Hello!! My name is Tomoko. I’m an interpreter, translator and a flexible personal tour guide. My current base is in Fukuoka. I live here for 11 years. More than 3 decades, I have lived in various places in Japan and US such as some areas in Shizuoka and Gifu, a few areas in Connecticut, California, and New York. Also, I’ve travelled to domestic spots in Japan, overseas like USA, Europe such as Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland.
Through those valuable experiences, I’ve been fond of meeting diverse people from all over the world and to get to know them and share lots of knowledge, wisdom, information, history with them.
In 2013, I was offered as an consecutive interpreter when 3 guest speakers from US and Mexico came to Japan. Also I was assigned to do escort interpreter. It means I had to take them to tourist spots in Kanto region where I was not familiar with. The experience made my eyes open a lot and changed my whole perspective to be a tour guide.
Every spot or town has profound history behind it. It is quite fascinating. Guests are fascinated by what they feel, see and touch. Since then, I focus on retaining the wide eyed curiosity like a child. I enjoy being a personal tour guide to guests.
Fukuoka is one of the largest city and the most convenient place in terms of access to popular spots, nature, and transportation. There are lots of well-kept secret spots as well. I cater to the every need of it’s guests. Please feel free to contact me and tell me what you would like on your awesome trip in Japan.
On my days off, I love to spend lots of time with my son and do outdoor activities together. For instance, go swimming, hiking, walking, playing badminton, tasting many kinds of gourmet and watch movies like action, comedy, and Sci-Fi.
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.
Tomoko was awesome! She has great energy and is very easy to get along with. She was willing to answer all sorts of questions about Japanese culture and even her own family and experiences, and we had a great exchange and learned a lot about each other. She is knowledgeable about the places we visited, which gave us a much deeper understanding of what we saw and the history of Fukuoka. Her English is impeccable and she is very easy to understand. Tomoko put together a great itinerary for us based on what I told her our interests were, and she was very responsive throughout the entire proposal and booking process. She had no problem making some minor adjustments to the itinerary and being flexible the day of the tour. We were the only ones on our cruise ship who saw some of the sig... read more
Hello Jim, Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment!! It means a lot to me. How fortunate I had meaningful and fun conversation with you and your family!! Spending time with family together is one of the greatest gifts for families, I believe. To see your family strong connection is truly spectacular!! I am delighted to hear you enjoyed visiting some spots especially Reclining Buddha. Once again thank you for having me as your tour guide!! Tomoko
Tomoko showed us around Fukuoka. She is an amazing person. Wery cheerful and charismatic. She arranged everything from transport to tickets. Her english was very good. We had a great time and highly recommend her as a guide.
Hi Dariusz, thank you so much for your heartwarming feedback!! Through the short journey, I got to know you and all of your family who are tremendously sweet and considerate!! Hopefully this trip will be one of the unforgettable memories for all of you:) Once again, thank you for having me as your tour guide:)
Tomoko was very friendly and helpful, and knew the city well. We were happy to have gotten her as our guide. Highly recommended!
Hello Eduardo, Thank you so much for the uplifting review. I was really fortunate to be your guide and to acquire lots of meaningful knowledge & experience that you & your wife shared with me. Please enjoy your ongoing journey:) Tomoko
5 stars are not enough to describe the brilliance and excellence of Tomoko. I would have no hesitation to give her 10 stars judging from our happiness, delightfulness and satisfaction after the wonderful tour guided by Tomoko. Tomoko is absolutely a charming, pretty, lovely and helpful tour guide who possesses very rich knowledge of those places we visited. She responded quickly to our expressed need and expectations on the custom tour and prepared a clear itinerary appropriately for us. Furthermore, she took us to the restaurants with delicious food and reasonable prices which saved us money for more shopping ^^. I highly recommend Tomoko to those who are looking for a knowledgeable, considerate, responsible and cheerful tour guide. Tomoko gave us a very good impression on everythin... read more
Hi Philip. Thank you for heartwarming & lovely review!! I truly feel fortunate to have you as my guests. Just from the beginning when we met, you are absolutely the one who gave me the warmest welcoming and I felt like being a part of your family. You are the spectacular person in many perspectives such as individual as a person of course, husband, curious guy, father, professional photographer & artist, to name a few. Like you, your wife is very loving, friendly, and considerate. Delighted to hear that you had a lot of fun to stay and visit as many sites as possible. I had lots of fun to be with you and get to know you !! I can not say enough gratitude for having me as your tour guide! I am very privileged and honored to receive such a great compliment:) Thank you!!! Warmest regards ... read more
Tomoko-san was the best! We were able to tour the less touristy areas of Fukuoka with her. The best part was that the experience felt touring with a friend than a guide! In a day, we were able to go to Yanagawa to take a boat tour, eat authentic Anago, and go up the Atago Shrine overlooking the city; we barely saw any foreign tourists. Best of all, felt like we gained a new friend in Fukuoka.
Hello Don!! Thank you so much for heartwarming reviews and having me as your tour guide. Truly delighted to have lots of conversation with you and your mom!! You guys are spectacular people. And glad to hear that you enjoyed the less touristy areas. Imagine your life gets to normal!! You are such a great gentleman who think and cares about your beloved mother!! I truly respect your all manners and consideration. Hope to see you soon. Tomoko