Hi! I’m Tomoko.
I’m an English speaking certified tour guide, and a registered nurse as well. I'm a friendly, caring person, and I’ll do my best to make your experience enjoyable and memorable.
I’m a specialist in Tokyo and Kamakura as I was brought up, went to schools, and have walked a lot myself in Kamakura and Tokyo. I would take you to some neighboring cities like Nikko, Hakone, and Yokohama, too.
My work history is as follows.
*high school teacher - 12 years
*nurse – 8 years
*tourism related jobs such as tour conductor, guide, and back support – 6 years
I’ve enjoyed these jobs while being a mother of two girls. Through those experiences with lots of people from different backgrounds, I've found it’s a great pleasure to help people learn and experience something new. That’s why I decided to be a tour guide!
I love meeting people, listening and talking to them. I love nature, hiking, and skiing. I also enjoy strolling around towns and gardens while appreciating seasonal flowers and local food. So, I would like to take you to some of my recommended places and share the joy and views. I’m sure you will find out a lot about Japanese culture, nature, and lifestyle. You’ll never get bored!
What has made you decide to come to Japan, by the way? Is it its scenic beauties, exotic culture, history, food, or what else? Let me have a clue and customize your tour. I will make the best tour suggestion for you, taking the season, your tastes and interests into consideration.
Why don't you contact me now? I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
Thank you! Arigatou-gozaimasu!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 maximum
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.
My brother and I could not be more grateful for your kind services during our (first-ever) visit to experience the magnificent country of Japan. We found your pride in your country's tradition and culture to be exceptional. The sights, tastes, scents and stories of Japan you shared were privileges we never anticipated. We know you are far more than a polite, intuitive, world-travelled lady. We found ourselves walking with both a personal interpreter and a well-organised and unique ambassador. We experienced the spontaneous shortcuts and alleys, forests, special shrines, leafy temples, markets and the local shops where you ran and grew up. Thank-you for sharing everything, we would've been lost without you and your remarkable suggestions. We now feel confident to challenge ourselves with more exciting experiences when we return. Tomoko-san is a Kamakura area specialist; responsible, engaging, patient, and also a flexible facilitator between visitors and local people, both in the bustle of Tokyo and the wider prefectures. Highly recommended!
Tomoko was an excellent guide for my family of four during our first day in Tokyo. She was well prepared and on time, and she brought us a useful map and some other materials. She also made some interesting suggestions for our tour that we enjoyed very much, such as visiting the Asakura Museum of Sculpture. Her English is very good and she was very good at relating to my kids (ages 14 and 12). I highly recommend Tomoko as a guide.
This was the first trip to Tokyo for me and my family. We wanted to do a tour that would highlight some of the history/culture of Japan and Tomoko planned the itinerary and delivered. We were able to learn some of the historical/cultural context and visit places such as the Meiji Temple and Sensoji Temple with Tomoko. She also included places such as Harajuku (place where a lot of teenagers go to shop and entertain themselves) to engage and entertain my teenage daughters and an opportunity for them to try on Kimonos. She also guided us to a local restaurant for lunch to try monjayaki which was a great experience. She was also very engaging with the entire family which made the tour very enjoyable as well as provided tips on traveling around Tokyo via the subway system and other places that we were planning to visit on our own such as Tsukiji Fish Market. I would recommend to book a tour with Tomoko for anyone looking to visit Japan.
Tomoko is amazing, wonderful, terrific!...I could go on and on :) In addition to being my first time in Japan, it is also my first time as a solo-female traveler. I am so, SO glad I chose to book two 4h day tours with Tomoko. I spent the first two full days of my trip in Tokyo, Japan with Tomoko. She did an amazing job in helping me achieve my main goals which were to: 1) Orient myself in Tokyo and 2) Learn how to orient myself in the other places I will visit Tomoko is excellent in presenting Japanese history, language lessons, and understanding what her guests would like. I highly recommend Tomoko to everyone. Here are some of the many highlights that I experienced with Tomoko during my two day tours: - Knowing where to obtain general information for a city - Understanding how to use the transit system - I purchased a Suica card since I can also use it in Kyoto and Osaka. It is a very useful transit pass. - Learning about past and present Japanese culture - Useful Japanese phrases (“survival” Japanese) Tomoko is very warm and welcoming. Initially, I was feeling a bit homesick before I spent time with Tomoko. It was great to have two days with her because she helped me overcome my “homesickness”. I am so thankful that I selected her to be my private tour guide. I hope that whoever reads my review will also choose Tomoko. If you do, you are in for a real treat!
I enjoyed my to tours with Tomoko, she was knowledgable, had good english, and very accommodating for my special needs on the second day. Indeed, it was obvious she had spent some time researching options so she could help me.