“The benefit of a private guide is that he can tailor the experience to exactly what you want to see and take you to all the authentic, local spots you won’t find on tripadvisor. Ken from http://foodtourstokyo.com/wp2016/ was able to show us real Tokyo, and even coordinated our visit to the Tsukiji fish market at 4 am to ensure we wouldn’t get lost before the market opened or the train started running. Plus, he lived in Boston so he is fluent in American English- surprisingly rare in Tokyo. At my request to see weird places, we went to a Maid Café (you haven’t lived until a little Asian girl calls you master) and an Alcatraz/ER themed bar that felt like we were in a haunted house.”

Lauren Monitz, travel writer at iexplore.com