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Home visit, Sushi making & learning from locals in the suburbs.

(33) Reviews
7h $ 88 per person

Highlights

  • Home visit to see the true Japanese life and enjoy #1-#4 activities. Please select one from options. Some optional activities require extra hours and costs.
  • 1.Sushi making- nigiri, rolls and inari version : vegetarian sushi available
  • 2.Sampling two Sakes
  • 3.Casual tea ceremony - Matcha green tea and sweets
  • 4.Shopping at a local super market for sushi making and a 100 yen store
  • Select one activity from the list; (1-2hs)
  • Option A Cultural walking around the neighborhood.
  • Option B: Shodo-caligraphy
  • Option C: Kyudo-Japanese archery observing
  • Option D: YUKATA, casual Kimono - extra 500JPY
  • Option E: Antique flea market (available only on the first day of the month)
  • Option F: Ikebana flower arrengement - extra 1,000JPY
  • Option G: Izakaya visit, pick one restaurant from the list: extra 2,000JPY or more - Sushi pub, Yakitori house (grilled chiken), Horumon-yaki (beef BBQ for blue-collar-workers), Shabushabu (beef and vegetables hot pot)
  • Option H: Cat cafe or owl cafe - extra 1,500JPY or more for entrance fee
  • Option I: Karaoke - let's sing hit songs in English together! - extra 1,000JPY or more
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When?
People
88.00 USD

FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 27.28
Additional fee in case of only one participant .
$ 70.40
Early pick-up (before 9:30am).
$ 8.80

Overview

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.

What to Expect

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.

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Toshi(T-chan) Licensed Guide
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Highlights

  • Home visit to see the true Japanese life and enjoy #1-#4 activities. Please select one from options. Some optional activities require extra hours and costs.
  • 1.Sushi making- nigiri, rolls and inari version : vegetarian sushi available
  • 2.Sampling two Sakes
  • 3.Casual tea ceremony - Matcha green tea and sweets
  • 4.Shopping at a local super market for sushi making and a 100 yen store
  • Select one activity from the list; (1-2hs)
  • Option A Cultural walking around the neighborhood.
  • Option B: Shodo-caligraphy
  • Option C: Kyudo-Japanese archery observing
  • Option D: YUKATA, casual Kimono - extra 500JPY
  • Option E: Antique flea market (available only on the first day of the month)
  • Option F: Ikebana flower arrengement - extra 1,000JPY
  • Option G: Izakaya visit, pick one restaurant from the list: extra 2,000JPY or more - Sushi pub, Yakitori house (grilled chiken), Horumon-yaki (beef BBQ for blue-collar-workers), Shabushabu (beef and vegetables hot pot)
  • Option H: Cat cafe or owl cafe - extra 1,500JPY or more for entrance fee
  • Option I: Karaoke - let's sing hit songs in English together! - extra 1,000JPY or more

Important

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.

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo and Yokohama.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom booking.
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.

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 : October 1 to November 20

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) as it gives guests a better feel for the city. It's the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Yes! You heard that right. Public transportation IS the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Experience the clean and highly-efficient Tokyo public transportation system!

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.

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up in central Tokyo and Yokohama, macha green tea and sweets.
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide)
sushi ingredient; 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
Meeting Point
At your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama) OR Shin-yokohama station.
Ending Point
JR Yokohama line Naruse station or Tokyu Den-en-toshi line Nagatsuta station
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 33 )
Roine Roine Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
23 hours ago

“ Delightfully informative day in Tokyo with Toshi ”

Toshi is a delightful and knowledgeable guide. We could not have chosen a better guide for our Tokyo visit. It was amazing how she could pack so much into a one day visit! We asked to see a lot of places and we saw them and more. What an exciting city to visit. Toshi made us feel that we really need to come back for another visit and stay longer. We learned a lot about Japanese history, culture, customs, architecture, food, and Japanese life in general. She was extremely considerate,gracious and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for more. Arigato!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Roine. So glad you liked my architecture tour. The luxury brands' flagship buildings in Omotesando captured the brands' essence quite well, don't you think? Have you ever seen as many unique-shaped buildings in one place as in Odaiba? The Fuji TV building really stands out with its sphere-shaped observatory deck on the top floor. For another excellent example of Kenzo Tange's work, we should visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (in Shinjuku) next time. Hope to see you again or matane in Japanese!

nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ T-chan was just what we needed to see the sights of Tokyo ”

My husband and I booked a four-hour tour with T-chan. She worked with me in advance of our arrival to determine what sights we wanted to see and was super easy to work with. Her English is excellent and there were no issues with communication. She met us at our hotel and we walked to the subway station. This was planned out and I believe she will accommodate to individual requests. She showed us how to buy subway cards and how to recharge them, etc. It was so nice to just follow her and not worry about getting lost. She took special consideration to our needs and was really a perfect host. She answered all of my random questions and was very easy to talk to. We had a lot of fun and we recommend her to anyone looking to book a guide in the area. We will 100% book T-chan again for our next t... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you Nico-chan! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Wasn't it fun to sit back and relax in the self-driving train as we enjoyed a lovely view of Tokyo Bay? Was it just me or did the sushi actually taste better after seeing the sushi chef make it for us? The Macchi-Art latte in Ginza was a pleasant surprise! The personalized latte was made even more special with a loving couple's image on it (that's you!). Technology is amazing! I hope to see you back in Tokyo soon. There's always something new to see as the city is ever-changing. It would be fun to explore those new places with you next time. Take care!

Sandra Sandra United States ( Friends )
Very Good
4 weeks ago

“ Enjoyable day in Yokohama ”

Toshi met us at the cruise terminal for our 4 hour tour. We walked a lot along the area near the ship. She adjusted the itinerary per our request and took us to a traditional Japanese dance competition. We then set about 2 hours in Chinatown where we had lunch and walked the streets stopping at one temple. On our way back to the ship we walked through a pretty gardens. Her English is excellent.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you for the kind review, Sandi! It was indeed an enjoyable day! So what do you think of the Yosakoi dance? Wasn't it grand? Who would have thought traditional folk dance could mix well with rock’n roll? Can you remember the clothes of each of the dance teams? They wore their own distinctive modern Kimono. Next time, let’s explore Yokohama Sankeien garden together! It is like an antique architectural themed park. You would love it! Hope to see you again!

debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A perfect guide to show us Tokyo ”

T-Chan (Toshi) was so knowledgeable and professional ... Even before we arrived in Tokyo she answered our questions and helped us create an itinerary perfectly suited to our interests. Once we arrived, she was so accommodating - and her kind, generous personality made the trip even more fun. My highest recommendation !

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Debbie! It was lovely to meet all of you. We, girls, had a great time shopping at Asakusa. Two hours was not enough to see all the stores there. It was good to see your husband having fun "fighting" against the sword master at the Samurai Museum. On a different note, I hope your father's book (which you co-wrote) is well-received in Japan!

sherrie Sherrie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Had a fantastic trip in Tokyo with Toshi!! Great Guide! ”

Great guide. Knows subways and can find elevators/escalators when available since I have a bum knee. Very knowledgeable about sites and restaurants. She is on time and communicates. Cant go wrong.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Sherrie! I quite enjoyed our two-day tour, too. Thank you for bringing beautiful sunny weather with you! The view from Tokyo Skytree was made more breathtaking by the clear skies. It gave us a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji's perfect cone! I was happy to see your photographer husband taking photo after photo in Odaiba. The many unique buildings by the Tokyo bayside were a sight to see, weren't they? It's an even richer experience in the spring. Temple and shrine grounds are reanimated with cherry blossoms in full bloom! It would be another wonderful photo opportunity for you and your husband. Hope to see you again soon!

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