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$ 26 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo

Languages English ( Native ), Japanese ( Beginner )

(5) Reviews
Hourly rate 26 USD Price up to 4 people
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Welcome to Tokyo!
What a great city this is!

I've lived here for over seven years and I love it here. The food, the people, the atmosphere. And I love showing people around, sharing all the great places and experiences available in this wonderful city.

I am especially interested in the sacred buildings of Tokyo, and have visited a huge number of temples, shrines, and churches in the city, and know them very well indeed.

My love of exploring actually started in Thailand and Korea, where I lived for many years before coming to Japan, but Tokyo is home now. I'm a Permanent Resident and very very happy here!

I'm the author of a number of books on Tokyo temples, including the only English-language guides to the Tokyo Kannon and Musashino Kannon Pilgrimages. I have also published a guide to the Christian churches and cathedrals of central Tokyo.

But these days I spend most of my free time studying Japanese, especially the reading, which is a whole new adventure in itself, and my wife and I love going out to Chichibu, a wonderful little town in the mountains west of Tokyo.

What people like about me is my enthusiasm! I wouldn't be any good at "Tokyo after dark" tours or anything like that, but for anyone interested in the traditional sights of this city, as well as modern architecture, parks, and walks in local areas, I bring energy, knowledge, the ability to compare with other countries, and a real love for this place which is now home.


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(5) Reviews
by Marcus
6h $ 158 up to 4 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 ( 5 )
Mary Mary United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ As much as you can do in 6 hours and have fun ”

Marcus was an excellent guide. He was well prepared and created an itinerary that was perfect for me. He is very pleasant and thoughtful. He listened to me and was flexible with what we did. I learned so much! Thank you

Janet Janet United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Amazing day! Buddhist Fire Ceremony! ”

And saw the most famous temple in Tokyo! He explained the various traditions and taught us what to do. Marcus is incredibly knowledgeable of Buddhist traditions, history and the city. We learned a lot about Tokyo that we would otherwise have missed out on. A rich history and wonderful culture. Marcus is easy to be with, fun and attentive. We felt like we got the best of Tokyo with all the sites we saw along the way. He made the day fabulous and our trip to Tokyo a gem! We look forward to coming back and our next adventure guided by him! Thank you Marcus!

Liz Liz Australia ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Walking tour of Tokyo ”

Marcus was excellent. We used the train system and walked and saw may highlights of Tokyo.

Malena Malena United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Amazing tour guide! ”

Marcus is a very thoughtful, experienced guide who was very accommodating for us. We exchanged several emails prior to our trip and he was very helpful and patiently answered questions of anxious first time travelers. We were able to see so much of Tokyo in just one day, including the biggest attractions as well as hidden gems that only locals might know. Marcus is a master story teller, and very knowledgeable. Thanks to him, we know more about Japanese history and culture. We are forever grateful for the experience! Thank you Marcus! Malena and Martha

Rachel Rachel Japan ( Solo )
7 months ago

“ A wonderful way to spend a day! ”

I had a wonderful day with Marcus. The walking tour of Mejiro that I chose was a fantastic balance of architecture and nature, modern and traditional, and different sacred buildings. Marcus was an enthusiastic and knowledgable guide. I always enjoy walking around a city, and this tour was a great snapshot of a part of Tokyo. At every stop Marcus had lots of knowledge to impart. We did quite a lot of walking, but the stops seemed to be spaced quite regularly along our route. We had lunch at a small and charming cafe. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. By the end of the tour I felt I had learnt a lot and had a great time. I really recommend Marcus. This tour is great, and I'm sure his others are, too.


Thank you so much Rachel! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the day and your wonderful company. I learnt so much from you and had so much fun. Thank you.