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Licensed Guide
  (29) Reviews
Send message only 7 days available in September
$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
●Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
● I can also guide you in Kamakura and Hakone. All expenses (transportation, admission fees, lunch) are paid by the guest / client.
● I'm available until 6:00 pm.
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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Hakone

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( License )

(29) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 5 People )
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Hello! I am Nobuko. Call me Nobu. I am a national licensed tour guide. I used to work in a publishing company as a book editor for 23 years. I was born and raised in Tokyo. I live in Tokyo with my family. I make it a point to update myself with what's new in Tokyo and in cities outside of it like Hakone, Kamakura and so on.

I love pottery making. I like to appreciate Japanese antique artworks like ceramics, lacquerwares, woven fabrics, ukiyoe, and Buddhist statues. I have visited India, Dubai, Thailand, Tahiti, Turkey, Greece, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy, France, Bergen, U.S.A, Australia, etc. As a well traveled person, I would like to guide you like a friend in a relaxed atmosphere. I take pleasure in communicating with various people from different cultures.

I am flexible to adjusting to your requests. Feel free to ask me about anything. I look forward to creating wonderful memories of Japan with you. See you soon!

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4.8 (29) Reviews
Very Good


The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $32.55 $32.55 $4.65
4 Hours $130.20 $130.20 $18.60
8 Hours $260.40 $260.40 $37.20

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

Private Tours

Tokyo 1day Customized Tour

(29) Reviews
by Nobuko
Tokyo has a unique co-existence of traditional and modern Japanese culture. You will definitely enjoy it. Please select three or four places you'd like to ...
8h $ 260 up to 4 people

Tokyo Half-day Customized Tour

(29) Reviews
by Nobuko
Tokyo has a unique co-existence of traditional and modern Japanese culture. You will definitely enjoy it. Please select one or two places you'd like to vis...
4h $ 130 up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 29 )
Michael Michael United Kingdom ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Interesting tour ”

Greatly enjoyed the itinerary Nobu arranged for us. Gave us many options and detailed information about how to do others at a later date. Her care for three elderly clients extended to ensuring we had seats on the metro.


Dear Michael, Thank you for your warm review. I am very happy to know you enjoyed our tour. Especially, the fire ritual of Fukagawa Fudoson Temple was so sacred, was'nt it ? I was a little bit sory that the tour was for only 4 hours. I wanted to show you more interesting places in Tokyo. Please gime my best regards to your families and stay longer time in Tokyo next time!

Lisa Lisa Canada ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Nobuko is an outstanding guide ”

Nobuko took our family on an incredible eight hour tour on our first day in Tokyo. She is very knowledgeable, extremely nice and caring and very flexible. We can’t believe how much we saw in one day, all by taking subways and walking around with her. I can’t imagine navigating the subways and neighbourhoods so efficiently and enjoyably on our own. There’s very little English (although signs in the subway are in English) in Tokyo and it is so so helpful to have an English speaking Japanese guide. Nobuko went out of her way to find a restaurant that could accommodate some special food needs of our family. I wanted to buy a good quality kitchen knife and she knew just where to take me. My husband and I and our three twenty something children had an outstanding day! We highly recommend Nobu... read more


Dear Lisa, Thank you for a great review. It encouraged me so much! I really enjoyed the tour with you and your family. It was a very wounderful time for me. Especially, I was so impressed to know Solomon's Japanese is excellent ! I learned how tasty Hummus is thanks to Ariel and Shira. I will try to make it myself. And I appreciate Zindel for much consideration. Please send my best regards to everyone. Additionally, please tell Solomon to ask me about Japanese anytime! I hope I can meet all of you again. See you!

Luis Luis Portugal ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Exciting and full day! ”

It was a really good experience and we’re very glad we’ve booked with Nobuko; There was no way to see so much in such a short time! The lunch in a quiet neighborhood was great! Thank you so much for your guidance, Nonuko;


Hello, Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed our tour yesteday. As it was very hot and humid, you must have been very tired during the tour yesteday. Additionally, I hope you enjoyed TEAM LABO, TOKYO SKY TREE, and EAST GARDEN and so on today. Please have a nice trip to Kyoto and Hiroshima in this week. Could you give my best regards to your family? Nobuko

Elliott Elliott Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago


We gave Nobuko the task of shopping -- both specific items (such as coffee thermos) and general items (such as Japanese brand name clothes for women). When we met with Nobuko, it was obvious that she had spent a lot of research time on our requests -- she had over 15 different places for us to shop! We concentrated in The Ginza and Ometo-sando areas, finishing with a visit to her recommended hair salon!


Dear Elliot, Thank you for your review. It was very hot and humid, wasn’t it yesterday?However The shopping tour with you and Pam in Ginza was very interesting. And I like the clothes Pam bought. I am sorry that we cannot go to all of the shops which are planned at the first because of time limit. Anyway I hope you and Pam will enjoy in Kyoto also. Give my best regards to Pam, please. Nobuko

Irene Irene Australia ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ 10 hours in Tokyo ”

Although a very hot humid day we were guided efficiently and expertly through our itinerary. Nobuko adapted to our requests and change of times with no trouble. An enjoyable day. Thank you.


Dear Irene, thank you for your warmful review! Yes, it was so humid and hot on July 24, was'nt it? However I enjoyed much talking with you and Margarita. Especially the tour episode of Russia was so interesting. Please give my best regards to Margarita. and come to Japan again. I will take you to more places!