Hi! I'm Sumiko.
I was born in Yamanashi, next to Tokyo, and had seen Mt. Fuji every day without thinking anything special at that time. (Now, I feel nostalgic every time I see it!)
After I graduated from high school, I came to Tokyo for my college. Now, I live in Tokyo.
I have guided many foreign tourists as an English tour guide for the past several years.
I am quite familiar with touristy places as well as some areas only locals know.
Through my study or experiences as a tour guide, I rediscovered how Japan is traditional and new, complicated and simplified, friendly and modest. I hope to help you in understanding this interesting country with utmost “OMOTENASHI” or Japanese way of hospitality. Let’s hit the road together!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 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.
Sumiko-San met us at the Daiba station right outside our hotel. We did the entire Hakone ring using public transportation. She planned the tour to accommodate my wife's titanium knees and knew the location of every escalator and elevator at every station. We had a clear day with magnificent views of Mt. Fujiyama. The grandkids enjoyed her presence immensely and she has an excellent grasp of the English language. With her assistance we purchased Shinkansen tickets and gained the confidence to see the Nagano snow monkeys for an overnight trip. I unreservedly recommend Sumiko-san for any guided tours.
Hello Randall-san, thank you for posting your positive review. I am glad htat l could help making your trip to Hakone enjoyable! I hope your visit to snow monkey in Nagano is also successful. Say hello to your wife and your charming grandchildren. Thank you again for sharing your precious moment with me!! Sumiko