"Kashima-san was a very punctual and enthusiastic tour guide. He made an incredible effort to engage with the children and provided a detailed, printed itinerary. The itinerary included lots of information about visiting spots as well as an entertaining way of introducing some essential Japanese words. Kashima-san brought us to some very reasonable and good-quality restaurants and adapted the itinerary according to our interests. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in going off the beaten track and experiencing Japan with a local flavour."
3 weeks ago
"Our family of 6 had an excellent and enriching tour with Kashima-san. One of the main reasons we wanted a guide in Tokyo was to help with arranging a tour of a sumo stable in Tokyo, many of which are weary of visitors. Despite this, Kashima-san managed to book a tour of the Hakkaku sumo stable. Ahead of the visit, Kashima-san sent us a summary of sumo wrestling and what we might expect to see in the training. And during the training, he explained the complex rituals and ranking of the sumo wrestlers. This made the sumo training a very interesting experience. After the tour of the stables, Kashima-san took us to the sumo museum which was also vey interesting and gave us some historical context to sumo. Overall, by the end of sumo tour we had a much deeper understanding and appreciation of sumo wrestling. We then went to Asakusa where Kashima-san took us through the Thunder gate, Nakamise market street, Senjoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. We learned a lot of the rich history of these places, including the differences between the Buddhist Temple and Shinto Shrine. Finally Kashima-san took us to Kannorura Street where one may see Geisha walking about at dusk. It would have been very hard to find without a guide like him. Kashima-san was also vey professional in the conduct of the tour. He was very punctual, and always had the journey on the metro subway or walking route well planned out. He was also amenable and flexible to detours if we found something of interest along the way (like shopping!) "
1 month ago