Today’s photo is from our greeter Mr. Nagashima.
He had a tour with Collette and her family from Australia. (April 15, 2018)
International visitors. TOKYO GREETERS held an 'Ohanami' party on April 1st at Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Visitors from Argentina, France, Germany, Georgia, Singapore and Switzerland joined the party. They enjoyed having lunch, playing games, and singing songs with GREETERS under the beautiful cherry trees. Everyone had a great time. We hope to see you there next year!
Ms. Raffaella Gustapane from Italy sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"We appreciated Sachiko’s kindness very much. We had the impression that she was like an old friend we had known for a long time already!" (February 11, 2018)
Lindsey from United States sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“. My greeter went above and beyond, even since before I arrived in Tokyo. She was prompt with her communication and very flexible and helpful with planning my trip. She came all the way to my hotel to meet me (1.5 hours traveling!) and helped me to navigate public transportation, even giving advice about routes I would need to take for the remainder of my time in the city. We visited several popular spots in Tokyo and she explained traditions, holidays, history, and food from Tokyo. She was so gracious and kind and made my first encounter with Tokyo one to remember! I highly recommend Tokyo Greeters for everyone!” (February 2, 2018)
Ms. Rosalia Moffa from Italy sent a message to TG office. She and her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“Miss Sue was really nice, and her preparation of the tour was excellent. I asked for visiting Yanaka and Ueno and she organized a nice tour to satisfy my requests. She also proposed us to visit some interesting spots, like the traditional house of a famous Japanese sculptor. We really enjoyed.” (January 12, 2018)
Ms. Natasha Louise Tovey from Australia sent a message to TG office. She and her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“Sanae was very welcoming and helped us know how to get around Tokyo and further helped us with our later travel around Japan. She was wonderful. Thank you.” (January 3, 2018)
Mr. Patrice LUSCAN from France sent a message to TG office. He and his group had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“Given the difficulty to interact with Japanese people as a tourist, we found great value in this exchange.” (December 29, 2017)
Today’s photo is from Greeter Mr. Yamada.
He had a tour with Mr. George Beckwith and family from United States. (February 25, 2018)
Mr. Alfonso Scirocco from Belgium sent a message to TG office. He and his family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“It was quick and efficient.” (February 10, 2018)
Mr. Reginald Elmer Pembleton from Canada sent a message to TG office. He and his family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“We really appreciated the gentleness and helpfulness.” (September 13, 2017)
Ms. Mary Magellan Coghlan from Australia sent a message to TG office. She and her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“It is a fantastic way to have an introduction to Japan. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and generous with her time! This was our first visit to Japan and having Sue, our guide has provided a positive start to our holiday! Would highly recommend.” (September 5, 2017)
Ms. Carolyn Kaye Bragg from United States sent a message to TG office. She and her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“Efficient and responsive to my inquiry. Akemi shared her knowledge about the various shrines of the park. She also shared stories of the neighborhood from her visits to her grandmother’s home.” (November 12, 2017)
Ms. Monica Eun-young Burford from Australia sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“It's so lovely being guided by a nice Japanese local and seeing various interesting places without fear of getting lost!” (July 31, 2017)
Mrs. Alison Seagar from New Zealand sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“Truly, it was a lovely experience to meet your Greeter, who was so helpful and cooperative. We had interesting and informative conversations. I enjoyed meeting my Greeter very much.” (June 29, 2017)
Ms. Noemi Rav from United States sent a message to TG office. Her group had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"I was very lucky to come across the Tokyo Greeter information and I cannot think of any better way to start a visit in Tokyo. We were also very lucky to spend these few hours with Akemi, who not only made it easy to understand some local’s customs, gave us our first introduction into Japanese culture but also was extremely resourceful when I had a few questions. This was the perfect way to start our holidays. As mentioned on TG's website, this definitely was interesting, fun and rewarding." (June 27, 2017)
Ms. Catherine Chia from Malaysia sent a message to TG office. Her group had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"We have concluded our tour of Japan and have returned to Kuching, Sarawak. Mr. Fumihiro Mochimaru has been excellent throughout and has been very patience and understanding by helping us beforehand through several emails in organizing our doubts with train tickets, pocket Wi-Fi and many more....He has carefully pace in adaptable to our needs and thus making the rest of our trip on our own much easier. We have enjoyed the trip and successfully covered all the places which we had planned except for Mt Fuji due to the rainy weather. We had a GREAT time in your beautiful city and we are very pleased to get his services and thank you once again for the arrangements and we shall highly recommend Mr. Fumihiro Mochimaru to all our friends and relatives." (June 24, 2017)
Mr. Raymond Hirst from United Kingdom sent a message to TG office. He had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“The service from booking to delivery was very well done. My guide’s charm, enthusiasm and knowledge made the tour extremely enjoyable. This was the third and final walking tour of my holiday, and by far the best.” (October 9, 2017)
Ms. Janelle Bray from Australia sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“I have used the Greeter program in other global cities and I am very impressed with Tokyo Greeters. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.” (October 11, 2017)
Ms. Rosaleen M Stewart from Australia sent a message to TG office. Her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Our greeter guided us (80 year old mother and four 50ish children) on our first morning in Tokyo. We would not have been able to navigate the train system without her. To head away from the crowds and to a quieter area was lovely. She was just delightful; we could not have asked for a kinder or more knowledgeable guide." (October 11, 2017)
Ms. Susana Aguilar Huerta from Mexico sent a message to TG office. Her group had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"We were in the middle of a typhoon, so we just walked a littler but an we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a dessert at Sisheido.
I would love to meet him again soon. He was very kind." (October 20, 2017)
Ms. Li He from Australia sent a message to TG office. Her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
“Wonderful! I especially enjoy her local views about things, which are different from what we heard from tourists but are exactly what we want to know.” (October 10, 2017)
The International Greeters Day event was held in Yanaka, an old town area of Tokyo. Yanaka is still largely residential with narrow lanes, small houses, and unique art galleries, shops and restaurants. It has a genuine historical feeling and is famous for its large concentration of temples which have been in the area for over 400 years.
About 20 participants gathered in an old historical home, and after a brief introduction and group photo, set out in 2-4 member teams to locate various landmarks and hidden gems of architecture and local interest. Each team was given a handout with 66 photos and a time limit of 90 minutes to find them.
Upon returning to the starting point, all the teams were eager to share their finds and talk about what they saw.
It was a truly fun and memorable event which was enjoyed by all.
Ms. Marija Potocic Matkovic from Croatia sent a message to TG office. Her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"TG volunteer service is great. Sayuri organized interesting and fun tour. Thank you for a nice and memorable day in Tokio.” (June 18, 2017)
Ms. SHARON KAAIHILI SING from United States sent a message to TG office. Her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
" The service is excellent. What matters the most is how TG was able to match us with a greeter who would best fit our profile. Our connection was immediate the first time we met Emiko!!! We look forward to seeing her again on our next trip in 2018! Each time we request Emiko, we make a donation. Mahalo!” (June 8, 2017)
Ms. Ulrike Delwlig from Germany sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Fumi is GREAT!!! He is a very knowledgeable, kind, informative, helpful, considerate - I run out of adjectives, but I think you can get my meaning - person. It was so good to meet with him on our first day in Japan, when we had a week of travelling "alone" before us. He explained a lot to us, which made our travelling easier and our understanding of Japan deeper than I would ever have imagined!” (May 7, 2017)
Ms. Karen Johnson from United States sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Tokyo Greeters provided a good overview of sights I wanted to see.” (May 31, 2017)
Mr. Robert Peter Holland from Australia sent a message to TG office. His group had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Terrific, well organized, well prepared, good source of info to help us understand Japan” (May 25, 2017)
Ms. SHARON KAAIHILI SING from United States sent a message to TG office. Her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"The service received by TG was so good! Making a new friend in Japan was the best part.” (April 1, 2017)
Mr. David Kazuo Tanaka from United States sent a message to TG office. His family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Fumi was able to provide knowledgeable information about Japan only someone who lives in Japan could provide. We really appreciated having that experience. Thanks you very much. Unfortunately, we did not get a selfie photo with Fumi.” (May 20, 2017)
Mr. John Hand from United Kingdom sent a message to TG office. He, his family and his friends had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"We had a lovely and useful time with Minori” (May 3, 2017)
Mr. Herman Pouwels from Australia sent a message to TG office. His family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Excellent meet and greet, on time and very knowledgeable about the Japanese culture, the transport system etc. " (April 22, 2017)
Kristina and Karsten from Switzerland visited a local town Zoshigaya and were honored to the 200,000 visitor of its tourist information office. The news was covered in a local paper. They really enjoyed the tour by Tokyo Greeters.
Ms. Marilyn Astle from Canada sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Akemi is an excellent ambassador for her city and her country. I have enjoyed Greeter walks in other countries and am very glad I was able to also do one in Tokyo. This is a wonderful service. Thank you." (April 7, 2017)
Mr. Lotfi Tellab from France sent a message to TG office. He had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Just want to sincerely thank you and thank the Tokyo Greeters program for the beautiful tour you offered me on Saturday 15th! It amazing to visit the meiji shrine, harajuku et shinjuku metropolitan government with you! I loved your energy and All those information and history facts you precious. It was a great moment. Arigato gozaimasu, Minori san and All Tokyo Greeters crew. " (April 15, 2017)
Ms. Diane Lorraine Neumann who is a greeter in Brisbane Australia sent a message to TG office. She and her family had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"Akemi was prompt and very friendly and knowledgable" (March 17, 2017)
Ms. Catherine Lang from Australia sent a message to TG office. She had a tour with a greeter in Tokyo.
"I really enjoyed our visit to the Shinto Shrine (Meiji?) Akemi explained the history as well as the significance of the various buildings. I also liked that she took me on the train to get there. It gave me enough confidence to venture out alone by myself the following day. Thank you for providing this excellent service to new tourists." (February 21, 2017)
Ms. Penelope Lennon from Australia sent a message and a photo. Her family had a tour with a member of Tokyo Greeters.
“We loved our tour with Hiroko. She took us the Sensoji Temple and helped our children to purchase their stamp books and get their first temple stamp! We walked and chatted and had a beautiful lunch at an Okonomiyaki restaurant. What an amazing service this is! So, perfect for our first day in Tokyo.” (December 15, 2016)
Mr.Matthias Claus and Ms.Daniela Plietsch sent a comment and a photo. They spent time in Tokyo with Ms.Chie Akai Sugimoto a greeter of TG.
"Chie was very kind and the perfect greeter!" (July 31, 2016)
Ms.Hannah Sardar from UK sent a message and a photo. She had a tour with Ms. Masumi Sugiura a greeter of TG.
"Suegy was outstanding. Being welcomed to a country that I have never visited made both me and my partner feel safe and allowed us to really get the best out of our 2 week trip to Japan. Suegy was knowledgeable, told us about the history, culture, faux pas of the country and generally gave us a great beginning to our trip." (May 2, 2016)
Tokyo Greeter held an event on September 10th to celebrate one-year anniversary and joined the world-wide activities of the Global Greeter Network in celebrating International Greeter Day. 26 people participated the event including 2 visitors. After 5 greeters presented their volunteer activities in this last one year, the participants were divided into 4 teams and enjoyed a game. They had searched for specific locations in Harajuku, Omotesando and Meiji-jingu area by using photos provided as a clue, and get points according to the difficulty of finding each. (September 10,2016)
TG received feedback from Mr. Bruce Edwards. They had a tour with Ms. Haruko Yano a greeter of TG.
"Haruko was very informative and very friendly
in her manner. We loved the greet and are very keen to come back to Tokyo and Japan to see more of your wonderful country.
Haruko is a lovely person and we continue to correspond with her." (August 28, 2016)
Sue and Bruce wandered around the ramshackle street of Nonbe Yokocho ( Drunkard's Alley), a district full of tine bars in Shibuya and visited Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. They had a great time with Haruko. (August 28, 2016)
Shawna and her daughter made an excursion to Todoroki Valley with Kentaro. They walked along green towpath, a perfect spot to feel refreshing in the hot summer day, (June 19. 2016)
TG received a happy message from Delphine Boissier san
with a photo;
"We adored our journey in Tokyo, this city is fantastic! But the most unforgettable are the welcome, the kindness and the discretion of the Japanese! Thanks to Noriko, our journey was unique!
very effective! Tokyo greeter found the greeter ideal! With perfect French! Thank you again!"
Laura and her friend explored the old town Yanaka and learned Japanese custom from Masumi.(March 26.2016)
Haruko took Harmeet and his family to the bar quarter Goldengai and the Hanazono shrine of Shinjuku in the evening. They had a fun with the neon glitz.(April 17. 2016)
Saori took Andrew on an excursion to Ueno Park. A photo of them taken in front of the bronze statue of Saigo Takamori, a great leader and tragic hero, who helped modernize Japan and his life is inspiration of the Tom Cruise movie " The Last Samurai." (April 16.2016)
Andrew and his friend explored the old district Hongo. The photos taken in the red gate of the Tokyo University and the Nezu Shrine.(April 10.2016)
Koji showed Jose and David around Asakusa, They struck up a friendship instantly and had a fun at the town,(March 27.2016)
Delphine and her husband explored Yanaka and Ueno areas with our greeter Noriko. The photos taken in Ueno Park, now ready for "Hanami", cherry blossoms viewing and parties.(March 24.2016)
Karin and her partner were excited with Kitchenware Town Kappabashi. They had a great time with Haruko. Lovely photos with happy smiles in front of a plastic food sample shop and a small garden in Asakusa.(March.27.2016)
Julia and Sam spent a great time with Koji, rambling through narrow streets, discovering temples,
shrines and local shops in a small town, Yanaka. Photos taken in front of an old wooded house, now renovated as Japanese style pub. (March 13, 2016)
Yann and Sebastien enjoyed an excursion to Shibuya and Harajuku areas. Photos taken at Hachiko Statue, the most popular meeting point of Tokyo and in Takeshita Street in Harajuku. (Febrary 8, 2016)
Sophia and Rens had a great time with Greeter Noriko. A photo taken at the National Art Center, a very modern architecture. They also enjoyed shopping in a local town. (January 15, 2016)
Greeter Chizuru showed Jeanne-marie and François around the Harajuku area. Photos taken in the gate of Meiji Shrine full of visitors for a happy new year prayer. (January 5, 2016)
Greeter Chie took Rachel and Darryl to Asakusa. A lovely photo with big smiles at the landmark Kaminari-mon gate of it. (December 23, 2015)