My name is Akira.
I am certified national guide interpreter.
I have been living in Tokyo for more than 30 years.
I love walking in the city with no particular plan finding trasures in the streets such as nice ramen noodle restaurants, cafes, funny billboards, and most of all, narrow alleys that remind me of good old days.
I will help you enjoying the days in the city fully and making your vist memorable one.
I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
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.
Akira is awesome! Would highly recommend him to any group. He is easy going, funny, knowledge and a great tour guide. He listened to our requests and made sure to take us to the best tuna at the market, the best ramen in the area etc. My 3 middle schoolers loved him. Book him, you won’t regret it!
Dear Molly, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to witness your children’s first experience of eating tuna in raw and I am so happy that they love it. I was happy to see 5 happy Floridian relaxing, having great time with sparkling in their eyes. I wish all of you a great time and discovery ahead of you for the rest of the days in Japan. Sincerely, Akira
My wife Emily and I had a wonderful time exploring Tokyo with Akira. He got in touch with us a few days prior to our arrival to find out what sort of things we wanted to do or see during our trip and then he came up with a schedule specifically to match our interests. He is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, teaching us a great deal about Japanese culture and history and showing us excellent places to try delicious food. He even went through the trouble of recommending restaurants or places to go shopping for the remainder of our stay in Tokyo. Even the rain couldn't put a dampener on our day out because Akira had already come up with alternative places to visit should the rain prevent us from enjoying outdoor activities. I thoroughly recommend that you book Akira to be you... read more
Dear Kyle, Thank you very much for the great review. The weather was unpleasant that day however, I’m so happy that we had a wonderful time together. Guiding nice people like you and Emily was like guiding good friend of mine known for years and I could behave not like the one acting like a guide. It was just a one day tour but I hope you could enjoy seeing Tokyo with “no make-up”. If you have another chance to come back, I’ll be happy to help you discovering more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
My wife Bonnie and I had an absolutely wonderful (although exhausting) day exploring the beautiful north eastern portion of Tokyo. There is no way that we could have navigated Tokyo's extensive public transit system without Akira. He was extremely knowledgable about everything we did on our tour His English comprehension was excellent and Akira went way above what we expected. He was warm, funny, approachable and caring. We are so glad we did this private tour. At one point, we accidentally left a package of souvenirs that we had purchased on one of the trains. Nothing was terribly valuable, but Akira insisted we put in a lost and found claim which we thought would be a waste of time. About 2 hours later AKira received a call from the public transportation people and they had found ... read more
Dear William, Thank you for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. We had a great time with so many surprise, the lantern given by generous owner of restaurant where we had the best (!) tempura, good sake in Marunouchi, the lost and found claim, and the delay caused by train accident on the way back to your hotel. Yes, that was really exhausting day however, remembering what we had experience together on that day make me smile (hoping you feel the same way...) and I was so happy to witness the miracle happened to you on that day. It was like a well written movie, mixture of good things and bad things bring to the happy ending. I hope that you will have another chance to come back to my loving city for more adventure, discovery and another miracle perhaps. Sincer... read more
My husband and I loved our tour with Akira. He was friendly, knowledgeable, had great English and made our first day in Tokyo truly wonderful. He met us at our hotel, showed us how to navigate the subways. Taught us shrine etiquette, Japanese history and cultural “norms”. He also took us to an amazing lunch we wouldn’t have found on our own and a coffee shop that inspired Blue Bottle in the US. Book Akira! You won’t regret it. Truly a gem in Tokyo!
Dear Erin, Thank you so much for the great review. I’m so happy that your first full day in Tokyo was enjoyable one. I’m so happy that you finished everything that served when we had lunch! I can easily guess you and Andrew have had a great time since we said goodbye yesterday because of your happy and open-minded personality. Next time you should bring your father and I know he will love the old Toyota taxi in the city. Best wishes, Akira
One of the best guides we ever had. Very flexible and adjusted to us as the day went on. Knowledgeable about the Tokyo train system which made for very efficient days of touring. Would highly recommend to my own friends and family. Excellent English speaker.
Dear Oren and Terri, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for fantastic people like you visiting Japan for the first time. I was so glad to see you excited and surprised at everything you experienced in my loving city. I hope the time we shared will be remembered as a good introduction to Japan and I am pretty sure that there will be more fun and discovery during the rest of your stay in the country. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima