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$ 40 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
★★Kamakura Hiking tour is now temporarily unavailable due to the damaged pathways caused by the typhoon hitting the area on September 8, 2019.

★★Japan's consumption tax is scheduled to be raised on and after October 1st, 2019, from 8% to 10%. Due to the raise, admissions and transportation fees might be changed slightly. Kindly understand the situation.

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. I will do all I can to keep you away from such risks, of course.

★ The pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Yokohama , Kanagawa , Nikko , Saitama

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(77) Reviews
Hourly rate 40 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 12 People )
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Hi Everyone! Welcome to Japan.
I’m Tomoko.
I am an English-speaking licensed tour guide, and a registered nurse as well.

“Fun Discovering Experience Walking like a Local!” – F-D-E-W-L!
That’s what I suggest.

My work history is as follows.
1) high school teacher - 12 years
2) nurse – 8 years
3) tourism related jobs such as tour conducting, guiding, and back supporting – 7 years

As a tour conductor, I’ve visited about 20 foreign countries (possibly yours?) as well as countless towns in Japan.
I’ve enjoyed these jobs while being a mother of two girls.
Through these experiences with lots of people from different backgrounds, I've found it a great pleasure to share the joy of learning and experiencing something new!

【Guiding Areas】
- Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Fuji, Yokohama, Nikko,

I’m a specialist in Tokyo and Kamakura as I have lived and enjoyed walking a lot in those cities for decades. To be honest, even after all my years here, I still enjoy exploring like a tourist as Tokyo is such an enormous city with great diversity and is constantly changing.
Kamakura is a historical small city with lots of hidden beautiful spots. Almost every time I go out, I feel I’m still making new discoveries. That’s why I cannot stop exploring.
I would take you to some neighboring cities like Hakone, Yokohama, and Nikko, which I’m familiar with and fond of.

- Nagoya, Nagano(Kamikochi), Hida (Takayama, Shirakawa-go), Kanazawa, Oita, Yamagata, Akita, etc. if transportation and accommodation covered.

My original family is from Nagoya, so I know their culture and even their language(dialect) well. Later in my life, I have lived in Oita, Kyushu(far south west of Tokyo) for nearly 10 years and traveled a lot in Kyushu. I’ve visited some other local areas deep in the north, too. So, I could share those experiences with you even while having tours in Tokyo.

【Personality and others】
- I love meeting people, listening and talking to them.
- I'm friendly and caring, I hope.
- I love nature. I enjoy hiking and skiing.
- I love seasonal flowers and good local food.
- You will see a lot about Japanese culture, nature, and lifestyle.

What has made you decide to come to Japan, by the way? Is it its scenic beauties, exotic culture, history, food, or what else? Is it your business that has brought (or will bring) you here? Let me have a clue and customize your tour. I will make the best tour suggestion for you.

Why don’t you contact me now? I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you! Arigato-gozaimasu!

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $36.80 $39.56 $3.68
4 Hours $147.20 $158.24 $14.72
8 Hours $294.40 $316.48 $29.44

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 13 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 maximum

Private Tours

One Day Customized Tour in Tokyo

(77) Reviews
by Tomoko
Recommended for those who want to make the best of your limited days in Tokyo! First, choose 1 or 2 places from the selection list in ‘Highlights,’ and le...
8h $ 316 up to 5 people

Historical Exploring in Ueno (half day)

(77) Reviews
by Tomoko
Concise Japanese history tour. Recommended especially for those who like to overview Japan’s history and art at the start and the end of your trip. Focusin...
3:30h $ 124

One Day Customized Tour in Kamakura

(77) Reviews
by Tomoko
One day fun tour in Kamakura, a popular, small, coastal city just one hour south of Tokyo. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers num...
8:30h $ 336 up to 5 people

Asakusa (half day)

(77) Reviews
by Tomoko
A half-day tour to Tokyo’s must-visit area, Asakuksa. Asakusa is not just the iconic Kaminarimon gate with the huge red lantern, but it's also full of int...
3:30h $ 124

Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

(77) Reviews
by Tomoko
This tour is recommended for those who love strolling and look for a less touristy travel experience. Yanaka is one of the few areas in Tokyo where you can...
3:30h $ 124

Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

(77) Reviews
by Tomoko
One day Kamakura Highlight tour from Tokyo area. You will enjoy Kamakura’s natural beauties as well as its historic sites. Kamakura is one hour south of To...
8:30h $ 336 up to 5 people

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 ( 77 )
Cindy Cindy United States ( Couple )
2 days ago

“ Friendly, Flexible and Fun ”

Tomoko is a lovely lady who knows the area well. My husband loved spending the day with her. Due to rain we had to make some changes in our plans but the alternative places were very interesting. She gave us a good feel for the culture and history of the people and sites. We traveled a lot on the subway which was fascinating, clean and efficient. Excellent experience.


Thank you very much for your great review, Cindy and Dave. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the whole day and the subway even though it rained intermittently. I was impressed by your energy and interest just after a long flight. You seem to have breathed in a lot of oxygen of Tokyo :) Someday, I would like to visit Colorado and enjoy the great nature 🏔 Thank you again!

Taylor Taylor United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ The best experience we could have asked for! ”

Tomoko went above and beyond! We learned so much. Teaching came so naturally to her and she answered all of our questions with bonus information. She has a great sense of humor and warm hospitality. She showed us the transit system, local customs and welcomed us like old friends visiting her hometown for the first time.


Thank you for your great review, Taylor. It was so much fun for me, too, to share wonderful time with an inquisitive couple like you! Lots of spontaneous questions and some requests from you on the way made our tour interactive, and I learned a lot through it. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you and laughing together again, Taylor and Joe 😊

Rebecca Rebecca United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Terrific Tomoko! ”

Tomoko was absolutely so professional and timely responding to my emails, and I appreciated all her suggestions. I knew my adult son and I would have a great tour- and we did! She met us promptly in the lobby of our hotel and we started our fantastic day at the Tsukiji Market. It was so fun because Tomoko knew everything about all the food, and seemed to be friends with so many vendors. She soon became our friend, too. She has so much knowledge and is a gifted story teller. We appreciated her energy, and she tried to keep us in the shade- it was quite hot. We loved the lotus flowers on the pond, and had fun exploring the Nezu Shrine and barely fitting through the little Tori Gates (my son is over 6ft tall). Then we had a traditional Japanese lunch at a beautiful restaurant. Tomoko did her ... read more


Thank you for your great review, Becky! I'm so surprised and happy as well that you remember all the moments we shared so clearly.:) As you told me know what you would have done before our tour such as the bike tour and baseball game, I planned and tried to show you something different, the venues you could reach only on foot and with some local human touch! I'm glad it seems to have worked :) Thank you also for your honest view for the lunch time. My best wishes to you and your family!

Barbara Barbara United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Cheerful & knowledgeable ”

Tomoko made our first 2 days in Tokyo so easy. She guided us through the subways to both old and new Tokyo. We enjoyed lovely shrines and temples, shopping areas, and cultural places. Tomoko was cheerful and knowledgeable as she shared this amazing city.


Thank you so much for the great review, Barbara! I’m happy to hear that I was of some help for the adventurous, jolly family like yours😊 I was amazed that Alison showed great interest in ‘Bakumatsu,’ the shifting period from Samurai era to modern Japan. I’m sure you will all enjoy your visit to Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Thank you again for the great time shared with you, Richard, and Alison.

Rachael Rachael United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Tomoko is THE guide to book! ”

This brief tour was arranged to be a short introduction to Tokyo, Japan with a small tour at a site near our hotel. Tomoko met us at the airport, helped us get our luggage shipped to our hotel in Kyoto, exchange our JR vouchers for passes and secure tickets for ALL of our JR rail trips on our 9-day trip in Japan, helped us get to our first hotel, etc. I simply cannot imagine doing this while jet lagged without Tomoko! She was precious upon meeting her and greeted us both with a huge hug, which was quite the surprise but so appreciated, and the positives just kept going from there! She was invaluable and worth every cent! We attempted to tour the underground area of the Tokyo Station where there is a maze of endless restaurants, shops, vendors, etc. She realized quickly that my hu... read more


Thank you so much for the great review with your experiences, Rachael! Yes, I was so excited to see you at Haneda airport after 7 months of message exchange in advance. It was as if I saw my old friend after a long absence. Thank you for sharing so many memorable moments together with you and Mike. I was so happy and relieved to see Mike had recovered when we met again and genuinely enjoyed Sumo, the car museum, and beer & sake 🍺 Great summer days! I miss you, too 😊