Hello, I am Michiko , the same name of Japanese Empress. I am a government certified tour guide.
I have lived in Nagoya ( located between Tokyo and Osaka) for 35 years since I got married.
I worked for JAL as a flight attendant in my 20's. After retiring JAL, I have taught English and Mathematics to junior and senior high school students for 20 years.
I love traveling very much both domestically and abroad and enjoy walking around each city and talking with local people so that I can find out the way how to they live and think about their life. It's quite a fun for me. I also love hiking and mountain climbing in spring, summer and autumn, and skiing in winter.
In the countryside of Japan there still remain those farming and fishery villages where people have been rooted in their land and community, living the way handed down from generation to generation.
You can also enjoy the original Japanese landscape there.
Why don't you get out of the hustle and bustle of your busy life and have a rest rich in nature in the rural Japan enjoying beautiful scenery and local food.
I'm waiting for you!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 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.
Michiko was a very good communicator and joyful to be around. Her easy going personality made our trip even more pleasurable. She was informative, organised and knew exactly where to go for views at Shirakawago and also where to eat! She was very helpful as my husband and I travelled with 2 young children. She was very kind and I highly recommend her for a tour. She is highly knowledgeable and we ask many, many questions!
Dear Joanna, Thank you very much for having chosen me as your tour guide this time and written a fine review for me. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed yourselves yesterday in Shirakawago. I also had a great time being with such wonderful people like your family. I hope you will continue your trip in Japan joyful and safely. Let's keep in touch!! Thanks again. Michiko
Great experience with the Illumination Garden. Hot spring/Spa resort was a superb choice to relax after a long flight. Michiko was very pleasant, great guide. Amy Navarrete
Hello Amy, Thank you very much for having chosen me as your tour guide during the transit time in Nagoya. I've relieved to know that you enjoyed the illuminations and the hotspring spa. I also had a great time with you and Christine at that time. I also thank you for writing a fine review for me. Please say hello to Christine for me. Thanks again and take care. Michiko
Lovely tour with Michiko who is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and history. Her attention to details (booking lunch place in advance so we can be seated immediately amidst the tourist crowd, checking out points of interests before the tour to make sure everything is in order ...) clearly shows her enthusiasm and effort in making your trip as enjoyable as possible. Thanks very much, Michiko, for the fascinating tour!
Hi Ivy, Thank you very much for writing fine review for me. I'm pleased to know that you enjoyed the tour and I could be your help with making the tour to Shirakawa-go and Takayama. I also had a wonderful time with Kwan family during the tour. Thanks again. Michiko
Michiko-san has provided us with an excellent experience from the moment we inquired with her on the possibility of a ski trip for our family where we have no prior experience. Upon understanding our requirements and status of the family (we had 2 young kids under age of 6) she actively checked with the various ski-resorts/slopes and came back with several suggestions coupled with her recommendations. Upon the confirmation Michiko-san constantly updated us on the latest status of the ski-slopes and its suitability until it was 1 week before our trip where accurate weather forecast is available. On top of the information on the ski-slope Michiko-san also provided information and assistance on some of the equipment and items we needed for our trip. On the day of the trip, she was on-ti... read more
Dear Adelene and all KOH family members, Thank you so much for writing a fine review for me and having chosen me as your tour guide today. I am very glad to know that you were satisfied with my management before and during the tour and enjoyed skiing. Above all, I was so delighted with your two little kids did ski quite well for the first challenge! It's so surprising!!! Your kids are genius for skiing!!! My son and I also had a wonderful time sharing with your family and the ski tour this time became memorable one for us. Thank you very much and I appreciate your kindness and generosity. Take care and enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan! Hopefully we can keep in touch. See you next time in Singapore. Fondly, Michiko
Michiko was an excellent guide. Her enthusiasm for the job is obvious. Her ideas of what to visit in Shirakawa and lunch suggestion were excellent. We had a much better experience visiting with Michiko as our guide than we would have had on our own. I highly recommend Michiko.
Dear Carol, Thank you very much for writing a fine review for me and having chosen me as your tour guide in Shirakawa-go. I am very glad to know that you were satisfied with my management during the tour and enjoyed the tour. I also had a fabulous time sharing with your party and learned a lot from you. I really appreciate your kindness and generosity. Hope the rest of your journey in Japan will be safe and enjoyable. Thanks again. Please say hello to your husband Bob, Cres(?) and her husband. Fondly, Michiko