I grew up in Fukuoka and Tokyo. I went to Paris and studied French and have experience working for Tokyo offices of international companies in various industries. My spouse has a bicultural background (French and American), as do my two children (Japanese and American). When I was a little girl, I learned Japanese dance (Nihon buyou), tea ceremony (Sado), calligraphy (Shodo), and flower arrangement (Kado). My hobby now is to travel within Japan, to visit my daughter in San Francisco, and to revisit Paris.
I am looking forward to sharing my love of Japan and Japanese culture with you and helping you experience something special when you visit Japan.
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.
Kaoruko organized our visit to a sumo stable, where we were able to watch practice for about 2.5 hours. Kaoruko was very flexible with our schedule and understanding when I was confused about the address of our hotel. She was also very kind, and easy to talk to. Thank you Kaoruko for organizing this trip for us.
Thank you for your review, I practiced "Honanya!" to my former boss! Thank you! Kaoruko
I was able to get in touch with Kaoruko and arranged watching Sumo Practice in the morning. She met us at the Ryokan we were staying at and showed us through the stations to get the practice. Normally she would take us to the Sumo museum afterwards, but due to a tournament taking place during the same time, the museum wasn't available. She offered to take us to Old Tokyo, which we agreed to but didn't know what we were in for. While I appreciated going out to check out the location and see the sights, I wasn't briefed on how far it was away from central Tokyo, nor was I really prepared for a museum on a Japanese actor/movie series that I wasn't even aware of. I was told it was a beloved series in Japan, but it was lost on me because I've never heard of it before we walked in to it. All o... read more
I regretted guiding you there. I thought that you might like old Tokyo simply because that you stayed Ryokan. Actually I guided three groups there in the past and they all liked the place. So it has a good reputation. Thank you anyway for your comment and best regards to your mother. Kaoruko
Kaoruko was very professional and explained us the world of Summo. Very good English and lots of empathy made Kaoruko a very good and enjoyable guide.
Thank you very much for this nice review. I wished that I could communicate with you in Portuguese even in some words! Anyways, I hope you will have a wonderful trip in Japan! Best regards, Kaoruko
We learned a lot about the sumo wrestling sport, and about its history on the sumo early morning practice and sumo museum tour. Kaoruko was on time, and she was very informative. She was very nice and made our time together a pleasant experience.
Thank you for this nice review. I'm glad to know that you liked the tour. I enjoyed guiding you too. I hope that you will have a nice time and good experience while you travel in Japan! Thank you again and best regards, Kaoruko
Kaoruko was punctual & a wonderful guide. She speaks fluent English & French. She took us by train to the stables from our apartment in Shibuya. I was surprised how long this took. We did not arrive until around 9am to the stables. There was also NO museum experience as was promoted which was disappointing- However it was an incredible experience being permitted to enter the stable and the training room to see these very big, impressive men dressed only in a loin cloth and smeared with clay from the practice ring, their toes and fingers bandaged, stretching and sparring in turn with each other. We were very disappointed that the sesssion ended only 10 minutes after our arrival. Training had been cut unexpectedly short due to an event. Kaoruku was very apologetic and with her assistance we ... read more
Rosa-san Thank you for this nice review. I realy enjyed quiding you. You are very gentle and yourd children are all so beautiful! I realy felt sorry for the short practice but at least you had chance to see real tournament. I hope that you will have good time in Hakuba! Thank you and best regards, Kaoruko