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 was amazing in guiding us through the streets of Japan to the Sumo stable for training. The training itself was incredible and gives you a huge appreciation for the athletes these men are. Kaoruko was in touch with us to confirm details within no time. She was even kind enough to advise that the training might not be as long as normal on the days suggested and checked if this was still fine. The training was still very long and more than what we hoped for. Even with our satisfaction being more than met, we were provided an extra bonus present from Kaoruko, via the stable, as a gift for the shortened session. Such a gesture which was a cherry on top of an amazing experience. A must do!!!
Thank you for this nice review! I am very happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. Did you go to the organic vegan restaurant in Asakusa? I hope you have a nice time and more new experiences in Japan!
We visited a sumo stable with Kaoruko. She was very sweet. However, there was a bit of a language barrier and therefore we were unable to get as much understanding and history of the sumo. It is challenging to gain admittance to a sumo stable and for that we really appreciate Kaoruko and the time she spent with us. However, we would have liked to be able to learn a little bit more.
Thank you for booking my tour in spite of issues with the booking system. I will take your review into account for my future Sumo guiding.
We had a wonderful morning with Kaoruko. She took us to a famous sumo stable and we got to see the wrestlers up close. She’s very knowledgeable and kind. Loved our experience, thank you Kaoruko!
Thank you for this nice review! You were the first person who asked me to write westrers' names and stable's name in English and you even told me that you will follow them in the tournament from the States! I was realy impressed and enjyoed the tour with you! Kaoruko
Kaoruko is the BEST guide we've ever had! She is very warm and friendly, super informative throughout the whole tour. She made sure that everyone is together at all times as Japan can be quite hectic at times and her hospitality is top-notch! Very passionate and genuine as well as being aware with our needs. Definitely would recommend her to anyone who is interested, you'll surely enjoy the tour experience! Hoping to meet Kaoruko again sometime in the future.
Dear Mrs. Chai and family, Thank you for such a nice review! I really enjoyed guiding you all ! Did you all try to take photo stickers? Best regards, Kaoruko
Kaoruko was friendly and knowledgeable - and the Sumo tour we booked was awesome - really insightful and interesting! Thanks :)
Matt-san, Thank you very much for your nice review about my tour. I hope that you will have chance to see real tournament if you come back to Japan! Kaoruko