We had a fantastic day with Shin! He is organized and clearly communicated with us prior to the tour. Shin had a colour handout showing the highlights of what we would visit. Shin was a delight to spend time with - he has a great sense of humour. He arranged the best vegetarian lunch we've had in our 9 days in Japan. Shin is knowledgeable and flexible - he quickly came up with suggestions that enhanced our tour experience. I can strongly recommend Shin - you will undoubtedly enjoy your time with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Crawford san, Thank you so much for nice review. It is fantastic day for me with Kamakura tour, great Buddha town. I feel so happy we could complete all our schedule. Great Buddha temple, Koi carp fish and golden Buddha temple, vegetarian restaurant, Tsurugaoka Samurai shrine, and another interesting places. Our tour is just a day however wonderful memories will continue shining on the page of my life forever. Arigato gozaimashita !
Wesley MedlockUnited States
My daughter and I had a wonderful day traveling from Tokyo on the bullet train and seeing some of the sights in Kyoto. We saw the Fushimi shrine, the Golden Temple, the bamboo forest, a little bit of the famous Niskiki market, and still had time for a great lunch at one of Shins favorite local restaurants. Shin was great to talk to, and provided a lot of history and information about all the sites. I highly recommend Shin for his friendliness and he even provided wonderful gifts for my daughter.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Wes san, Thank you very much for your kind message. And thank you so much for hiring me as a Kyoto day tour guide from Tokyo. Though our time was short and limited, I feel happy we could visit many interesting places, shrine, temple, garden and local food street. Landmarks of Japan. I am glad to know you and Ava san enjoyed wonderful experiences in an autumn Kyoto. I am looking forward to introducing you much more attractive places in Japan. SHIN.
our tour guide mr shin was great you will never be bored when you are with him he make sure of your safety and always suggest places which you can say excellent places if you plan to go to tokyo and want to get a guide I highly recommend mr shin
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter and loved family, Thank you very much for sharing wonderful time with me in Mt.Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Great Buddha temple in Kamakura and Tokyo sightseeing and shopping. Even weather was not so well, we could enjoy many activities and visiting places. I look forward to next visit in Japan. Again thank you so much!
Catherine DimbatTIGARD, OREGON, United States
Shin showed us the sites around Yokohama going to the Giant Buddha and lunch. Really nice to get away from the big city. We did go to the Silk Museum which was not much. We all really enjoyed going up in the Landmark Tower just before sunset. We got some nice photos. It was a fun day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Catherine, I appreciate your good review. We had a wonderful Yokohama tour with your members. Yokohama is modern seaport town, on the other hand, Kamakura is traditional historical place. I think you enjoyed two different colors and contrast. I hope this JAPAN tour is unforgettable nice memories for you. Thank you! SHIN
Jordana TemplinUnited States
We went on the Tokyo off-the-beaten track tour with Shinichiro-San because Hakone was recovering from the Typhoon. Despite a rainy and windy day, we had a great day with Shin! He provided good explanations of all the sites and shared history and culture in a way that was interesting, not overwhelming. He taught us how to use the local train lines to get around Tokyo more efficiently. The KIYOSUMI Japanese garden was stunning. FUKAGAWA-FUDO Bonfire temple was powerful and touching. Highly recommend Shin!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jordana san, First of all, I have to say great thanks for hiring me and giving a terrific tour day in Tokyo. I feel so happy to get to know the places I introduced attract you very much as off-the-beaten-path sites. This time we meet was first, however I felt as if I met old friend. As you mentioned, unfortunately we were forced to cancel Hakone tour due to typhoon Hagibis, nevertheless we could experience another unique activities in the down town of Tokyo. Thank you very much. SHIN.
Ronald LeblancUnited States
After our first day with Shin san, we booked him for a more relaxing tour out of Tokyo on our second day. Shin-san is very knowledgeable and accommodating. He met us at our hotel and made sure we got back at end of tour. It's all the little things that he does that mean so much. He was helpful in arranging our visit to Hakone Yuryo hot springs and making dinner reservations that evening. He also selected the menu for us. We were very happy to have chosen Shin san.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ronald san. I appreciate nice review. I like world travel too. Many days are for my customers to introduce charms of Japan. Another days are my own happy time in different countries. In foreign places, I am often in a puzzle about how to ride buses to go to off the beaten paths, and where can I find delicious foods within my stay. I think a guide and a traveler are the same relation as a front and back side of a mirror. And your words encourage me so much !
Ronald LeblancUnited States
Shin san was top notch!!! Very knowledgeable and accommodating. He met us at our hotel and made sure we got back at end of tour. There was no way we could have done all that we did in one day on our own. It's all the little things that he does that mean so much. He was also very helpful in getting trains/passes. For anyone's first time, Tokyo station is a city in itself. Wow! He also took us to a great restaurant for lunch. We were very happy to have chosen Shin san.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for nice review and hire me on two days and two places. I am glad to introduce you so many places. First day was Tokyo, sleepless Metro police providing tradition and modern. On second day we went to nature spot, greenery, beautiful lake, museums (Western plus Japanese), and ONSEN hot spring short experience. I am lucky guide to accompany wonderful tourists. This tour will stay on my mind as an unforgettable memories in my life.
Rebekah MangoUnited States
Exceptional guide and went above and beyond to meet us the day before our tour and help direct us and set up the appropriate shuttle to our hotel. Courteous and kind- we had a lovely day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rebekah, Thank you so much for wonderful review. We had a lovely day in the museums (Western + Japanese), Hakone Shrine, Ashi Lake cruising, cedar path, and cable car. For Mt. Fuji, hopefully we would like to challenge for another chance. Good weather, nice tour ! SHIN.
Melissa CrowleyUnited States
Shin was helpful in getting around Hakone and the various modes of transportation. He encouraged us to visit the Open Air Museum which was fabulous! He was very helpful prior to arriving in Hakone and advising on timing, location, etc. The day of the tour he went out of his way to help us arrange our future transportation, activities, train and museum schedules. A complete gentleman and perfect guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Melissa, Thank you very much for your nice review. This is warm and memorable tour with your family. Though it was rainy day, we could feel crispy air and fresh breath of the cedar forest and beautiful lake. I hope we will be able to say hello to smiling Mt.Fuji on next chance. Best regards, Shin.
Brandon PelsmaekerUnited States
Before our day trip began, Shin was already contacting me via text message about weather conditions, tips about sites to see and other useful information. When our day trip began to Kyoto, Shin already purchased Express Train tickets, and we where exploring the sites as soon as our train arrived. Shin is very conscious and does what he can to make the tourist feel comfortable and paces the level of the tour to the needs of the person's willingness to explore as much as possible in the limited hours o
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brandon san, Thank you so much for your nice comment. It is good memory to have a happy Kyoto tour. I appreciate your cooperation though it was a little bit tight schedule but we made it. This time Mt.Fuji didn't give us its smile from Shinkansen train but we'd like to hope next chances. For our Kyoto places, Fushimi-inari shrine, Golden temple, Bamboo forest, Nishiki food and Teramchi shopping street with special tasty ice cream. I hope happiness and good life. SHIN
Shin is an excellent guide. His English is advanced which makes for an easy tour. I did an 8 hour Yokohama tour which showed many aspects of this city I would not have found on my own. Shin is very knowledgeable and ensures you get the most from your tour. He is also very accommodating and is very receptive to his client's requests. I would highly recommend Shin as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for having a wonderful day today. Big town Tokyo, ancient capital Kyoto and modern plus traditional place Yokohama. I think it’s charming place. I’m happy to have been able to guide a nice person like you. And I am glad that you listened carefully to my stories about the history, culture and society of Japan. Thank you Denise san. I wish your happiness and wellness!
Lisa NicotraUnited States
Shin was an able and personable guide. He organized a lovely tour of Hakone. As it was Golden Week when we were in Hakone, there were a lot of crowds and Shin would quickly find the easiest and best way for us to maneuver around. He even bought us umbrellas when we got caught in the rain for a bit. I highly recommend Shin and this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lisa san and John san, Arigato gozaimasu for hiring me as a tour guide in Hakone. And I really appreciate for your fabulous comment. As you mention, due to national holiday, we had plenty of crowds, but I really appreciate your cooperation and patience in a bus and rope way waiting area. I'd like to say many many thanks ! Mt.Fuji is a shy girl, so she had hidden herself before a handsome gentleman. But I make a promise she will say hello with big a smile when you come back to Japan ! SHIN
Shin was a superb guide. We had a wonderful day together in Hakone. He went out of his way to look after us and was very thoughtful. Highly recommend him. We are all so very grateful to him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Miriam san, Thank you very much for your nice review. I feel so happy that we had happy hours in the mountain, valley and lake cruise in Hakone. Above all we can say it is very lucky to have said hello to Mt. Fuji (3776 meters). I have visited Hakone four times this year, but today is the first day to see Mt.Fuji. I hope you will move on nice tours in Japan. Shin.Y
Peter WettergreenUnited States
My work in Japan ended early. I booked a second tour this week with Shin for Tokyo. We started with Hachi's statue. Hachi the dog stands in wait for his master near Shibuya Scramble where thousands of people cross the street during rush hour. We saw the beautiful imperial palace and talked about the new Emperor. Asakusa downtown was packed with shops for food and gifts. Ate lunch among the many fish mongers in the Tsukiji seafood market. We finished at the Shinjuku Samurai museum. Shin was great THX
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter san, Thank you so much for nice review comment. Under clear blue sky we've visit a lot of must see spots in Tokyo. Sacred shrine, entertaining street, samurai culture, hectic scramble crossing and faithful dog story spot. Yes as you say there are so many different colors in Tokyo. And belt conveyor train sushi is not only tasty but great fun even just seeing travelling plate cars. I could have a wonderful time with you. Thank you again ! Shin.
Peter WettergreenUnited States
Shin was a very generous and friendly guide. He planned a tour ahead for me and provided me an agenda for our tour. He has been to all locations before and had extra information for every stop. I am here for work and he even helped me plan my route to work this week. Most helpful. Thank you Shin. I am glad to have met you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter san. Thank you very much for your nice comment that encourage me. I am so glad to have been your guide in Yokohama. I will never forget nice conversation about many themes. I hope happiness and prosperity for you and your family. Shin.