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.
Maru was so kind and accommodating!! Patient and very knowledgeable!!
Thank you Berlinda, for the cheerful review! It was very nice meeting you yesterday! Good luck on your job in Thailand and best wishes. Maru 🌟
I had a 11 hour layover in Tokoyo. I arranged to have a guided tour with Maru during my layover. She was great in communicating with me and creating the perfect tour for me prior to my arrival. She meet me at the airport. She was very warm, friendly and knowledgeable that made my tour also a learning experience. Her tour was very efficient and got me back to the airport as scheduled. We went to Sensoji Temple in Askakusa, Yanaka, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and ShibuyaCrossing. We also enjoyed lunch together and she taught me how to use chop sticks. She also took pictures of our day together which was a nice touch. I love looking at these great pictures!! I would highly recommend a tour with Maru. She was great!!! If I ever get back to Japan I would definitely take another tour with Maru!!
Laurie, thank you so much for taking your time to give me a wonderful review. Yes, we visited a lot of places and found pink colored flowers. You looked very nice with pink color and I think the best pic of that day is the one with Camellia at the snake road. What do you think? I was very happy travelling in Tokyo together. The more we talked, the more I felt you are very pretty person! I’d like to be a cute person like you! ( How should I do?) Thank you l, I’d like to show you a lot of places and would like to share a wonderful time with you again. I know your job is very busy, please take a rest from time to time and take care of yourself. I look forward travelling Japan with you again! Thank you so much. Maru🌸
We spent half a day with Maru and had a great time! We visited Meiji Shrine and Harajuku, but ultimately I opted to skip Shibuya crossing because my kids were having so much fun on Takeshita street. Maru went out of her way to share interesting history and culture of our sites, as well as find fun stops along the way. We would definitely recommend Maru for your tour guide!
Thank you Miranda for your kind comments. I enjoyed shopping and talking with you! Amira and Rosie were so adorable that I didn’t want to stop chatting with them-! I’d like to show you much more cute places. Please let me know when you visit Japan next and let’s have a ”Kawaii day” again! Thank you so much Miranda! Maru🍮
Maru was an excellent tour guide. She was enthusiastic and knowledgable about the area we went to. The cable car and boat ride on Ashi was the highlights of Hakone. Thanks so much Maru.
Dear Daniel, Thank you for taking the time to give me the wonderful review. You are always kind and I enjoyed our tour a lot. Yes, it was lucky that we could ride the cable car and pirate ship in spite of the bad weather! It has been a pleasure to meet you, Rigo, Jose, and Dennis. Enjoy your stay in Japan. Maru⭐️
We are an Australian couple who had never been to Japan and we were a bit overwhelmed by the attractions listed in the Tokyo guidebooks. Through a chat with Maru in the weeks prior to our trip we were able to narrow down a list of things we were interested in seeing. Although the list we gave Maru was fairly broad she was able to string together a set of destinations which suited our needs. Thanks to Maru's comprehensive knowledge of the city and public transport systems our day did not involve a lot of wating as we moved seamlessly from one attraction to the next. Where something un-expected occurred such as road maintenance or train delays Maru was able to negotiate alternative routes and keep us on track. Maru's knowledge of the local surrouondings shone through with interesting anecdot... read more
Thank you so much for your kind word, Paul. I really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience. I was very glad to have the wonderful day apprreciating bearutiful plum trees, canola flower field, and a lot of attractions in Tokyo with you! It was my first day I felt spring has come this year. Your eyes were always shining and your smiles made me very happy. Thank you for the amazing day. Looking at the map and listening to your introduction of your neighborhood, I felt I want to visit your town. It must be my turn to shine my eyes because of the beautiful environment in Cairns. Of course, there are much more attractive spots in Tokyo, but I am very interested in your beer brewing. Why don't we visit a beer factory when you come to Japan next time? You can learn how they... read more