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“Tokyo with Backstreet”

The Backstreet Guides
Ranked #1 of 2 Food & Drink in Shinagawa
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Owner description: Want to see the real Tokyo and Kyoto? Then hire one of our private tour guides or join one of our group tours. Friendly, personable and passionate local guides and custom designed itineraries from local experts who really care. Be a part of Tokyo or Kyoto, not just a tourist.
Shah Alam, Malaysia
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“Tokyo with Backstreet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Our decision in selecting Backstreet Guides was the best made in visiting Tokyo. Owen was very prompt in replying our emails and he tailor made our itinerary based on our interest. We had young boys with us and thus, had to mix the places to suit their energy as well. Owen even booked the Robot Restaurant for us. We really appreciate it!!

Miwa, was our guide for 3 days and she was very flexible and the timing to Hakone and Tsukiji Fish Market was superbly managed. The sushi restaurant near the fish market was a heaven...i became a fan of sushi. It was truly nice and delicious. She recommended chicken dumplings as well which was awesome. She was friendly to both my boys and patient with our slow pace touring with my elderly mom. She also sketched trains number and direction for us since we stayed at Ambassador Disney Hotel on our first day of tour. Her assistance was much appreciated. She also brought us to see the Honda robot show and the Nature Science Museum to see the dinosaurs exhibition on time. Thank you Miwa.

Rie,on the other hand was our guide to Kamakura. She was good in entertaining my eldest son who was chatty all the way and answered to all our questions pleasantly and patiently. She brought us to a good traditional restaurant at Kamakura which we enjoyed a lot and also to good souvenier shops. She even helped to negotiate the price. Thank you Rie.

Both Miwa and Rie made our trip in Tokyo an unforgetable moments!! A sweet memory indeed.

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TBSG_Team, Owner at The Backstreet Guides, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Hello Tokyo explorers! It is so nice to hear from you and thank you very much for commenting on your days spent with us here in Japan. I am so happy to hear you took away sweet memories of our city and of our 2 guides. I hope you all enjoyed the robot show, not easily forgotten! We hope that one day you might visit us again as there is always more to see here. Best wishes from all of us in Tokyo.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A good introduction to Tokyo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

We only had 2 days in Tokyo and did not want to waste time trying to find our way around so we decided to book 2 private tours with Backstreet guides (4 people in our group). The first was as day tour with Mikiko which was great as she whisked us around the city and sights with ease, the second tour was an evening with Rie who showed us Tokyo by night. Both tours were brilliant and we all really enjoyed ourselves. The planning, organisation, booking, payment, communications, itinerary suggestions and the execution were all 1st rate.

We would highly recommend Backstreet Guides to anybody who is visiting Tokyo.

Visited July 2014
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TBSG_Team, Owner at The Backstreet Guides, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Konnichiwa Tokyo explorers! A very large thank you to you for joining us here in Japan and for writing this review. I am so happy to hear that the team helped you to make the most of your short stay and give you a feel for what this city is about. I think you got it right by choosing to take a day and a night tour with us, the whole city takes on a different feel after the sun has gone down. You are welcome back here any time. Arigatou gozaimasu!
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“Best way to get acquianted with Toyko”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We did 2 tours, one of Tokyo and another in Kamakura. Both tours were excellent and Rei was very knowledgeable and took us everywhere. It was especially helpful since we learned how to use the subway and we visited many places which we would not known about if we ventured out on our own. We went back to many places after the Tokyo city tour by ourselves and since we had already been there, it was easier to travel to, and we could take our time. Rei was great, she was very patience, friendly, and answered all our questions. She helped us look for a specific toy my niece wanted, and we were able to find it. I would highly recommend Backstreet Guides, especially if you've never been to Tokyo before.

Visited July 2014
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TBSG_Team, Owner at The Backstreet Guides, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hello Tokyo visitors! Thank you so much for spending the time to review your experience with us and of course thank you for booking with The Backstreet Guides. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your 2 days with Rie, one in the city and one exploring Kamakura. I hope that you might visit Tokyo again one day and I really do hope that your niece enjoyed her Tokyo toy! Kindest regards from Japan.
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Richmond, California
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“Night out Tokyo awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

Had a great tour with our guide Rei she was so knowledgeable..if you get the opportunity to do The Night Out it is so worth it

Visited July 2014
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TBSG_Team, Owner at The Backstreet Guides, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Konbanwa, (that's good evening), Tokyo night explorer! Thanks so much for joining our "Awesome" night tour of Shibuya, Tokyo Tower and Shinjuku. So happy to hear you enjoyed your time with Rie. Hopefully we will see you back here some day! Thank you.
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Barnstable, Massachusetts
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“Best way to see a new city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

I highly recommend The Backstreet Guide tour, we had a fun filled day with the wonderful Mikiko. We maximized our brief stay with having a private tour. We never could have done or seen everything on our own, plus we would have missed some of our favorite sites and purchases. Like a sushi knife from the famous knife makers at the Fish Market with my husbands initials engraved. Also stumbling upon a brush shop for me and my daughter, I got a special goat hair powder makeup brush and she delighted in the beautiful paint brushes. Because it was private we could stop when we wanted and see only what interested us. We really felt like we did a lot and it wasn't as touristy as many other tours can be. Owen was wonderful to work with and setting up the tour was a breeze. If you want to truly be on vacation and not worry about the details of site seeing book with The Backstreet Guides!!!!!

Visited July 2014
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TBSG_Team, Owner at The Backstreet Guides, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Konnichiwa Tokyo travellers! A big thank you to you for this review and of course for choosing to use our services here. I am so happy to know that our guide Mikiko helped to maximise you time here and that with her help you all took away some souvenirs and memories from our city. It's great to know that you didn't find it touristy, that's exactly the feeling we want to achieve at The Backstreet Guides. Arigatou gozaimasu from all the team in Tokyo.
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