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 12 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.
Nobu was a terrific guide and she showed us a lot in a short amount of time. She was really nice and friendly and knew how to maneuver around.
Dear Stanton, Thank you for your wonderful comments ! And I am sorry that I got lost in Kappabashi town. I also enjoyed 2days with both of you. Especially your request that you would like to vist unbeaten tracks in Tokyo was very interesting, so I was excited to guide both of you to Sunamachi Ginza, Fukagawa Fudo, and so on. I hope we will meet again in the future. See you! Nobuko
What an amazing 4 hours, my time in Japan was short and hiring a guide seemed like the best way to maximise my time. I'm so glad i did, Nobuko was fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly and extremely organised. She made the travel on the underground lines faster and easier for someone who hasn't used them before. I was so glad to be able to go to the new fish & vegetable market at Toyosu, Nobuko was able to help me identify different fruits & vegetables too. We had some amazing Sushi at Tsukiji and the old market was a real treat to walk around, such an atmosphere. I cant thank Nobuko enough, i wouldn't hesitate in booking her again if i returned to Japan. She also took me to Ginza to show me places to eat and shop. A fantastic adventure and made all the more easier with a very professio... read more
Dear Jason, Thank you very much for a gorgeous review ! I am so glad to know that you had a good time during our tour. I also enjoyed talking and walking in Tsukiji, Toyosu and Ginza with you, even though it was very short time. You were very curious. So I was happy to guide you many places. Did you enjoy having dinnier with your friend in Ginza after our tour? I hope you visit Tokyo again and see you in the future again! Nobuko
We told Nobuko that we were not interested in the usual tourist events and sites because I've been to Tokyo several times, and requested off-the-beaten-path ceramics galleries and art galleries—and that's we got, places I would not have found on my own. Also asked for a great lunch location and she took us to a superb but not expensive tempura restaurant. She's efficient, on time, informative, funny and nice. Highly recommended
Dear Scott, Thank you very much for your wonderful review ! Gallery Tour with you was so interesting! And I enjoyed talking about Japanese art with you. I am very pleased to know you also enjoyed the Tempura restaurant we went to, because it is my best one. I hope you will come to Tokyo again and I will guide you other galleries again. Best regards, Nobuko
Nobuko ensured we got the most for our two days in Tokyo, devising an itinerary that introduced us to different facets of this incredible city. Nobuko is very knowledgable about her hometown, so we learned far more from her than we ever would have from a guide book. In large part because of our wonderful experience with Nobuko we are already planning our return trip to Japan, this time for weeks rather than days.
Dear Andrew, Thank you very much for your impressive comment ! It is a great pleasure for me. And I am so pleased that you had wonderful time in our tour. I also spent happy time with you, Pauri, and Bowi especially in Monster Cafe. It was so excited ! Please send my best regards to them. Besides, I am very glad to know you are thinking of visiting Japan again. I am looking foward to see you, Pauri, and Bowi in Tokyo again. Sincerely yours, Nobuko
Nobuko was wonderful to us seeing beautiful Tokyo. First trip to beautiful country and would not have been able to see so much without her help. A kind lady to a senior citizen!!
Dear Tijuana, Thank you for heartful review ! I am so glad to know you are satisfied with our tour yesterday. I enjoyed long walking and talking with you. It was very fun. Thank you for sharing wonderful time with me. I heard that you are getting on the ship again today. Please have a nice cruising and give my best regards to Nicole and Jay. Nobuko