I was born in Fukui Prefecture and was raised in several places, such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya.
After my experience of working for a mechanical company in Yokohama, I moved to China to learn their culture.
I worked as a Japanese teacher to foreigners in Shanghai.
The longer I lived abroad, the more I came to appreciate the unique aspects of Japanese culture. So I started learning English and Chinese to become a bridge to help bring foreign visitors closer to Japanese culture.
I would be horored to be your guide as you tour our historically rich country. I am looking forward to traveling Japan with you. Thank you.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 11 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum
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.
My husband and I did not want to waste the time or energy trying to figure things out when we could have a local guide us, so we booked the Tokyo in a Day tour with Maru. It could not have been a better experience. Maru is the best! She is a true professional who listened to us and did her very best to make sure our experience matched our interests and met our goals for the day. She is also genuine, kind, smart and funny. A true pleasure to be with and a delight to know. We could not recommend her more highly. And hope to one day see her again. Every good wish, Maru --
Thank you Brynn for your wonderful feedback. You were very energetic and funny and I enjoyed our day together. I would like to be a woman to go abroad on business trip like you〜. Yes, I hope we keep in touch and meet you again! Please give my best wishes to your husband! I’d like to take the cruise of him to Bahama some day! Good luck on your job and take care🌟 Maru
Maru was a total delight to be with. She showed us how to navigate the subway and took us to a few key locations and sights. She also took many posed and candid pictures of our group, which was such a nice addition to our tour.
Thank you so much Nancy for taking the time to review my service. It was pleasure meeting you all! Thank you for your permission to post photo of you on my page☆ I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in Japan🌟 Maru
For my first trip to Tokyo - I hired Maru She listened to me and surpassed all of my expectations - it made my trip to Tokyo the best trip of my life
Dear Gordon, I have no idea how to reply to such a amazing review... I’m glad that I gathered my courage to move back to Japan to serve as a guide. Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to listening to your story in Kyoto. 😌🍵Maru
On previous visits to Tokyo, I found it very interesting to observe the culture, and watch the local people going about their business. But Japan is very unique, and it is difficult to understand all that’s going on. As a foreigner, you cant shake the distinct feeling of being an outsider watching things from a distance. Maru changed all that for me. Within a few minutes of meeting Maru, I felt completely relaxed and at ease with her. It was obvious that she is a genuinely nice person who is eager to share her knowledge and experience. 45 minutes into the tour, I felt as if I was walking and talking with a friend who happened to live in the neighborhood. I only had a few hours with her, but In that short amount of time I gained a better understanding of the Japanese culture than I did i... read more
Hello, Joe. Thank you very much for your impressive comment.. It's a great pleasure for me. Visiting Shrine, eating Matcha ice cream, talking at a cafe... it was only a short tour, but I had a fantastic time with you! I’m looking forward to having another tour with you again soon! Would it be in Narita next time? 😊Thank you. Maru.
First visit to Japan, thank goodness for Maru. My 9 year old granddaughter was kept entertained for our day experience in Tokyo. Maru certainly knew her way around and special attractions top of her list. Could not manage trains without Maru.Great communication skills. Thank you for your caring and patience. We highly recommend Maru for future travellers without hesitation
Thank you Trish for the wonderful review! You are so sweet and beautiful Stella is so adorable that I felt happy to spend a great day with two of you♫ We went to Asakusa, Tokyo Sky tree tower, Harajuku, Shibuya yesterday. There are still many places waiting for you in Japan! Please enjoy yourself to the full♡ Thank you for coming to Japan. Maru