Is it better to have a tour guide in Japan?

by Amy - TripleLights travel specialist

Japan is become increasingly foreigner friendly as the years go by but there is still a lack of English skills that can make getting around a little more difficult. So it is worth using a local tour guide who can help you have the best experience in Japan. Not only can a local guide help you with language but they can introduce you to local spots only Japanese people know and give you the detailed history of Japan's historic locations. 

Get a local's perspective on their beloved city and find out why your private guide is so passionate about living in Japan. With our professional and certified tour guides, you will be able to find a tour that suits your travel needs. 

Just check out these reasons below as to why you should book a tour with  Triplelights

  • Video presentation from the guides. Easily select the guide you like the most by watching their exclusive profile videos!
  • It's more affordable than it seems. Our pricing is often per tour (not per person), so if your group is 2 or more, you'll probably pay less than if you took a bus tour.
  • Every tour is customizable. Every tour can be customized to your time, needs and preferences! Simply confirm your booking and contact the guide to make the changes. There is no risk and you have free cancellation with a 100% refund guarantee!
  • Go at your own pac. Take your time for pictures or slow down to see as much as you want. With your private guide, your tour is flexible.
  • Enjoy Japan with a local guide. With intimate access to places off the beaten paths, you can have a more in-depth experience not seen on bus tours.
  • All tours are private. Enjoy a deeper learning experience as your guide will be 100% focused on you and the people traveling with you.
  • Questions? Talk to a REAL person. We have a superior customer support team who are ready to help you with any questions you may have!

Recommended tours

One Day Trip to Kamakura

Is it better to have a tour guide in Japan?Explore this historic city next to Tokyo with an experienced local. 

Kamakura is a very popular tourist destination and has a lot of temples, shrines and historical places. Sometimes the city is called the Kyoto of eastern Japan. 

Highlights

  • Hokoku-ji temple
  • Hase-dera temple
  • Kotoku-in temple (The Great Buddha)

Best Spots of Tokyo

Is it better to have a tour guide in Japan?

Let out friendly tour guide Riko show you the best that Tokyo has to offer. 

Highlights

  • Tsukiji Fish Market: Intriguing the Outer market (Excluding Tuna auction)
  • Tokyo Tower: Breathtaking city view of Tokyo [or Tokyo City View, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory, Tokyo Sky Tree]
  • Asakusa: Historic Sensoji Temple, Hustle-bustle Nakamise Street
  • Meiji-Jingu Shrine: Serene Shinto Shrine
  • Harajuku: Mecca of teenage-fashionistas, Takeshita Street
  • Shibuya: Scramble crossing, Hachi-ko Statue, Depachika (amazing food hall of a department store)

Customizable Tokyo Tour

Is it better to have a tour guide in Japan?Want to travel around Tokyo but don't want to get lost and don't want to miss out? Then this is the tour for you. This is a customizable private tour just for you. 

Highlights

  • Meiji Shrine and Harajuku
  • Asakusa and Sensoji-temple
  • Shinjuku

Kyoto's Most Popular Spots

Is it better to have a tour guide in Japan?This is a private tour of Kyoto's most popular sightseeing spots. It is also the most popular tour in Kyoto. 

Highlights

  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Ryo-anji Temple
  • Nijyo-jo castle
  • Sanjyu-sangendo temple
  • Nishiki Market

Osaka Minami Gastronomic Tour

Is it better to have a tour guide in Japan?This tour is great for those who want to save their time in Osaka. See all the best sights in Osaka with this private, locally guided tour of Osaka.

Highlights

  • Namba Yasaka Shrine
  • Doguyasuji
  • Kuromon Market
  • Dotombori River Walking
  • Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
  • Shinsekai (Tsutenkaku Tower)

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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8 hours ago Traveler: Daniel -   Tour Guide: HIROYUKI

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Koya-san with Hiroyuki-san. He is a fine and learned gentleman. He was happy to share his wisdom on esoteric Buddhism, it's concept of 'universe,' and the history of Koya-san, which added context and enhanced the experience. He was also happy to listen about the culture and practices of my country, making the experience mutually enriching. Koya-san is a mystical pla...
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Very happy with this tour for my second day in Osaka. Mari was very knowledgeable and kind. Got to see many of the sites on my to do list and we even stopped for some food and relaxed with some coffee. Mari and this tour is Highly Recommended!
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18 hours ago Traveler: Aqeel -   Tour Guide: Yusuke

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“ The highlight of our trip to Japan. ”

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Masato was amazing! He was so full of energy and interesting information. We felt fully immersed in everything Tokyo offered. We will definitely recommend him to friends travelling to Tokyo.
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“ Well balanced itinerary- tour of Tokyo ”

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22 hours ago Traveler: Stuart -   Tour Guide: MAYUMI

Mayumi was friendly, knowledgeable and well organised. We had an excellent time and enjoyed the day. Mayumi’s knowledge of history, culture and the places we visited was great. She was also patient and genuine. Thank you for a lovely day!
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“ Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple ”

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We had an excellent day with Yuki. He was very well organised and prepared a very nice full day itinerary for our family. He organised Passmo travel passes for us all and navigated us around the Tokyo metro and rail network with ease. We visited Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace Gardens and Senso-Ji temple. As a special treat for our girls (8 and 10 yo) he took us to a Owl cafe where we could have a h...
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“ Fantastic tour! ”

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We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she point...
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“ great guided tour ”

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many thanks Shogo for your fatastic guided tour in Osaka. We thoroughly enjoyed your company.
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