Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Kyoto, Japan: How to reward a concierge?

Jump to last reply

We don't leave for Japan until next month, but the concierge of our hotel in Kyoto (the Granvia) has already performed marvels for us. She (I think the name "Ayaka" is female--let me know if I'm wrong) has not only made dinner reservations for most nights of our two-week stay, including one extremely hard-to-get reservation, but she's gotten reservations for us to visit the Katsura Imperial Villa (she's sending a taxi to pick up the necessary papers) and tickets for the Kamagawa Odori in Gion. Some guidebooks say that in cases of special service, you should enclose money in a white envelope and slip it quietly to the concierge (but I'm not sure of an appropriate amount). My husband (who lived in Japan for a year or so decades ago) says I should buy a gift and present it beautifully wrapped. Great, but what gift? It needs to be American, but most red, white, and blue things are tacky. The Smithsonian (which is near us) has a nice scarf (Tiffany's View of Oyster Bay) and the Met in New York has a small (12 inch) umbrella with a stained glass butterfly design (also Tiffany-inspired). I think they're attractive, but the umbrella is a bit heavy for travel and not everyone wears scarves. And then there's the issue of wrapping--I can find nice paper, but I can't wrap to Japanese standards and if I could, it probably wouldn't survive a plane trip.

In short, I'd rather do cash, and a fairly decent amount (I was thinking ¥5,000 or so, more than either gift would cost; maybe that's still too low? After all, she'll be doing more for us during our stay.) But what do you think? And if you think I really should give a gift, does anyone have better ideas than mine?

People on this board know far more about Japanese culture than I do, so any advice would be appreciated.

Carolyn

18 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Plans for Nepal/Bhutan continued: how does this sound??
  2. 2 Trip Report Following Craig & Jeane's lead, I'm heading out. Thailand & Cambodia again.
  3. 3 Amphawa Floating Market
  4. 4 Currency in South Korea
  5. 5 British tourists murdered in Koh Tao
  6. 6 Hotel suggestions Haeundae beach area Busan
  7. 7 Krabi island tours
  8. 8 6 full days in Yagoon
  9. 9 Some advice on our latest Japan itinerary please?
  10. 10 A question concerning Sri Lanka's rainfall in Jan.
  11. 11 13 Hour layover in KL, never visited city before, ideas?
  12. 12 Myanmar evisa system now working well.
  13. 13 Malaysian honeymoon
  14. 14 itinerary sri lanka please help
  15. 15 Planning First Family Trip to Japan - Advice Needed!
  16. 16 Myanmar itinerary help
  17. 17 Trip Report RHKKMKs---Just to be copy cats
  18. 18 Thailand and Southeast Asia - Advice for Lone Female
  19. 19 Trip Report Japan & Korea - A little of this, a little of that
  20. 20 Craig and Jeane Depart for Australia and Bali
  21. 21 Looking for a good travel agent to plan Vietnam Laos and ?? Travel
  22. 22 Burma? Laos? Cambodia? Vietnam? - I need some help!
  23. 23 Internal flights in Thailand - buy ASAP or no big deal to wait?
  24. 24 Phuket/ Krabi Trip
  25. 25 Mao Lak and Kata/Karon/Surin or Krabi and Kata/Karon/Surin?
View next 25 » Back to the top