Mark JohnsonUnited States
Hide was a brilliant tour guide. We squeezed in a lot of Tokyo. Very adaptable to what we wanted to do and recommended some great food stops along the way. In the 6 hours we saw many micro cultures in Tokyo which was really cool.
Our tour with Hide was very interesting and informative. We got a very good perspective of Japanese culture and an excellent array of important areas in Japan. It was good value. We would not have been able to see as much as we did on our own.
James BellUnited Kingdom
We all really enjoyed the two days that we spent with Hide. He's a really nice guy, very friendly and speaks perfect English. We got to see so much at a leisurely pace and would not have managed a fraction of what we covered had we been trying to patch together our own tour. Thoroughly recommended!
Jeremy PagdenUnited States
If you have limited time to explore Tokyo this is a fantastic way to go. Hidefumi was an informative yet relaxed guide and made the entire (long) day worthwhile. Highly recommended.
Natasha V.United States
Hide was an amazing tour guide! He was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. This tour was during our first trip to Japan (fiance:33yr, myself:28yr) and he was so helpful to explain the subways and answered so many of our questions while touring. Hide has very good English skills that it was never hard to understand him. We did not have any language skills and he was very helpful to translate when people were speaking to us. The tour was fun and insightful and would highly recommend! Thanks so much!!
Our tour with Hide was excellent! Hide was really good at helping us to appreciate the new and old of Tokyo and he gave us a great overview of the city which was really helpful for our first visit to Tokyo. We would definitely not have had the same experience exploring by ourselves!
Ron NoelUnited States
Hidefumi was very knowledgeable and helpful, he was very kind to my family.
We were incredibly happy with our tour selection and guide which gave us confidence to not only get around Tokyo but also what areas we would like to go back to and explore in greater depth. Would highly recommend Hidefumi for any of his tours as his knowledge and ability to convey that knowledge to English speaking tourists was excellent. We have a second tour with Hidefumi which we are very much looking forward to.
Alison DenyerNew Zealand
Hide spoke excellent English. He was enthusiastic and energetic, and took us to see a great variety of places in Tokyo in the short space of one day. It was our first day in Tokyo, and we also learnt a lot about using the subway, and finding our way around.
Helen DegenhardtUnited States
Hidefumi was a wonderful guide! Energetic, knowledgeable and able to show us several aspects of Tokyo in just one day. His English is excellent. He's very personable and has a sense of humor. A lovely person.
Joan JacobsonNewhall, CA, United States
Hide was a fabulous guide. We had a custom 7.5 hour tour of Tokyo in which Hide took us all over Tokyo to see the things that we wanted to see that were not to be covered by our small group tour. He helped us purchase the JR train tickets we needed for later on in Japan and helped us purchase our Suica cards. He tutored us in the use of the metro and now we are using it with ease. Thank you, Hide. Hide's English is great and we really enjoyed our day with him.
Hide was a fantastic guide. We had such an interesting day in Tokyo. There is no way we would have seen the things we did, or covered as much ground as we did without Hide. His English is great, and we all had a brilliant day. We totally recommend Hide as your guide in Tokyo.
Miyu TamamuraNorth San Juan, CALIFORNIA, United States
Dudley CrueaUnited States
Hide was a great guide. He took us to many different areas of Tokyo. We enjoyed the trip very much.
David HiromotoUnited States
Hide took us to Tsukiji Fish Market, Akibahara, Asakusa, and lots of shopping and restaurants. We really appreciated his inside knowledge of the local culture and excellent English skills. This was my first trip to Japan and the tour really made it special. We highly recommend any tour by Hide, and would recommend him for any newcomers to this fabulous country and city. We will definitely contact him our next trip to Tokyo area. Thanks, David & Cathy from California
Morten SogaardUnited States
We had a great afternoon with Hide - doing the Tokyo pop culture tour. He was very personable and spoke excellent English (Studied in the US).g
Yiliam AnduxUnited States
Clarissa RhodeUnited States
Hide was an excellent tour guide. We loved discovering the animal shops in Akihabara and learn about the collectible figures and cards. We also got to see vintage electronic shops. We also liked going to Harajuku and see cool second hand shops and fashions. We also walked down Takeshita and my kids loved getting crepes and see the affordable clothes. Lastly we had fun learning about Shibuya the "Times Square" of Tokyo. We got to see the big scramble at Nakano Broadway. We highly recommend this tour!!
David GinsbergUnited States
We had a hot but great day touring Tokyo with Hide. His English is superb. He tailored the tour just for us making sure we saw the things that we wanted to see which included tasting a variety of fresh seafood at Tsukiji market and playing with a hedgehog. We covered a lot of ground including seeing beautiful Japanese gardens and the Meiji Shrine. We also learned how to navigate the subway system which will be invaluable for the rest of our trip. We highly recommend a day with Hide.
Ivica ZaludUnited States
Ahmed KhaishgiUnited States
Heidi BorcaUnited States
Interesting tour of interesting areas in Tokyo.
Alan KwiatekSt. Louis, MO, United States
Our tour with Hide was great. It was our first full day in Tokyo and he helped orient us, taught us how to use the subway system and took us to see the pop culture areas of the city. He was right on time to start the tour, and was interesting and fun to talk to. He also found a great local place for lunch. I would strongly recommend Hide to anyone coming to Tokyo, he is a great guide!
This is a great tour, you do a lot of walking and is a good tour to get your bearings and learn how to use the subway. Hidefumi is an excellent tour guide and nothing is too much trouble. He walked us back to our Hotel. I would fully recommend this tour.
Cynthia ArnoldUnited States
Hidefumi has great knowledge about temples in the area. It was a walking tour and I enjoyed the exercise. However, I don't think he was thoughtful enough for paying attention to my pace. I had to walk very quickly to keep up with him.
Lisa HeathUnited States
We had one day to see the sights of Tokyo and Hide definitely made sure we got the most out of our day. This tour was perfect, and Hide is the right guide to help you get an amazing overview of Tokyo. Hide is extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much about Tokyo and the Japanese culture. Traveling by subway is very easy in Tokyo, and we walked approximately 15 kilometers (over 9 miles) which was great! (Hide kept track!). I would highly recommend Hide and this tour!
Michael EmoffUnited States
What a great time, Hide was awesome and very accomodating, highly recommended
Mary Jane DowlingCanada
Good walking tour with Hide. It was the beginning of Golden Week so it was quite busy. His English is excellent. He is very flexible in changing your tour if you desire.He is very receptive to answering questions prior to your arrival if you need help. MJ - Canada
Nikko LeeUnited States
Hide was amazing! His English was fluent and he was so patient during the tour with our family (consists of our parents over age 60 and our 1 year old daughter). We saw everything on the itinerary and took great family photos. We learned a lot of interesting facts and gained local insight. He even got in line with my husband to help us book train tickets to Kyoto. He went above and beyond. I would highly recommend booking with him as a guide when you visit Tokyo.
Brian McGowinUnited States
Hide came to us highly recommended, and he did not disappoint us. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time!
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.
Mary Patricia FrancisUnited States
Hide is wonderful. He knows so much and is so patient with all our questions. We have used him twice and would use him again.
Mary Patricia FrancisUnited States
Hide waswonderful. We Learned so much. We are going to Kamakura with him on Monday
Sandy ShiriUnited States
Hidefumi was an excellent guide! We saw all of Tokyo, and he taught us the subway system so we could navigate our way for the next few days. Very knowledgeable and pleasure to be with. Even though it rained all day, it did not stop us from enjoying beautiful Japan. Thank you Hide!!
Joe NeumyerUnited States
Hide-san was a fantastic tour guide! He spent lots of time in the areas I wanted to see and was able to modify our plan for the day on the fly as we either got behind schedule or got ahead in our schedule. I expressed interest in seeing some additional things early in the day if possible and he was able to fit them in where it made sense along our path across Tokyo. I whole-heartedly recommend Hide-san as a tour guide, we had a great day together. Thank you!
Ian ReiderAustin, TEXAS, Mexico
Hide is an Excellent guide. He showed us very interesting places. We learned and saw a lot in a shore time. I definitely recommend him if you are going to Tokyo.
We thouroughly enjoyed our two days in Tokyo with Hide. He was extremely knowledgeable on Japanese history and culture and spoke excellent English. We chose to do two days with the first day spent visiting neighbourhoods in eastern Tokyo and the second day in western Tokyo. We left with an good understanding of the City. We would highly recommend Hidefumi.
We did two separate days with Hidefumi in Tokyo visiting the east and west parts of the City. Hide had excellent knowledge of the history of Japan and the culture today and in the past. We really enjoyed our tours and would highly recommend Hide. Please see our comments on March 4
Maliha KhanUnited States
Hide was wonderful - we saw more of Tokyo in a day than we thought possible. He was friendly, communicative, willing to amend our itinerary on the fly, and thoroughly knowledgeable about the beautiful city of Tokyo. We loved seeing the city with him!
William BlandUnited Kingdom
This was an excellent tour full of information.! Our guide was extremely interesting,clearly understood what would interest us.A most enjoyable tour and a great way to understand Tokyo better.
Shiran BassalUnited States
We had such a great day with Hide. He is very knowledgeable and we were able to see and learn about so many awesome places in Tokyo - both the old and the new! He also knew a lot of cool facts and inside information about Japanese culture, and showed us some unique shops! Great tour if you want to see a little bit of everything in Tokyo in one day. He is also very patient and takes great pictures :)
Lon WelshUnited States
We all really enjoyed our day with Hide. What a great guy. Lots of local knowledge. Lots of enthusiasm. Really showed us some unusual things I had never seen before. Highly recommended.
Luis SeoaneCuritiba, PR, United States
Hide spent all Saturday with us visiting the most important areas in Tokyo. We could not have done it without his help and expertise. I would recommend Hide without hesitation.
Erin PartridgeUnited States
He was wonderful!!!
Hide met us at our Airbnb and asked our preferences for the day. We decided to not do the boat tour - too slow and the fish market - another day would be better. Then we embarked on a worlwind tour of Tokyo, it was great! We saw so much, had a great lunch and all our questions were answered. Travelling by subway is so easy in Japan and that's how we got around. 22,000 steps we walked during the day. This tour set us up for the week. Would highly recommend.
Hidefumi covered all areas of the tour informatively and was happy to answer general questions about life in Japan. He was willing to extend any assistance where possible (in particular the train line we required on our return) and he has a relaxed personality. Would definitely recommend.
Sahil NanwaniUnited States
Gabriela JimenezCosta Rica
Excellent guide!!! Excellent tour!!! nice way to discover Tokyo :)
Gabrielle WiszniewskaUnited Kingdom
We have no hesitation in giving Hide a 5 star recommendation . He was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a very interesting tour during our first day in Tokyo,very helpful in helping us get around the city on the metro. He speaks English very well and gave us some useful tips on other places to visit in Japan. He is very friendly and courteous and we enjoyed his company,thank you Hide!
Jay KrottingerUnited States
Hide was a terrific guide! Excellent english and allowed for a wonderfully memorable experience!
Dana DrewUnited States
My wife and I really enjoyed our tour with Hide. He came to our hotel to start our tour which took the pressure off of us in having to find our way on our own and then we walked to the subway. Hide was very helpful with getting us set up with pasmo cards for the subway system. Hide speaks good English and is very accommodating. He altered our tour so that we could skip some of the scheduled stops and spend more time eating our way thru Tokyo. We really enjoyed our tour with Hide and Highly reccommend
Justin BrookUnited States
Zuzana KalianUnited States
Hide was easy to communicate with prior to our tour, via email. On tour, he was flexible and altered the itinerary to meet our needs. We used metro to move around. It gave us enough knowledge and confidence to use the metro on our own the next couple of days. We mentioned that we will be going to Kyoto in a few days and he proactively took us to JR station and helped us purchase the bullet train tickets. Not only that, he also advised which side of the train is better for Mt. Fuji views.
Dong Keum JooSouth Korea
Joan SofenUnited States
Hidefumi provided us with an excellent introduction to Toyko and Japan. He laid out a varied and interesting tour which we modified as we liked. (Not much modification needed). From beautiful temples and shrines to markets and then "typical" neighborhoods, we had a great day. He was good to share thoughts about Japan today and past which added to our appreciation of Tokyo. One of his greatest gifts was showing us how to navigate the Tokyo subway. Great tour. Would recommend.
Hide was Fantastic! We got a great day of everything we wanted to see in Tokyo and more. It was our first day in Tokyo and we had good guide from him for every tension and details how to use the train even he helps us to find the correct line to go Sanrio Puroland and we did it . He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable from the culture and the normal way of life.He also showed us some great shops and food spots.Thank you very much. We are highly recommend him as your personal tour guide. Thuyen Le
The guide has introduced me more anime places in Tokyo will definitely travel with him again. He is quite knowledgeable and will recommend those tourists who are Otaku fans to travel with him. I really enjoy myself very much with him.
Kenneth BurnoppUnited States
Fantastic tour. Hide was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. I would recommend this tour and this guide to anyone wanting to see a great deal of Tokyo in a day.
David WhiteUnited States
Excellent guide, very knowledgeable and patient -- highly recommend this guide for your Tokyo visit. Spoke fluent English.
Karen BartolomeoOcean, NEW JERSEY, United States
We had an amazing tour with Hide! He was informative, funny and spoke perfect English. My two teens enjoyed his company as much as my husband and I. We would highly recommend his services to anyone visiting Japan!
Jeremy LichtmanEast Brunswick, NEW JERSEY, United States
Hide was a great tour guide. We got to see a lot of tokyo in one day. He recommended excellent sobs noodle restaurant for lunch. Highly recommended.
Mariano NapaUnited States
We had an amazing Tokyo Pop Culture Tour with Hide. We did a lot! - we toured the Akihabara , the "anime enthusiasts' paradise" of the world; shopped at the Yellow Submarine and other Gundam shops on different floors in one of building there; went to Aki-oka Artisan shops in Ueno; we had fun in a Maid Cafe; had delicious lunch in the Crossfield eateries; went people watching at Takeshita; witnessed the "big scramble" while at Starbucks at Shibuya Crossing; shopped at Loft. Our teenage sons loved Hide!
Heather CunliffeUnited Kingdom
Hide was fab. We chose him (even though he wasn't the cheapest) based on his tour schedule as we have teenage sons who were interested in the pop culture. He was very knowledgeable and explained all about the culture and was able to make last minute amendments to the schedule at our request. An excellent tour guide for our one full day in Tokyo and I would highly recommend him. The boys loved him as well!
Kristen RichardsUnited States
Hide-san showed my father and I many of the highlights of Tokyo, and provided impressive explanations of everything from shrines to neighborhoods. He was extraordinarily helpful and patient, and even took time from the tour to help us organize our train trips around Japan at a JR Rail office. Thank you, Hide-san, we loved it!
Liane SternliebUnited States
Eduardo GonzalezUnited States
Hide was Awesome!!!! We got a great day of everything we wanted to see in Tokyo and more. It was our first day in Tokyo and we also got to learn to use the subway which was very useful for the rest of the trip. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He also showed us some great shops and food spots that we ended up returning to the next day. You wont regret it!
Liane SternliebUnited States
Hide walked us all over the modern parts of Tokyo yesterday. He took us to so many busy and exciting places. Hide's explainations are interesting and detailed. We learned about culture and traditions of the Japanese people. Hide's English is excellent. He provided us with a bit more rest time today due to the heat We relaxed at Shinjuku gardens and enjoyed the beautiful Japanese Gardens there. I would highly recommend Hide as your personal guid e in Tokyo!!
Liane SternliebUnited States
Hide was excellent today. We saw a lot of Tokyo and he explained what we saw and was happy to answer any of our questions. I'd recommend him to friends and family if they visit here. I really enjoyed seeing the different areas of the city.
David SwankUnited States
Hide, our guide was excellent and we got exactly tour we asked for--a mix of new and old across Tokyo. In retrospect, it was a bit much for us to handle in one extremely hot day in July, and we probably should have arranged a less intense tour based on the weather. In summary, an excellent tour by a highly experience guide, but be prepared to do a lot of walking. The restaurant Hide suggested for lunch was really good with good food and a nice atmosphere.
Sandra OuyeUnited States
Hide was great! He explained in detail about the culture and history of Japan.
Philippe GirerdUnited States
Hide was energetic, knowledgeable and yet laid back and super patient. This made our Tokyo tour a great experience. His English was excellent and his ability to navigate around Tokyo was amazing. We thank Hide for showing us his marvelous city!
Darren OrtizUnited States
Thank you Hide for all the history and taking us to some hidden gems in Tokyo. We wouldn't have seen the city that way on our own. We had a great time!
Karen HartzUnited States
Great walking tour. Hide was able to give us 2 half day tours. Knowledgable and so nice!
Karen HartzUnited States
Great walking tour. Highly recommend.
Yeilany SuarezUnited States
Hide was en excellent guide. He provided good commentaries and helped us enjoy the day without having to worry about transportation, etc. With his guidance, we were able to plan our itinerary for the next day. It was good having someone with excellent English answer the different questions that came up throughout the day. I happened to feel ill during the tour from jet lag and it was comforting to have someone that knew the language. We highly recommend him.
Steve ChengUnited States
Excellent private tour experience. Hide (pronounced Hee-day) was our guide for two days. We are a family of 4 with two teenage daughters from California. I let Hide know our interests in advance by email and he put together an itinerary that fit our needs well. His english is excellent and our entire family enjoyed his stories about history and the daily lives of Japanese people. Thoroughly engaging and entertaining. I highly recommend Hide as your guide.
Pam BegueUnited States
I highly recommend Hidefumi for your tour guide. He was fantastic and showed and taught us so much! We took our full day tour our first full day in Tokyo. Not only were we able to see 10 times the amount of places than if we'd have been on our own, but it also gave us a good feel for the layout of the city. He also taught us how to navigate the subways & load and reload our passes. I do not feel we would have been able to appreciate all we saw without his guidance and explanations.
Steve ChengUnited States
Marjorie YoungUnited States
What a wonderful experience we had with Hide! He is very personable, informative and took us to all the sights that we wanted to see in Tokyo. Hide was so patient when some of us wanted to shop as we walked along the various venues. It was great having your own personal guide as he answered all the questions we had about Japan and its culture. I would certainly recommend Tours By Locals and Hide to anyone coming to Japan.
a great tour guide, we saw so much that we wouldn't have seen without a guide. Professional, well planned and very knowledgeable
We had a great day with Hide in Tokyo. The tour included a large variety of very different sights, places we would never have been able to get to easily ourselves. We greatly appreciated Hide's engaging and informative commentary. He found us a great little restaurant for a delicious lunch. We highly recommend Hide as your guide in Tokyo.
Beth AngeloPonte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
This was a great tour. We loved visiting the important areas of Tokyo. We felt we got a great feel for this very impressive city. Hide, was especially attuned to taking us to interesting parts of the city that appealed to not only my husband and I, but to our children who are in their early twenties. Everyone thought our tour was fantastic!
Gregg BlodgettUnited States
Great overview of Tokyo neighborhoods with very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. This tour really was the star of our 10 day trip to Japan
Larisa ColladoUnited States
Hide was a great tour guide. He customized the tour to suit my needs. He was very knowledgeable of Japanese pop culture, and his English is excellent.
Jill H.United States
Hidefumi gave us a very nice walking tour of Japan!! We asked him for an off the beaten path tour And Hidefumi gave us just that!! Very nice and informative!!
Susan DavidUnited States
A wonderful, considerate guide with a very good knowledge of Tokyo. I would highly recommend Hide. His English is extremely good.
Hidefumi met us at the hotel promptly, and showed us everything we wanted in the time frame. It would have been very difficult to see to much by ourselves. He accommodated everything my two girls requested, even though they were not really on the map for the day.Would thoroughly recommend.
Diane TomUnited States
Hide made our experience in Tokyo more meaningful by his knowledge of the history of each neighborhood we visited. His experience leading a large group was obvious as we never feared getting lost amoung the hordes of people in the subway and in the streets. I recommend Hide as a tour guide and would take another tour with him without hesitation.
Peter AdamsStourbridge, WEST MIDS, United Kingdom
Hide met us at our hotel in Yokohama on probably the worst rainy day in weeks. He guided us through the morning crowds to Tokyo by the local trains. The weather was awful, torrential rain, the last thing one needs for a walking tour. We visited a shrine and the Imperial palace before it was just too wet to continue. Hide took us back to Yokohama where he expertly helped us with taxis to take our party and 12 cases of luggage to the cruise terminal. I would certainly use Hide again and highly recommend him
Michael DaleyPlano, TX, United States
Hide was an exceptional guide. Communicated with us prior to the tour so no surprises. It's a walking tour via a very complicated subway system but not strenuous in the least. We used him for 2 six hour tours. He's very patient, speaks fluent English, & answers every question about Tokyo & Japanese culture. Highly recommended.
Erik Lennart SkoogSweden
Perfect day well balanced and interesting.
Rebecca WashlowUnited States
We had a wonderful day walking tour with Hide. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating and gave us great recommendations for restaurants and further sights to check out. We shared an amazing sushi lunch (which he arranged in a private, intimate room) and fully enjoyed our first day ever in Tokyo thanks to him. Would highly recommend his services to anyone! Five out of five stars! Many thanks Rebecca washlow
Cheryl WongUnited States
Hide was personable, knowledgeable, considerate and efficient. He made recommendations for another areas to visit, helped make dinner reservations and located a cinema for my entertainment. I had a wonderful day learning about the Japanese Pop Culture and the Electric District. I would highly recommend Hide to any traveler.
Deborah MaderUnited States
We had a wonderful, informative day in Tokyo with Hide. He is very professional, speaks English beautifully and is so knowledgeable of his city. We had only one full day in Tokyo and wanted to cover as much as possible. Hide's knowledge and use of the transit system allowed us to see many sights. Dan and I highly recommend Hide and Tours By Locals. Thank you Hide!
Daisy AntonioUnited States
Thank you so much Hide-san for being an awesome guide. Me, Don, and our son Anfernee enjoyed our trip in Tokyo immensely. I would not even have known about Yanaka if not for your recommendation. So to those who are looking for a guide, please know that Hide-san is thoughtful, generous with his time, and such a nice chap to explore Tokyo with. He knows his stuff!!! ;) I highly recommend. Heart heart to Tokyo and Hide-san from all of us. Daisy A. CA, USA
David HugginsUnited States
Recently toured with Hide on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18. Hide was a great guide. Was able to see most of the Tokyo sights I was interested in, and with his help, had time for Kamakura. A good guide like Hide is necessary to navigate public transit, and make the most of the time available. I would strongly recommend Hide. Five on a five star scale.
Jan BrownUnited States
Our 2 days with Hide was great. He is a wealth of knowledge about Japan's history, economy, culture and current events. Great travel companion. Hide took us to places off the beaten track as well as key tourists sites and we had a very balanced day. Would definitely recommend Hide for anyone travelling to Tokyo.