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Your guide shows you hidden locales from earlier eras that are easy to miss. You'll find establishments that remain true to their origins, which in some cases date back several centuries. For example, at an 18th-century toothpick shop, each item comes hand-wrapped in a poem.
Loved our tour with Silvia. We were the only two on the tour that day, and she really provided us with a personalized experience. In addition to taking us to many quaint shops and tasting lots of good food, she also taught us about the difference between shrines and temples and demonstrated the correct way to pray at a shrine. We also went to some modern day shops that specialize in regional products, and this was very interesting, also. The tour was much more extensive than we expected, and we really got good insight into a neighborhood we would not otherwise have visited. Just wear comfortable walking shoes!
Silvia our guide was phenomenal. Our tour happened to be on the first snow storm of the year, the earliest snow in 54 years in Japan. The weather was awful, but Silvia not just toured with us, she also made sure our girls could warm up and bought them heating pads for their hands. I'd do it again in a heart beat. You learn a lot, see things you otherwise would walk right past and learn about Japan in a way that you just don't get on the bigger tours. Which I also have joined... This one I recommend highly.
It was an interesting tour for a number of reasons. First, the guide was great. She is Japanese but grew up in Brazil. The neighborhoods are interesting because they include history as well as modern elements. It is a half day walking tour which is easy to find via the metro.
See the real Tokyo where the locals live and shop. Get to see traditional trades people still doing their trades the old ways. Our guide, silvia sure know Tokyo and she speak perfect English.
This tour was so much fun! I loved walking through the streets and alley ways of these 2 districts! Our guide was so informative and showed us the cutest family owned shops. I would have never known to visit them had it not been for this tour! Our guide's name was Ikumi. She was awesome! Thank you!
Nice tour of this old neighborhood and good food. This was a nice small group so we got to really interact with our guide and each other. I highly recommend it.
Great guide. Interesting out of the main stream small artisan shops.
This tour was great. Very informational and no pressure to purchase anything at all. If anything, the tour is more about historical shopping spots and what they were/are still known for throughout history. Izumi was amazing and kept the group engaged and educated. Highly recommended.
It was a great tour and I saw a lot of places I would not have found without a guide. Thanks so much for a great day.
Lovely tour! We had a fabulous guide Silvia, and it was a very interesting and engaging walk from the traditional stores in Ningyocho to the glitzy Nihonbashi district. I'm pleasantly surprised at how friendly the local shop owners are - we were given lots of samples to snack on!
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