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!
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: 6 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 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 the pleasure of touring Tokyo with Nobuko. Not only was she delightful but also excellent in taking us around Tokyo. We enjoyed a Buddhist fire ceremony and it was one of those really special life experiences. We enjoyed the places she took us but our lunch together was really the highlight of the day as Nobuko took us to a place that we wouldn’t have chosen on our own. We had one of the most delicious meals that we had in Japan. She took us for Japanese pizza, which really wasn’t like pizza at all. Not only was the food fantastic but our conversations with Nobuko greatly enhanced the experience. Nobuko’ English was very easy for us to understand. She made our day special with all her knowledge and personality. Thank you Shelly
Dear Shelly, Thank you for your great review!! And I appreciate your souvenir (chocolate biscuits). I have already eaten all of them with my daughter.They were very delicious! I am so happy to know you enjoyed the tour yesterday, because my most favorite place in Tokyo is Fukagawa Fudoson Temple where we watched sacred fire ceremony together. I also enjoyed grilling Japanese pizza called Okonomiyaki with you. Strange can venders were also interesting! I am glad our taste is similar. Please come to Tokyo next time for longer days. I am searching more interesting hidden places for you. See you again! Nobuko
My family of 3 thoroughly enjoyed our time with Nobu. She helped create an itinerary for my family and was very accommodating when I needed to make a last minute change. We hit up Tsijiki, Akihabara, and Ueno Zoo. She is very knowledgeable about the sites in Tokyo and helped us navigate the subway/train systems. She was also very good with my young daughter so I highly recommend booking her if you have children. She even went out of her way to help us purchase train tickets to Hakone and Kyoto. She is such a nice person and a very awesome tour guide.
Dear Ann, Thank you for your fantastic review! It was so cold yesterday, wasn’t it? However, I really enjoyed the zoo tour with your family. What a cute girl Esmee was! I remember my sweet memory of my family trips when my children were very small. I hope all of you will enjoy the trip of Hakone and Kyoto. Please give my best regards to Que!
I really enjoyed my day in Kamakura with Nobuko
Dear Yousef, Thank you for your nice review! Kamakura tour with you was so interesting. I was impressed by your curiosity for Japanese culture, food and history,You seemed to be enjoying the crowd in the train.Additionally, I remember the happy time in Dubai seven years ago. You looked a little bit tired in the end of the tour, so please take a rest well. See you again. Nobuko
Nobuko guided us for a day tour in Tokyo and another one in the Hakone area. Excellent itinerary suggestion, very knowledgeable of the different places and in general of Japan history and culture. Very flexible and resourceful if changes need to be made. Highly recommended
Dear Gorge, Thank you for your great review! I am so impressed with it indeed. I also enjoyed the tour with you very much! I was so curious about the difference of culture between your country and Japan when we were talking. I hope you will also enjoy Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. If you have something you want to know, feel free to ask me anytime during staying in Japan. Please send my best regards to Pablo !
Nobuko is very sweet, knowledgeable and so accommodating. We spent 8 hours running around seeing temples, shrines, parks and the all very important ( according to my boys) fish market. We were exhausted, but Nobuko was full of energy and made sure we made it back to our hotel safely. It was a wonderful day. We could never have done our first day in Tokyo with out her. We feel lucky she was with us!
Dear Susannah, Thank you so much for your wounderful review ! Did you enjoy the shopping tour today? I hope you have gotten better. I am so happy to know all of you enjoy our tour yesterday. I had also very enjoyable time with you. Please send my best regrards to Fuad, Alexander, Noah, and Ziggy. Enjoy staying in Kyoto!