If you are a fan of "Japanese Arts and Antiques" and really want to go around shop for quality items or steals and find bargains, I can show you around the town and visit shops together and act as mediator and negotiator / interpreter on your behalf. I can serve as your knowledgeable personal concierge or shopping assistant and also as professional adviser for your intended purchases.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Ikki.
With my rich experience in exporting and curating Japanese arts and antiques over the years, I have an extensive knowledge of suppliers and shops ready to offer great items and collection of old things which you are interested in collecting or finding more about. I can help you visit many galleries, shops and flea markets and hunt for those holy grail items that you have been dying to buy and collect.
I specialize in Japanese swords, armors, samurai-related items, furnitures, Buddhist and Buddha Statues, interior folk / mingei items and many more. I can help you by giving advise regarding many things you are interested in buying and guide you as well as we sift thru stores and shops together.
Japanese Arts and Antiques together is considered a very niche market and a lot of top collectors really put their bets on them not only as form of top and stable investments but also as an inspiration of simple beauty and function combined at its best backed by the rich and unique Japanese culture.
With regards to this tour, I offer a total package of ( Consulting + Negotiating + Logistics ) which means you can concentrate and shopping and I can assist in handling your purchases and help you bring them home as well. Furthermore, I can help you with the logistics of sending out big items to back to your country if you happen to buy many items for your interior and design needs.
If you need a guy to depend on in this niche market and you are going on a treasure-hunt "Pickers" style adventure, then I am the only guy around who can do that for you.
I love Japanese arts, antiques and anything vintage for that matter and I consider being surrounded with them as my life and happiness.
Guide and Accompany fee only.
Public Transportation, Food during break time and other expenses are not included in the original set of fees. If I am going to pick you up at your hotel directly, that would be 3,000 yen.
Lunch is around 1500 per person. If we are going around using public transportation such as trains, probably we would spend about 1000-1500 yen within Tokyo.
Basically, I run my own schedule and time and you can freely consult with me regarding your plan/s or trip. We can discuss it and always have extra activities as options on hand as well. I can handle up to 10 people and can help arrange for your transportation, logistics and everything else needed to make your trip memorable.
Regarding location limitations, I can always accompany you everywhere you want around Japan as long as you shoulder the transportation, lodging and other expenses and cover for the time for me to meet you and return to my home. I don't set any restrictions as long you can include those costs in your budget. I am more than willing to accompany and guide you wherever you want.
The rates I have provided here are just for my basic services, costs such as lodging, hotel, food, and entrance fees and such shall be borne by the hiring party. I understand that there is a basic round-trip transportation fee charged to the client but if it is shouldered and the time is covered as part of the job, I can always be on the go anywhere within Japan.
My rates vary differently based on the various factors below for your understanding:
1) Number of people to be handled (Additional person/people means additional work and energy for me to handle)
2) Difficulty of the tour concept / contents (if it is just a tour or a tour including/needing my professional photography skills as well - please refer to my tour packages)
3) Day Time and Night Time - I can extend my tour hours to night time or late hours if you need more time and company, but I charge extension/overtime fees as outlined below per hour per group if the time overshoots past 6 pm exceeding from our basic Day Tour agreement. (Sometimes I need to take cab to my house/office in Saitama or even a hotel to stay for the night and this premium rate covers for those costs and expenses)
*** RATES are subject to change without prior notice. For a full quotation for your needs, please do consult and ask beforehand to avoid confusion.
*** PEAK SEASON RATES MAY APPLY during the SPRING SEASON (March-May) and I reserve the right to increase my rates depending on my availability and demand.
All surcharges are to be paid and settled at the end point / end time. So please make sure to bring enough cash in yen to cover for other expenses not covered by the original booking.
------------------ RATES CONCEPT and GROUPINGS Explanation ------------------
A. Basic Rate concept: about $50 (5,000 yen) per person per hour
(This is what you will see being displayed below here but essentially, each tour package that I offer here slightly differs in the rates depending on the contents and difficulty and coverage which I offer them).
Please use this is as a peg rate or reference just in case you wish to book me for customized tours. For simple tours, you can request or book me using this basic rate of about $50 per person per hour then. However, I offer savings and discounts if you book me thru any of my available tour packages which I am have here on my profile.
------------------ Group Concept applies to the current Tour packages I am offering ------------------
*Theoretically for more than 2 persons, I have built-in savings and discounts if you book me using my available tour packages instead.
B. Group concept: I categorize groups per 2 persons. (1-2 persons = 1 group, 3-4 persons = 2 groups, 5-6 persons = 3 groups, etc.) 1 group is up to 2 persons.
Daytime: about $50-$100 per hour per group
Nighttime: about $100 and up~ per hour per group
------------------ EXTENSION / OVERTIME NIGHT TIME RATES ------------------
A: PAST 6 PM til 12 AM MIDNIGHT - (time exceeding past 6 pm if continuing from Day Tours): about $150 per hour per group.
B: PAST MIDNIGHT RATE - (if you book any of my Day or Night Tours and extended til past midnight): $200 per hour per group.
------------------ STARTING POINTS TO ENDING POINTS and OVERTIME COMPUTATIONS ------------------
Time starts the moment I meet you at our agreed meeting point (usually your hotel front lobby) and will end when I return you back to your original destination and pick-up point, unless agreed later in the tour where you want to finish as ending point.
We may finish the day tour officially at 6 pm for example, but you wanted me to take you home either by train or taxi and we reach your hotel and lobby at 7:15 pm.
Extension rates apply on a 30-MINUTES Basis.
Although actual time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Surcharge shall be computed as 1 hour and 30 minutes (1.5 units of OVERTIME A Rate of $150 per hour per group) and shall be $150 x 1.5 = $225 per group.
If you have questions or anything regarding my premium tour guiding services, please do not hesitate to consult with me, I would be happy to answer your inquiries, and/or outline and explain the costs to you if needed.
I look forward to showing the best of Tokyo / Japan to you as the best and premium tour guide there could possible be!
We have to discuss the dates so we can check on the schedules of the flea markets or other factors regarding whether the shop/s you are interested to visit is/are open.
Just in case, let me know what you specifically want to buy and look and I can give you a tailored plan and suggestions on which places and shops to visit and when.
There will times that you may want to buy large items impossible to carry back to your hotel, in that case, I can help you with directly shipping the item/s to your final destination or country. Please do not worry as I can always give sound advice regarding logistics and such.
Please bring enough cash as some stores or shops may not be able to accept credit cards or some types of credits cards. There might be some downtime for credit card terminals in rare instances so please kindly be prepared with other payment options as well. It is always great to be prepared with some amount of cash since most antique shops do not really accept credit cards on the spot. read more
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.
Our family of 6 did a night tour of Tokyo with Ikki a few weeks ago. He was very informative and a fun guide. He took us to all the spots we asked and then some. He gave our kids great advice on where they should come back and hang out in the club area of Tokyo, which they did a few nights later and had a great time. Ikki was really easy gong and knew his stuff so it made for a really great introduction to nightlife in Tokyo. He also gave us lots of tips on things to see on our last few days there and some new ideas we had not thought of. It was nice to see it through a locals eyes. We would definitely book to have Ikki guide us again when we come back and we highly recommend him for both young and older people. Thanks Ikki for a great and memorable tour.
Thanks for entrusting me your stay guys, I felt part of the family gang by the end of the sweet tours we had. I am so happy to have shared my insights, experiences and wisdom with you all. I appreciate your enthusiasm and thus, I was naturally being more expressive as you allowed me to enter your worlds and share that wonderful night full of organismic conversations about socio-cultural movements around the world and the dilemma that Australia is facing right now amidst multi-culturalism and being diverse. Needless to say, I felt lonely heading back home having that "emptiness" when just a while ago we were just all together. I felt connected. And when things just started to become more exciting we had to part ways so it was a sort of a melancholic then. But I am very sure that the plea... read more
Very good guide, helped us perfectly to get around in Tokyo.!
❤ This trip was truly a perfect example of being a premium tour consultant and specialist on call ❤ In a very very short notice of 1 night ( less than 12 hours ) before the actual trip, I am glad I was able to make the necessary adjustments and arrangements to have been able accomodate your big group. I am so honored to have been chosen by your strong more than 25 person Delegation made of high-profile professionals, professors, art enthusiasts and cultural lovers of Japan - among the rest of other guides here. I take pride in serving and making the impossible things to be possible while keeping the standards and exceeding expectations always. The Bonsai nursery trip was definitely a kill, matched with the elegant and beautiful tea ceremony experience shared by everyone and topped wi... read more
Ikki was fantastic. From beginning to end. I could not have imagined a better tour and experience. Ikki covered all of Tokyo in a day's time. Not only did he provide the history of each site, but he also gave us a taste of Tokyo's modern culture. Moreover, he was so nice with a great personality and he became a close friend when it was all said and done. Thank you for everything Ikki. We had an amazing time. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a personal tour.
Thanks for the wonder time as well. Just hang on a bit as I’m still trying to edit some nice pics and will collating them all as the highlights of your Japan vacay blast. Take care of the impending typhoon and all hope you enjoy every moment you spend here. I will be here if you need any assistance all the way !
We arranged a Guided Tour on behalf of our Client who gave us extremely short notice Even though our brief was daunting at first, Ikki jumped in with enthusiasm to make the best of the trip. He met with the Host of the Group to look at options and make to make suggestions. Ikki is well spoken and professional and being a photographer, he can also provide you with photos of the trip.
It was my pleasure making the impossible become possible. The task was daunting but I am happy i was able to make out the best possible scenario out of the given options and tight situation. Please enjoy the photos and I will be sending them all shortly for your viewing pleasure. Until the next time again!