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, Yokohama 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: 4 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.
Great Day in Tokyo
Dear Nigel & Marilyn, Thank you for a great message! I am very happy to know you enjoyed the tour yesterday. Especially it was fun to talk about the pottaries which you collect. We walked a lot, so you must be a little bit tired this morning , but please enjoy the Imperial Palace watching and a bus tour today. I hope you will come back to Japan in the future and see you next time. Take care!
Coming from Australia; speaking virtually no Japanese and staying in the vibrant bustling city of Tokyo is a daunting prospect. In my view, if you want to reduce stress, relax and enjoy all the best parts that Tokyo has to offer, you should engage the services of a local guide for at least the first day or 3! We organised Nobu and she was excellent. Nobu knew the train timetable backwards, she took us to all special places and even when the weather forecast predicted rain, she quickly changed the proposed plan and slotted in a unique free fire ceremony event at a buddist temple which was a once in a life time experience for us. Nobu's English was good and she pointed out various interesting bits of information. Thank you Nobu. Adam & Zac.
Hi, Adam I appreciate your warmful message. I am so happy to know you and Zac spent a fantastic days in Tokyo. Moreover, the secred fire ritual in Fukagawa Fudoson Temple is my most recommendable place in Tokyo, so I am very pleased to know you are impressed by that. After visiting Tokyo, Did you and Zac enjoy skiing and a hot spring bath in Hakuba? You must have enjoyed a new custom in a hot spring bath. I hope we can meet together next time with your family! Give my best regards to Zac. See you.
Nobuko picked us up at our hotel and then escorted my husband and I through several key sights: Tsukiji outer market, Hamarikyu gardens, Meiji shrines, Sensoji-Temple in Asakusa, river cruise, lunch at Asakusa. All the way, she kindly explained everything about each sight and answered our many questions. She is very knowledgeable and attentive. We really loved our tour and would highly recommend Nobuko!
Dear Brenda and Bruce, Thank you very much for your wonderful review ! It was a very cold day on February 16 , isn't it? However I also enjoyed the tour with you. I was very happy to know you enjoyed the destinations we visited and Japanese food at lunch. I would like you to come to Japan again and show you Tokyo more. I look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Nobuko
Nobuko was very responsive and courteous during the negotiation stage and on the tour itself. The tour closely followed the proposal, and we covered all the landmarks Nobuko suggested: Sensoji-Temple with Nakamise Shopping Street in Asakusa, Shibuya Crossing, and Meiji Jingu Shrine. We also walked along Takeshita street with a little time left. Lunch at a venue Nobuko suggested near Shibuya Crossing was simple but exquisite. Nobuko's narrative about the places we saw was thoughtful and engaging. It was a pleasure to have Nobuko introduce Tokyo to me!
Dear Vitali, Thank you indeed for your heartwarming review ! It encourages me very much. It was the first time for me to guide a guest stopping over in Tokyo. The tour time was strictly limited by the boarding time, so my heart was a little bit pounding. However, I am very happy to know you enjoyed our short tour. Especially, Japanese Sake was so nice at lunch, wasn't is? I hope you will visit Japan and stay longer in Tokyo. I am looking forward to guide you other places in Tokyo. See you !
Nobuko was an amazing tour guide, she went all out to help us to get Shinkansen ticket to Kyoto. She was also very helpful and thoughtful.She have my recommendation for someone seeking all out Tokyo experience in a day.
Dear Siti, Thank you very much for your warm message! I really enjoyed the tour with you and Mickel. I hope you enjoyed Tokyo Disney Land & Kyoto after we separated. And could you see Mt.Fuji from the bullet train to Kyoto? Please come to Japan again. Then let's have a longer tour in Tokyo. I wish your success in your business in your country. Please give my best regards to Mickel. Nobuko