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 is an amazing and beautiful person, aside from being an absolutely fantastic guide. If you want a custom tour to suit your exact needs, she's the one! From start to finish, Tomoko went above and beyond to accommodate all our requests. I had given her a general idea of what we wanted to do (such as watching a sumo practice) Tomoko did the research and gave us several options for our custom tour. We were even able to make adjustments on the fly to the itinerary (we ended up going to a different sumo stable rather than our planned one due to the time and proximity) as she had back up plans for whatever situations arose. Tomoko was very knowledgeable with regards to the stories and history of the places we visited, she made the entire time fun and interesting. She was always punctual, a... read more
Hi Darren!! Thank you for your uplifting & heartwarming comments. So glad to hear you enjoyed 4-day-trips. First and foremost, I am thankful that you were very patient to communicate with me through messages back and forth, even though I could not response quickly enough sometimes. I am truly grateful that you trusted in me on itineraries I suggested. Whenever you went and visited, you showed your appreciations to food, places, culture and you were so kind to every single person whom you encountered. I am truly fortunate to be able to meet you and get to know you as a person. You are really awesome inside and out!! It was a spectacular & meaningful time we shared. Until you come back here again, I will explore more cuisine shops for you:) Thanks a lot!!
Our day with Tomoko can best be described as magical. She met us at the port and carefully escorted us all over Fukuoka. We saw so many sights! Her English is wonderful; she is careful and caring. We hated to say "good-by" Tomoko helped us to fall in love with her city and with Japan. I can't say enough wonderful things about this guide.
Deborah, thank you for your heartwarming feedback. It means a lot to me and gives me much greater motivation for tour guide in the near future. How delightful you got to know & love Fukuoka. Always welcome you whenever you have a chance to come back here:) You and your husband are such a wonderful couple whom I admire. It was my pleasure to have you as great guests.
She speaks fluent English and is a superb guide with an excellent service mind. We had planned on taking the grandchildren to Nokonoshima Island but the weather was not cooperative. Tomoko’s ingenuity and knowledge of the area turned what would have been a potentially dreary day into one of fun and activities for the kids. “This is the best day in Fukuoka!” my granddaughter said. Thank you,Tomoko, for saving the day.
Hi Vicharat, Thank you so much for heartwarming comments. How delightful to be able to see your family bond on this trip!! I was pleased by your grandchildren’s smiles & curiosities at the acquriam. Your granddaughter comment make my day as well. Vicharat, you are such a specutacular grandfather, father, husband and my guest. I am truly honored to be your tour guide. Hopefully see you in the near future in Japan or Thailand.
Tomoko is a fantastic representative of this company. Very patient and understanding. Such a delight to have a great few hours with a knowledgeable resident who seemed to genuinely enjoy showing us around. Would highly recommend.
Thank you for your warm comments, Robert!! It was a great pleasure for me to welcome you and show you around. I truly appreciate you get to know & embrace cultural diversity. You are fun to be around. Such a great time to share with you guys!! Thank you:)
She introduced us restaurants that local people would go. For me, travelling is getting to know life and values of the people I visit. In that part, it was very lucky for me to meet her through triplelight.
Thank you for your heartwarming comment!! It was my pleasure to be your son’s & your guide. Also I was really lucky to have you as my guests. Your curiosity and gratitude for Japanese culture & food made my day!! Thank you!!!