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“An efficient and unique perspective of Tokyo”

Private Tour: Edokko Guided Tours of Tokyo
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Owner description: First time to Tokyo? Let us show you around. We create personalized tours for individuals, couples and small groups. What we are best at: cultural experiences such as Washi (Japanese paper making), tea ceremony and Aizome (traditional Japanese indigo-dyeing).
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I found Ayako Watanabe from reviewers at Trip Advisor and emailed to ask if she was available to guide us( walking tour, cash payment, up to 4 people) of Tokyo. Maximum time is 6 hours. I was very pleased that she was available, and we emailed back and forth to determine our itinerary. We paid her a base fee ( she has a price list in her website), as well as take care of our own transportation fees( subway, train) and our lunch. She picked us up from our hotel,and taught us how to use the subway. We chose to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market, and she efficiently brought us to see all the highlights as well as try out the various unique foods. We had a delicious sushi and sashimi lunch at a restaurant recommended by Ayako. We also went to the Asakusa area, visited the Sensoji temple and enjoyed unique Japanese snacks and sweets along Nakamise street( the street leading up to the temple), and ended the tour with a sake tasting. Then she pointed us in the direction of Sky Tree( we wanted to check this place out). Quite a great and efficient way to see a part of Tokyo. I highly recommend Ayako.

14  Thank galtraveller22011
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Tokyo is a city for experienced travellers since it is very big city and few people can speak english.
I sent an e-mail to Ayako and she designed a custom itinerary for me. She was in our hotel`s lobby a little bit before the scheduled time and we began exploring the old and the new Tokyo for 6 hours.
We went to a lot of sights and interesting streets and she took me to a excellent and cheap restaurant in Ginza where we could eat Teishoku. She is friendly and have very good english
I liked her very much and i strongly recommend Ayako as your guide in Tokyo.

6  Thank Takashi_Brasil
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Our day with Ayako was the perfect first day in Tokyo. We had written back and forth about our interests, and she designed a custom itinerary for us that was a great blend of old and new Tokyo. We learned so much about Japanese history, culture and food. Our day included the Meiji Shrine, Ukiyo-e woodblock print museum, the Ginza, the best meal we had in Tokyo (and only $10!), a traditional tea ceremony and more. She followed up afterwards with the details on shops that sell woodblock prints, and we were able to buy a very special one that we will treasure. She also taught us how to use the train / subway system, so we were good to explore on our own after that. We were a little intimidated about Tokyo, but after our day with Ayako we felt right at home.

4  Thank Bostonian23
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We arranged this tour before our trip to Tokyo. Ayako customized the tour to what we wanted to do for the day. Having a local guide made a huge difference. She not only explained everything to us, but was able to translate when we could not understand or read something. She is great at what she does and would definitely recommend her to anyone who would like to tour Tokyo. We went to a local Japanese restaurant for lunch, and would not have found this place without her, nor would we have been able to order, as everything was in Japanese. Wonderful experience and way better than a group tour. Highly recommend!!

1  Thank DnBEno
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

We're so glad we made the choice to have a personalised tour with Ayako. Having a local to guide you around really makes such a difference, and makes for a much more intimate, immersive experience. Highlights included having Ayako translate for us at the Tsukiji Fish Market so that we were able to ask the father-son team who ran one of the tuna stalls about their business, how long they had been in the market (more than 50 years!), etc. We also went to Happo-En for to participate in a traditional tea ceremony, and to walk around the majestic grounds which used to belong to a wealthy samurai. The tour ended with a jaunt around Asakusa. Our only regret is having such a good time learning and experiencing everything that we forgot to take a photo with Ayako!

7  Thank terminalcase42
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