Toshi's house is in the beautiful upper-middle class residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo. First, we will shop ingredients for lunch at a local super market. After a short break over green tea, let's roll sushi and taste them. Select one activity from the list below; calligraphy, Ikebana,etc. In the evening, you can dine at the local pub called Izakaya or casual restaurant for Shabushabu.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).
It is a good opprtunity to learn about Japanese life and culture. First of all you will be surprised how compact the Japanese house is and how we make the best of the space. I will explain our unique food culture at a supermarket. You will learn how to make Sushi (3 kinds). If you don't like seafood, don't worry, you can make a sushi with avocado, egg and ham. Visiting a local pub will be another exiting moment. If you book the date of the first day of the month, I will take you to the antique flea market. For animal lovers, I will offer "an awl cafe and a cat cafe" visit.
guide fee, matcha green tea and sweets.
transportation fee (you and guide)
1500 JPY per person in cash.
Some options require extra fee: Please pay cash during the tour
OP-D Kimono : 500JPY per Kimono for cleaning cost
OP-F :Flowers : 1,000JPY
OP-G: dinner at Izakaya: 2,000JPY or more per person and for the guide.
OP-H: Animal cafe entrance fee : around 1,500JPY per person and for the guide.
OP-I : Karaoke entrance fee: 1,000JPY or more per person and for the guide
A group of three or more is required to ask me possible dates before booking. Attendees should be over 15 years old and dog lovers = I have a naughty dog. Toshi's house is in the suburb of Tokyo, and takes 30-40 minutes by train from Shinjuku, Shibuya or Yokohama station.
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,300JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.
PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours) = 2,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 15 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 20
>>> Winter: December 22 to January 6
***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).
5-hour tour (short vision) is available.
No hotel drop-off.
Options G starts at 4:00 or later.
Cherry blossom viewing depends on weather condition.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Toshi provided consistently excellent, knowledge-based, personalized touring. She’s a warm, engaging person who immediately made us all feel comfortable. In the planning for our trip, she was very responsive and helpful when replying to our questions and helped tailor our time with her to match our interests and physical abilities. She has very broad knowledge about Tokyo and Japan, their geography and history, and more than satisfied all our questions. She’s a very engaging speaker, she made sure we were all involved. She followed up on all issues in a complete and timely manner. She made excellent recommendations for places of interest we wanted to visit on our own. We couldn’t be more pleased with her service and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a guide.
Thank you, Seymour. Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour! I aim to please! It was great to spend two days with all of you. We had fun in Harajuku while we had meaningful time to immerse ourselves in the arts and culture in Ueno & Yanaka. The Asakura mansion is stunning, isn’t it? Please come back to Tokyo in a different season to see the flowers, e.g., cherry blossoms in late March and lotus flowers in July. In addition, let’s explore Yokohama together!
The Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shinjuku and the Shibuya Crossing, with stops at a cat cafe, DAISO store, a fantastic tonkatsu lunch and shopping all along the way—that’s how my husband and I spent our amazing day with Toshi. She’s informative, fun and could not have been lovelier. I recommend Toshi to anyone reading this review, as I will back home in Los Angeles to my friends planning future visits to Japan.
Thank you for your kind words, Laura and Paul! Your glowing review is very humbling. I quite enjoyed my day with you, too! So happy we could find shirts and shoes that your sons had requested in Harajuku. Maisen, the restaurant we had lunch, is the one of the most popular tonkatsu (pork fillet cutlet) restaurants in Tokyo. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Hope to see you (and your friends, perhaps) again in the near future!
We enjoyed our day in Tokyo with Toshi. We are a family of five with kids ages 11,10 &10. Toshi kept everyone entertained. We used several modes of transportation to mo e about the city. We were telling friends all that we did with Toshi and they couldn’t believe we did it in one day. :)
Hi Jennifer! So happy to know your family enjoyed the tour. The Tokyo skyline is quite stunning from the elevated train, isn't it? The breeze on the water bus ride was a welcome reprieve from the heat. How did you like the rainbow-colored cotton candy in Harajuku? Have you all had a chance to show friends your Purikura photos? You all had fake eyelashes, enlarged eyes, extra rosy cheeks and lips (even your husband!). So cute! Please come back in the spring to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. It's a sight to behold! Hope to see you again!
Toshi is very knowlegable and personable. She customised our tour to our specific interests. We all had a great time.
Arigato(thank you), Anthony! The tour was a mixture of traditional (Meijijingu Shrine) and modern Japan. Harajuku is my most favorite place in Tokyo with so many interesting stores to check out. So glad we managed to hit all the spots your children wanted. Purikura photos from the cute photo booth are particularly good souvenirs. We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo! Please come back. Hope to see you again.
We had a great first day in Tokyo, and that's thanks to Toshi. She brought us to very interesting places and helped us navigate Tokyo and the Japanese heritage with her knoweldge, tips and written notes. Added bonus, she caught on camera special moments of us discovering the Japanese culture. Great guided tour and exploration of some of Tokyo's history. Highly recommended! Caro and Remi
Thank you, Carolina and Remi! It was a pleasure to meet you. We were very lucky we could take an Aizome (Japanese indigo dyeing) lesson at the Edo Tokyo Museum. The spot-dye cloths you made were quite impressive art works and good souvenirs. Don’t you think so? The restaurant we had lunch offers a wide variety of Japanese food so that anybody can enjoy tasty food and sake (you consumed sake named Dassai) Did you get a fun photo on the sumo wrestling ring in the restaurant? We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo. Please come back. Hope to see you again!