yesterday as well! If you need any, just let me know. Thank you again! Chika
Connie D.United States
We chose to hire ToursByLocals guide Chika Kuroiwa to take charges of us for a free day in Tokyo rather than wandering the city by ourselves--it was a wonderful decision. Chika is friendly and speaks English beautifully, having spent time living in the US midwest. As importantly, she was attentive to our desire to 'fill in' what we hadn't seen on main tour, enabling us to make maximum use of Tokyo's excellent but complex subway system to visit sites across the city. She was both enjoyable and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Connie-san and Bob-san, it was a wonderful time. Too bad that we could not go to Ibasen, your fan shop. Come again we will visit the places you did not this time trip. Thank you very much for your kind comments. I think you you will enjoy beautiful autumn in Mid-west very soon. I would like to visit again in autumn. Enjoy the beautiful season there! Chika
Chika is an outstanding guide. Enormously friendly and informative, Chika customized our Sake Brewery Tour to include a delicious Japanese lunch overlooking the Tama river, plus a visit to the Gyokudo Art Museum with beautiful Zen rock garden, for a truly memorable day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm comment, Leslie-san. I am glad to hear you enjoyed. I really enjoyed a day with you. Thank you for treating me a gorgeous lunch. We have some other breweries near Tokyo. Come and visit us again in a different season! Thank you again!
Michele ThompsonUnited States
Our day with Chika-san was an amazing one despite the heat. Her knowledge and guidance were top notch. Her communications before, during and after the tour were very much appreciated. Will recommend her to others for sure!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michele-san, Thank you very much for kind comments. Yes, it was hot. Thank you for surviving the heat camp! I really enjoyed a day with your family and glad to know you enjoyed as well. I will take good care of Pokémon I traded with the boys. : ) Keep having fun in Japan! Chika
Carla JonesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Carla-san.
Carla JonesUnited States
Chika is a lovely lady who made our touring days perfect——Knowledgeable and sensitive to our interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Carla-san, thank you very much for wonderful two days together. I am very fortunate to have met you and to have allowed to guide you. I remember Bob-san's yellow shirt and your shirt shopped in Ginza Mitsukoshi. Thank you again for the precious moment and kind rewarding words. I love your family photo on the beach!
Kay FisherUnited States
We spent a WONDERFUL day with Chika exploring many of Tokyo's highlights and enjoyed every minute! Chika is knowledgable, flexible and thoughtful...everything you could want in a guide! She definitely goes the extra mile! (I mean that literally, too, as we squeezed in so much that we walked 9 miles that day!) She also took the time to help us plan out a day on our own to visit the sites we still wanted to see, even providing a map marked with those spots! I highly recommend touring with Chika!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kay-san, thank you for being my wonderful guest! The department lunch picnic in the Palace East Garden was terrific suggestion of you, which I really enjoyed. We had to carry the garbage all the way to Meiji jingu mae station, though. : ) I remember each traveler I guide, but especially your group I do not forget. Thank you very much for a memorable wonderful day! Hope you will see all you want to see in the rest of your stay!
Hratch SarkisUnited States
Chika organised a great tour for us for our first day in Tokyo. We were able to flex a few things as we desired throughout the day. She also provided us with a number of suggestions and ideas for our forthcoming days including museums and restaurants. She took us to a great authentic restaurant for lunch and we would thoroughly recommend using her if you are in Tokyo. Her pre-tour communications were good with great instructions on where to meet.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Louisa-san, thank you very much for a wonderful day and even sweet comments! I will remember your expressions when you tasted Japanese sweets in Yanaka and stories you shared about London Olympic. There are lots more to enjoy in Japan. Hope to see you here again! Thank you. Chika
Chika-san was waiting for us in a very crowded hotel lobby with a clear sign so we found her immediately. Chika was cheerful and very knowledgeable with regard to the history and points of interest along the way. This was our first time using Tours by Locals. Given the professionalism and excellence of Chika's tour, we would not hesitate to call on them again next time we want to explore a new city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lynn-san, thank you very much a beautiful day hiring me as your guide. I learned a lot from you while I was explaining about Tokyo. Why I see Canadian flags a lot recently in travelers bags, Vancouver, scuba diving, etc. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your stay here in Tokyo. Tomorrow will be another fine and beautiful day. Thank you again for a wonderful day!
Annmarie LumUnited States
Chika-san is an excellent guide. She takes care to ensure your tour is catered to your needs. She made sure my 93 year old grandmother was comfortable and that our tour was doing things that she would enjoy. We enjoyed the entire day we spent with her and had a wonderful time exploring and seeing the sights in Tokyo. I highly recommend having her take you around!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mimi-san, thank you very much for wonderful time with you and nice comment! Your grandmother is my goal! She is really super!!!!!!! ; cheerful, challenging, caring and trying her best all the time. I truly wish to be like her in my 90s! Thank you very much for presenting me my life-time goal and very special day together. Very best wishes on everyone of you, especially Popo-san.