I’m Hiroki,national licensed guide interpreter focusing on offering tours on the subject of hidden Japan charms,such as indigenous cultures, life styles, and highly skilled craftsmanship!!
Let me now intoroduce myself little bit, I’ve been living in Chiba city near Tokyo for more than 40 years since when I was a student of a university located in Tokyo.
I studied commercial science at the university.(Bachelor of business and commerce)
Incidentally, my graduate thesis topic was ”Rise of handicraft manufacturing in the late Edo period”.
After graduation, I joined a petrochemical company in 1980. As is customary with Japanese style lifetime emplpoyment, I worked for the company until the retirement in 2014!!(same company for 34 years!!)
And,after passing the state examination in the year 2015, I’ve started a new career of a guide interpreter as my second life.
Since then,I maily had an actual experience of an interpreter in a variety of traditional Japanese culture workshops for foreign tourists.(Specifically,Chanoyu-TeaCeremony,Ikebana-flower Arranging,Shodo-Calligraphy,Tougei-Pottery,Washoku-Japanese Cuisine,Iai-The art of Drawing the Sword,and so on.)
Fortunately,as every instructor in the workshops was an authority on the subject, I was able to develop a capability of giving proper explanation on Japanese culture through the great experience of acting as an interpreter with the masters.
Additionally,for all my long experience in petrochemical industory,the reason for choosing a brand-new career is to make my dream of transmmiting traditinal Japanese culture to the people all over the world come true.(I’ve always wanted to do this kind of thing after being inspired by my ancestral origin of being Samurai retainer served a Daimyo feudal lord for generations!!)
And so, that’s why I’m so happy to have a great opportunity to make your trip in Japan much more enjoyable!!
I’m really looking forward to seeing you in my tours!!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 7 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.
The best 4 hour tour with a historian's perspective & a genuine love of his city. We had the absolutely best sushi lunch. Thank you.
We booked a Tokoy tour with Hiroki based on one of his reviews we saw online. He helped us customize the itinerary to shop for Japanese knives at the old fish market, stop to watch a traditional Buddhist wedding at a temple we were visiting, and went out of his way to pick us up promptly at our ship at our request and shepherd us to our hotel before starting the tour. Hiroki speaks English very well, and was very considerate.
Dear Carol, Thank you very much for such a kind review despite being such a harsh weather condition especially on 2nd day!! (It's unusually hot weather for May!!) What counts more than anything is that I was of use to you !! Thank you again, and take care!! Best regards, Hiroki
We learned a great deal about Samurai weapons and armour in our half day experience. The knowledge and experience of everyone involved was superb and the opportunity for us was really unique and special. Thank you Hiroki!
Dear Meredith, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving us such a wonderful review !! I and the Iai master had a impressive and great time too !! Since we're discussing over the lesson contents for the foreign tourists' better understanding of the SAMURAI culture all the time, your review greatly encourages us !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki
I couldn't recommend Hiroki highly enough! He is very accommodating with tailoring your time together to fit all the things you want to see. We asked all sorts of questions and Hiroki was a wealth of knowledge and very charming. It was a pleasure to meet him and I will be sure book his services again!
Dear Joanne, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review!! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time. I had a great time with you, too!! From visiting historic sites to the table talking and shopping, it's the most memorable tour for me!! I'm really looking forward to seeing you again!! Yours sincerely, Hiroki
Hiroki is a lovely and very accommodating guide. Sakura City is a location that is not frequented by international travellers, but that is unfortunate. Sakura City was a wonderful way to see Samurai houses, a bamboo forest and a fantastic, recently renovated museum.We thoroughly enjoyed our day, many thanks Hiroki!
Dear Glenda, Thank you very much for the nice review despite being unfavorable condition such as bad weather, slippery steep slopes, the partly closed Samurai houses for the occasion etc. I really enjoyed the conversation with you and your husband !!(Not only Japanese history and culture, but also social problems in Japan etc.) Please enjoy rest of days in Japan and if there's anything I can do to make your trip more memorable one, please don't hesitate to contact me !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki