NOV 2016 / Tokyo Travel Plan
Language: English, 한국어
► About Me
- I love to travel because I love to meet people from other cultures. There's so much we can learn from each other!
► My Hobbies
- I love to travel (of course), cook, eat good food, read, write, go to music shows and galleries, and have a great conversation.
► My best travel experience
- Probably visiting the jungles and village people of Chiang-Mai, Thailand. Riding a scooter in Rome, Italy comes a close second.
Nobuyuki-san is an incredible guide and my wife and I were very lucky to have him so us around Tokyo. Tokyo is an amazing city, but it is a little intimidating for first-time visitors (who don't speak Japanese). With Nobu-san's help, we were able to see the many highlights of Tokyo, while also having a great companion to chat with and learn from.
Nobu-san met us at our hotel in Shinjuku to begin the tour. He took us to Golden Gai and the Hanazono Shrine, where he showed us how to properly bow at a Shinto shrine. We continued the tour in Shinjuku, passing by Omoide Yokocho and visiting the basement of the Odakyu department store, where we saw amazing food displays. Nobu-san then took us to Harajuku, where we walked down Takeshita street to ogle at the throngs of people and store displays. We also stopped by an owl cafe which was a fun and unique experience. I think it was Nobu-san's first time doing that as well :)
We walked past Omote Sando and then, getting hungry, Nobu-san found us a great lunch spot that specialized in Okonomiyaki. Without him, there was probably no way we'd find a place like that or be able to order from a completely Japanese menu, so we were lucky to have him. Afterwards, we visited Meji-jingu, which was beautiful. It was a good time to go, because November is the month where parents bring their 3 and 5 year old boys and 3 and 5 year old girls to the shrine for blessings. It was fun to see families in their kimonos all go to the shrine. We ended the tour in Akihabara, where Nobu-san took us to an electronics store as well as Mandarake. During the whole tour, Nobu-san was very informative about the things we were seeing and our questions. He was a very pleasant and enjoyable companion. We highly recommend him!
My wife and I had a great time with Kenichiro-san! We were looking for someone with whom we could have a good Japanese meal and have good conversation, and Kenichiro was perfect for us. Before our activity, he was very communicative and accommodating to our needs. As soon as he met us at our hotel, we knew that we would have a great time.
Kenichiro made a reservation for us at a popular yakitori restaurant in Shinjuku, which turned out to have excellent food and a lively atmosphere. With his help, we ordered a variety of dishes, as well as a few drinks. Kenichiro is a great conversationalist. He shared with us many stories about his previous experiences working at Disney World and as a tour guide in Australia, as well as his thoughts on Japanese people and culture. He was also very interested in our background and where we came from. He was very funny and we were laughing the whole time.
We couldn't have asked for a better guide during our stay in Japan. Our dinner with Kenichiro was definitely one of our highlights of the trip. We hope we made a good friend as well. We highly recommend him!!
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