y wife and I took our first trip to Japan. We are both post-Medicare age. Prior to our trip we purchased a Lonely Planet Japan Guide Book and studied our proposed itinerary. We were overwhelmed, there is so much to see and do, and we do not speak Japanese. We started in Nagasaki, a small city which we were able to tour successfully on our own. We then took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, a larger city 1.5 million people and we had a Tea Ceremony and an afternoon bus tour as well as bus trip to Nara Then came the daunting prospect of Tokyo 13.5 million people, 13 separate subway lines, lack of knowledge of the Japanese language and pages of recommended sites to visit in the Lonely Planet Guide all arranged by section of the city of Tokyo. Fortunately I had a friend who had recently visited Japan. "You have to get a guide" he said. I searched the internet and stumbled upon Mr Masahisa Takaki. He assured us we would be "welcomed in my country", and we were ! He is a man who worked all his life in business, then became a government certified guide post-retirement. We were told that retired men are called "wet leaves" in Japan, because they are not easy for wives sweep away as dry leaves are. They insert themselves into their wives lives. Mr Takaki has avoided becoming a wet leaf and he has created a new career for himself and he was very useful to us. A lifelong Tokyo resident he knew the most interesting places and how to get to them. He met us at our hotel, took us through the labyrinthine subway system to the Tsukiji Fish Market, then to a beautiful Hama Rikyu garden with every tree and blade of grass perfectly manicured. A lovely Tea House situated on a little pond. We went back on the subway, changed subway lines twice and arrived at the Emperor Meji Shinto shrine, then Takashita Dori a street lined with shops for the young people and bustling with costumed teens. It was fun to see and walk through. He took us to a Japanese Ramen Restaurant for lunch that we never would have found by ourselves- delicious ! Then to an upscale toy shop for our grandchildren and an Artisans Collaborative, a street filled with shops having kitchen utensils and Quilt Shop (we requested because my wife is a quilter). The following day we were able to navigate the subway system on our own after his tutorial and go back to the toy store and Artisan collaborative for shopping and to the Tea House for afternoon tea. He was unable to meet us the following day so he arranged for Mr Kenshiro Tamura, also post retirement in a new career, to meet us at our hotel. Mr Tamura was equally competent and friendly and took us to the East Garden of the Emperor's Palace and all through the huge gardens and moats. He took us to the Sumo area and we had lunch at a Japanese Restaurant which we would never have found on our own. There was a Sumo Ring in the restaurant and I had my photo taken after a delicious lunch. We ended at the Edo Tokyo Museum, which we enjoyed immensely So you see all the things we did without having to worry, or figure out how to get to, or even think of which places we should visit. Tokyo is a beautiful city,but huge in size and we had only a few days to visit. We would highly recommend this guide service to tourists visiting Tokyo.