Tokyo: Private Transfer to/from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 30 minutes
per group up to 3
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This is a special insight into the activities that happen only behind closed doors in an Ochaya with customers who pay millions of yen to be entertained by Geishas. We met Nami-san and her English speaking assistant in their studio in Omori area. They proceeded to show us the special dances and games they would use in entertaining guests. Everything - including booklets and the dances - were explained in English for foreigners. If you’re curious about the Geisha art & culture they embody, this visit is a must. This is a dying trade and no more than 1000 Geishas exist in all Japan. The studio is small and so book early. Wear socks as the studio has tatami flooring but perfectly air conditioned for the summer months. Allow yourself a little more time to find the Ochaya. Google map worked perfectly for us.
We were originally assigned a Guide, who became unavailable on very short notice, but "Get-Your-Guide promptly matched us with a different American-Born Guide, Jordyn, who was most competent, knowledgeable, articulate, & enthusiastic, Jordyn created from "from scratch," an itinerary that closely followed our wishes. We were unfamiliar with Tokyo, surprised at the city's enormity spread over such a large area. Although our desires were overly ambitious, Jordyn rose to the occasion with an exemplary tour of a city she so clearly loves. It was a bonus to have a guide that communicated well, listened well, & was so motivated to please us. Thank-you, Jordyn, for an outstanding, action-packed tour of a most wonderful city!
We had to book a transfer because we were arriving at 2am and there were no trains or buses available. It is much more expensive, but there were no other options. However, everything went very smoothly. Our driver was there waiting for us with our names on a sign, he spoke English, he was friendly, the car was modern and clean, and he drove us to the door of our accommodation (which was excellent at that time of morning!)
Giovanni is an excellent guide who provided us with helpful insight into Tokyo. In additon to showing us the highlights of numerous neighboroods on our tour, he also gave us excellebt suggestions for the remainder of our stay. Also, the hands on tutorial of the subway system is invaluable for a first time Tomyo tourist.
Our guide was very knowledgeable , an Italian guy who has lived in Tokyo for several years, we had a day and he maximised our time. Super flex and always asked what next to make sure our family was enjoying the experience