Hi I'm Yuka!
I'm a Japanese native that lived in Chicago for 5 years in my youth and came back to Japan at the age of 12. I studied Japanese culture, especially folklore, in University. My thesis was about Sumo jinku (the songs Sumo wrestlers sing on special occasions) and I reckon the best part of that was to go out drinking with sumo boys :)
I worked as a tour leader for an Australian tour company (Intrepid travel and World Expeditions) for 7 years until 2013, and simply loved taking people around Japan, sharing the beauty and craziness this country offers.
I want to be more of your good friend in Japan than a "tour guide," so my guiding style can be a bit laid-back compared to ordinary guides. I won't be giving you a standard tour, but I will be giving you a glimpse into Japanese life from a local point of view along with the historical and cultural explanations.
I am also a mum of 2 girls and would love meeting little friends from all over the world as well as grown-ups. I really enjoy sharing stories about raising kids with mums and dads from different countries. I have completed First Aid course for Children, Infants, and Adults with MEDIC.
I look forward to meeting you and showing you around!
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.
Yuka was a great tour guide! Very knowledgeable of Yokohama area. She has a great personality and could speak English well. I would recommend her to anyone visiting the area.
Yuka created our perfect day in Tokyo. She led my daughter (aged 14) and I around so many sights and was informative and interesting - we did not want the day to end. She made the the sites memorable and it was the highlight of our trip. And while we moved at our own pace, we saw so many things. She also helped us feel comfortable taking the subway. We have used guides in many cities and Yuka was the absolute best - a pleasure to be around. Already planning to book her again when we come back.
Yuka is an excellent guide! She paid close attention to the kind of tour I said we were looking for in our initial contacts - this was much appreciated. The result was that our tours were truly tailored to us. They were set up in a way that made sense in terms of time and transportation. Her itineraries really gave us some insight into the fabulous city of Tokyo and its people, customs, culture, etc.... Yuka is very knowledgeable, accommodating, her English is excellent, and she is extremely helpful - we would not have figured out the bullet train ticket system without her. On top of it all, Yuka is a kind, generous-hearted person with a lovely sense of humour. We fell in love with Tokyo and she was definitely part of the reason for this. We would recommend Yuka to any kind of group looking for a private guide in Tokyo.
Excellent. Could not have asked for better. Yuka was punctual, knowledgeable and patient. Perfect English made the tour a delight. Our sushi lunch was a ********** other family members will be visiting Japan in the next 12 months, and we have told them to make sure they do a walking tour of Tokyo with Yuka. She is the best..
I cannot be happier with Yuka. She was great right from the start of the tour at the train station. She provided me a card to use at the train stations to move around as she took me to all the sites that I wanted to see. Yuka speaks great English and was very helpful in translating everything. She is witty, polite, and has a great personality. Yuka likes to talk a lot and it was a pleasure to share some of my culture with her as well. As we saw the sights, Yuka carefully explained all of the history and details of the shrines, monuments, and gardens that we visited. Yuka is very knowledgable, informative, and she answered every question that I had. She even suggested other places to visit while I was in Japan. In the end of the tour, Yuka gave me a map of the train stations and even wrote down the route and instructions on how to get back to my hotel. I could not have done this tour without her help. I am so happy to have met Yuka and I'm looking forward to my next tour with her. Thank you very much Yuka!