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T909 wrote a review Oct 2017
San Jose, CA13 contributions3 helpful votes
Sachimi was very good to talk English with, and was excellent at pointing out things that a foreigner would find interesting, while explaining the cultural and historical context. She also was excellent at adapting the tour to how much energy and interest we subtly exhibited.
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Date of experience: September 2017
Kalun L wrote a review Dec 2016
Arlington, Virginia20 contributions12 helpful votes
When visiting Tokyo, one of the largest cities in the world, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. If you're like me, you shy away from the group bus tours as they're very cookie cutter. S-Line Tour will customize a tour of Tokyo based on your interests, and S-Line will reveal to you hidden gems of Tokyo that only Tokyo natives will know. In our case, our guide Sachimi asked us about our interests, and we responded: architecture, local sites, niegihborhood shopping, locally-made handicrafts, and ramen. Sachimi then created an itinerary for us that was unique, eye-opening, and fun. Sachimi, who is engaged and egaging was friendly and interested in our enjoyment of Tokyo, started our tour by meeting us in our hotel's lobby and walking us to the nearest train station (which is the only way that tourists should travel in Tokyo). She helpfully explained how the trains system works in Tokyo (which became a great resource the rest of our time in the city) and then led us to our first stop: The Kabuki-za, the principal Kabuki theatre in Tokyo. She explained the history of Kabukia in Japan and also the architecture of the theatre, and then led us to a secret garden on the roof of the theatre. We next went to Ueno station, where the universities and museums are, where she let us choose amongst three styles of ramen for lunch. After lunch, we took a stroll to see the Ginko trees that were just turning colors for the fall. We got an overview of the Tokyo National Museum (mental note, go back to the Museum on our next trip) and then proceeded to the Nezu Shrine. The Nezu Shrine is a beautiful Shinto oasis in the middle of Tokyo that is not frequented by foreign tourists. Sachimi gave us an interesting overview of Shinto traditions and the signifance of the architecture and layout of the srhine. We were able to get some beautiful pictures of the fall foliage at the shrine and then proceeded to the Yanaka neighborhood. Yanaka is a cute neighborhood in Tokyo with lots of great local shops targeted at Tokyo locals, which is exactly what we wanted to see. All the guidebooks will tell you about the shopping in Ginza and Hirajukum but we were more interested in the local flavor. Yanaka was exactly what we wanted. The neighborhood had both traditional and modern handicrafts for sale in small boutique stores, peppered with neighborhood fishmongers, rice shops, tofu makers, and loads of snack shops. We were able to graze on rice crackers and Japanese sweets as we continued on our walking tour. We ended the walking tour at a train station in Yanaka where Sachimi directed us to the train back to our hotel, and we're still talking about our day with S-Line since our return home. I cannot receommend S-Line Tour enough. S-Line Tour is the perfect personalized tour of Tokyo, guided by an engaging and knowledgable English-speaking tour guide. My suggestion is to book S-Line for a tour on your first full day in Tokyo to orient yourself to the city. What you'll learn on your tour will help guide you for the rest of your trip. S-Line's prices are listed on the company's Facebook page. My opinion is that the prices for the personalized tours are very reasonable and worth every penny.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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