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Hiroki

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  (42) Reviews
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$ 30 Hourly rate Price up to 3 people
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Last updated: 3 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Chiba , Narita

Languages English ( License )

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(42) Reviews
Hourly rate 30 USD Price up to 3 people
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About

Hello everyone!!
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!!

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $20.62 $29.98 $4.68
4 Hours $82.47 $119.93 $18.73
8 Hours $164.94 $239.86 $37.46

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

Private Tours

Private Iaido experience to learn Samurai spirit near the Im...

(42) Reviews
by Hiroki
Learn the SAMURAI spirit!! Authentic Iaido experience near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!! [The venue:”Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouho” dojo("The art of drawing t...
2h $ 141 per person

YANAKA Private Walking tour & Soba buckwheat noodle making!!

(42) Reviews
by Hiroki
Learn Soba buckwheat noodle making and try your own made Soba noodle. [The venue: Traditional Soba restaurant, ”やなか蕎麦YANAKA Soba” in YANAKA] 40 years ex...
3h $ 80 per person

Private Tour of selected destinations in Tokyo to learn abou...

(42) Reviews
by Hiroki
It’s the private full-day walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, which is good for learning about Japan’s history and culture!! The destinations are stri...
8h $ 169

YANAKA’s Walking tour with cultural experiences !!

(42) Reviews
by Hiroki
It’s a Temple Town, Yanaka’s Walking Tour with a stroll through the Historic Temple District there!! It’s a tour of the carefully selected highlights of YA...
4h $ 122

Sunday tea gathering in Samurai town near Narita!!(Tea cerem...

(42) Reviews
by Hiroki
Besides its locational advantage(60 minutes from Tokyo and 30 minutes to Narita airport by train),SAKURA city exposes all visitors to the Samurai’s culture...
5h $ 122 up to 4 people

Tour of Samurai town good for stopover tourists in Narita A...

(42) Reviews
by Hiroki
SAKURA city is most suitable sightseeing spot for the tourist who are going to stay in Narita or transit at Narita Airport!! Besides its locational advanta...
4h $ 94 up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 42 )
Susan Susan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
20 hours ago

“ Walking in the Yanaka District ”

Hiroki was a terrific guide who led us around the Yanaka district showing us important sites (where the last Shogun is buried) and many famous temples. He was well prepared and informed us of much of Japan's history and in particular, this area of Tokyo. His english was great and his enthusiasm to teach and help us was fabulous. I would definitely recommend him.

Hiroki:

Dear Susan, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a wonderful review !! I'm so glad that you fully enjoyed the nostalgic townscape of Yanaka district, one of the few towns escaped from being burnt-out ruins during World War Ⅱ. Definitely, please come back to Yanaka again especially in the springtime when Shidare cherry (drooping cherry) trees of ineffable beauty are beautifully blooming in these historic temples !! (Above all, Cherry blossoms blizzard in Zensho-An Temple you stopped by is really overwhelming!!) Thank you again, please give my best regards to your husband !! Sincerely, Hiroki

Julie Julie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Excellent introduction to Japan ”

We had a great day with Hiroki. He picked us up and returned us to our hotel in Kanda. It was our first day in Japan and he gave us an excellent historical and cultural overview of the city. We saw interesting sights and he taught us about how to use the different transportation systems while exploring the city. We will be traveling in the country for a month so it was helpful to learn about food, religion, important words to know where to buy souvenirs for our family. Thank you for a wonderful tour day, Hiroki!

Hiroki:

Dear Julie, Thank you very much for joining my tour of "selected destination in Tokyo to learn about Japanese History and Culture"!! Since the tour includes transportation orientation and its destinations are strictly selected and combined from the perspective of answering your simple but significant questions about Japan effectively, it came to be the most suitable tour for your 1st day in Japan !! And also, today's tour really turned into a meaningful one for me, because I learned a lot from your questions to the point!! Thank you again, and I hope your trip in Japan will be a memorable and wonderful experience for you. Sincerely, Hiroki

Gerald Gerald Australia ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Generous with his time ”

Hiroki was very generous with his time. He had a lot of knowldeg about he history as we asked many questions around japanese traditions

Hiroki:

Dear Gerald , Thank you very much for joining my tour !! The duration of 2 hs quite seemed to be too short for the tour of YANESEN area, but I'm glad you seemed to have had a fun!! I had a great time with you, too !! Especially, your questions to the point activated my brain were so impressive for me !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan !! Best regards, Hiroki

Agnieszka Agnieszka Japan
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ It was nice trip around Tokio ”

Positive tourgide

Hiroki:

Dear Agnieszka, Thank you very much for joining my tour between your international conferences in Japan and posting a nice review despite being busy at work !! Unfortunately, it's a day of unseasonable cold rain and poor visibility, so we had to end the tour skipping over a few highlights, but I'm a little relieved as you enjoyed in its own way. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your colleagues !! Sincerely, Hiroki

Ajay Ajay India ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Short transit trip around Samurai town and Naritasan temple: amazing guide, very helpful and knowlegeable ”

Our experience with Hiroki was simply amazing. He is very knowledgeable about history of the area and patiently and clearly answered all our questions. But most importantly, he is extremely courteous, considerate, prompt and resourceful (we were traveling w/ of 2.5 year old who was a bit riotous at times:-) partly due to jetlag and travel -- but Hiroki was simple amazing in helping us throughout our tour, which involved a lot of walking). Would any day recommend his services to make your trip around the area joyous and memorable!

Hiroki:

Dear Ajay, Thank you very much for choosing my tour for Narita Stopover !! It's considerably tight schedule for 5 hs stopover tour as we toured both Samurai town and Naritasan temple being a bit far apart from each other, but I'm so glad you had a memorable time. And also, I had a great time with you and your family including your cute son !! This time, it's only a few hours stay in Japan on the way back home, but please have Japan in your mind when you plan your travel next !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your wife and son !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

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Travel to "Hideout Islands" of "GOTO ISLANDS", one of the real unbeaten tracks in Japan !!

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Selected Destinations in Tokyo to learn about Japanese history and culture !!

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