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.
We had a fantastic day with Maru today as she showed us so many different sides of Tokyo- old and new. She accommodated our requests, especially for our kids who enjoyed the sword shops in Asakusa and the fashion shops in Harajuku! And the ramen we had for lunch was so good!! She was so easy to talk to and happy to answer all our questions, we will definitely recommend Maru to our friends! Thanks again Maru for a great experience we wouldn’t have had without you!!
Thank you so much Amanda for giving me such a wonderful comment... I’m very glad to hear that you enjoyed our tour. Actually, I also enjoyed a lot because you were always smiling and I was happy to be with you. I hope you will enjoy other type of ramens and discover other aspects of Japan in Kyoto and Hakuba! As it might rain tomorrow, please stay warm when you are outside. I’m always open to support you during your stay in Japan. Let’s keep in touch! Thank you! 😊
Maru made a custom plan for our family trip to Tokyo, which included a balance of traditional and non-traditional site-seeing. Our kids were very excited to immerse themselves into Anime and Manga culture. Maru made sure we visited the Akihabara neighborhood and the one major English-translated Manga bookstore section, which we would’ve never found on our own! Conversely, we saw temples, museums and tasted traditional treats. Our ramen-loving kids made it to the #1 rated ramen shop and haven’t stopped raving since. We took the subway everywhere, making us feel more a part of authentic Tokyo city life. But most importantly, Maru was always flexible with her time and planning to accommodate a sudden whim or tired feet. She is a kind and knowledgeable guide. Thank you, Maru! Here is ... read more
Thank you so much Maggie for taking your time to write the wondeful review for me. It was a great pleasure that I had an oppotunity to spend great time with you at the end of 2018! We visited a lot of places in Tokyo and Yokohama in 3days and enjoyed several kinds of ramens such as chicken soup ramen in Akihabara, pork bone broth soy sauce ramen in Ramen Museum etc,,,. I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed Tokyo a lot. The video is very nice! Thank you for letting me join in it! I also enjoyed talking and learned a lot about the balance between job and daily life from you. I miss you and your family already, too. I hope I will see you all in the near future again. Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year!
Maru was extremely helpful as a guide and thanks to her we got to enjoy Japan through the eyes of a Local. She took us to some great restaurants, stores and helped us make the most of our short stay in Tokyo. We were traveling with 2 kids and she kept that in mind with all our activities. She walked us through the Harajuku neighborhood which we all enjoyed. She helped us locate stores that we had researched before we arrived in Tokyo. Will definitely hire her services the next time we are in Tokyo.
Thank you so much Kapil for taking time to write the review! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Tokyo. Do you remember you taught me about “ Moshio”? I bought three and gave my friends two. I also use it when I cook. It has a good flavor. Thank you for teaching me about Japanese item😆. You had searched a lot of Japanese products and I learned a lot from you! I’ll definitely research garallies more so that you will be able to find your favorite arts next time. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again. 🌟 Please have great holidays with your family in your home town! Maru😊
Our day with Maru was fantastic! She accommodated all of our interests and showed us both the traditional and modern aspects of Tokyo. She was able to give us insights into the history of Japanese vulture and the perspectives of daily modern life. She took pictures of us during our trip and kept us well fed. She even helped us buy JR rail system for our trip to Kyoto the next day!
Thank you Susan for your comment. I was very happy to have an opportunity to share the wonderful time with Helen, Steve, Matthew, and you on Christmas eve🎄 I was impressed with Helen’s Japanese skills and heartwarming kindness of Steve and Matthew, and your beautiful smile🌟I hope I can see you all again. Thank you very much. Maru😊
Maru has great personality and very friendly! We enjoyed our time with her a lot! Thank you, Maru!
Thank you Anne for the review! I was very happy to be able to spend 3 days this week! I hope you enjoy the tour to Mt. Fuji tomorrow. Please send my best regards to Alan and Radford☆I’m looking forward to seeing you again😊