I was born in Fukui Prefecture and was raised in several places, such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya.
After my professional sales experience for a business machinery company in Yokohama, I pursued an opportunity to teach in China.
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 12 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.
I've booked Maru San for my aunt & mum who were traveling in Tokyo for the 1st times! She is amazing! 1. Maru San was very flexible with the schedule 2. Patient & very helpful with my replies with regards to the trip 3. She is very helpful & punctual with the tours. 4. She was very kind to help my aunt who has difficulty walking to look for elevators etc. Overall, they had a very good time with her and is very thankful for the tours and assistance these 2 days. Thank you so much. Definitely recommend Maru San for as your local guide : )
Tuank you Min for giving me such a nice review! The tours with your mom and aunts were very special to me. I felt as if I were back in my mom’s hometown and spending happy time with my relatives. They were so natural and kind... I’m the one who want to say thank you. I appreciate that you gave me the opportunity to spend a wonderful time with them. I miss them a lot.. I’d like to see them again and see you someday, too. Hope they will have safe flights back to their homes. Best wishes. Maru ⭐️
Maru is a great guide, especially for those with kids. We had a toddler using a pram and it went very smoothly. Highly recommended.
Thank you James, for the review. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Japan and the dinner in Yokohama. I believe you will become a powerful person to make New Zealand more beautiful! Thank you for coming to Japan and finding me! Maru⭐️
She showed us around shinjuku and we had a great time sight seeing and going for food. It was a pleasure having maru as our guide.
Thank you Michael for the review! I hope you still enjoy in Tokyo. I was very honored to be your guide. Please send my best regards to Josh. I’m looking forward to serving you as a guide you again. ☆Maru.
This was my family's first visit to Japan. We spent 2 half-days with Maru, and had a great experience. She is very knowledgeable, has good communication skills, tailored the itinerary to what we wanted to see, and was super responsive and proactive in setting everything up (tickets, restaurants research, etc). Even after our official tour was over, we would send her a few questions, and she would be quick to help us out. In particular, she tried hard to make sure there was something for everyone in her tour (including our two children), which is not always easy! I would highly recommend booking a tour with Maru.
Dear Calvin, thank you so much for the great review. Alyssa and Elena were so adorable that I wanted to be with them longer! I am not sure if you know it or not, but Alyssa said " Thank you for the great tour." to me when I approached her at the end of our tour, which almost brought a tear to my eye. It is not easy to say like that for her age. I'd appreciate it if you could tell your daughters that I am looking forward to seeing them in Japan or United States in the future. Thank you for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your guide. Maru☆
We were a group of 4 adults and we did 2 days in Tokyo with Maru. One day was an evening food/nightlife tour and another full day city tour. Both days were a lot of fun. Maru is a great guide. Her English was good and she was fun to be around, and went above and beyond her duties to make sure we were happy. She was quick to respond to my emails prior to the trip, and tailored our itinerary to our needs. Some of the best meals in Tokyo, was had while she was guiding . As she took us to authentic restaurants and made reservations for us for times we were not with her. When we return to Tokyo, we will surely hire Maru again. Thank you again Maru!
Thank you Igor, for taking your time to give me such a wonderful review. I also had a great time with you. Thank you for always smiling and being kind to me. I was very glad to see you enjoying walking around the fish market and eating Tonkatsu lunch. When you come to Japan next time, I would be happy if I could take you to some good places for fishing. Please send my best regards to Julia, Alex, and Nataly. I miss you all. Please enjoy the rest of your holiday. I am looking forward to seeing you again.☆Maru.