Welcome to Tokyo! What a great city this is!
I've been living here for almost eight years and I have explored this wonderful city and its fascinating suburbs with a real passion.
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 I'm very happy here!
I am especially interested in the sacred buildings of Tokyo, and am the author of a number of books on Tokyo temples and Buddhist pilgrimages, as well as a guide to the Christian churches and cathedrals of Tokyo. At the moment my wife and I especially love going out to Chichibu, a wonderful little town in the mountains west of Tokyo, and visiting the temples there. But we are not planning on any more books!
Instead, I've been spending most of my free time studying Japanese, especially reading. I'm a big fan of the manga Yotsubato and read along with an online reading group. And just this year I've started another brand new hobby - watching the entire Gundam series... all 40 years of it! I watch each episode first with English subtitles, and then with Japanese, and of course I'm making Gundam model kits too! I'm a total beginner, but it's great fun!
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.
I look forward to exploring Tokyo with 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.
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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.
Marcus was great very flexible and very knowledgeable. Marcus showed us everything we wanted to see plus more. Marcus is extremely friendly and listened to our needs for the short amount of time we were in Tokyo. Have recommended Marcus to others and would use his services again.
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
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!
Marcus was excellent. We used the train system and walked and saw may highlights of Tokyo.
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