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I've been living in Tokyo for over seven years and have explored this wonderful city and its fascinating suburbs with a real passion. I am especially interested in the sacred buildings of Tokyo, and have visited a huge number of temples, shrines, and churches in the city, and know them very well indeed.
My love of exploring actually started in Thailand and Korea, where I lived for many years before coming to Japan, but Tokyo is home now! I'm a Permanent Resident and very very happy here!
I'm the author of a number of books on Tokyo temples, including the only English-language guide books to the Tokyo and Musashino Kannon Pilgrimages, and I have also published a guide to the Christian churches and cathedrals of central Tokyo. But these days I spend most of my free time studying Japanese reading, which is great fun, and my wife and I love going out to Chichibu, a wonderful little town in the mountains west of Tokyo.
What people like about me is my enthusiasm! I wouldn't be any good at "Tokyo after dark" tours or anything like that, but for anyone interested in the traditional sights of this city, as well as modern architecture, parks, and walks in local areas, I bring energy, knowledge, the ability to compare with other countries, and a real love for this place which is now home.
You can read more about me on my blog here.
I look forward to exploring Tokyo with you soon!
PS - if you would like to walk a seven-lucky-gods pilgrimage with me, one of the best I know in Tokyo, just let me know! It's open all year round, takes just three to four hours, and is great fun.
Marcus Is Great For
Budget travellers, First time visitors, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers
I am Australian, from Sydney and I have lived in Tokyo for 10 years. I also spent 2014 and 2015 living in San Francisco where I went to culinary school. I love to cook and eat! I also have a restaurant in Nishiazabu. My husband and children are Japanese, they are native speakers and I am doing my best to catch up! I love to visit art galleries and travel remote Japan. I take weekly Japanese painting (sumi-e) lessons and one of my hobbies is to buy antique kimonos and turn them into wall hanging quilts.
Emily Is Great For
First time visitors, Foodies, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Travellers with babies, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers
After spending my 18 years of my life in Gunma, I moved to Yokohama for my college. That was the phase where I realized how much I love traveling and exposing myself to different cultures. I spent half a year in the US, and one year in the Netherlands. I've worked at a guesthouse in Nakano for about a year where I loved to meet and talk with people from various backgrounds. I'm always curious about how travelers find Japanese culture; it gives me different perspectives. I have traveled quite a few myself and it was always the people that made my trip the best. I think traveling in Japan could be hard when you do not understand Japanese. Maybe it's not hard but you would be able to experience more when you do or at least you are with someone who does... Well here I am, I'd love to help you experience more and feel at home here in Japan.
Chiemi Is Great For
First time visitors, Foodies, High-end travellers, Hip / Trendy scene, Solo travellers, Travellers with kids
We enjoyed this tour with our host, Noriko. It was customized exactly to our wishes and a very unique experience.
Noriko was a great guide for our family of 4 on our first day in Japan. She showed us how to get the subway, took us to all the places we wanted to go at a good pace; and a highlight was her showing us how to eat monjayjaki. Thanks so much!
We had already visited the major attractions so we asked our guide to take us to areas which she liked and thought we should see. We started with Tokyo station, there after Ginza area, then she showed us the blooming Ginko trees. We then went to Meiji Jingu and were lucky enough to spot a traditional shinto style wedding take Place. We were supposed to go to Yoyogi Park but as it was raining we skipped that part. Instead we ended our tour in Harajuko, Walking around and then had lunch at a traditional japanese restaurant. Our guide was very pleasant and serviceminded. We would have appreciated if she had told us more about Tokyo and japanes Life by her self, now we had to ask all the questions. It also seemed liked she was afraid to share her personal view, her answers were very political correct. But overall, we were very pleased with our tour.
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