I am a 25 year old nationally licensed tour guide :)
I have guided over 200 tourists for the past year, as a guide of the bar hopping tours, hidden gems tours, and private tours. "Tokyo Hidden Gems", a community I made has now 440 members.
I have been fortunate enough to have opportunities to visit 33 out of 47 prefectures in Japan since I was a child, thanks to my parents who are passionate travelers, which has raised my interests in traveling and let me work in the tourism industry after graduation. I have experiences of working at a stylish hostel, and at the largest travel agency in Japan.
As one of the youngest tour guide, I can show you not only historical spots but also “stylish” spots based on the “subculture” of ordinary young Japanese people.
I love art, design, fashion, vintage clothing, taking photos with my film camera, and coffee.
If you are looking for someone who knows well about good vintage clothing stores/ cozy cafes, or interested in traveling throughout Japan, please feel free to let me know!
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.
Ai Is a wonderful guide who really goes above and beyond to make sure you get to see and experience what you desire. If you like art, food and shopping then spend your day with Ai. Thank you Ai for accommodating our food wishes and taking the time to research and present all the best options for us to choose from. You knew all the best shopping spots too! Additionally, you made sure we made our last site visit despite being a bit overtime. You are a really lovely person and a caring guide. Thank you :)
Sue, thank you so much for having me as your tour guide. It was my great pleasure to show you around, and I'm really happy to hear that you liked the Tonkatsu restaurant we visited! I hope that you can stay here longer and see more next time you come to Japan. Please take care!
I told Ai that we- ( myself, my husband and our two 20 something sons) were looking to buy higher end Japanese clothing. The boys were also interested in some vintage clothing. We are from San Francisco area and weren’t interested in Gucci etc.. since we have those brands here. We booked 6 hours to shop and have lunch. She took us to Parco in the Shabuya area. I think I have that right. We loved it! Amazing! Just what we were looking for! There were Japanese brands, European brands and we loved the atmosphere. We had sushi at a very yummy restaurant. Walked the side streets and headed to the vintage area. My son found the designer he had read about who makes handmade jackets and was thrilled to buy one. The day was amazing. We went To Ginza on our own to shop the next day,but realized Ai... read more
Susannah, It was my pleasure to show you and your wonderful family around and help you with your shopping. I'm happy to hear that you really liked the places we went together! You were really amazing guests and I would love to guide you again if you are every back in Tokyo! Have a nice day & happy new year! Ai
This was my first time to Tokyo (and Japan) so I decided to book a tour with Ai to get a good introduction to this amazing city. The booking process was very easy and Ai proposed a tour which was flexible to my needs. She met me promptly at my hotel at the designated time and we then proceeded to make our way around Tokyo. Ai was very polite and helpful, pointing out interesting facts along the way. The highlight of the day being our stop for lunch to make okonomiyaki (you must try this!) It was a full on day with lots of photos being taken, I have no hesitation in recommending Ai if you’re looking for a value for money tour of Tokyo!
Jason, thank you so much for choosing me as your tour guide! I was really honored to guide you, I also really enjoyed talking to you :) I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your trip in Tokyo, please have safe flights!
Ai was an amazing tour guide with lots of effort being paid to details before the trip via message exchange, as well as during the trip to the different locations we ended up being at. We were concerned with the food and subculture elements of Tokyo for this tour, rather than the historical elements. Ai was very concerned with ensuring our tour made the most of our time in Tokyo by learning about our interests ahead of time. The tour was very much like a friend showing us around town, and was very comfortable. She has traveled to many prefectures in Japan, and has an interest in other cultures as well. I would recommend Ai to others if they found themselves in Tokyo.
Thank you so much for choosing me as your tour guide! I was really honored to guide you all. You seemed to enjoy the places we went to, so I was glad. I hope you can come back to Japan again!
Ai was an amazing tour guide. She came well prepared with a detailed itinerary and was very knowledgeable about everything i asked. At the same time, she was very flexible in accommodating quick detours of other things i wanted to see along the way! An excellent photographer as well so I was able to capture myself on the trip. Though she's young, she knows her stuff. I would highly recommend Ai to take you around Japan!
Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide! It was my pleasure to show you around. I really enjoyed talking to you too! I hope you’ll have a nice day!