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Send message only 6 days available in November
$ 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 October 12, 2019.

★ 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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Last updated: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Yokohama , Kanagawa , Nikko , Saitama

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(90) 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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4.9 (90) Reviews
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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 $37.07 $39.86 $3.70
4 Hours $148.29 $159.43 $14.81
8 Hours $296.59 $318.86 $29.63

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

Private Tours

One Day Customized Tour in Kamakura

(90) 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...
9h $ 359 up to 5 people

One Day Customized Tour in Tokyo

(90) 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 $ 319 up to 5 people

Historical Exploring in Ueno (half day)

(90) 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 $ 125

Asakusa (half day)

(90) 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 $ 125

Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

(90) 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 $ 125

Zen Temple & Highlights in Kamakura (one day)

(90) 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 $ 339 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 ( 90 )
Susan Susan United States ( Friends )
3 hours ago

“ Terrific Tokyo with Tomoko ”

We highly recommend Tomoko. Her organized and yet flexible approach to planning and leading our 1/2 day experience with her made it one of the highlights of our time in Tokyo. Every person in our group of 5 wished we had been able to spend more time with her. Despite our limited time, we did not feel rushed as she helped us make the most of each site, pointing out and explaining specific and unique historic as well as cultural details we might otherwise have missed. She shared lots of information, including photos and other visual information before and after the tour. Tomoko’s genuine interest in other people, her knowledge and enthusiasm for historic and current aspects of Japanese culture AND her sense of humor made her made her an excellent guide for our group.

daniela Daniela Switzerland ( Couple )
2 days ago

“ one day with tomoko ”

we spent a wonderful exiting relaxing day with tomoko. struggling around in yanaka and ueno, looking at temples, shops, different surroundings, cementary, learning a lot of tokyos history. eating soba noodles and sake in a small nontouristic place. we love tomoko.


Thank you for your warm review and for sharing relaxing Saturday together, Daniela and Peter. We did not visit many places but I’m glad you enjoyed strolling around and appreciating the local areas of Nezu, Yanaka, and Ueno. We were lucky to see the Japanese family event of ‘7-5-3,’ and so many adorable young children dressed up in Kimono! Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay and the Tokyo National Museum fully. With love – Tomoko😊

Don Don Canada ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Wonderful! ”

Tomoko was not only knowledgeable and responsive, she was also very kind and fun and empathetic. We could tell she really wanted us to learn about and have a great experience in Tokyo and Japan. We have had good guides in other countries but she was the best ever! Highly recommended.


Thank you for posting such a nice review just after we departed! I really enjoyed every moment shared with you and Joan, all the gardens, flowers, Koi fish, birds, Buddhist temples and statues, food, brightly lit downtown, and such and such. Above all, I enjoyed the conversation with you two. I’m impressed with your choice of accommodation and the way to acclimate yourself to different culture. I feel very my blessed to talk with you Joan😊 Thank you again, Don and Joan. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan.

Svetlana Svetlana Switzerland ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Excellent experience ”

We toured 2 days with Tomoko, in Tokyo and Kamakura. She is an excellent guide and an incredibly nice person! Knowledgeable, flexible, open-minded. We learnt a lot! Kamakura being her childhood place it added a very personal feeling to all the experience. Thank you Tomoko:))


Thank you for the two fun and beautiful days, Svetlana and Lemy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the days, too. We explored a little hidden places both in Tokyo and Kamakura. As your interests were varied and spontaneous, we could experience a lot unexpected. I will never forget the beautiful sunset of Kamakura beach and the tides and water we dipped our legs into. :) ありがとうございました。とてもたのしかったです。またね!(Thank you very much. That was so much fun. See you again!)

Alon Alon Israel ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Two days in Tokyo ”

Tomko guided us for 2 days in Tokyo (3 adults from Israel) . She showed us the city in the best way with her great knowledge. We learned so much, and had the opportunity to see things that we would never see without her guidance. In addition,her excitment and love to the city is well felt, and added to the whole experience. We recommend Tomko's guidance to anyone who wants to have a significant trip in Tokyo.


Thank you for your great review, Alon. I really enjoyed the company of you and your lovely children. The weather on our first day was not quite favorable, but we did a lot both outdoors and indoors, from the jam-packed train and downtown to calm, quiet local districts. The coffee cheered us up! It was also fun to learn a little bit about each other’s culture and languages. I’m also glad that you found the perfect souvenir for your wife at the last moment of our tour. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay and see you again in the future. Thank you Alon, Kim, and Idan.😊