This tour was exactly what I wanted it to be. It showed a deeper look into an area of Tokyo that most people would miss. My husband and I enjoyed it very much. We're looking forward to going back to Ningyocho and Nihonbashi to do some further exploring. I recommend this tour!
The only downside of the tour was that our guide, Silvia, had lost much of her voice due to allergies so it was difficult to hear her several times. She did her best, though and I'm sure I could've given the tour 5 stars if she had been in full voice.
I am been to Tokyo several times but have never been able to experience it the way this trip allowed. Our guide, Kimi, was amazing! She had lots of useful and interesting information and stories. There was only four of us in the group so we were able to interact freely..it was like we were going out with a friend. She had lived in the States and was able to tap in to facts and stories that may seem unusual to westerners. She also answered questions we had regarding various aspects of living in Japan. The tour itself was great. We went in to a number of small stores and could ask questions of the owners. We sampled food that,not speaking Japanese,we would never have discovered. I really appreciated Kimi taking the time to email us the store names and what they sold so that we could go back to visit. All in all a great tour and I would definitely recommend it!!
We thought we would see and experience the culture of Old Tokyo, and we did, but very little. We mostly visited touristy food shops and tast tested treats-which was fine, but it felt like a taste and buy tour rather than a cultural tour. Quite disappointed, actually. Really not that interested in a snack/treat tour of Tokyo. Wanted more arts and cultural activities.
This was a wonderful tour -- Ikumi is so knowledgeable. She took us to many interesting places, hooked us up with some tasty food samples and shared some of the history of the area, including an ancient former-Geisha house and a toothpick shop that's still in business today. She also took us to a couple shrines in the area and explained how Japanese Shinto shrines are designed and taught us how to pray. This tour turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip to Japan!
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.