Mark OConnellUnited States
Very knowledgeable and helpful! Customized tour to fit my specific interests. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, Just wanted to thank you one more time for the great review and the beautiful time we spent together! So happy that you enjoyed the tour! With warmest regards, Yulia
Robert JacobsUnited States
I highly recommend Yulia because she: (i) is very friendly and casual; (ii) is extremely knowledgeable about the country of Japan and its customs, including such things as history, architecture, art, religions, and pop culture, among many other things; (iii) will take you off the beaten path to places that most tourists probably would not see; (iv) is flexible and accommodating; and (v) is energetic and creative in planning itineraries appropriate to her clients' individual interests.
Arie KepetsUnited States
Very Personable, Knowledgeable, and helpful. Not only with tour & sights but mostly in hand holding in a strange & overwhelming city. Navigating the Subways - would not dare without a pro guide like Yulia. getting tickets and boarding the Shinkansen to Kyoto for a 6:00 departure - she was there! Made us feel, welcome, put us at ease, flexible and accommodating. Too bad 5 starts is the maximum rating
Arie KepetsUnited States
Very Personable, Knowledgeable, and helpful. Not only with tour & sights but mostly in hand holding in a strange & overwhelming city. Navigating the Subways - would not dare without a pro guide like Yulia. getting tickets and boarding the Shinkansen to Kyoto for a 6:00 departure - she was there! Made us feel, welcome, put us at ease, flexible and accommodating. Too bad 5 stars is the maximum rating
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Arie, Thank you so much for this amazing review! It was so much pleasure to spend these days with you and Anita! I learned so much about photography from you! Your energy is incredible and so inspiring. Please come to Japan again one day when flower season is in bloom. With warmest regards, Yulia
Suzanne VerbruggeNOORD, Aruba
We were a group of 4 and we visited Tokyo during our last stop with our cruise ship. Yulia picked us up at the ship terminal and off we were to discover Tokyo. Yulia is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!). We truly enjoyed walking the 4 of us through Tokyo.The most epic moment was crossing Shibuya-Ku square on Halloween night! Thank you Yulia, for making our trip unforgettable and therefor we highly recommend everyone visiting Tokyo to book Yulia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzy, Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! I am so happy to have met you and your friends. It was an absolutely incredible experience, the whole day out and especially the Halloween night at Shibuya. I would've never gone that far without you :) So glad to hear that you enjoyed that day and had all these amazing impressions. I truly admire your life experience, courage and talent, and your outstanding positive way of seeing things. I can't wait to meet you again one day! Love you all, Yulia
Alun G.Hong Kong
It turned out that we had already seen some of the sights on the "planned tour" but Yulia very quickly adapted the itinerary and fulfilled our wishes to see part of Tokyo that tourists may not normally see. It was a long day with a lot of walking but Yulia was excellent company with superb English skills. We learnt a lot about Tokyo and Japanese culture and it was good to hear this from an expat living in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alun, I had the great pleasure of spending the day with you and you wife. I am so lucky to have met you. Now I know enough of how and where to travel in SE Asia. Thank you so much for sharing your unique knowledge with me! Whenever you have a chance, please come to Japan again. With warmest regards, Yulia
Dj DerayUnited States
Yulia was a wonderful guide, customizing our time together to suit my areas of interest. It felt like seeing Tokyo with an old friend. I highly recommend reserving Yulia's time for tours of Tokyo. Couldn't be more satisfied.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dj, Thank you so much for the best review ever! I am really happy to know you enjoyed the tour and that all the places I love the most in Tokyo left you feeling satisfied. Please enjoy the rest of your trip and come back here with your family soon. All the best, Yulia
Yulia is an excellent and professional guide and will show you Tokyo with her brilliant perspective of being and local foreigner. She will show you with her absolutely good taste all main attractions , and you will enjoy the city in a very comfortable way. For Foodies like me you will be dazzled !!! Thanks so much Yulia for Everything !!! I loved the tour !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rodrigo! Thank you so much for finding some time despite your busy schedule to leave the amazing comment! It was so much pleasure to spend these days with you, to show you the places that are my favorite ones and to explore new tastes together. So happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please come to Japan again with your family and friends! Love, Yulia
Victor KaplaUnited States
Yulia is a guide I would recommend to my friends. She spoke fluent English and is knowledgeable of Tokyo's mass transit system. Shared historic information of the sights we visited. intercepted panhandlers we encountered twice on the Tokyo sidewalks. Overall it was a great one day tour that we both enjoyed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Victor, Thank you a million for the wonderful feedback. It was a great pleasure to spending the day with and you charming wife. I learned so much from you. Hope you had an unforgettable vacation. Come visit Japan again! Love, Yulia
Nick RhodesUnited Kingdom
5 out of 5 Well structured tour covering our requested requirements Many Thanks Nick
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nick, Thank you so much for the great morning I spent together with you and your son! It was so much pleasure to learn more about the world and listen to your stories. I enjoyed your company and had so much fun yesterday! Love your sense of humor :) Please enjoy the rest of your trip and next time come with your wife and daughter. With warmest regards, Yulia
Mary PorterUnited States
Yulia and our driver were most accommodating. My brother has walking problems and they made sure he was well taken care of. Due to some miscommunication by Viking Orion to me,The Traveler, Yulia had to change some plans on the spot. We were very satisfied with her capabilities for both tours. Since it was my brother's birthday , she found a wonderful restaurant and we celebrated together . Appreciated this much . I would recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear Mary and Cecil, Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your kind words, it warms my heart! It was so much pleasure to spend these wonderful days together. I miss your company so much. Cecil's fascinating stories about history and of course your sense of humor :) I wish I had more time with you! I hope we meet again soon. Love, Yulia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vivian, Thank you so much for finding the time to review the tour! I truly appreciate that. With kindest regards, Yulia
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.
Marius SainesUnited States
Great knowledge and very pleasant
Harvey FeldmanUnited States
Yulia, by far, was the best guide we had on our Japan cruise that included guides in many ports. Russian by birth, she speaks English perfectly, but is also fluent in Japanese. She has lived in Tokyo for 18 years and knows the city backwards and forwards. She took us everywhere on our itinerary and to some additional places as well that she know would be interesting for us to see. If you are looking for a great English-speaking guide in Tokyo, look no further. If Yulia is available, book her.
Brad ZemcikUnited States
If you want a professional, look no further. Yulia was fabulous and her communications were superb. She was flexible to our schedule changes and took us to alternative places we would not normally choose. Her English is excellent and she is one very intelligent person. If we go back to Tokyo (there is a lot more to see there) we will definitely contact her. You want the best???....you want Yulia!
Kenneth IsbellUnited States
This tour was the first of two provided by Yulia; Tokyo orientation: Roppongi district and Shinjuku. Yulia not only knows the popular destinations, but also those places frequented by locals. Fun, informative, and very knowledgeable, Yulia brings you into the soul of Japanese society; she KNOWS Tokyo! Yes she is Russian, but speaks perfect English and Japanese; a must for anyone coming to Japan. Yulia sets a high standard. Cool, hip, she plans well and comes prepared, resulting in a stellar Tokyo tour.
Yulia is a great tour guide and if I come back to Japan I will make sure that I use her services again and again - very knowledgeable and fun to be around with ... thanks Yulia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh Akram, Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s been so much pleasure, so much joy to spend this wonderful evening with you. Amazing memories that will always make my heart warm. I can’t wait to see you again! Sincerely yours, Yulia
Paul GehlarSalem, OR, United States
Yulia did the best of any guide I've toured with. She understood exactly what kind of tour I wanted and the things I was interested in. She did everything possible to make it a fantastic day. We toured Nikko including Toshogu Shrine, Kengon waterfall and National park. We traveled by bullet train, local train, ropeway and local bus. Lots of good exercise too. Yulia will make your day wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dearest Paul, Thank you so much for the great time we spent together and for all the fun, joy and adventure spirit you shared with me! You are the most keen and generous person I ever met :) Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas and coffee breaks! Please, please come again soon! With love, Yulia
Charles BradshawUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charlie, Thank you so much for the submitting the rating! I just wanted to say thank you for booking the tour again! It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife Olive. I hope you enjoyed the tour and it gave you a wide perspective on Tokyo's life. Please enjoy the rest of your stay and come back soon! With kindest regards, Yulia
Jon McMahonUnited States
Yulia such an amazing job. Thank you !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear Jon, Greg, Thank you so much for a great time and fun spending these days with you! It was so much pleasure. I wish you a wonderful rest of your trip. Come back to Japan soon! Love, Yulia
This was the best tour I have ever been on as my guide arranged everything she could to make our time perfect. Yulia is a very intelligent nice person who knows Tokyo and it's people well. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rodney, Thank you so much for a great review! I was happy to show you the nightlife of Tokyo and visit all the places together. It was so much fun working on the itinerary for you. It’s a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please come again for more! With warmest regards, Yulia
Gary GleicherUnited States
Yulia was outstanding and her knowledge of Tokyo, both past and present, and her enthusiasm were amazing. It was such a pleasure spending a day with her and was truly the highlight of our stay in Tokyo. We highly recommend her and look forward to having her escort us on our next trip to Tokyo. Thank you soo much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gary and Carol, Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for taking time to leave this wonderful review! It was such a pleasure to spend that lovely day with so beautiful people like you. I am endlessly thankful to the guide who couldn't perform the tour for you that day, so I had a chance meeting you. I hope to see you in Japan again snd soon. Have an amazing, prosperous new year full of great health, love and inspiration! Sincerely yours, Yulia
We enjoyed our day with Yulia. She provided a good general knowledge of the sites we visited . At the same time, the tour was presented as Heritage Historical, and that did not represent what we saw. Also, one of the sites was closed and this should have been known ahead of time as the site had been closed for a few days prior to us arriving. If you are looking for a general walking tour of Tokyo, Yulia would be a good choice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Christopher, I'm so sorry to hear that your experience was less than ideal! I would like to apologize for the poor service you encountered. For the last 8 years working as a guide, I have made customer satisfaction my main priority. I hope that anyway you have good memories and come back to Tokyo again. In the meantime, thank you very much for you review. If you ever return, I'd be happy to offer you 50% off for any of my tours. Sincerely, Yulia
Kris PugsleyUnited States
Yulia is an extremely knowledgable tour guide and did a wonderful job of showing me Tokyo through a different set of lenses than I have seen previously. Next time I'm in Tokyo, I will look her up again for a different tour. She is extremely accommodating and made me feel like a local the entire time. She comes highly recommended. Thank you Yulia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris,It's so nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for finding the time to write the review and for your kind words.I will always remember the amazing rainy afternoon we spent together! I admire your generosity and passion for life, I learned so much from you. Please know whenever you come to Japan again I will customize a special tour for you to make you experience far beyond the ordinary and show you a hidden part of Tokyo that full of local flavours and never visited by any tourist before. XO
I had asked Yulia to design a custom tour for my friend Masahide and I, whom I was visiting in Japan. I also asked that she demonstrate and explain the fundamentals of tour guiding, as Hide had expressed interest in potentially becoming a guide himself. In short, Yulia's performance as both a guide and mentor was beyond reproach. She truly does know Tokyo like the back of her hand. Don't let the fact that she's not a native Japanese person fool you, Yulia is a Master Tour Guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nick, Thank you very much for the fun day spent together! I am happy to know that your friend Masahide and you both enjoyed the tour. I hope you could catch this time the essence of the city that makes people come back here again and again. Good luck with your new projects and life! With kindest regards, Yulia
Yuri designed a great tour to suit our interests and capacities. It included some unique Tokyo sights, hidden parks, interesting art galleries,views, lunch at a great farmers restaurant to satisfy our craving for fresh vegetables, a trip to the suburbs and lots of interesting information about Tokyo and Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elaine and Kath, Thank you very much for the beautiful, warm and sunny Sunday spent together! Like most spontaneous decisions, and thanks to your unique requests, it was not only exciting for me to work on your tour, but also to live out another day walking around wonderful sights of Tokyo, enjoying our conversation about culture, history and people. I am so happy to hear that you, too, had fun and enjoyed the tour. Again, thank you very much! With warmest regards, Yulia
Yulia was an excellent guide. Helped orientate myself and my 12 year old daughter on our first day in Tokyo. Took us to requested museums and also to places that delighted my daughter (ie a cat cafe in AkIhabara, the Ghibli shop at Tokyo SkyTree). Her language skills were invaluable in helping to choose an appropriate restaurant for my vegetarian daughter. She helped me activate my Japanese Rail Pass and booked tickets on the Shinkansen for our transfer to Kyoto. Melissa Nicholson Sydney, Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Melissa, Thank you very much for your kind words! It was a great day spent together and I was more than happy to show you around and make that day as much pleasurable as possible for you and your daughter Emma. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your first day in Tokyo. Come visit Japan again soon! With kindest regards, Yulia