Do I Need a Private Tour Guide in Japan?

by Amy - TripleLights travel specialist

Sure you could just book some cliche bus tour to get you from place to place - they're convenient and get you to the destination but are they really the best way to see the country? No. With a private tour guide you will be shown Japan through the eyes of a local. Japan is one of the most special and wonderful countries in the world. Don't waste your trip, let one of our certified guides help you have the experience of a life time while gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. 

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Below is a list of benefits of hiring a private tour guide in Japan:

Get a Local Perspective

Do I Need a Private Tour Guide in Japan?

At Triplelights we only hire professional guides who are local to and/or native to the cities they guide in. They can provide insight in to the area, offer great restaurant suggestions, and offer their personal suggestions on how to get the most out of your trip. If you want to stop to take a break at a trendy cafe or enjoy some matcha soft serve, our guides will be happy go at your desired pace. Traveling with a local allows you to experience Japan as authentically as possible and appreciate and understand the culture in a deeper way.

Tours are Completely Private

Our tours are totally private so you can set the pace and destination. Not only that but our tours are usually pay per tour not pay per person so our tours work out cheaper! Private tours allow you to have a more intimate experiences where you can interact one-on-one with your tour guide as they give you a detailed history of each location. 

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Tours are Customisable

Do I Need a Private Tour Guide in Japan?

We can arrange for you to visit areas specific to your interests, all you have to do is contact one of our lovely guides and they will work with your requests. Do you love art? We may suggest a visit to Naoshima, the art island, or perhaps Matsumoto's Ukiyo-e Museum. We can create your itinerary based around your preferences. Want to visit the Great Buddha, enjoy a garden tour, hunt for the best ramen, or hike a National Park in Hokkaido? Let us know your passion and we can build you a truly unique and memorable trip!

To request a customisable tour please fill out a form here.

 

Here's a time-saver

If you directly message one of the friendly guides in Tokyo, they will help you make a customized itinerary and give you a quotation for a personalized tour tailored to your needs!
Trust me: It’s a good idea to have a guide take care of you in Japan! 

 

Best Day trips in Japan

Do I Need a Private Tour Guide in Japan?

We offer the best day trips that will take you to all of the top spots in Japan. Best of all you see what you want to see! Our guides are at your disposal, ready to take you to view the sites you deem must-sees, while they're happy to provide suggestions based on your interests if you are unsure. Maybe escaping the neon lights of Tokyo to visit the sacred Mt Takao is more your style, with its range of hiking trails and mountain-top temple complex virtually untouched by foreign visitors. We have everything - all you have to do is ask.

  Request your custom tour now! 

Need help planning your trip to Japan ?

If you are interested to know more and save your time during your trip to Japan, You can send a message to our local guides to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Japan


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“ Time well spent ”

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Chizuru is an amazing and energetic guide - very familiar with the area, she made sure that I got the most out of both Naoshima and Kurashiki. She's thoughtful and sets the pace according to what suits you, which is perfect. She's well informed and gave me all sorts of interesting nuggets of information which I really appreciated. Would highly recommend you choose to spend your time with her :) T...
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“ Visiting Temples was easier with Guide ”

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I learned a lot about the history and culture of Kamakura. Mark explained all about the different shrines and the meanings. It made the experience of visiting the temples so much easier.
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2 weeks ago Traveler: TOMOKO -   Tour Guide: Chansip

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3 weeks ago Traveler: Pobparat -   Tour Guide: Hideo

He is so friendly and very knowledgeable about local history and japanese mythology. His itinerary was well preplanned. I would not have been able to explore all the places we did on my own. Thanks Hideo san!
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“ Excellent Tour! ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Windy -   Tour Guide: Matt

Sorry for my late review. We had a great day taking an online tour with Matt to stroll in the bush in Sydney. I was surprised by the quality of the tour and the view at the cliff was just spectacular! The only thing is that we had 3 young kids in the tour, I wish he could explain things in a more plain language.
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“ Amazing day full of a variety of sights ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Nancy -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

My tour with Fujiko-san was fantastic! She is a great guide - friendly, knowledgeable and always making sure her customers are enjoying their tour. She was very flexible when setting the itinerary, taking into account all of the places I wanted to see and my interests, resulting in a large variety of sights throughout the island. She knows a lot about Sado Island and it was so interesting to hear ...
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“ Eiichi was a pleasure. ”

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2 months ago Traveler: Scott -   Tour Guide: Eiichi

Eiichi was very friendly and came well prepared for everything I had communicated to him that I wanted to see and do. His English is excellent and I never felt embarrassed to ask him to repeat or to repeat my questions. I HIGHLY recommend Eiichi to anyone, especially those English speakers, that want a private guide and are interested in Japanese culture.
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2 months ago Traveler: Prasanna -   Tour Guide: Kazuharu

We were looking for an in-depth understanding of Zojo-ji, and it is not one of the popular spots in Tokyo. Kazuharu prepared and came with lots of notes and tried his best to answer all our questions. He was patient and enthusiastic.
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3 months ago Traveler: Ambika -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard took us on a 3 hour virtual tour as we “walked with him” through places or worship, spiritual sites, the historical district and more. He was engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fun. His ability to enable us to experience Kyoto like we were there was wonderful. The cultural insights fabulous. He surpassed our expectations of a virtual tour by a huge margin.
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